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Wednesday July 21

DATE: July 23, 2021

This morning we spent our post-breakfast shiur time walking around to four stations, where we learned more about Yavneh – the city that Rabbi Yochanon set up for Torah learning after the destruction of the Beit haMikdash.  The four stations were:

  1. Canonization of the Tanach – some “books” like Esther and Daniel and Yeshayahu explained why they should be included in Tanach and then the campers voted.
  2. Rabbi Yochanan explained why he made certain decrees, like davening with hoshanot throughout the week of Sukkot, just like they did in the Beit haMikdash, in order to hold on to certain practices from the temple.
  3. Sanhedrin – the court of 71 judges needed to be set up, so the campers set up the podium (a few pieces that needed to be put together as a large “stage” and they each took their seats and began to debate a topic
  4. False Messiahs – Jews were desperate for salvation and inspiration, after the Temple’s destrcution, so the chanichim had to identify the false messiah in a game they played.

A regular schedule followed, with the chanichim enjoying their first day of peulot –  swim, volleyball, ceramics and climbing wall to name a few.

After dinner, each Eidah had their own game/ice-breaker to help the larger Eidah (usually 4 bunks) start to get to know each other, bond and develop some of their own ruach (camp spirit) and unique cheers.

Kaytana learned about Avraham in the morning and his inspiring hachnasat orchim, so in the afternoon they put that inspiration into practice and set up a tent, from which they served fresh brownies (that they baked themselves) and water to anyone walking along the camp road 🙂

Machal had a long hike on Wednesday, called Minister’s Creek, and then set up tents and cooked their own dinner over a fire. They are going to need these skills for the rest of the month, so they might as well just jump right in!

We have been here for a day and a half…is that all??? 🙂

About the Chanukah Raffle

Dear Camp Stone Community,

It is an incredible feeling to reconnect with everyone once again at the beginning of our 2021 camp season.

We are writing to you today, first and foremost, to express tremendous gratitude.

Hakarat HaTov, literally “recognizing the good”, is an important and fundamental principle in our community. We, at Camp Stone, want to express our Hakarat HaTov to everyone receiving this email for your unwavering support, especially this past summer. Whether you provided financial assistance through your donated tuition dollars, participated in Indoor World, or connected with the Camp Stone community in other ways, together we had an incredibly successful, albeit different, summer experience.

There is no substitute for being in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania, and this summer, B’ezrat Hashem, we will be back at Camp Stone, in person, in full force.

To achieve that goal, we must continue to ensure the financial success of our home away from home that we all know and love so deeply. The logo on top, featuring the slogan “Stone. Forever.” also features a Ner Tamid, an “eternal flame.” The year 1969, etched into the logo, is the year camp was founded. Symbolically, the overall image represents the idea that Camp Stone began many years ago and must endure forever, always burning brightly, and always an integral part of our collective conscience.

On that note, we are excited to announce that our annual Chanukah Campaign will be a raffle taking place over all 8 nights of Chanukah with prizes for both campers and parents/alumni!!

Please go back to the web page  to purchase raffle tickets and help us achieve 100% participation from our entire camp community!

Looking forward to being in touch with all of you in the near future.

Sincerely,

Yakov & Estee, Co-Directors

Thank you so much for your interest in Camp Stone :) Please email Randi Mashmoor

with the name, age, and gender of your child AND whether you are interested in Session 1 or Session 2, and we will let you know if there is space available in that bunk.

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