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Wednesday June 22

DATE: June 23, 2022

Busy first day here in Sugar Grove – kima (wake up) is 7:30 daily, followed by mifkad (when each eidah – division/age group – has a quick morning meeting) and tefilah. Breakfast is followed by shiur (our daily Torah learning, the basis for many camp programs), nikayon (clean up in the bunk house), aruchat eser (snack time), three morning peulot (activities), mincha, lunch, menucha (rest time), two more peulot, shekem (afternoon snack), another two peulot, shower time, camp-wide mifkad, dinner, maariv, night activity and then, only then, after a busy and fun day do we all get some shut-eye.

Each morning at breakfast we all receive the schedule. Today, each bunk had three orientation-related peulot throughout the day. Everyone had quick health-checks/in-take at our infirmary (the mirpa’ah, MARP for short) , they had unpacking time of course, and a peulah of sitting together (yes, even the 9 year olds) and discussing expectations for chanichim (campers) and for hadracha (the staff). Each bunk made their own rules and spoke about how they want their bunk to function and look and act etc. A very mature, empowering and bonding experience.

The first shiur, after yesterday’s introduction to the awesome religious revival by King Chizkiyahu, was a look at Menashe, Chizkiyahu’s son, and how he took the Jewish nation back to idol worship and endangered their security and possession of Eretz Yisrael. They learned the crucial role a king played in the nation’s spiritual state and saw how the nation’s existence on the Land of Israel was not (and is not) guaranteed.

We had chanichim on the high ropes today, down the road riding horses, working with the pottery wheel in ceramics, playing dodgeball and basketball, enjoying the activities at the lake, and…swimming in our new pool!!! It was a gorgeous sunny warm day, and the perfect way to kick off the month!

Kaytana has had a very exciting beginning, following in the footsteps of Avraham Avinu. This month, they will be learning about the Avot and Imahot of our nation in the most experiential way ever! Yesterday, they began, just like Avraham did, by smashing idols! Our idols were more like pinatas, but whatever 🙂 Today they practiced unbelievable hachnasat orchim by baking brownies and handing them out at various spots around machane. Avraham would have been so so proud! They have counselors who are so patient, sweet, and fun and who are looking to make their short time here the best two weeks of these young campers’ year!

Machal began with a hike last night and the traditional shelet aish, a very dramatic presentation of their Bnei Akiva shevet’s name -HaShachar – in fire! Today they had a great outing, tubing down the rivers of the Allegheny National Forest near the Buckaloons campgrounds, where they will sleep tonight.

Onwards and forwards to Day 2…

 

New Camper Registration Opens November 1.

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