Camp Blog

Wednesday June 26

DATE: June 27, 2024

Our shiur today was about Rabbenu Gershom (960-1040, Germany) and the decrees he made for the Ashkenazi community – no polygamy and no violating people’s privacy and boundaries by reading their mail. The punishment/consequence was cherem, excommunication. Our chanichim obviously focused more on the decree about mail than polygamy, and they discussed what decrees are for in general. They also talked about what decrees they would want to make in camp! Some of the groups had discussions about modern-day applications of this decree regarding texts on people’s phones and reading those without asking. Our Roshei Chinuch, Ephraim Helfgot and Rivka Benun write the shiur for each day and have a daily, post-lunch “morim meeting” where they explain the goal and give over the materials (history, content, sources, relevant applications for the chanichim, games to play etc). These “morim” are the Beit Midrash staff as well as many tzevet members who want to be involved more with the chanichim in a daily way and find it meaningful to bond over shiur. Kol haKavod to them all!!

For anyone following Sugar Grove, PA weather, you saw there were some heavy rains right in the middle of the day today! Lucky for us our Roshei Sport, Jamie Berger and Dovi Isakow, make the schedule with two sides. On one side we see Plan A – sunny/regular day – with all peulot scattered everywhere for all of the bunks – Village, swimming, volleyball, agam (lake activities), ropes courses and climbing well etc. But then, when it rains, we just all switch over to the second side – Plan B – where we see only the indoor activities like melechet yad (art), ceramics, dodge ball in the Butler Building, gaga in the gaga pit, basketball in indoor world, music etc. So, for today, we had the middle of our day follow the Rainy Day schedule and it was just as fun!

Tonight’s night activity for eidot bed, gimmel and daled was time alone as an eidah with a game that their Roshim made up for them. Alef and Vav got early Layla Tov, after maariv, which means a fun early night for them of some bunk time before bed and then a good night’s sleep 🙂

Kaytana had an exciting day – they learned about Yetziat Mitzrayim – the Exodus – and even did a fun activity called Take Flight on the ropes courses. They had a chance to swing around a little and feel like they were escaping Egypt. (Amazing what some creative imagination can convince you of!) During the rainstorm, they watched Prince of Egypt, and then over dinner they had a mock Pesach seder (sefardi-style with rice, ha!) with grape juice, maror, horseradish and a cup-stalking contest.  The chanichim talked about their Pesach seders at home and had a great time.

Machal was up early, so they had a chance to get in a short hike before the rain came. After that, they came back to camp and had a chnace to shower (always a highlight of the week!) before heading out to Walmart, bowling and ice cream. Great day!

We cannot believe we have been here one full week tonight! That went by fast!

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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