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Camp Stone is a Jewish summer camp located in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania.[1] It is affiliated with Bnei Akiva, a Religious Zionist youth movement. The camp encourages aliyah, or emigration to Israel.

History


The camp began operations in 1969, and is named after its founder, the Jewish philanthropist, Irving I. Stone,[2] a long time executive at American Greetings. Stone purchased the 400 acre site of a former camp to establish an Orthodox Jewish summer camp.[2]

Programs


Programs for campers include study of Jewish history, Torah study and prayer. Other programs include an introduction to farming, glass blowing and blacksmithing. Traditional camp activities like swimming, horseback riding, archery, Color War, drama, rock skipping, 9 Square, sports such as basketball, football, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and other activities are also offered, as well as a ropes course.[2] The camp also features a reproduction of a German cattle car, like those used to transport Jews to Nazi concentration camps, and used for Holocaust education. According to previous camp director Yehuda Rothner, the lesson taught is that "senseless hatred leads into the abyss".[3]

Goals


The camp's goal is to cultivate within Jewish children a commitment to the people and land of Israel, and to the Torah. The camp staff encourages campers to develop their own leadership potential to enable them to become self-reliant, and also encourages each of them to become a contributing and functional member of the group or kvutza.

Costs


As of 2012, it cost $3,500.00 for a child to attend a four-week camp session.[4] In that year, the camp offered $320,000 in scholarships.[2]

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