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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.

Camp Stone
Mottoעם ישראל בארץ ישראל על פי תורת ישראל
Formation1969 (1969)
FounderIrving I. Stone
PurposeJewish summer camp
Official language
English and Hebrew
Yakov and Estee Fleischmann
Key people
Zeke Ratner
Parent organization
Bnei Akiva


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 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]


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.


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]


  1. ^ Dashefsky, Arnold; Sheskin, Ira (2013). American Jewish Year Book 2013: The Annual Record of the North American Jewish Communities. Springer Science+Business Media. p. 616. ISBN 9783319016580.
  2. ^ a b c d Hoffman, Sue (January 24, 2013). "Orthodox camps offer spirit, study". Cleveland Jewish News. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  3. ^ Meyers, Dvora, Camp Lessons: Between color wars and singalongs, some Jewish camps include Holocaust education in Tisha B’Av programming. What does that mean for Jewish identity?,Tablet, June 30, 2011
  4. ^ "Jewish Summer Camp Enrollments Rise". IMAGE Magazine. Brooklyn. April 4, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2014.

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