Legendary Artek camp moves from Crimea to mainland Ukraine

20 May 2014 12:19
(QHA) -

International children center Artek, moved from annexed Crimea to Carpathian Mountains in western Ukraine, Chanel 5 reports.

“Artek-Carpathians” center will include 3 camps, they are “lake”, “forest” and “mountain” camps.

Teachers and children form more then 10 countries agreed to work and rest in the Carpathians.    

First delegation of more than a thousand children is expected to arrive soon.

Most of teaching staff are former employees of the Crimean "Artek", the others are local teaches, the Fakty newspaper reports.

“Amid the statements of Artek’s new direction, that the camp will welcome the all-commers, majority of Ukrainians have canceled their tours over Crimea’s annexation by Russia”- Fakty says.

Note: Artek is an international children center (a former Young Pioneer camp) on the Black Sea in the town of Hurzuf located on the South cost of Crimean peninsula. It was established on June 16, 1925. The center is part of the State Management of Affairs.

Artek was considered to be a privilege for Soviet children during its existence, as well as for children from other communist countries. During its heyday, 27,000 children a year vacationed at Artek. Between 1925 and 1969 the camp hosted 300,000 children including more than 13,000 children from 70 foreign countries. After the breaking up of the Young Pioneers in 1991 its prestige declined, though it remained a popular vacation destination.