RUSKOKA e-letter



 May 2009







In this issue



  • Fall Clergy Conference
  • Winter Palace Ball
  • Spring Work Weekends 
  • Leadership Workshop 
  • St. Alexis Feast Day and Family Weekend
  • Summer Camp Registration
  • Volunteers Needed 
  • Annual General Meeting


Ruskoka greets all its campers, parents, supporters and friends with the Bright Feast of Christ's Resurrection! Truly He is Risen! (see the Ruskoka Easter Card) 

Fall Clergy Conference 

In October, Bishop Gabriel together with clergy from London, Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary and Winnipeg gathered at Ruskoka for their regular Pastoral Meeting of the Canadian Diocese. In attendance at the 3 day Clergy Conference were Bishop Gabriel, Fr. George Primak (Calgary), Fr. Raphael (Vereschak from Winnipeg), Fr. Vladimir Malchenko, Fr. Vladimir Morin, Fr. George Lagodich, Fr. Mikhail Luboschinsky, Fr. Vyacheslav Davidenko, Deacon Basil Milonow, Deacon Alexander Morin, Rd. George Skok, Rd. Yuri Miloslavsky, Rd. Ilya Dubelstein, Rd. Alexander Pushchin, and Peter Antonoff.


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Read the article about this conference in English or in Russian.


Winter Palace Ball

On February 13th, 2009, more than 400 guests and supporters attended the 8th hugely successful Winter Palace Ball at the historic Old Mill.  Welcomed by the Hussar's Sword Bridge and Champagne Reception, guests enjoyed an elegant dinner followed by a keynote speech by Mr. Michael Ignatieff, a stunning performance by Anya Goncharova and Terence Cheng, and dancing to the Steve Mitchell Orchestra until the early hours. This year, the camp fundraiser raised an unprecedented $17,000 directly in support of Ruskoka Camp. A heartfelt thank you to our sponsors: OMNI, TD Canada Trust, Bank of Montreal, Brunello Wines, Ethnic Channels, Russian Waves, Russian TV Guide and, to the numerous donors, advertisersvolunteers and to our supporters that attended.

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Spring Work Weekends

Do you miss Ruskoka? The next Ruskoka work weekend is just around the corner, on May 9th and 10th, 2009. The following ones are May 23rd, June 13th and July 11th. Check the website for updates and more information. This spring, we have many projects at camp. From completing the camp bathroom, to installing drainage pipes for the house and preparing the camp for the summer. Indoor accommodations and delicious meals are always provided. We are especially looking for volunteers experienced in trades (plumbing and electrical) and volunteers with any construction experience. Eager, enthusiastic, and skilled volunteers are always needed. Join us for a fun and fulfilling work weekends. Contact Alik at 416-232-0829 if you are interested in helping out. Mark these dates in your calendar: May 9, 2009, May 23, 2009, June 13, 2009, July 11, 2009, July 25, 2008 (camp setup), September 12, 2009October 3, 2009, October 17, 2009 (Fall Colours) and November 7, 2009 (Closing Weekend).

Leadership Workshop

Want to be a Ruskoka Camp Counselor? Are you 16 25? Would you like to visit our sister camp, ORPR Camp, in Chicago? The fourth annual Leadership Workshop, jointly organized by Ruskoka Camp and ORPR Camp, will be held this spring at ORPR Camp in Chicago from June 26 to June 29, 2009The last three years were huge successes! This year will be even better. Come to improve your camp leadership skills. Ten excellent presentations and sessions planned, addressing leadership skills and specific topics that concern Russian Orthodox camps. This workshop will also include first aid certification, a hike, and team building exercises.  Join in this rare opportunity of learning, leadership and laughter. Cost for Ruskoka counsellors is only $100 for 4 days, and includes transportation, all meals and workshop materials. See details and the registration form on the website. Please contact Alik (Canada 416-232-0829 or [email protected]) or Nika (USA 713-667-0610 or [email protected]) for more information. Spots are limited and are filling up fast.

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Click here to download the Leadership Workshop 2009 Schedule
Click here to download the Leadership Workshop 2009 Information

St. Alexis Feast Day and Family Weekend

Join us in celebrating the St. Alexis Feast day on Sunday July 19, 2009. Families are welcome to come for the weekend for church services and recreation. Camping facilities and meals will be provided at a nominal cost of $40 person or $100 family. For only $30, travel to Ruskoka by motor coach, departing Toronto on Sunday morning at 7:10am (Henry St.) and 7:30am (Winona) and returning Sunday evening. Please contact Alik at 416-232-0829 or [email protected] for further information. To book a seat on the bus, please call Marina at 416-487-2993 or [email protected].
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Summer Camp Registration

Ruskoka Camp is running two sessions again this summer. Session #1 is open to children aged 12 to 17, from July 26 to August 1, 2009, and costs $250 (before July 1st).  Session #2 is for campers 10 to 16, and runs from August 2 to August 15, for $500 (before July 1st). This year, registration has started earlier than usual. We already have 66 campers registered for Session #2, and expect to be fully booked with 70 kids in the next week. If you  are planning to come or to send your child this summer, please do not delay in order to avoid disappointment, as there are only a couple of spaces left.  Please call and register TODAY.

If you are interested in volunteering, either before or during camp, please e-mail Alik or call 416 232 0829. Whatever your skill or talent, we will find a job for you! We particularly need volunteer help in the camp kitchen. If you like to cook, please come for a week to help prepare delicious meals for the camp children.

If you can come to help as a senior counselor, or work as a lifeguard, please ask Alik about the scholarships available. Help at camp, have fun, spend the summer with friends, and earn some money towards your post-secondary tuition.

Click here to download the Camp 2009 Registration Form
Click here to download the Camper Information Package
Russian Version: Click here to download the Russian Camper Information Package
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To see more photos from Camp 2008 click here.



Volunteers Needed

Ruskoka Camp is growing, and we need your help. Spend a week at camp as a vounteer. Help prepare delicious meals for the kids, teach them a new song, or repair a bicycle. WE NEED YOUR HELP. Join us for a fun time, while at the same time contributing to a worthy cause. Do you enjoy cooking? What could be more gratifying than feeding 70 hungry kids! Whatever your skills and abilities, come and spend a week, or two, at Ruskoka this summer. [All volunteers must be 18 years or older]. Call Alik at 416 232 0829 if you have questions or would like to volunteer. We particularly need help with: Camp Kitchen - no previous experience required. Help with preparing meals, serving, and cleanup in the modern, well-equipped camp kitchen. For a satisfying and fun summer experience, join the kitchen team! Camp activities! We need volunteers to teach classes (Russian language, history, religion), conduct choir rehearsals, plan and rehearse Russian plays, and organize talent shows. Camp maintenance! We need help with general repairs, fixing camp equipment, and general physical labour around camp. Always a fun project to do. Please tell us what weeks you are available.

Annual General Meeting

The Ruskoka annual general meeting was held at the Holy Trinity Church on March 31, 2009. The comprehensive by-laws, enacted by the board, were unanimously confirmed by the membership. A new Board of Directors was elected, consisting of: Alex Sakuta - President; Alex Shishkov - Vice President; Anthony Tolomizenko - Treasurer; Natasha Bronfman - Secretary; Victor Axon - Director; Nick Sakuta - Director. If you are interested in becoming a new member, and are actively participating in the camp organization, please ask or apply to the board to become a full voting member.




Ruskoka Calendar of 2009 Events



May 9, 2009

Work Weekend

May 23, 2009

Work Weekend

June 26 June 29, 2009

Leadership Workshop at ORPR

July 18-July 19, 2009

St. Alexis Feastday & Family Weekend

July 26 Aug 1, 2009

August 2 - August 15, 2009


Session #1 Summer Camp

Session #2 Summer Camp









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