RUSKOKA e-letter


 September 2006







In this issue


  • Camps join for first annual  Leadership Workshop
  • Families gather for St. Alexis Feast and Weekend
  • An unforgettable 2006 Ruskoka Camp session!
  • Thank You! To all Ruskoka Volunteers!
  • Fall Work Weekends: September 9/10 and September 23/24
  • Fundraising Update


Camps join in first annual Leadership Workshop


On June 15th to 18th, 2006, the first annual camp leadership workshop was held jointly by ORPR Camp in Chicago and Ruskoka Camp in Toronto. Counselors, directors and leaders from both camps came to Ruskoka for four days to improve their camp leadership skills. Delegates attended ten excellent presentations, collaborated and discussed topics that concern both camps. Bishop Peter of Cleveland emphasized our responsibilities as Orthodox Christians, while visiting Camp Directors from Camp Big Canoe and Camp Glen Mohr highlighted issues that are common to other Christian camps. The busy and intensive schedule also included a full cycle of church services, a volleyball tournament, a canoe trip, a mountain bike trip, bonfires, a tour of Camp Big Canoe, and fantastic meals!


We would like to thank all delegates for attending, participating, presenting and volunteering. It was a valuable learning experience for all, and an opportunity to meet new friends and re-unite with old ones.


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Take a look under the under the photo Gallery on for more photographs. The second annual leadership workshop will be held at ORPR Camp on June 29th to July 2nd, 2007.


Families gather for St. Alexis Feast and Weekend


Sunny, warm weather greeted almost 90 weekend family campers for the seventh annual Ruskoka Family Weekend. Participants enjoyed the fresh air, delicious meals, swimming, a canoe trip, volley ball and a mountain bike trip. Fr. George Sachewski came from Toronto to serve Vigil and Liturgy. A large contingent from the Holy Resurection Church on Winona and Holy Trinity Church on Henry arrived Sunday morning by bus. The festal banquet following Liturgy was enjoyed by 180 guests, who left in the evening, relaxed and with fond memories.


An unforgettable 2006 Ruskoka Camp session!


In its sixth year, this summer camp session was attended by over 63 campers. More than a third of those attending were first-time campers, and many of the senior counselors were attending their 6th camp!


A full cycle of services, a camp blessing and a panikhida were served by Fr. George Sachewski, Fr. Vladimir Malchenko and Fr. Vitcheslav Davidenko. The visiting clergy spent time with the campers, leading lessons and discussions.


At the conclusions of camp, the campers (with the help of Andrei and Svetlana Pendik) put on an impressive program of Russian folk dances and songs for parents and visitors.

Camp activities included hiking, mountain bike and canoe trips, swimming and tubing, soccer, volleyball, archery, wilderness training, choir rehearsals and talent shows, arts and crafts, and bonfires.




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Photos of the 2006 camp session will be on the website soon, please check the site regularly! Read an article about camp in The Russian Reporter.



Thank You! To all Ruskoka Volunteers!



Ruskoka Camp is a charitable organization and relies solely on volunteers to keep it running throughout the year. This year, we had numerous volunteers helping out before and during the camp session. Work at camp starts in the early spring, and weekend volunteers spend practically every second weekend preparing, building and repairing, right up until the start of camp. Camp volunteer duties included preparing and serving food for more than 80 campers and volunteers, running the individual camps, organizing trips and activities, teaching lessons, and general repair and maintenance of the camp property. Thank you to all who made this summer camp session a huge success, and all those who have helped over this past year.

Fall Work Weekends: September 9/10 and September 23/24, 2006


Two work weekends have been scheduled for September. As always, food and accommodation will be provided for volunteers.


The first, on September 9th and 10th, 2006 will include numerous maintenance projects such as remove fallen trees and branches, staining and preparing material for chapel construction the following work weekend, completion of the house deck, and preparing the trailer roof for repair.


The second, on September 23rd and 24th, 2006 will be the major work weekend which will include numerous construction projects, chapel soffit installation, and trailer roof re-covering.


More work weekends are planned for October and November. Please check the website regularly for the latest updates and contact Alex Sakuta at [email protected] or at 416 232 0829 if you are interested in helping.



Fundraising Update


This year, we again received funding from the Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund, and continue to receive donations through the United Way for Ruskoka Camp.


And, although donations are also continuing for the St. Alexis Chapel construction, they have not been sufficient to re-pay the remaining $25,000 in construction expenses. We appeal you to support this worthy project and help us complete the St. Alexis Chapel. Please check the chapel website for updates, more information, and details on how to donate.


Charitable tax receipts will be issued for all donation over $50.















Ruskoka Calendar of Events



September 9/10

September 23/24

Ruskoka Work Weekends

February 2, 2007

Ruskoka Winter Ball

June 29 July 2, 2007

Leadership Workshop

July 29 Aug 11, 2007











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