In this issue
- Camps join for first annual Leadership Workshop
- Families gather for St. Alexis Feast and Weekend
- An unforgettable 2006 Ruskoka
- Thank You! To all Ruskoka
- 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!
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.
Click on thumbnails to enlarge.
a look under the under the photo Gallery on www.ruskoka.com for more photographs. The second annual leadership workshop
will be held at ORPR Camp on June 29th to July
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
unforgettable 2006 Ruskoka Camp session!
In it’s 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
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
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
Thank You! To all Ruskoka
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.
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
Ruskoka Work Weekends
Ruskoka Winter Ball
– July 2, 2007
– Aug 11, 2007
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