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7 Legendary Soviet ARTEK Summer Camp: Place Where Every Soviet Kid Just Wanted to Go

Legendary Soviet ARTEK Summer Camp: Place Where Every Soviet Kid Just Wanted to Go

Posted on May 19, 2017 by tim

Each kid had to wear special Artek uniform. Short trousers for boys, skirts for girls, white shirts and red pioneer neckerchief.

Kids from Soviet friendly countries were invited to visit too, so it was a unique opportunity for a Soviet kid to meet a foreigner, not a grown up but of his age.

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7 Responses to “Legendary Soviet ARTEK Summer Camp: Place Where Every Soviet Kid Just Wanted to Go”

  1. Wabbit says:

    Nostalgia…

  2. Timothy Erickson says:

    Read Kirsten Koza’s “Lost in Moscow: A Brat in the USSR” for a truly hilarious description of a summer spent at ARTEK by a Canadian eleven-year-old.

  3. Rob Nordmann says:

    I really think those camps should start up again, so great for the kids, so great for the moral and for the nation.

  4. Erik says:

    I talked about this legendary camp with my Estonian teacher a few years ago. She was among the lucky ones to get to go there, and went with really high expectations. But she was very dissapointed. The dorms were infected with lice and bedbugs. There was rampant theft between the kids, and bad food.
    Of course the impression can vary alot depending on the childs background. Living standard in ESSR was alot higher than in many other republics.

  5. ivan19th says:

    Did you ask Estonian about Soviet times or Russia? Haha! They hate everything related with it.

    • Erik says:

      No Ivan. Not all Estonians hate everything related to Soviet and Russia. Many Estonians, even nationalsitic minded ones have fond memories of some things related to soviet life. Be it kvas trucks, vacations in Azerbajan, schooltrips to Leningrad or Cheburashka on TV. Maybe because most humans have fond memories of their childhood.

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