KERHONKSON, N.Y. – Discover Your Heritage Camp was held at Soyuzivka on July 15-21, with 38 campers age 8-15 from Canada and the United States participating. The U.S. campers hailed from California, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.
This well-supervised sleepover camp is filled with Ukrainian traditions, crafts, music, hiking, swimming, sports, games and bonfires. This year’s cultural theme was traditions of the Ukrainian Christmas cycle, starting with St. Andrew’s Eve and the feast day of St. Nicholas, and moving on to Christmas Eve, Christmas and the New Year, or Malanka.
Comprising the camp staff this year were: Director Sandy Beck Lemekha, Assistant Vlodko Lemekha, and Counselors Ivanna Grynyk, Alexandra Lemekha, Patrick Monks and Arman Skulsky. Stefan Goy was the junior counselor, and Amber D’Avignon, Valentina Tomoshosky and Ryan Zommers were counselors-in-training.
A key part of the program, Ukrainian traditions and arts and crafts, was taught by Tania Mychajlyshyn D’Avignon and Larissa D’Avignon.
Seen on this page are photos from the camp taken by Tania Mychajlyshyn D’Avignon.