Dickinson Ukrainian Summer Camp brings heritage to campers

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Dickinson, N.D. A Dickinson summer camp is giving children from across the country a taste of the Ukrainian culture.

Learning ABCS And 123s is something most children want to avoid during the summer, but campers at the Ukrainian Summer Camp come back year after year for it.

"I got refreshed on my Ah, Be, Vehs, which is the Ukrainian alphabet, and how to count one through ten," says Miranda Coleman, 12.

Campers learn Ukrainian dance, language, music and art during the two-week camp.

"We're doing more with arts this year. We're having them make Ukrainian Easter eggs, as well as the Ukrainian traditional bread, and the older kids are doing embroidery," says Emily Makaruk, Camp Director.

The North Dakota Ukrainian Dance Association holds the camp every year as a way to keep Ukrainian dance alive in North Dakota.

The campers come from as far as Texas.

"The community has opened up to us as well. So we're really excited that a majority of our campers actually probably don't have any Ukrainian ancestry. But we're super excited that they would take their time and talent to participate," says Emil Anheluk, president, ND Ukrainian Dance Association.

At the end of the two weeks, the campers will sing and dance for Dickinson audiences at the Ukrainian Festival Showcase.

"It's gonna be a lot of fun to show my mom and dad what we've been learning with songs and dances," says Marshall Peterson, camper.

The summer camp started in 1986 and is in its 31st year.