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This site in Ukrainian 2010 Mandrivno-Praktychniy tabir
na Makivtsi
July 30,- August 7, 2010

Mandrivnyj Tabir 2010

On Friday July 30, 2010 from different regions of the United States and Canada, thirty-three yunaky and yunachky converged on oselia Khortysia near Wellington, Ohio for the start of the national mandrivno-praktychniy tabir. After the opening apel, the kommendant, Ihor Diachun introduced the other members of the komanda:
    Roman Drozd adminstrator
    Nestor Lys referent transportu i zviasku
    Oleksa Lys - bunchuzhniy
    Volodymyr Lisniansky sportoviy referent
    Teresa Smolilo opikun divchat
    Deanna Lys medical team nurse
    Dr. Ihor Danko medical team taboroviy likar
    Bohdana Stolar pysar

The camp was dedicated in honor of the Ukrainian Sich Riflemen and specifically to the 95th anniversary of the Battle of Makivka. During the course of the tabir we also honored the memory of the following:

  • 60th anniversary of the death of Gen. Roman Shukhevych
  • 300th anniversary of the Constitution of Pylyp Orlyk
  • 85 the anniversary of the founding of CYM
  • 80th anniversary of the Kharkiv trials
  • 150th anniversary of the publishing of Taras Shevchenkos Kobzar

After apel the kommedant described the weeks program and expectations of all the uchasnyky, which included cooking their own meals. The tabir was divided into four kurins; Kryla, Sich, Sokil and Siromanchiy. The first evening ended with a vatra and an opportunity to introduce themselves to their fellow taborovyky.

The first two days at Khortysia were filled with a series of team building exercises, vporyad, sport and hutirky. Fr. Michael Kulick the Parma CYM branch chaplain celebrated liturgy on Saturday evening and blessed the camp and wished them much success and safe travel on our journeys. Saturday night the tabir had a night terenova hra which ended with Bohdanna Stolar raising the flag without being captured. Sunday afternoons program was the zmah spravnosty. Each taborovyk was to show hios mettle in the following events: biking, rope climb, 800 meter swim, rowing and a one mile run. Kastly each taborovyk and kommanda member was required to tread water for for fifteen minutes. Gladly each taborovyk was able to accomplish the above and showed us that they were ready to take on the challenges of West Virginia.

Monday was the travel day the establishment of our base camp for the remainder of the week, outside the small village of Hico, WV. The taborovyky at this point understood the need for teamwork and sharing. Sleeping in tents in the forests of WV was a new experience for some and with rain approaching for the next several days, staying dry, cooking and eating could prove to be a challenge. Urgency and expediency was the order of the day.

Tuesday was the start of our activities with mountain biking and the tree top canopy/zip line course. Mountain biking proved to be a challenge as temperatures topped out at 90F. The zip line course was great fun and exciting as on the longest run, of over 500 feet, speeds exceeded 35mph. The day ended with a cool refreshing swim in the lake and a well deserved break followed by a delicious supper.

Mandrivnyj Tabir 2010

Mandrivnyj Tabir 2010

Wednesday the activities continued albeit in a driving rain. Paintball was the first order of the day and although soaked to the skin the teams squared off and fought for honor, glory and bragging rights. The teams were quite evely matched and although a single winner did not emerge each team performed to their utmost ability. Battered and bruised the teams moved on to lunch and after a short rest onto the mud obstacle. Each "kurin" dove headlong into the challenge as if their very lives were depended upon it. The challenge complete kurin Siromanchy completed the course in record time.

Mandrivnyj Tabir 2010

Mandrivnyj Tabir 2010

Thursday was the day that everyone had been waiting for and as they readied the assault on the New river news came in that with the rain and a water release from upstream the river would be running high! From class III to class V rapids the boats were tossed and turned in the hydraulics and the rapids. Each boat rode the rapids and surfed West Virginia style with the taborovyky paddling beyond their own expectations. A number of uchasnyky were tossed out of their boats and swimming throught the rapids proved to be an exhilirating experience and undoubtedly left each taborovyk with a great memory of being on the New river.

Mandrivnyj Tabir 2010

Mandrivnyj Tabir 2010

Friday was a more relaxed day and the taborovyky boarded pontoon boats for a day of swimming, kayaking and cliff diving on Summerville Lake. After a last celebratory supper it was time to pack up and head back to Khortysia.

The final apel and closing ceremonies were Saturday afternoon and the Canadian and local Ohio contingents departed for home, with the east coast uchasnyky spending one last night at Khortysia before boarding the train to make the long trek back to their cities.

The 2010 National Mandrivno-Praktychniy tabir was a huge success and undoubtedly each taborovyk came away with lasting and pleasant memories and many new found friends.


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