Frequently Asked Questions

Poster credit: Ksenia Bilaniuk

What will my child see & do in 2018?

Campers experience a packed week of activities in dance, music and the visual arts in celebration of our 15th anniversary.

A typical day (Monday-Thursday) starts with a 90-minute dance class, followed by an hour of music, lunch and outdoor play. Each afternoon (Monday-Thursday), a new visual arts class is held. For 2018, these include acrylic painting on canvas, photography, among others. Campers are also taught throughout the week the nuts and bolts of curating and putting on a vernissage and art exhibition. Thursday is Pokrova culinary day introducing and making Ukrainian cuisine, followed by a hot & homemade pyrohy lunch. Friday is show time with the morning focusing on rehearsals and the afternoon showcases a 30-minute public performance, along with a Pokrova Camp open house and exhibition.

In 2018, Pokrova Camp will perform on the Main Stage at the fouth Capital Ukrainian Festival in Ottawa on Saturday, July 21st.

What are the dates?

July 16-20, 2018 for the camp.

July 21, 2018 for the performance at the Capital Ukrainian Festival. Probably in the early afternoon. A time will be confirmed closer to the festival opening.

What are the age groups?

Children from 6-12 years old can attend Pokrova Camp. Camper must be 6 years old by July 15, 2018 to be eligible for Camp 2018.

Can I register a child if he/she falls outside the age group?

No. The age cohort was designed to give campers the best learning experience possible. Underage children are welcome to attend the free public vernissage, exhibit & concert on Friday, July 20, 2018 to see what Pokrova Camp is about, and to attend the Capital Ukrainian Festival to watch Pokrova Camp perform on Saturday, July 21, 2018.

Is there a maximum number of campers allowed?

Yes. Pokrova Camp 2017 will register up to a maximum of 40 children. If full, a waiting list will be created.

What is the cost?

$285 per camper for 2017. Additional siblings receive a 10% discount. A financial assistance program to offset up to 50% of the registration fee is available upon application.

Do you have to be of Ukrainian ancestry to participate?

Any child from any ancestry who meets the age requirements may register.

Do you have to speak, read, write or understand Ukrainian to participate?

No.   Camp is a multilingual environment (English, Ukrainian, French and other languages depending on staff & volunteer knowledge and ability). Kids will learn various words and phrases in Ukrainian as they participate in each activity.

Where is the camp held?

Pokrova Camp rents multi-use facilities at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral at 1000 Byron Avenue in Ottawa, Canada. This facility provides space for dance, music, culinary, performance and visual arts, along with green space for outdoor play.

Is parking available?

Yes. Free parking is available behind the church, and street parking is also permitted along Byron Avenue.

Who teaches?

Pokrova Camp seeks out professional and semi-professional visual art and performance instructors. Our instructors have come from across Canada and the United States, as well as Ukraine.

How is the camp supervised?

Pokrova Camp operates with a model of 40 campers, 5 counsellors, an assistant camp Director and a Camp Director. Five teams, each headed by a counsellor responsible for 8 campers, is created. Counsellors directly supervise campers, moving through activities during the day with the children. Counsellors are aged 16+ years, with those 18 years and older subject to a police check, and interview for selection.

Further, Pokrova Camp typically attracts nearly 20 full-time volunteers for the camp’s duration. Generally aged 13 – 25 years, these volunteers assist in preparation of materials for visual art activities, decoration of the hall for performance and other assorted tasks required to make the Camp run smoothly. Volunteers 18 years and older require a police check to volunteer at camp. Whereas a volunteer has a specific talent or skill set that can directly support an instructor (e.g., dance; music; visual arts) , that volunteer is assigned to the support that activity and as a result may come in contact with the camper (e.g., demonstrating a dance step).

Are Pre- and Post-Care available?

Pokrova Camp hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Parents are asked to drop off and pick their child promptly. Supervision will be provided free of charge from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

How do I reserve a spot for my child?

Visit Pokrova Camp on-line registration here.

Does the Camp supply lunch?

Pokrova Camp does not provide lunches for campers Monday-Wednesday and Friday.

But, we do serve a hot & homemade pyrohy lunch on Thursday which is included in fees.

For the rest of the week, parents are asked to provide hearty nut-free lunches and two snacks for campers, along with a refillable water bottle.

Just a reminder, upon registration, you will be asked to provide us with details concerning allergies which your child may have so we can make sure your child is taken care of.

Is there any special equipment, etc. the camper needs to bring?

When you register, you will be asked to download a list of supplies the camper needs to bring. These include, for example, running shoes, a sun hat, sunscreen and a lunch with nut-free two snacks. Please label your camper’s belongings.

Two items must be brought that are essential to the successful performance of the camper.

First, black shorts are required as part of the costuming for the public performance on Friday, July 20, 2018 as well as the Capital Ukrainian Festival Stage on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Soccer shorts are acceptable, without logos or any colour. Note that if bike shorts are used, the length must be 2” (maximum) above the knee.

Second, black ballet slippers are a must throughout the entire camp week for dance class and for performance costuming. Campers must bring slippers to the first dance class on Monday, July 16, 2018. Slippers can be purchased at Brio (, Malabar (, or Kiddie Kobbler ( (several Ottawa locations exist). It is important that that camper have the correct ‘equipment’ in order to learn, feel confident, and perform. Please give provide your child with the equipment to excel and have fun.

How do I pay?

You can register and pay online through PayPal or by major credit card (a PayPal account is not required). In addition, you have the option to download the registration forms and invoice and pay by sending a cheque to Pokrova Camp 2017.

Please note, Pokrova Camp fills up quickly. If you choose to download and snail mail your registration and payment, tell us so that we are aware, either at or Romanna at (613) 371-6205.

Is there a cancellation policy?

If you need to cancel your registration, a refund will be issued up to July 1, 2018. After this date, no refunds will be issued. All cancellations are subject to a $50.00 administration fee.

Are summer camp fees tax-deductible?

Yes. A tax receipt will be mailed in February 2018. The receipt will be issued to the person who registered the participant(s).

What if my camper has an allergy or medical condition?

While registering, you will be asked to advise us of allergies or other medical conditions, including contact information for you in case of an emergency. This information will be incorporated into our planning to ensure that your camper has the safest, healthiest and most fun experience possible.