Founded in 1925, it is currently the largest child centre in the world.
According to the Camp Development Program approved by the Government of the Russian Federation, Artek was assigned the educational status of an international platform for the creation, testing and implementation of innovative forms of general and additional education, as well as health improvement and recreation.
The largest International Child Centre in the Russian Federation. Since 2016 it is a member of the International Camping Fellowship (ICF).
According to the results of the All-Russian rating of children's camps 2016, 2017, Artek International Child Centre was recognized as the best one among the camps of the Russian Federation.
Artek is open all year round. It consists of 9 camps: Kiparisny, Lazurny, Lesnoy, Polevoy, Rechnoy, Ozyorny, Khrustalny, Yantarny, Morskoy. All camps comply with the norms and standards of Russian legislation. Each summer Artek accepts more than 3,500 children, each winter - more than 1,500 children.
The total area is 218 hectares, including 102 hectares of the park area. The length of the coastline with children's beaches is 5 km (from the Ayu-Dag Mountain to Gurzuf).
First stage of reconstruction (2014 ‒ 1st quarter of 2018). Assimilated investment - more than 13 billion rubles.
More than 280 thousand square meters of various areas have been reconstructed, including 96.5 thousand square meters of areas in 9 camps, 23 km of roads, 19 km of utilities, 6 canteens, 15 sports grounds and 3 tennis courts, a sports center with two swimming pools, a medical building, 7 campfire zones, 3 embankments, technical rooms. A modern climbing wall and ropes course, an additional education center with an area of 6 thousand square meters were put into operation.
In 2017, for the summer season, 3 dormitory blocks of the complex of camps Pribrezhny - Landysh (3055 sq. m), Tyulpan (2714 sq. m), Kuvshinka (3048 sq. m) were commissioned.
In 2017: after reconstruction, an outdoor swimming pool of Lesnoy camp was put into operation, 2.5 km of thermal underground utilities were laid, boiler house No. 3 was launched, a new restored dacha building No. 3 for 40 people, and a medical building in Kiparisny camp will start accepting children.
7 km of perimeter fence were built to ensure the safety of children resting in Artek in accordance with the Russian Government Decree No. 272.
On June 24, 2017, the Artek-Arena concert and variety complex with a capacity of 4.5 thousand people and with an area of 3.9 thousand square meters was opened.
Further development. Solnechny camp (area of 6.1 hectares) is still under construction, the buildings of which are designed for 1000 children, as well as an educational center for more than 2000 seats, a canteen for 1000 seats, a universal sports complex and a medical center.
In 2014, the child centre accepted 5 859 children, in 2015 – 18 858 children, in 2016 – 30 589 children, in 2017 – 38 647 children, in 2018 – 40 284 children, in 2019 – 44 025 children, in 2020 – 16 914 children from different regions of the Russian Federation, including from 2014 to 2021 inclusive Artek accepted more than 7338 foreign children from 93 countries, including the CIS countries, Austria, Argentina, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Germany, Denmark, Israel, Spain, Italy, Canada, Qatar, China, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, UAE, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, USA, Turkey, Finland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, South Korea, etc.
Since the beginning of its functioning in the Russian jurisdiction, the child centre has accepted 195,176 children (2014 - 2020), in the first quarter of 2018, the one-hundred-thousandth child visited Artek. On November 15, 2016, a one and a half millionth Artek visitor was recorded. While maintaining the dynamics of accepting children to its 100th anniversary in 2025, Artek will accept the 2 millionth camper.
A significant role in increasing the influx of foreign children was played by the entry of the Artek ICC in 2016 into the International Camping Fellowship and the subsequent development of international cooperation programs.
Vouchers to the Artek ICC are allocated as a reward for a child's achievements in studies, creativity, sports and social activities. They are provided free of charge according to quotas allocated to all constituent entities of the Russian Federation, as well as the thematic partners of the camp. Since 2017, all vouchers are distributed based on the Putevka AIS, which calculates the admission score based on the weight of achievements proactively reflected by the children on their personal pages in the corresponding section of the Artek website. The system excludes subjectivity in matters of admission to the competition, and distributes vouchers based on the rating of the child's achievements formed according to objective and verifiable criteria.
Artek has its own school for 1224 students.
On December 21, 2015, the Artek ICC for the first time received a license to carry out educational activities in the field of basic education, including preschool, additional and professional education.
In April 2016, the Artek comprehensive school was the first in Crimea to successfully pass the state accreditation examination for compliance with the requirements of the Federal State Educational Standard of primary general, basic general and secondary general education.
Since 2016, the Artek ICC has begun testing a new technology for organizing the educational process "Network Educational Module" (NEM) based on the integration of the capabilities of the school, additional education and a children's camp. The organization of a network form for the implementation of educational programs in the NEM format is recommended by the Government of Russia to be implemented in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation.
Thanks to the school, Artek has become a year-round camp, children stay here at any time of the year without interrupting the school curriculum; during the academic year, 2-3.5 thousand children study at school every shift, including 325 children from Gurzuf and Big Yalta on a permanent basis.
A large laboratory complex (physics and chemistry laboratories) has been created at the school, laboratories of robotics and biology have been opened.
In autumn 2016, the Additional Education Center with an area of 6 thousand square meters was opened. In total, Artek has 60 studios of additional education and children's crafts: art, technical, social and pedagogical, and natural science studios. Children may also join specialized teams - tourism, marine, medical, environmental and media teams.
5 interactive educational libraries have been opened in Artek (Vozhaty building, Khrustalny camp, Yantarny camp, Lazurny camp, Kiparisny camp). The readers are provided with workplaces with computers, multimedia and interactive equipment. The fund of libraries of the child centre is about 40 thousand copies. The Litres-Artek electronic system provides access to more than 100 thousand books and audiobooks of various genres.
Since 2015, children have been visiting the hero city of Sevastopol again, viewing the cultural and historical sites of the Crimea and mastering green tourism routes.
Artek educational programs are implemented jointly with thematic partners. More than 100 thematic educational programs are being implemented, such as technical, art, tourism and local history, social and pedagogical programs.
The teaching staff of Artek includes on a permanent basis more than 300 teachers (average age 37) and 500 youth leaders (age 18-25).