Artek is the largest international children's center in the world. Its grounds span 218 hectares, with 102 hectares of parks.
It has access to 7 km of coastline with beaches for children, from Ayu-Dag (Bear Mountain) to Gurzuf.
Capacity: 6,000 children in 2014; 19,000 children in 2015; 30,000 children in 2016. After the renovation is completed in 2020, Artek will receive 45 000 children every year
The Artek International Children's Center is a federal state educational institution and operates under the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.
Artek is located in Crimea, in one of the most beautiful places on Earth – along the Black Sea coast, 12 km from the famous resort of Yalta, in the town of Gurzuf.
Established in 1925 as a small summer camp, Artek served only 320 children in its first year.
In 2000, in Tokyo, Artek was recognized as the best children's center among 100,000 camps for children in 50 countries.
In 2016, Artek reached the milestone of 1.5 million campers since its founding.
Over the past nine decades, Artek has developed into a complex of 10 camps with modern amenities, each with its own distinctive educational methods and traditions.
Artek was recognized as the best Russian camp in a national ranking of children's camps.
In 2016, after registering as a Russian legal entity headquartered in Crimea, Artek became a full member of the International Camping Fellowship (ICF).
In 2014, a new concept for Artek’s development, Artek 2.0: Reboot, was released. The goal was to transform the children's center into the best international platform for the development, testing and implementation of innovative programs and extracurricular education, as well as rehabilitation and recreation programs. The concept envisages a thorough overhaul of the camp, including all the buildings and grounds, and the construction of new facilities. Most importantly, it calls for innovative new content for educational activities.
In March 2015, the Russian Government approved the Program for Artek’s Development for 2015−2020.
Since the center began its transformation in the fall of 2014, nine of the ten camps at Artek have been renovated – Lazurny, Yantarny, Khrustalny, Morskoi, Rechnoi, Ozyorny, Lesnoi, Polevoi and Kiparisny.
Artek operates year-round. All camps meet the high standards enshrined in Russian law. Each summer Artek serves more than 3,500 children, and in winter, more than 1,500 children.
In 2014, Artek welcomed 5,854 children, while in 2015 it was 18,858, and in 2016 it reached 31,200 children from different regions of Russia, as well as 1,100 children from 45 foreign countries.
By 2020, the number of Artek camps will increase to 11, after Camp Almazny opens and the new camp, Solnechny, for more than 1,000 campers, is built.
Camp Solnechny will feature new educational technologies and an innovative pilot school.
By 2020, the plan is to be able to accommodate 6,500 children at a time in winter and 10,000 children at a time during the summer.
Education and recreation
The Artek School is accredited under federal educational standards for primary general, basic general and secondary general education.
Artek has the status of an international innovation platform of general and extracurricular education as well as rehabilitation and recreation.
Artek includes a school for 1,224 students. In 2016, the Artek secondary school received a license for educational activity in pre-school, primary and additional education, as well as vocational training.
The teaching and learning process in Artek is overseen by more than 290 teachers and 500 counselors. The age of Artek counselors ranges from 19 to 25, while the average age of its teachers is 35. The teaching team is formed on a competitive basis, with applicants selected from among dedicated professionals in various regions of Russia.
The Artek School includes a large laboratory complex. In 2016, two modern laboratories for physics and chemistry were added, equipped with all the necessary instruments for practical and laboratory work in accordance with federal standards. There is also a robotics lab, and a biology lab.
There are 45 classes for extracurricular creative activities in Artek, including 21 art studios, 11 technology centers, 7 socio-pedagogical centers, and 6 natural science centers. Children can also enroll in other special programs. There is a tourism program, a marine program, a medical program, an environmental program and a media program.
Sports lovers can join any of seven sports and recreation programs. There are nine sports grounds and courts, three outdoor swimming pools with slides, the Sport Center with two swimming pools, a gym, and tennis and fitness facilities. The 7,000 seat Artek Central Stadium meets all international standards.
In the summer of 2016, a climbing wall and a ropes course were opened in Artek.
Educational activities in Artek are not limited to the classroom; they take place in the museums and parks of Crimea, on the beach and during excursions around the southern coast of Crimea.
Tours to the “hero-city” of Sevastopol resumed in 2015. Children can once again visit the cultural and historical sites of Crimea, and use its ecotourism routes. They can also visit the tourist centers Dubrava (1,100 m above sea level) and Krinichka (700 m above sea level), each of which can accommodate 40 people at once. They are located in the mountains of the Crimean Natural Reserve.
Artek educational programs are carried out jointly with partners.
Among its permanent partners are 5 universities, 4 sports associations, 11 non-governmental organizations, 9 large companies, and 22 non-profit organizations. Special educational programs are offered in technology, science, sports, the arts, tourism and local history, and socio-pedagogical training.
In 2016, 58 special educational programs were sponsored, with the number of Artek partners reaching 53, or twice the 2015 number, and 13 times more than in 2014 when there were only four.