by Alexander Kiselev
The fifth-annual Camp Sibiryaki for young men, aged 13-17, was recently held in Novosibirsk. Participants from Kemerovo, Barnaul, Topchikhi, Kamen-na-Obi, Novoaltaysk and Novosibirsk came together to not only learn to communicate better, but also to develop in different areas.
Healthy lifestyle was heavily emphasized during the camp. Early each morning, the boys participated in an exercise routine including running, pull-ups, push-ups, squats and other activities.
Physical health was not the only emphasis, however. Spiritual mentor Andrei Bykov presented relevant daily topics: the element of choice, acceptance of responsibility, the essence of masculinity and much more. The boys were separated into groups with a counselor for each group. They discussed lessons from the lives of different Bible heroes, and how to apply these lessons to their own lives.
The boys brought up questions regarding pornography and principles of a healthy lifestyle. They were interested to know how to assess the impact that today's society has on the younger generation and how to set priorities on biblical principles.
One of the highlights of the camp was the climbing wall, where the boys could test their physical strength.