Project info

Borodino Historical War Camp
Summer of 2016, Borodino, Russia

Borodino is famous for a battle fought on September 7, 1812—the deadliest day of the Napoleonic Wars. Each summer, Borodino hosts a historical war camp for students from around Russia. 350 adolescents are in attendance, ranging in age from 11 to 16. It lasts throughout the summer. The camp is free for all to attend. Students learn a variety of skills, including tactical training in handguns, loading and unloading automatic guns, physical endurance, knife throwing, and more.

The project statement of the camp states: "To awaken in the younger generation a keen interest in the history of the Fatherland, the glorious deeds of our ancestors, and to facilitate the expansion of military-historical knowledge."

—Sarah Blesener