Emerald Childrens Camp - Pripyat

Just outside of the village of Kopachi there is a track into the woods. At first it seem like a gentle stroll but then the remains of wooden huts appear. All are decorated with Russian cartoon characters. Fading in the extremes of weather and the thirty years of neglect.

This summer camp for the children of Pripyat had 100 cabins dotted around the woodland with a cinema and canteen. The children from the city would come and stay in the summer months to explore the outdoors and play in the small river that runs along the edge of the camp mirroring the cooling lake from the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station.

In 1986, after the disaster it was abandoned, although liquidators made use of the huts during their time in the area. Today the huts are fading fast, but you can imagine excited children away from their parents for a summer of adventures as you wander the abandoned site.