In the dense forest, the hunter noticed dozens of large strange barrels. The man decided to come closer and saw doors and windows in some barrels. The remnants of furniture were scattered nearby: the hunter realized that someone lived in the barrels. At first, the man suggested that he had found typical housing for northern shift workers – back in Soviet times, barrels were indeed transported to small villages and equipped with living quarters.
However, these buildings were found in the Kaluga forests, where, of course, there could not be any shift workers. In the third building, the answer to the question was found. A faded poster with the name “Star” hung on the wall. It was built back in 1968 on the banks of the Oka. The territory of the camp was vast.
For the pioneers, they built a separate boiler room, underground vegetable stores, installed their own transformer, and even built a water tower. And the barrel-houses themselves were built very thoughtfully. The roof of the building was formed from two parts with an air gap. In summer, it saved the roof from strong heating – even in sunny weather it was cool inside. The location for the camp was perfect.
The bank of the river, albeit a deaf, but beautiful forest stretched around. Surely many Soviet children dreamed of visiting such a camp. It seems that with the collapse of the country, there was simply no one to take care of the camp. The houses fell into disrepair, the forest gradually captured the territory: