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Purposes of Ukrainian-American Folklore The relatively large Ukrainian community in the United States has many traditions and customs most of which stem from a feeling of Ukrainian nationalism As Ukraine was being overtaken by Russia Ukrainians were immigrating by the thousands to the US Ukrainians moving to the new world were leaving behind a disappearing culture and moving to a completely different land Immigrants were proud of their heritage and many of the traditions that were started in America exist to preserve this heritage and to pass it on to future generations The Ukrainian Boy Scouting program is one such tradition Ukrainians in America started this program in the early 1900s to train their young to return to Ukraine and drive the Russians out This began as resistance to Russian rule over Ukraine All boys and girls participate in this intermittently throughout the year starting at age seven and continuing for life Ukrainian Boy Scouts is very different from the typical American view of Boy Scouts in that it involves a more rigorous wilderness-training program This is because the program was essentially started as a military training program and although it exists now only for fun and tradition many of the subjects and ideas taught to the youths remain the same People who are involved in the program put their children through it as an attempt to preserve Ukrainian culture When Ukrainians turn eighteen they become counselors and at age thirty-five they become seniors and run the program This program along with a handful of similar programs was started for various reasons To begin with Ukrainian youths had trouble adjusting to American society They Ukrainian youth programs are helping to solve some of the social problems of the second generation that does not seem to be able to find its way into American society or does not feel at home there Ukrainian youths were out of place in America with
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