Summer holidays have always been here, even free weekends and children’s camps – although they were called pioneering. They are known to those born earlier, as pioneers and sparks were the domain, model and symbol of an honorary citizen before 1989.
That’s how we spent time
In the pioneer camps, the children prepared for life in socialism, learned to sing songs, and went on hikes in nature. They were looking forward to night games in the woods, discos, carnival. In fact, the camps were no different from today’s modern ones.
It was definitely not boring in them! More than thirty years ago, there was no computer in the camp – from today’s point of view, it was definitely still in its diapers. An archive image from July 15, 1986 captures a holiday with a computer – the pioneer camp Mýto pod Ďumbierom.
Game with KARL
Holidays with a computer were prepared for the children of three pioneer camps in Slovakia by the Slovak Council of ČSVTS, SÚV SZM and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering SVŠT. They were equipped with PMD 85 microcomputers and designed for children under 15 years of age without knowledge of the basics of computer technology.
In an entertaining way and using the KAREL language, the children got acquainted with the basics of programming.
So no surfing the internet or selfies and social networks. While today the children spend hours at the computer, the then management of the camp consistently made sure that the children made the most of the possibility of recreation in the beautiful environment of the Tatra nature with a rich sports and defense program. That was what socialism was all about!
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Many activities also testify to the fact that we were content with little. Do you remember “dusters”? Instead of carpets, children hung on them more often. After school, they took all the steps to the climbing frames, swings, sandpits – mostly without parental supervision. Neither personal nor mobile. There was nothing to fear.
If you didn’t know what to do with your hands, a string was used to make it “folded”. The girls in particular had a regular movement when jumping over the rubber. The Liberta bike or the Simson motorcycle and the Babeta motorcycle were in!
And perhaps the greatest pastime of many generations was to ring the doorbell and then run away… Even so, the children of socialism kept fit.
Remember with photos how and where we used to spend our free time – without ringing a mobile phone, text messages or “addiction” to social networks.
Source: Dnes24.sk by www.dnes24.sk.
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