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Nearly all schoolchildren in the Soviet era used to go toin the summer. Every major had its own Pioneer camp, where its employees’ children went for vacation in the summer. A child from 7-15 years old could be sent to this kind of camp for one , which lasted for 21 days.
In Pioneer camps,. The children and then went to , where they were told what activities they would have during the day. Then everybody went to breakfast, sometimes chanting on the way. After that, there were : , , and .
After lunch awas usually held, but generally children did not sleep, they or , for example, by or on the faces of sleeping children. Then children had , and they went to or . After supper, and took place.
Holidays would also be celebrated, such as, when children would take over the camp and run their own activities, and Neptune’s Day, when everyone dressed up as sea creatures and celebrated on a river bank, playing funny games.
marked the end of a session: all the campers got together at the bonfire to and . The most famous Pioneer camp during the Soviet period was Artek, located in Crimea. Children could apply to go that elite camp, but only those with were accepted.
In many aspects, Soviet Pioneer camps resembled US boy and girl scout camps and had similar traditions, such as, which were mainly practiced by girls in the USSR, , , as well as . However, and were not practiced in the Soviet Pioneer camps, unlike in many American camps.
Nowadays, summer camps for children are called. They more closely resemble , with many indoor facilities. They have , , and children also often watch a lot of movies.
A new trend in summer camps are, where are held. English language camps are the most popular, especially those with working there as teachers. Children have lessons in such camps in , as well compete in , and many other interesting .