Kolonii Letnich Czerwone Serce
THE ABANDONED HOLIDAY CAMP IN POLAND
‘Kolonii Letnich Czerwone Serce’ is a holiday center for children. It was probably built during the times of the Polish People’s Republic. The site and buildings were abandoned in 2009.
Children from the cities, mostly from poor families, could spend their holidays here. It was a nice holiday out in the woods and in the fresh air of central Poland. Several hundred children from Poland and Lithuania were having a holiday here, every year. The Polish Scouting, sport clubs and youth organizations contributed to the popularization of summer camps.
The daily program for example was swimming in the nearby river, canoeing, walking in the forest and picking mushrooms. The camp had big canteens where the children could have their meals with each other.
In 1951 nearly one million children enjoyed one of the summer camps in Poland. Most of the camps were closed in the late 1990 and were eventually demolished. Nevertheless, this summer camp is still here, but in a bad state. In fact, there are plans to demolish and redevelop the site into a camping. I made these photos of the abandoned ‘Kolonii Letnich Czerwone Serce’ in 2017. Also check this other camp nearby.