AJC camp leader

Amsterdam, Youth

What came out of those children’s mouths was glorious.

In these youth camps the AJC tried to teach a socialist lifestyle. This lifestyle included a certain way of dressing and no alcohol or tobacco. Music, dance, and socialist songs had an important place in the ideology of the AJC. At around 13, you would be initiated as Rode Valk [Red Falcon]. That usually took place in a physical education area  of a school. You had to learn the “Law of the Red Falcons” by heart and recite it. For example: “As Red Falcons we respect every true conviction, even if it is not ours.” After the initiation you were permitted to wear the red neckerchief.