A pioneer movement is an organization for children operated by a communist party. Typically children enter into the organization in elementary school and continue until adolescence. The adolescents then typically joined the Komsomol or a similar organization.
In most communist countries, membership of the pioneer movement is, while officially optional, often compulsory in practice. That used to be the case in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and remains the case in for instance Cuba. Older children may continue in other communist organizations, but that would typically be done only by a limited number of people who might also be destined for elite position in the communist society.
Several features of the pioneer movement remind of the scout movement. It however also includes teaching, or "indoctrination" (according to its critics), of communist principles.
A member of the movement is known as a pioneer and a scarf, typically red but sometimes blue, is the traditional item of clothing worn by a pioneer. The pioneer organization is often named after a famous party member that is considered a suitable role model for young communists. In the USSR it was Pavlik Morozov, in East Germany, it was Ernst Thälmann. The children were taught the slogan "We are Ernst Thälmann pioneers. We wear our red scarf with pride."
The communist parties in Russia and other countries continue to run a pioneer organization, but membership tends to be quite limited.
Yet despite the impact those young Adventist pioneers had, many Adventist churches today are afraid to give young adults opportunities, and many young adults are afraid to step out boldly to take opportunities and to make an impact on their local churches.
As with the pioneers of our church, however, the generation gap needs to be closed, with both young and old holding positions together for the growth of the entire church.
Young adults want to be involved, and they may be able to do a great work for God in an area that an older member could not.
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