Outside of school, religious establishments, the movie theaters, sporting events, scouting, arts and crafts lessons, and cultural activities provided residents with respite from the monotony of camp life. In particular, scouting was very popular with youth, many of whom had participated in the organization before incarceration. Although camp administration refused to sponsor Japanese activities, the residents established cultural clubs and organized celebrations such as the Obon festival. In the winter, ice skating was popular and during the warmer months swimming in the pond helped to cool down and provide an escape from the reality of being confined to camp.
Image at left: Boy Scout at Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Wyoming, 1943.
Ice skating at Heart Mountain.
All Estelle Ishigo drawings are from 1942-1945 at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, courtesy of the American Heritage Center. See more in the AHC's Estelle Ishigo digital collection. Photographs from the digital collections at the AHC. Newspaper images are from Wyoming Newspapers.
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