This section deals with the various institutions associated with the camp. These were all
established as a result of the inmates' efforts, with outside support in some cases.
The school was one of the most
important ones. There was also a clear need for entertainment. This was initially provided
by ad-hoc events and later by various theatre groups and musical organisations. Gymnastics
and sports organisations and events were established to keep people fit and active, and a work
hut provided space where people could construct things - mainly from wood. Exhibitions played
an important part in encouraging creativity. In 1918 an article in the Stobsiade gave an
extensive summary of the clubs in existence at that time
1, but it was in the nature of the camp and its
circumstances that some clubs, such as the Theatre Friends,
2 had already disbanded. The establishment of the work
camps and the prisoner exchanges impacted disruptively on many aspects of camp life.
Last but not least it is important to include the newspaper as an institution which helped co-ordinate and fund activities in the camp.