Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America

In the 1920s and 1930s, Nisei (second-generation) boys joined Boy Scout troops organized by public schools or community churches. Promoting "Americanism," government administrators condoned Boy Scout activities in the World War II concentration camps.

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Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America (53)

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Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-15)
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Masaharu Kuroiwa of Troop 55 cooking a meal during an excursion to Mount Rainier.
Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-17)
img Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-17)
Left to right: Sadao Baba, Hayao Yoda, Hisaka Okamoto, and Masaharu Kuroiwa.
Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-8)
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Troop 55 at Silver Creek in the Cascade Mountains. Left to right: Bill Yorozu, Hiroshi Watanabe, Norio Mitsuoka, Masayoshi Uchimura, and Hiroshi Kanazawa.
Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-14)
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Joe Fujii (front) and Sadao Baba (back to camera) rowing on Long Lake. The boy in back is unidentified.
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from William Koyama (ddr-one-5-64)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama in Santa Fe Detention Center from his son, William Koyama, at Minidoka. Envelope is postmarked August 3, 1943. In red pencil "8/10-43" is written above the receiver's information. The letter from William Koyama is yellowed and water-damaged. At the bottom of the letter is an "EXAMINED" stamp with ...
Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-11)
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Boy Scout Troop 55, sponsored by Seattle's Japanese Methodist Church, on a camping trip. Left to right: Bill Yorozu, Masayoshi Uchimura, Hiroshi Watanabe, Hiroshi Kanazawa, and Norio Mitsuoka.
Three Girl Scouts (ddr-densho-61-4)
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Three girls in Brownie uniforms. L to R: Natalie (Hayashida) Ong, Jane (Kitamoto) Akita, Susan (Hayashida) Fujita.
James Yamazaki Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-175-10)
vh James Yamazaki Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-175-10)
Father's establishment of a prewar Boy Scout troop

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Cedrick M. Shimo Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-260-8)
vh Cedrick M. Shimo Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-260-8)
Activities with the Boy Scouts

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Boy Scouts (ddr-one-1-91)
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Black and white photographic negative of an unidentified boy scout troop at Obon Festival. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-43)
The envelope is addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from his wife, Teru Koyama, at Minidoka. Postmarked Nov 12, 1942. In red pencil “Dec 14-42” is written on the left side of the envelope. On the back of the envelope is a large white sticker that says "EXAMINED BY/U.S.A. 219." The ...
Nisei boy scout (ddr-densho-105-11)
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Minoru "Min" Tsubota is a member of Boy Scout Troop 450 of Kent, Washington. Rank: Tenderfoot.
Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-6)
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Members of Boy Scout Troop 55, which was sponsored by the Japanese Methodist Church, camp out at Sand Island on the Cedar River. Front: Andy Shiga. Back (left to right): Hiroshi Watanabe, Hisaka Okamoto, and Hiroshi Kanazawa.
Boy Scout troop (ddr-densho-259-62)
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Caption by Homer Yasui: "The Boy Scout troop that Kay and Ches [Yasui] belonged to. It was taken inside of the scout cabin This cabin probably was located in the area we used to call 'Paradise Park', which was on the west side of [Hood River] just about at the area where Interstate Highway 84 now ...
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