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.

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America (64)

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Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-9)
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Scouts at Silver Creek in the Cascade Mountains. Left to right: Bill Yorozu, Hiroshi Watanabe, and Masayoshi Uchimura.
Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-10)
img Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-10)
Members of Troop 55, sponsored by the Japanese Methodist Church in Seattle, hike at Silver Creek. Left to right: Hiroshi Watanabe, Norio Mitsuoka, Bill Yorozu, Masayoshi Uchimura, and Hiroshi Kanazawa.
Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-12)
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Top to bottom: Raybo Obazawa, Masayoshi "Mars" Uchimura, Hisaka "Sox" Okamoto, Hiroshi "Squeaky" Kanazawa, Hiroshi "Rosy" Watanabe, and Andy Shiga.
Boy Scouts (ddr-densho-109-9)
img Boy Scouts (ddr-densho-109-9)
Front row (L to R): Kurt Osaka, David Yotsuuye, Kelly Morita, Tetsuro Mohri, Rick Tanabe, Gene Yotsuuye. Back row (L to R): Reverend Suya Pratt, Reverend Mohri.
Letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Eva Koyama (ddr-one-5-38)
Letter dated Oct 5, 1942, to Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from his daughter, Eva Koyama. In the letter Eva writes about life at Minidoka: Shin came to visit, school is starting soon, Mr. Mita's funeral, lunch, and Girl Scouts. Eva sends her regards to Dr. Tanaka and Mr. Ikeya.
Letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from William Koyama (ddr-one-5-21)
The letter is written on thin paper and possibly missing pages, dated July 21, 1942. William writes to his father about his current classes, describing his Boy Scout troop and his changing weight. He asks after his father's health and the entertainment as his camp.
Mas Akiyama Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-188-22)
vh Mas Akiyama Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-188-22)
Involvement in community organizations: Boy Scouts, church

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

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.
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-15-15)
img Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-15)
Masaharu Kuroiwa of Troop 55 cooking a meal during an excursion to Mount Rainier.
Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-8)
img Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-8)
Troop 55 at Silver Creek in the Cascade Mountains. Left to right: Bill Yorozu, Hiroshi Watanabe, Norio Mitsuoka, Masayoshi Uchimura, and Hiroshi Kanazawa.
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 ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 12 (March 22, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-12)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 12 (March 22, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-12)
Select article titles: "Japan Actor to Visit Hollywood, Aided stranded Nisei during War" (p. 1); "Simplified form for renunciant now at I&NS" (p.1); "Purple Heart veteran steals ring; nets $10, but faces 15-yr. prison term" (p. 3); "Busy start for Monterey Peninsula CL, auxiliary and Boy Scouts calendared" (p. 5); "Permanent home for Korean tyke sought by ...
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