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.

Community activities (560)
Associations and organizations (152)
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America (52)

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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-15-15)
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-15-17)
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)
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.
Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-14)
img Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-14)
Joe Fujii (front) and Sadao Baba (back to camera) rowing on Long Lake. The boy in back is unidentified.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 18
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 18 "Sailing" (ddr-one-1-472)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 18 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd gathered outside the Noon Bag Company building. On the side of the building is an advertisement for San Juan Slacks. The float is a large sailboat with six women riding inside, one is holding a pink ribbon. The sail ...
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Andrew "Uncle Chape" Goodenough and Eva "Aunt Eva" Goodenough (ddr-one-5-25)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Kei Koyama in Camp Livingston from Andrew "Uncle Chape" Goodenough and Eva "Aunt Eva" Goodenough in Portland. Postmarked Aug 31, 1942. On the left side of the envelope is a purple "Censored" stamp. Inside the envelope was a newspaper clipping about Boy Scout Troop at the Portland Assembly Center. William Koyama's ...
Boy Scouts at memorial service (ddr-densho-159-136)
img Boy Scouts at memorial service (ddr-densho-159-136)
Memorial service for Amache servicemen killed in action.
Boy Scout troop (ddr-densho-160-72)
img Boy Scout troop (ddr-densho-160-72)
This is Troop 179's Drum and Bugle Corps from Los Angeles.
Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-1)
img Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-1)
Bill Yorozu (left) and Hiroshi Watanabe, members of Boy Scout Troop 55, hike at Mission Lake.
Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-2)
img Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-2)
Members of Troop 55 on a camping trip. Kneeling: Masahiko Bitow. Second row (left to right): Hiroshi Watanabe, Hiroshi Kanazawa, Norio Mitsuoka, and Henry Itoi. Third row: unidentified and Nasuo Hashiguchi. Standing in back: Masayoshi Uchimura.
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 37 (May 27, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-25)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 37 (May 27, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-25)
"4700 Japanese in Area" (p. 1), "Permit Naturalization of Kin of War Heroes, Solon Asks" (p. 1) "What Claims Board Bill Says" (p. 2) "Nisei Pugilists Score Hit With Aloha Garb in Scotland" (p. 4).
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 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.
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.
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.

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