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 (63)

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Boy Scouts (ddr-densho-109-9)
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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.
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-15-10)
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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 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.
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.
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

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of ...

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

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

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 ...
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