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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Mas Akiyama Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-188-22)
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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.

James Yamazaki Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-175-10)
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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 the Interior.

Mary Hirata Segment 30 (ddr-densho-1000-22-30)
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Participating in Japanese American community organizations: Boy Scouts
Ronald Ikejiri Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-461-7)
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Activities during childhood: Japanese language school, Boy Scouts
Yasashi Ichikawa Interview II Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-112-3)
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Buddhist Temple Boy Scout troop; Issei parents encouraging children to become "Americanized" (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese. The transcript is a translation of the original interview.

Cedrick M. Shimo Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-260-8)
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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 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)
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Left to right: Sadao Baba, Hayao Yoda, Hisaka Okamoto, and Masaharu Kuroiwa.
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-15-9)
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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)
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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-15-2)
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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.
Boy Scout camping trip (ddr-densho-15-1)
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Bill Yorozu (left) and Hiroshi Watanabe, members of Boy Scout Troop 55, hike at Mission Lake.
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 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.
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-15-12)
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Top to bottom: Raybo Obazawa, Masayoshi "Mars" Uchimura, Hisaka "Sox" Okamoto, Hiroshi "Squeaky" Kanazawa, Hiroshi "Rosy" Watanabe, and Andy Shiga.
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 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.
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