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.
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.
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.
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.