Waichi Ouye began his scouting career in 1927 while attending Hakalau School.
Merit Scouts, Officers and Troop Chaiman, in the front yard of the Hakalau Plantation Manager's home, 1930. Standing L to R: Eagle Scout Harry Urasaki, Life Scout Shigeru Ito, Star Scout Theodore Machado, Star Scout Masawo Tanaka, Eagle Scout Waichi Ouye, Star Scout Daniel Gonsalves, and Asst. Scout Master Nishioka. Sitting: Scout Master Morikawa, Troop Chairman J.M. Ross, and Asst. Scout Master Furusho. Photographer Shigeharu Furusho. Photo from the Waichi Ouye Collection, courtesy of his family.
He became an Eagle Scout in 1930. In 1932, he became the Assistant Scout Master for Hakalau's Troop 5. He attributed later success with Future Farmers of America to the training received as a boy scout.
In 1971, Waichi Ouye was honored with the Silver Beaver award, the highest award presented to volunteers.