1993 - 2021
1973 - 1992
1948 - 1972

Of the many territorial and foreign councils of the BSA, nine had Order of the Arrow Lodges. Of these, five were assigned to an area: Yokahú 506 (Puerto Rico) and Arawak 562 (Virgin Islands) were in Area 2-J; Achsin 565 (Chamorro) was in Area 12-H; Cuauhtli 446 (Direct Service, Mexico City, Mexico) was in Area 9-B, and Chiriqui 391 (Canal Zone) was in Area 12-A (1950-52), then later in 6-E (1959-72).

The other four lodges were not originally included within the 12 Regions, and were instead overseen by the BSA's International Division. They were sometimes referred to as "Extra-Regional" or the so-called "Region 13," even though they weren't organized as such, nor did they have region/area leadership, planning, or area events. These lodges were Black Eagle 482 (Transatlantic), Hinode Goya 498 (Far East), Baluga 538 (Clark AFB, Philippines), and Gamenowinink 555 (Direct Service). Then in 1953, National listed Chiriqui 391 as "Extra-Regional".

I personally suspect that Clark AFB functioned more as a chartered organization and not a council for Baluga Lodge. This is similar to how the council for Cuauhtli 446 has traditionally been listed as the American Society of Mexico-- or even Scouts de America, when its official charters confirm Direct Service. More investigation is needed to see if perhaps, Direct Service was also the correct council for Baluga Lodge.

According to Councils of the BSA by Edward Morse: when the 12 Regions were first created,

"the Honolulu Council was designated as 'Extra Regional', along with Scouts in Alaska, United States possessions, and foreign countries.... At times 'Extra Regional' territories were also designated as 'Region XIII'. Hawaii, with its... three councils remained in Extra Regions or Region XIII status until 1936 when [it became part of] Region XII.

"The Guam Council (800), when it was organized in 1947, became part of Region XIII until Guam returned to Direct Service status in 1954.

"The Canal Zone Council (801) was also Extra Regional until 1 January 1959 when it joined Region VI.

"The present Transatlantic Council (802) and Far East Council (803) joined region XIII (Extra Regional) in 1953 and 1954, respectively. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands became part of Region II in 1953."

In 1965, Baluga Lodge #538 merged into Hinode Goya Lodge #498.

In 1973, the three remaining lodges were organized as part of the 1973 New Section Operation: Black Eagle 482 and Gamenowinink 555 to the Northeast Region, and Hinode Goya 498 to the Western Region.

1959: Region 6
1973: Northeast Region
1973: Northeast Region
1973: Western Region
1965: Merged into 498
Chiriqui 391 s25  Black Eagle 482 s7  Gamenowinink 555 s4  Hinode Goya 498 s17b Baluga 538 s1  
courtesy of Bill Griesmyer

Extra-Regional "13" Lodges
Lodge: Council: Location: Status:
Chiriqui Lodge #391 (1948-88) Canal Zone Council #801 (1933-79) Balboa, CZ from 12-A in 1953
to 6-E in 1959
Black Eagle Lodge #482 (1952- ) EUCOM, BSA Advisory Council #802 (1951-53)
Transatlantic Council #802 (1953- )
Heidelberg, Germany to NE-3A in 1973
Hinode Goya Lodge #498 (1953-75) Far East Council #803 (1953- ) Tokyo, Japan to W-3C in 1973
Baluga Lodge #538 (1959-65) Clark AFB Council (1959-65) Angeles City, PI to #498 in 1965
Gamenowinink Lodge #555 (1962*-2015) Direct Service Council #800 (1956-2000)** New Brunswick, NJ to NE-4B in 1973

Territorial & Foreign Lodges that Were Never in "Region 13"
Lodge: Council: Location: R-A:
Cuauhtli Lodge #446 (1951-71) National Office (1951-56)
Direct Service Council #800 (1956-71)**
Mexico City, DF, Mexico 9-B
Yukiyú Lodge #506 (1954-55)
Yokahú Lodge #506 (1955-)
Puerto Rico Council #661 (1929-60, 1965-)
Puerto Rico-Virgin Islands Council #661 (1960-65)
San Juan, PR 2-J
Arawak Lodge #562 (1966-2013) Virgin Islands Council #410 (1965-2013) Charlotte Amalie, VI 2-J
Achsin Lodge #565 (1970-73) Chamorro Council #649 (1970-73) Agana, GU 12-H

*Chartered in 1962, Gamenowinink Lodge was slow to organize. It was not until [Summer of] 1969 that it became a viable lodge.
Reference: Bill Topkis, Jeff Morley, and Duane Fowlks. "Run for the Border: The BSA's History in Mexico." American Scouting Historical Society Journal 8 (Winter 1998): 18

**"Direct Service [Council #800] was never a stand-alone council despite the moniker, window dressing, and mythology. In 2000, the fictional council name morphed into Direct Service BSA, a program of the International Division."
Reference: Phil Abbey, Gamenowinink Lodge #555

Territorial & Foreign Councils pre-OA
Council: Location: Status:
Alaska (Territory) Council #610 (1930-42) Seattle Council #609 Extra Regional 1933-36
to Region 11 in 1937
Maui County Council #102 (1920-2019) Wailuku, HI to Region 12 in 1936
Kilauea Council #103 (1922-72) Hilo, HI to Region 12 in 1936
Honolulu Council #104 (1919-24) Honolulu, HI to #104 in 1924
Honolulu County Council #104 (1924-57) Honolulu, HI to Region 12 in 1936
Puerto Rico Council #661 (1929-60) San Juan, PR to Region 2 in 1953
Guam Council #800 (1947-56) Agana, GU to DS in 1954 or 56
Canal Zone, Panama Council #641s (1923-29) Balboa, CZ to #801 in 1929
Panama Canal Zone Council #801 (1929-33) Balboa, CZ to #801 in 1933
Philippine Islands Council #545 (1923-37) Manila, PI to #802 in 1938
BS of A Philippine Islands Council #802 (1938-42) Manila, PI ended with the Japanese invasion
Peking, China Council #643s (1923-28) Peking, China to #802 in 1929
Peking, China Council #802 (1929-31) Peking, China disbanded in 1931

Flaps featured:
Black Eagle 482 s7
Gamenowinink 555 s4
Chiriqui 391 s25
Hinode Goya 498 s17b
Baluga 538 s1 (image courtesy of Bill Griesmyer)
Unless otherwise noted, all patch images are featured in OAS My Collection

Works Cited:

Geary, Patrick. Councils of the BSA, 6th ed. n.p., 2000. Print.
Morse, Edward R. Councils of the Boy Scouts of America, 1st ed. n.p., 1981. Print.

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