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Of the nine territorial and foreign councils of the BSA, four were assigned to an area: Yokahú 506 (Puerto Rico) and Arawak 562 (US Virgin Islands) were in Area 2-J; Achsin 565 (Chamorro, Guam) was in Area 12-H; and Cuauhtli 446 (Scouts de America, Mexico City, D.F.) was in Area 9-B.

The other five councils and their lodges were not included within the 12 Regions. Black Eagle 482 (Transatlantic), Hinode Goya 498 (Far East), Chiriqui 391* (Canal Zone), Baluga 538 (Clark AFB, Philippines), and Gamenowinink 555 (Direct Service) 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.

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.

*Lists from National show that Chiriqui 391 was included as part of 12-A from 1950-52.

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 s10b
courtesy of Bob McCanless
Baluga 538 s1  
courtesy of Bill Griesmyer

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

*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." Journal of the American Scouting Historical Society 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."
To this day Gamenowinink Lodge #555 still functions, with an active membership of over 130 arrowmen.
Reference: Phil Abbey, Gamenowinink Lodge #555


Territorial & Foreign Lodges that Were Not in "Region 13"
Lodge: Council: Location: R-A:
Cuauhtli Lodge #446 (1951-71) Scouts de America Council (1943-71) Mexico City, DF, Mexico 9-B
Yokahú Lodge #506 (1954- ) Puerto Rico Council #661 (1929- ) San Juan, PR 2-J
Arawak Lodge #562 (1966- ) Virgin Islands Council #410 (1965- ) St. Thomas, VI 2-J
Achsin Lodge #565 (1970-73) Chamorro Council #649 (1970-73) Agana, GU 12-H



Territorial & Foreign Councils pre-OA
Operational: Council: Location:
 1923-29 Canal Zone, Panama Council #641s Balboa, CZ
 1929-33 Panama Canal Zone Council #801 Balboa, CZ
 1923-37 Philippine Islands Council #545 Manila, PI
 1938-42* BS of A Philippine Islands Council #802 Manila, PI
 1923-28 Peking, China Council #643s Peking, China
 1929-31 Peking, China Council #802 Peking, China
 1947-56 Guam Council #800 Agana, GU

*ended with the Japanese invasion of the Philippines
Reference: Patrick Geary, Councils of the BSA, 6th ed. 2000


Flaps featured:
Black Eagle 482 s7
Gamenowinink 555 s4
Chiriqui 391 s25
Hinode Goya 498 s10b (image courtesy of Bob McCanless)
Baluga 538 s1 (image courtesy of Bill Griesmyer)
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