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Our History

Direct Service Lodge Formed

Gamenowinink Lodge Formed for BSA Members Stationed Abroad as 555th Lodge

On May 1, 1962 Gamenowinink Lodge was chartered for BSA members in Direct Service Council. The lodge did not become functional until 1968.  Direct Service Council was created for members of the BSA not served by local Scout Councils domestic or abroad. Generally these were Americans and their dependents stationed on military or diplomatic duty, but also included Americans abroad for business opportunities. Any group of five or more Arrowmen served by Direct Service Council could form a chapter. With the formation of Gamenowinink Lodge the OA was present throughout the world.