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Q/A: Old Membership Records

Q: I would like to find out if my name appears as a member of the Order of the Arrow and also if the records show that I attained the rank of Life Scout back in the 1930's. There was a fire at the council office many years ago and most records there were lost. Please tell me how to access these records.

A: There are no Order of the Arrow membership records maintained at the national level. There is also no national policy on how long local lodges and councils should maintain old membership records for the OA - some may have records that date back to the 1930s, but others do not.

If your local council does not have the records, they probably do not exist. The chartered organization for the troop may have some records or history (even if it is just old plaques on a wall). You may want to contact them to see if they have anything to help you.