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Central Region Sea Scouting Laker Log

Central Region Sea Scouting Laker Log

We may not have oceans, gulfs, or the intercoastal waterway, but there is no location in the Central Region without a lake, river, or even stream - Sea Scouting embraces it all.

Ahoy Sea Scouter —

Welcome to the March edition of the Central Region Sea Scouting Laker Log. A monthly publication to help deliver the news to every volunteer & professional involved in Sea Scouting in the Central Region.

Have a story you'd like to see included in our next issue? Please, email our editor the details, and we'll work with you to get it published. (You can just reply to this newsletter as well.)

You can always see what is happening in the Central Region, by checking out our Calendar.

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Fair winds, and following seas!

Time is running out! Register for SEAL Now!

Sea Scout Experience Advanced Leadership Training, or SEAL, was designed to “jump start” the youth leaders of new Ships and to fine tune leaders of experienced Ships. It is a physically and mentally demanding, and remarkably rewarding hands- on leadership experience. New and experienced Sea Scouts will succeed at SEAL so long as they are willing to learn and work hard at preparation.

The Deadline for registration is TODAY.

For more information, check out our web site, or download a SEAL application now.

Help Design the next Central Region Shoulder Patch

Several of you have commented that it might be time for us to refresh our shoulder patch design and recommended that we consider having a design contest, thereby allowing our region adults and youth to have a say in the concept.

We are asking for designs to be forwarded electronically to Curt Ware, our Vice Commodore for Sales & Membership, no later than March 7th. We will review the designs and vote on the successful design at our Spring Central Region Sea Scout Service Committee meeting, April 2nd.

To assist you, we are including a CSP shape guide, the Guidelines for Custom Patches and Emblems, and the Jamboree 2017 Patch Guidelines.

We are looking forward to seeing some great designs!

Spring Icebreaker


The Region-wide Sea Scout Renezvous. Open to all Sea Scouts, Venturers and older Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls (14 years and older), will be held at the Anthony Wayne Reservation, Camp Chief Little Turtle (2282 W 500 S Pleasant Lake, IN 46779), April 15th–17th.

Events include:

  • International Flag Code
  • Marlinspike Seamanship
  • Swim Competitions
  • Kayak & Row Boat Races
  • Discover Suba
  • Water Polo
  • Cold Water Rescue
  • GPS Challenge
  • and much, much more!
In addition, CPR certification, and Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training will also be offered during this event.

You can sign-up on the Anthony Wayne Area Council web site, and you can download the Ice Breaker booklet for more information.

Voice of the Scout is Coming Soon!

Voice of the ScoutScouting wants your input, so take part in the Voice of the Scout Survey in March!

Look for an email from the Boy Scouts of America in your inboxes! Beginning early March, parents, Scouts & Venturers and Sea Scouts over 14, volunteers, and chartered organization representatives will begin seeing surveys delivered into their email inboxes for Voice of the Scout. The surveys have been designed to be very brief but will give needed insight into the quality of experiences at the unit, district, and council.

Voice of the Scout will help guide our decision-making for our future programs and operational delivery. Please take a few minutes of your time to participate!

Meet the Team

(Each month we'll profile two members of the Region's Sea Scout Service Committee. You can find these bios on our website as well.)

Bill Hamilton

Vice Commodore - Service and Executive Officer

Bill Hamilton - Executive OfficerBill has been involved in Scouting for almost half a century. (Yes, he recalls being a Sea Explorer) Bill is what we hope for all our male Sea Scouts: an Eagle Scout and he earned the Quartermaster rank. Bill also was awarded the Explorer leadership award as a youth member.

A meaningful experience for Bill was working with the Skipper of his Ship, the late Jack Pierson. Due to Jack’s failing health, Bill ran the meetings, landship ceremonies and advancement program, tasks normally reserved in his ship for the Skipper. He has assisted 4 ship members to attain the Quartermaster award, that’s giving back to a program which has helped him. “Along his scouting journey, there have been a lot of Eagles and Silver awards as well.”

Bill has continued to give back to the program many ways as an adult Scouter. He has served as an assistant scoutmaster, explorer advisor and troop and ship committee member in addition to presently serving as first mate of his present ship. He attended numerous summer camps, went canoeing in the Boundary waters, participated in 11 Philmont expeditions and attended numerous scout summer camps and Swift sea scout summer camp weeks. In his spare time, he serves as a unit commissioner and sailing merit badge counselor. Bill especially loves the time he has spent mentoring youth and on the water.

Bill’s service to Sea scouting goes well beyond service to his home council. Prior to 2016, Bill served as Area 3 Commodore for many years and has staffed numerous sea scout training events and Seabadge courses, serving as course director in 2012. He was a member of the Central region’s inaugural class of Seabadge underway in 2015, his personal favorite learning experience.

Bill holds his Seabadge pin, has completed Seabadge underway and has been recognized for his volunteer efforts with the Venturing Leadership award, a District award of merit and the Silver Beaver.

Bill has stayed with the program because he truly believes in the goals set out in Sea Scouting, and Scouting in general. “Creating ethical leaders for our country and world is important to me. Scouting has allowed me to make some of the best friends I could ever ask for.”

Bill has simple goals for our Central Region: make sure our adults are properly trained, and offer a program which allows Sea scouts to grow and mature into the leaders they were meant to be.

“Sea Scouting should be HARD FUN.”

In his spare time, Bill works as a network engineer for a group doing a major system replacement for a fortune 500 corporation. He holds degrees in information management from Meremac Community College and Washington University.

Jay Montgomery

Vice Commodore - Training

Jay Montgomery - Vice Commodore - TrainingJay Montgomery joined a Boy Scout Troop sponsored by his church in Detroit, Michigan in the fall of 1949. He has been continuously registered in Scouting ever since. In 1952, the Troop organized an Explorer Post which functioned like a Patrol for older Scouts within the Troop. He became an Explorer. The Post lost its Advisor late in 1954 but recruited a new one who was also an avid boater and a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. In 1955, the Post re-chartered as a Sea Explorer Ship. That Ship is still in existence today. It is the oldest Ship in the State of Michigan.

Because the Ship was still closely associated with a Troop, everyone assumed that youth membership followed the same pattern as the Boy Scouts. At 18, Jay was registered as the Mate in the Ship. He became its Skipper at rechartering in 1959 and remained its Skipper for the next twenty years. During this period, he earned the Sea  Scouter’s Training Award and the Skipper’s Key. Jay became an active member of the Edison Boat Club in 1962. He served on its Board of Directors and went through “the chairs”. In preparation for becoming EBC’s Commodore in 1980, he stepped down as Skipper and became a member of the Ship’s Committee. He served from 1980 to 2014.

In the 1970’s, Exploring became huge in the Detroit Area Council. A separate Exploring Division was formed in the Council. Sea Exploring, twenty Ships strong, became a District within that Division. Jay served as Vice Commodore, Commodore and later became Vice Commodore of Training. He was also District Chairman and a member of the Council’s Executive Board. Very interested in training, he served on the Exploring Division’s training committee for the next ten years. During this period, Jay was recognized with the Exploring Division’s District Award of Merit. He was also honored with the Detroit Area Council’s Silver Beaver.

Jay first participated in Seabadge at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center where the East Central Region held Seabadge EC-II in 1974. He returned in 1975 to Skipper EC-III. His next opportunity for involvement came as a Staff member of EC-VII in 1987. In this century, he was Staff at SB-11-IN-12 and SB-18-IL-13. He served again as a Course Director/Skipper at SB-22-MI-2015. Jay completed Seabadge Underway in New York in 2011, becoming the first Sea Scouter in the Central Region to have both.

Judith, Patricia and Mark, his three children, were Sea Scouts as teenagers and participated in the Edison Boat Club’s Junior Sailing program. Mark became Skipper in 1987 and completed his twenty-eighth year in 2015. His son Andrew joined the Ship in 2014. Hopefully second son William will too when old enough. There are a total of six grandchildren. The four girls are artists and musicians.

Jay moved his primary Scouting activities to Port Huron, Michigan in 2010 when he signed on as Skipper of Ship 109. He became the Area 2 Vice Commodore – Training at about the same time and serves on the Michigan Crossroads Council Leadership Training and Advancement Committees. Training activities include assisting with adult training at events in Area’s 3, 6 and 7. Jay is an Assistant District Commissioner and a Unit Commissioner in the Water and Woods FSC’s Blue Water District.

Jay graduated from the University of Detroit in 1962 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He joined Detroit Edison as an engineer-in-training shortly afterward. He worked in a variety of supervisory positions and at various locations in Southeastern Michigan until he retired from middle management in 1999. A Masters of Business Administration from Wayne State University in 1975 completed his education. He was a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan. After leaving Edison, he started a Financial Services business being licensed by the State of Michigan to offer mutual funds and annuities, life and long-term care insurance and held a mortgage broker’s license. Retirement planning was a part of the services provided. His second retirement took place in 2009.

In 2011, Jay joined the Anchor Bay Squadron of the USPS as preparation for Seabadge Underway. After transferring to the Port Huron Squadron in 2012, he was appointed Chairman of the Audit Committee and Committee member for a three-year term in beginning 2014. Jay was appointed Chair of Operations Training (Lieutenant) in 2015 and elected Administrative Officer (Lieutenant Commander) for 2016. He received the Educational Achievement Certificate in 2015 after completing eight USPS courses.
Currently, Jay is the Central Region’s Vice Commodore – Training, a member of the Central Region Sea Scout Service Committee and the Region’s Seabadge Coordinator. 

Upcoming Events

(Here's what is happening over the next three months, for more activities, see the Central Region Calendar.)


  • March 1st — SEAL Applications due
  • March 1st — Spring Voice of the Scout Survey opens
  • March 5th — Dual Ship Quartermaster Bridge of Honor, Midland, MI (map)
  • March 15th — Spring Voice of the Scout Survey closes



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