The latest Sea Scouting news from the Central Region
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 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!

Meet the Team

(Each month we'll profile two members of the Region's Sea Scout Service Committee.)

Central Region Commodore - John Paprocki

John Paprocki - Central Region Fleet CommodoreJohn Paprocki became our Fleet Commodore January 1st. He has been involved in Sea Scouting since 2008,having served as Skipper of SSS Thundercat, (Samoset Council, Central Wisconsin), Samoset Council Commodore, Regional Vice Commodore Training and most recently as Central Region Executive Officer. Many of you may have met John at SeaBadge classes in our region as he has served on Seabadge staffs since 2009, and was St. Louis Seabadge Course Director/Skipper in 2010. John also served as the Regional Seabadge Coordinator and as a member of the National Sea Scout Development (Training) Subcommittee.

John has a wealth of Scout experience in his 43 years in the movement.  An Eagle Scout, class of 1967, John has experienced the program first hand, serving as Senior patrol leader and most of the youth positions in a Troop. He was Treasurer and President for his Explorer Post. He is a Vigil Honor Member of the order of the Arrow, holds the  Hornaday badge for his work as a LNT Master Educator, the St. George adult religious award, the Venturing leadership award and the Finley Sea Scout Service award from the USPS and is a Silver beaver. 

As an adult volunteer, John has served scouting in Cubs, Boy Scouts, Exploring, Venturing and Sea Scouting. He has served as a cub Committee Chair, Scoutmaster, Venturing and Exploring Advisor, District Chair, Council Board Member and Trustee, Asst Council Commissioner,  Council Outdoor Advocate and numerous other roles in Milwaukee County Council, Viking Council (Minneapolis) and Samoset Council (Central Wisconsin).

John's true passion is training and high adventure. He has served on numerous training and University of Scouting staffs over the years. Living in the Northwoods, John has made numerous trips to the Boundary waters canoe area and is an avid kayaker. John has also attended 5 National Jamborees (one as scoutmaster and 4 on staff). 

Oh, By the way John has 4 grown sons, all Eagle Scouts.

Sea scouting also brought John into the United States Power Squadron. He has served as the district 10 Sea Scout-USPS liaison, His Squadron Commander for 2 years and Squadron Educational  Officer for 3 years as well as Secretary and board member.  John currently holds the rank of Senior Navigator- Inland Navigator (SN-IN) having completed all courses offered by the USPS. He is also a 5 time holder of the Century Club Award, having  performed over 100 vessel safety inspections in each of the past 5 years with the help of sea scouts from his ship.

Outside scouting, John recently retired from his role as a turnaround consultant (he's a CPA by training) and had served many organizations (both Public and Private) as their Chief Financial Officer  or  President during his career. 

"While I have had a rich Scouting  experience, I wish I had discovered our Sea Scout Program while my sons were eligible to be members. The depth of our program is impressive and truly gives our young adults a leg up in their future pursuits and community service. Two of my sons have attended sea badge and commented that while Wood badge provided good strategies, the Seabadge course gave them the tactics to approach unit plans and design. We have a great program and really need to talk it up."

John will be moving around the region and trying to attend events whenever he can. Stop by and introduce yourself. As always, he's available for questions or comments at

Central Region Boatswain - Rachael Washburn

Rachael Washburn - Central Region Fleet BoatswainRachael is 17 years old and lives in Trenton, Michigan. She is a senior at Trenton High School graduating this June  and plans to study Biomedical Engineering at Wayne State University. In high school, Rachael has participated in FIRST Robotics, National Honor Society, French Club and the French Honor Society. She carries a 3.88 GPA and is taking numerous advanced placement courses in Science and Math.

Rachael is a member of Ship 1148,SSS Narwhal, Dearborn Michigan and has served as her ships Boatswain, Historian , Midshipmen and as a SEAL guide.

Like so many women in our Program, Rachael is accomplished in her Girl Scout career. Since joining in 2002, She earned her Bronze award in 2008, her Silver award in 2011 and the Gold award, the highest award in Girl Scouting in 2014. She continues to support Girl Scouting with 150 hours of volunteer time annually.
She also is co-registered in a Venturing Crew since 2012 serving the crew as President and Historian while earning her Bronze award(Sea Scouting) in 2103, Gold award in 2013 and the Venturing Silver award in 2014.

As a Sea Scout, Rachael has earned the Quartermaster award, Sea Scoutings' highest award in 2015 while providing numerous volunteer hours to our program weekly. In addition, she completes and earned the SEAL recognition, an advanced leadership training experience on the water , going to Chesapeake Bay in 2014 to participate in this special course. She is presently the only woman Sea Scout in Area 2 to hold this award. She also assists her home council, Great Lakes Field Service Council by staffing its National Youth Leadership Training course. 

She also assists the Edison Boat Club at workbees, assisting in grounds and boat maintenance for additional hours each year. 

Rachael has a significant mission for 2016. She along with Commodore John Paprocki and Executive Officer Bill Hamilton have set as a goal the rebuilding of our Central Region Youth Corps. This means locating and recruiting an area boatswain for each of our areas, and staffing four regional youth positions. Once these base positions are filled, Rachael will assist in fleshing out area youth teams, promoting the SEAL program attendance and most importantly, playing an integral part in developing and promoting our communication network with the region's Vice Commodore Communications.

We all appreciate Rachael's desire to assist us in the region and look forward to working with her to accomplish her goals.

Congratulations to our 2015 Quartermasters


Congratulations to the following 5 recipients of the Quartermaster Award in the Central Region during 2015. Only 37 Quartermaster awards were presented in 2015.

  • Rachael W - Ship 1148 - Great Lakes FSC
  • Elizabeth D - Ship 8772 - Water & Woods FSC
  • Nathan S - Ship 190 - Water & Woods FSC
  • Mark C - Ship 5924 - Pathways to Adventure Council
  • Mary S - Ship 362 - Greater St Louis Area Council

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 March 1st.

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

Keep an Eye Out for the 2017 Seabadge Survey
Help us decide where the 2017 Central Region Seabadge class will be held. 

In the next week, all recipients of this newsletter will be receiving a brief survey in their email. The purpose of this short survey is to find out who may be interested in attending Seabadge in 2017, what Areas have the most interested participants, and how far you would be willing to travel for the class.

To find out more about Seabadge, you can check out this article on our web site.

Our recent Seabadge class was a great success, and we want to ensure that all our volunteers who dedicate the time for this program will enjoy their experience as much as our last class did — so, keep an eye on your inbox, you should receive the survey before February 8th.
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Eight Teams will represent the Central Region at the 2016 Koch Cup

From July 31st to August 5th, eight teams from the Central Region will compete in this year's Koch Cup at the Long Beach Yacht Club in California. The Koch Cup will feature one week of sailing competition on Flying Junior (FJ) sailboats crewed by two person teams. 

Through the series of qualifying regattas held here in the Central Region during 2015, eight teams have been selected to participate in this year's competition. This is the most teams the Central Region has sent in many years. The teams selected include:
  • Central Region 1: Collin C & Olivia K from Ship 109 - Water & Woods FSC - Michigan Crossroads Council
  • Central Region 2: John N and Roy N from Ship 2015 - Pathways to Adventure Council
  • Central Region 3: Nicholas M & Zak H from Ship 41 - Greater Cleveland Council
  • Central Region 4: Alexander B & Marcella S from Ship 5496 - Greater St Louis Area Council
  • Central Region 5: Brian F & Abby H from Ship 1148 - Great Lakes FSC - Michigan Crossroads Council
  • Central Region 6: Rory L & Tess D from Ship 320 - Water & Foods FSC - Michigan Crossroads Council
  • Central Region 7: Rich B-G & Luke N from Ship 2015 - Pathways to Adventure Council
  • Central Region 8: Glorida C & Jullian L from Ship 1148 - Great Lakes FSC - Michigan Crossroads Council
If you are interested in cheering on our teams, travel information can be found on the regatta web site.

CR Youth Leadership Corps

The Region Leadership is excited to announce that we are looking to expand the youth corps. We are looking for excited, dedicated, and motivated scouts who would like to represent their ship, their area, and their region.

Available positions include:

  • Area Boatswains
  • Regional Boatswains Mates
  • and a Regional Yeoman

If you are unsure, please feel free to ask questions, we want to give you the best experience possible. Click here to download an application, which needs to be filled out, endorsed by your skipper and council, and sent in to our Executive Officer, Bill Hamilton.

Invitation to the 2 QM Bridge of Honor -- March 5, 2016

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 February 29th. 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!

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


Did You Miss any of these January Articles on the Web Site?

In addition, you can check out the December articles, by clicking this link.

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