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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.
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“May you see the way wherever the journey takes you, sailing safely over rough water and weathering the waves’ dips and crests
May you find treasure in Earth’s infinite variety, beauty and surprise
May you hear the ocean’s music in every shell you hold to your ear
May your boat fill with insight, laughter, generosity and love
as you discover new landscapes and explore the wide expanse of memory.”

— Navigator’s Blessing, by littlegoldboat

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.
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Central Region Rendezvous

Central Region Rendezvous
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Blackhawk Regatta

62nd Annual Blackhawk RegattaCome join us for the 62nd Annual Blackhawk Regatta to be held at Olson Beach Loves Park in Illinois from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 25th.

A Scouting day in the sun with plenty of fun, hosted by the Alumni Association of Sea Scout Ship #508 Legionnaire, in cooperation with the Wanchanagi District and the Blackhawk Area Council is just what you’re looking for!

Open to all Explorers, Ventures, Sea Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts (and alumni) (including Cadets, Seniors and Ambassadors). The Regatta is designed to meet the requirements of small teams from the units; therefore, there will be no less than three, and no more than five, members on a team. A unit may enter as many teams as they want. 

Competitive Events during the day include: Archery, Obstacle Course, Heaving Line toss, Hypothermia Challenge, Bucket Brigade, Tug-o-War, Life Jacket Relay, Log Saw, Who Killed Who, Canoe races, and a surprise event.

REGISTRATION: $14.00 per youth and $10.00 per leader. These fees cover the cost of awards, evening meal, and the dance. NO REFUNDS.  (Each unit must furnish at least two adults who are properly registered. Remember that co-ed units must have co-ed leadership.)

For more information, you can download an information packet, or contact:
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Swift Base Sea Scout Spectacular
Swift Base Sea Scout Spectacular (click to see the video)

Swift Base Sea Scouts Spectacular

The Area 3 Sea Scout Committee in coordination with the Greater St. Louis Area Council has put on the Swift Base Sea Scout Week for 5 years.

Swift always has sailing, but during Sea Scout week, watch as Sea Scouts invade Nims Lake with so many boats we run out of dock space! It is amazing flotilla-and you get to sail it. Come learn how to sail, or just watch as others sail on the beautiful lake.

Sea Scouts will get ample time on the water and will get the chance to work with some of the best instructors in the Region on advancement requirements from navigation to piloting and much more. This is a great way to get some Long Cruse time, work on upper level requirements, prepare for SEAL, or just relax on the lake!

For more information -
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Passport to Adventure Long Cruise Guide

Long cruise adventures!The Sea Scout program relies on an annual Long Cruise just like Scouting relies on summer camp or baseball relies on the World Series. It is the pinnacle of what Sea Scouting has to offer, high adventure on the water, lifelong friendships, lifelong memories, and of course valuable lessons. For Sea Scouts, a long cruise is a joyous opportunity—beyond the scope of the routine. It is more than just a scenic outdoor experience. It is more than just a physical challenge. It is an experience in living and cooperating with others to meet an exciting challenge. It is learning to overcome difficulties and learning to live in harmony with nature and each other. Every Sea Scout should be able to look back on their favorite long cruise with a smile. To make this a reality, the National Sea Scout Committee has published the Passport to Adventure Long Cruise Guide.

The Passport to Adventure Long Cruise Guide is the one stop shop for any ship to plan and execute a successful cruise. Its eight chapters are packed with topics including Before You Go; Who Will Go; Trip Planning; Travel, Budget, and Insurance; Promotion and Preparation; Equipment; Underway Procedures; Sail Safely; and Wrapping up Your Long Cruise.

Additional training modules for planning and executing successful cruises are under development and will be released soon. If your ship is unable to go on a long cruise this summer, please direct your Sea Scouts to the Provisional Cruising opportunities available to them. Click here to download a copy. Back to table of contents

Frequently Asked Questions

About the Sea Scout Program, outside of Venturing

The National Sea Scout Committee has received many questions regarding the effects of the Sea Scout Resolution.These questions have been answered in this Frequently Asked Question Fact Sheet. If you have specific questions that are not addressed here, please send an email message to Answers to those questions will be used to generate the next set of FAQs.

Frequently asked Questions- Changes in Sea Scouts March 2016 (download)
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Announcing the 2016-17 National Boatswain


Rachel West - 2016-17 National BoatswainPlease join the National Sea Scout Committee in congratulating Rachel West, from the Capitol Area Council, on her selection as the 2016 – 2017 National Sea Scout Boatswain! Rachel’s term will begin June 1, 2016.

Rachel is an active member of the Texas Sea Scout Community and a graduate of the SEAL and NAYLE programs. Next fall she will be a student at the University of Texas Austin where she will study Biology.
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Save the date ...


Poseidon - Introduction to Sea Scouting - August 18-21
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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.)

Tom Ross

Meet the Team: Tom Ross

Vice Commodore - Programs

Tom Ross - Central Region Vice Commodore of ProgramTom started in scouting in 1968, he earned his Eagle Scout award in 1971, and received an additional three palms, finishing with 36 merit badges and a silver palm. He remained active in scouting until he left for College. Tom started working back in Scouting as an Adult Volunteer in 2003. He has served as an Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Unit Commissioner (10 years), Chartered Organization Representative, and has held numerous District and Council volunteer positions, helping with his Council's University of Scouting, and College of Commissioner Science. He received his Doctorate of Commissioner Science in 2009. He attended Woodbadge in 2005, and was beaded in 2006.

Tom helped start a Venturing Crew, and received the WD Boyce Award for his efforts. He has also received the Silver Beaver, District Award of Merit, Distinguished Commissioner Service Award, and his Scouters' Training Award for Boy Scouting and Sea Scouting, and his Scouters' Key for service on his District Committee. He is also a recipient of the Cub Scouter Award. In 2011 he was honored by being presented the Faithful Servant Award, the adult religious award from the Churches of Christ. An avid hiker, Tom has received 33 hiking awards, and has served as staff for two National Jamborees. He has served on staff, or been course director for Powder Horn, Kodiak, and Kodiak X training for the Venturing program.

Tom has been part of the Committee for Ship 468 since it was founded in 2006. He attended Seabadge CR-V, and served on staff for Seabadge courses CR-VI, VII, VIII, and IX, culminating by being selected as Course Director for CR-X. Tom also served on the "senior" staff for SB-22-MI-2015 this last fall. He served as Area 4 Commodore from 2007-2013, joined the Central Region Sea Scout Service Committee in 2008, and has served as the Central Region Vice Commodore for Program since 2014.

When not participating in his favorite avocation, Tom has worked for the last 12 years in the receiving department for Kohl's department stores. He is married to his lovely wife Lori. Tom and Lori have shown great servant-leadership by being a host family for 10 students from other countries.
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Ron Blaisdell

Meet the Team: Ron Blaisdell

Vice Commodore - Communications

Ron Blaisdell - Central Region Sea Scout Service Committee Member - CommunicationsRon got involved with Scouting as a Cub Scout in 1967, and one was on the last cubs in his Pack to earn the original Lion Rank before he received his Arrow of Light. In 1969 he joined Troop 782 in Livonia, Michigan, earned his Eagle in May, 1972 (two Silver Palms) and stayed active in OA until he left for the military in 1978. As there were no Sea Scout Ships in his area, he participated in NJROTC from 1973-1976, leaving the program after serving as Cadet Divisional Commander - and the chief pilot and navigator for the YP-587 (November X-ray, November Zulu), a 75-foot retired Naval Yard Patrol Craft that was launched in 1943. He helped to transition the craft from the US Navy to the US Naval Sea Cadets, and piloted & navigated the craft in October gales on the Great Lakes from Detroit to Muskegon.

Ron started serving as an adult volunteer in 1976 - and has served in one capacity or another ever since. He has been a Commissioner (Unit, Roundtable, Assistant District, District, Assistant Council, Assistant Area Commissioner), as well as serving as a Cub Master, Scoutmaster, Explorer Assistant Advisor, Venturing Advisor, Sea Scout Committee Chair, Chartered Organization Representative (or Scouting Coordinator), serving numerous District, Council, Area, and National positions and committees, and staffing at two National Jamborees. He has attended & staffed Woodbadge, and Powder Horn. In 2007 he helped to found Ship 24 in the Tuscarora District of the Central Florida Council, and served as its Committee Chair until he returned to Michigan in 2012. He attended Seabadge in the Southern Region at SR-33 in 2008. And has since served on staff as 1st Mate for SB-22-MI-2015. He also helped found a Venturing Crew in 2006 for which he received the WD Boyce Award, and the Council-level Venturing Leadership Award. Since 2012, Ron has served as the Vice Commodore for the Southern Shores Field Service Council in Michigan.

Ron has been honored by being presented the Silver Beaver, District Award of Merit, the Scouter's Key four-times (Commissioner, Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, Venturing Advisor) and the Scouters' Training Award for every program he has participated in. He holds a Doctorate of Commissioner Science, and the Distinguished Commissioner Service Award, and numerous other training awards. A member of the US Power Squadron, he was originally a member of the "Internet Squadron" and he is now the Chaplain for the Dearborn Sail and Power Squadron, and has completed his Seamanship & Piloting training. He also completed the US Coast Guard Auxiliary's  About Boating Safely course.

When not being a professional Scouting Volunteer, Ron works at the University of Michigan Health System as a Senior Project Manager in their IT organization. He is a certified project manager, Six Sigma Black Belt, and experienced in numerous IT processes including ITIL, CMM, and CMMI. He is married, and has two adult children, both of whom have participated in Scouting or Venturing. Ron is a proud veteran, having served in the US Army, and is a Life Member of the VFW and American Legion.

Currently, Ron is the Central Region’s Vice Commodore – Communications, and a member of the Central Region Sea Scout Service Committee. He also serves at the Region's "Data Dog" and helps the Area Commodores better understand the membership and health of the Ships in their Areas.
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Upcoming Events

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




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

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