Central Region

The Great Midwest

Central Region Leadership

John Paprocki

Regional Commodore

Mike McCarthy

Regional Director

Rachael Washburn

Regional Boatswain

Contact Us

Central RegionWelcome to the Central Region Sea Scout website. As a representative of the 1,100 Sea Scouts and 750 Sea Scout leaders in the region, I hope you will find the information on this website useful to you and your ships .Our area and regional service committees are staffed and ready to assist you by providing necessary training, in making your programs and events the best they can be and, if you are not presently involved in Sea Scouting, to find more about our program and what it can do for your scouts.

Sea Scouts learn about useful skills, safety regulations and techniques to use in sailing, powerboating and paddlesport activities. But also, our Sea Scouts learn leadership skills as they all develop their programs and manage their own ships and service activities. We like to say it’s not like your little brothers scout troop.

If you have questions, feel free to contact one of our regional staff or area commodores whom are listed in this website. We would welcome you joining our fleet and the world of Sea Scouting.

Fair winds and following seas,

John Paprocki, Regional Commodore


The Central Region services sixty-six local BSA councils in the Great Midwest of the United States . The territory spanned by the Central Region includes council headquarter cities in thirteen states, including all of Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin, and parts of Indiana, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Virginia, and West Virginia. The region works to support and sustain these sixty-six councils as they build, support and sustain their programs. The Region is broken down into eight areas that help to deliver program and training resources that best serve the scouts and scouters in the area.

Today, there are 82 Ships serving 1,110 Sea Scouts and 761 Sea Scouters across the Region. Eight new Ships were formed in 2015, and we look forward to 2016.

The region is led by the Regional Key 3 composed of the Regional Commodore John Paprocki, Regional Boatswain Rachael Washburn, and Regional Staff Adviser Mike McCarthy, with the support of the Central Region Sea Scout Committee.

Executive Officer: Bill Hamilton (also Vice Commodore of Service)

Commodore Emeritus: Dr. Mac McNeal

Area 1 Commodore: Dr. George Battis

Area 2 Commodore: L. Wayne Hastings

Area 3 Commodore: Levering Reynolds

Area 4 Commodore: Mark VandenPlas

Area 6 Commodore: Donald Allen Shields

Area 7 Commodore: Bill Muraski

Vice Commodore of Activities: Mark Hazelrigg

Vice Commodore of Boats & Gear: Chip Manning

Vice Commodore of Communications: Ron Blaisdell

Vice Commodore of Program: Tom Ross

Vice Commodore of Sales / Membership: Curt Ware

Vice Commodore of Ships Store: Ray Bartlett

Vice Commodore of Training: Jay Montgomery

Sailing & Regatta Chair (Interim): Wayne Hastings

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Central Region News

  • World Scout Jamboree 2019
    2019 World Scout Jamboree
    January 10, 2018
    Remember, Sea Scouts can attend the upcoming World Jamboree! The LAST day to register for the US World Scout Jamboree Contingent at the early bird rate is 1/31/18! Apply at wsj2019.us - it's a chance to meet Scouts from...
  • Snowstorm
    SNOWSTORM 2018
    January 6, 2018
    SNOWSTORM is a competition for Senior Girl Scouts, Mariners, Explorers, Ventures, Sea Scouts, and Boy Scouts ages 13-20. All participants must be registered members of BSA or GSUSA. This is a one-day indoor and outdoor e...
  • Winter Admidships 2018
    Winter Amidships (WAM) 2018
    January 5, 2018
    Bay-Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America and the alumni of the Fond du Lac Scouts are proud to invite you to the 44th Winter Amidships (WAM)! This co-ed Scouting event will be held on February 24th, 2018, at the National...
  • Central Region Koch Cup Qualifiers
    December 26, 2017
    The following teams from the Central Region have qualified for the 2018 Koch Cup, to be held in Galveston, Texas July 8-13.
  • BSA Chief answers Scouters' questions about welcoming girls into Scouting
    November 21, 2017
    On November 21st, Bryan Wendell, the primary author of the "Bryan on Scouting" blog published the following: "On Oct. 30, I asked Scouters to submit their questions to BSA Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh. By the t...
  • From the Central Region Commodore - November, 2017
    November 21, 2017
    Greetings fellow Sea Scouters, The snow has started to fly, Deer hunting seasons begun and many of you have winterized your boats. Time for our indoor programs to begin. First off, Happy Thanksgiving, and hope you ...
  • VenturingFest 2018
    October 11, 2017
    Next summer, from July 1-6, the Summit Bechtel Reserve will be hosting Venturing’s 20th Birthday Bash- VenturingFest 2018!
  • The Pierson Cup Regatta 2017
    September 19, 2017
    The “The Pierson Cup Regatta” is a co-ed competition between B.S.A. registered Sea Scouts from any Central Region Sea Scout Ship, with Scouts racing to earn an invitation to the “William I. Koch International Sea Scout C...