Southern Region

Sea Scout Cup Qualifiers 

Southern Region qualifiers for the 2018 Sea Scout Cup are now being scheduled and will be conducted in summer and fall 2017. See here for details as they develop.

Southern Region Leadership

TW Cook

Regional Commodore

Rodney Carpenter

Regional Director

Savannah Cushman

Regional Boatswain

Contact Us

Southern Region Contact

On behalf of the more than 120 Sea Scout ships across the Southern region, welcome to the Southern Region Sea Scout website. Our region is home to some of the finest boating in the world, from our inland lakes and rivers to the Gulf of Mexico to the Florida Keys to the Outer Banks. We have room for lots more Sea Scouts and Sea Scout ships, so join us and get out on the water!

If you are interested in joining or starting a Sea Scout ship in Southern Region (which consists of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Tennessee, and parts of Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia) please contact us using the “Southern Region Contact” form below and to the left. We’ll do everything we can to help you! Meanwhile there are some good resources for new ships on this site – check out the New Leader section under Resources above.

The Southern Region is an administrative body of the BSA that supports Sea Scouts in all of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Tennessee, and parts of Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. The region is broken down into nine areas that help to deliver program and training resources that best serve the scouts and scouters in the area. The region has a volunteer Sea Scout staff and each area has an Area Commodore to oversee Sea Scout activity in that area. You can use the “Southern Region Contact” form below and to the left to contact your Area Commodore, just let us know what area you are interested in. If you aren’t sure, just let us know the nearest city and we’ll figure it out.

The Southern Region Quarterdeck for 2017-2018

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Savannah Cushman
Regional Boatswain Southern Region

Savannah is from Sam Houston Area Council Ship 208, SSS Red Skies. She is an Able Sea Scout, and is working on her Quartermaster. She is a SEAL and NYLT graduate, and has served as Ship Boatswain. She is a certified lifeguard and is SCUBA certified. When not Sea Scouting, Savannah is an oboist, a Varsity Tennis player, a former JV Volleyball player, Vice President of Interact,and a participant in the STEM Academy at Robert E. Lee High School, where she was recently recognized as STEM Student of the Month. She is a National Honor Society member and a member of St. John’s the Evangelist Catholic Church.


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Nelson Ramsey
Regional Boatswain’s Mate Southern Region

Nelson is from the Andrew Jackson Council in Jackson, Mississippi. He is an active Sea Scout, Boy Scout, Venturer, and Order of the Arrow member. He is an Eagle Scout as well as a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. Serving on the council, area and regional levels of scouting Nelson brings years of experience to the Southern Region Sea Scout Quarterdeck. His main goal for the year is to improve area operations through enhanced communication from the region to the areas.


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Trey Currie
Area Boatswain Southern Region Area 1

Trey is a member of Sea Scout Ship 700 in the Andrew Jackson Council in Jackson, Mississippi. His ship recently cruised aboard a 54’ sailboat out of Gulfport, Mississippi. He is an Eagle Scout and has participated in the Mobile Bay Sea Scout Academy.


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Katie Stone
Area Boatswain Southern Region Area 2

Katie is an Ordinary Sea Scout of East Texas Area Council Ship 1, SSS Unique. She is serving as Boatswain Mate Program in her own ship currently as well. She is attending SEAL Galveston this 2017 summer, as well as working at Sea Star Base Galveston. Outside of scouting, Katie is an active member in many school organizations such as The Palestine High School Wildcat Band, where she plays the saxophone and serves as a Low Reeds Section Leader and other leadership positions. She is the co-captain of her school’s debate team and a three time Regional Qualifier in UIL Academics. Katie is on the tennis team, jazz band, Chemistry Club, and National Honor Society in her school as well.


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Ryan Trefny
Area Boatswain Southern Region Area 3

Ryan is from Capitol Area Council Ship 911, SSS Response. He is an Able Sea Scout and only lacks a few more things before achieving Quartermaster. Ryan has graduated from Seattle SEAL (Charley Pod) and NYLT, and has served as Ship’s Boatswain and Capitol Area Council Boatswain’s Mate. When not doing Sea Scouts, Ryan is a distinguished scholar at Meridian World School in Round Rock Texas, an International Baccalaureate Continuum school. He actively participates in Swimming, Model United Nations, and Debate Club. He also works as a shift leader at the Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District, and volunteer at the local Serving Center on a regular basis.


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Caleb Griffith
Area Boatswain Southern Region Area 5

Caleb received his Arrow of Light in Cub Scouting at age 10, earned his Eagle Scout Award at age 13 and joined Sea Scouts at age 14. He has completed all of the Merit Badges offered as of January 2017 as well as the National Outdoor Award which included over 300 miles of hiking, cycling, and backpacking. He enjoys rappelling and sailing. He believes that Scouting teaches important life skills and looks forward to serving as the Area 5 Boatswain this year.


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Samuel Wright
Area Boatswain Southern Region Area 6

Samuel, from the Chickasaw Council, Samuel, is a life-long scout. He has earned the rank of, Eagle Scout with cross silver palms, and is a Venturing Silver recipient. He is an Able Seaman, working towards his Quartermaster, within the ranks of Ship 73. Samuel has completed NYLT, Wilderness First Aid/CPR and Woodbadge. Held almost every position in Ship 73, including the position of Boatswain. Currently being the Ship Specialist.

He has been intimately involved in his Council, serving as president of the Chickasaw Council’s Venturing Officer’s Association. He is a four year staffer at Kia Kima Scout Reservation as an instructor in scoutcraft, and a member of the Commissioner Corp. Samuel is currently pursuing a degree in Criminal Investigation, with plans of a career as a homicide detective.


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Penelope Franklin
Area Boatswain Southern Region Area 7

Penelope is from Colonial Virginia Council Ship 37, where she has served as Ship Boatswain. She is nearing completion of the requirements for Able rank, and is a certified lifeguard. In addition to her Sea Scout and Venture Scout activities, Penelope enjoys playing piano, singing with her church praise band, and playing on her varsity softball team.


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Benjamin Kretschmer
Area Boatswain Southern Region Area 8

Benjamin is from the Last Frontier Council. He has been involved in scouting since he was six, starting as a cub scout in Maryland. He earned his Arrow of Light in Hampton, Virginia and continued on into Boy Scouts. He moved to Moore in 2012 and joined Troop 75 to continue his Boy Scout career. He joined Ship 5131 out of Lake Hefner in OKC in 2014. He is in the Moore High School Band program, playing French Horn and Mellophone.

Benjamin is an Eagle Scout, has earned his bronze palm and is on his way to earn his gold and silver palms as well. He hopes to expand the Sea Scout program throughout Area 8 and be closer to not only Venture Crews, but Scouting troops as well. He currently is a junior at Moore High School, graduating in the Class of 2018.


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Anna Fournaris
Area Boatswain Southern Region Area 9

Anna has been involved in Sea Scouting in SSS100 “Southwinds,” since she was 14, but was involved in scouting by volunteering for Cub Scouts long before that. Anna has served as ship, council, and area boatswain in the past. She graduated from the Chesapeake SEAL course in July of 2015. Also, she has recently been awarded the Sea Scout Leadership Award. She has a passion for sailing, navigating, and imparting her knowledge and experience to younger scouts.

Anna is involved in several activities outside of scouting. She attends Woodstock High in Georgia. At Woodstock, she is a member of the varsity swim team, and has received a varsity letter twice. She is also very involved in Naval JROTC, and has completed NJROTC Sail Academy and has been awarded Cadet of the Year. She intends to pursue a career in the United States Navy or Air Force.

Southern Region Sea Scout Committee

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Commodore TW Cook
Southern Region

T.W. Cook previously served as Commodore for Capitol Area Council. He is a plankowner and mate of SSS Response, Ship 911, which in 2017 was named to the National Flagship Fleet for the third consecutive year. He has served as Seabadge course director (twice), as the Southern Region Seabadge Coordinator, and is a graduate of Seabadge Underway course #1. In addition, he has served as Scoutmaster, Venturing Crew Advisor, Woodbadge Staff, and Powderhorn Course Director. He is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. His wife, Laura has been his partner for most of his Scouting adventures. They have two sons, both Eagle Scouts, one of whom is also a Quartermaster.

He has been a Flotilla Commander in the Coast Guard Auxiliary and remains actively involved in the boat crew program there. T.W. serves as Program Director and as one of the Captains (he holds a 100-ton Master’s license) for Point Glass, an 82′ former Coast Guard cutter now used as a Sea Scout training vessel on the Texas Gulf Coast. He is a recipient of the Silver Beaver and the United Methodist Church Cross and Flame award.

When not Scouting, T.W. is Vice President of Engineering for Caringo, Inc. which provides simple, bulletproof, limitless storage solutions for enterprises around the world.


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Vice Commodore John Green
Southern RegionShip’s Stores

John Green began his service in Scouting in 1983. He has been a part of Boy Scouts and Exploring as a youth. As an adult John has served Boy Scouts, Venturing, Sea Scouts, Commissioner Service as well as serving on a verity of courses in Occoneechee Council, NYLT and two Seabadge courses.

Johns service to scouting extends over six different councils during his 24 years of service to the Army as well as to Scouts of Iraq and Afghanistan. In January 2013 upon returning to FT Bragg, NC he picked up where he left off with Occoneechee council and formed Sea Scout Ship 71, organize a Seabadge course for the area and volunteer to serve on the Southern Region committee.

John is a trained Skipper, Unit Commissioner, Advisor, and ASM. He is active in the Ruritan Club and US Power Squadron. His scouting awards are numerous and many of note Silver Beaver, District Award of Merit, Community Organization Award, Advisor Award of Merit, Unit Leader Award of Merit, Religious Award, Eagle Scout Award, Seabadge Knot, Wood Badge SR-894. John will retire from the active Army in December 2016 with over 24 and a half years of service.


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Vice Commodore Kimberley Potts
Southern RegionMarketing & Communications

Kimber Potts became involved with the BSA late in life after she married into the Scouting family. She has served on the Coastal Carolina Council’s marketing committee and is a district member-at-large. She began her Sea Scout involvement when her youngest daughter became a “plank owner” of a new Ship. Kimber joined the ranks as a member of the Ship’s committee. Philanthropically within Scouting, Kimber has been a longtime James E. West Diamond Fellow as well as a Second Century – lifetime investor. She is dedicated to growing the awareness of the Sea Scout program both locally and afar as she stated, “…too few know the power of leadership and character development of our youth all the while having fun in and around the water.”

Ms. Potts is the former CEO of several businesses where her vocation focused on the safety & security industry as well as owned a horse ranch. Most recently, Kimber has focused her energies on marketing the Fort Sumter – Fort Moultrie Historical Trust where she is a member of the board of directors. She also is active in her lineage fraternity of the Royal Society of Saint George whose mission is to welcome English immigrants as well as promote English heritage and education. Recently, Kimber completed and now holds the grade of Seaman in the United States Power Squadron.


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Vice Commodore Stephen Stevens
Southern RegionMembership and Growth

VC Stevens was prior Committee Chair of SSS Response, Ship 911, took Sea Badge with Commodore Cook and prior VC of Membership for Capitol Area. He had many different jobs in Scouting including Troop Chairman, District FOS, District Chairman, co-taught Venturing Leaders, VOA Advisor, Powder Horn Course Director and Mentor, taught at National Camp School & PTC. One of his passions is promoting and mentoring US Congressional Awards.

When not Scouting, VC Stevens, is retired from IBM after 36 years in systems hardware design in various management roles. To keep busy, he is an avid cyclist, still plays soccer and volunteers for United Way doing free Income Tax Returns for low income families. He has 2 sons who are Eagle Scouts, now working and a daughter who was very active in Venturing who is completing her PhD in Counseling. All three are still quite active in the outdoors.


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Vice Commodore Randy L Potts
Southern RegionAlumni / Outreach

Over 30 years ago, Randy Potts became an Able Scout in a ship that drew its membership from youth in Wyoming and Utah; some say an interesting place to begin your Sea Scout voyage. Although, Randy’s scouting journey began years previous where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1985. Most recently, Randy has been working on the taskforce that established the National Organization of Sea Scout Alumni. This organization is helping reconnect with our Sea Scouts thru the ages and offers those Scouts and Scouters the opportunity to bring the joy of Sea Scouting to the next generation. Randy also serves on the Scouting Alumni Association and National Eagle Scout Association’s national social media committees.

After finishing school, Randy enlisted in the United States Navy and while stationed at Naval Air Station Pensacola was fortunate to greet visiting Scouting units to the base as a liaison between Scouting and the Navy. Randy performed as a rescue swimmer as well as was an intelligence specialist during his enlistment. The experience in intel lead Randy to become very involved in his vocation focusing on cybercrime and cyber terrorism prevention. He was a founding member of the Federal Bureau of Investigations’ program known as InfraGard – National Member’s Alliance.

Randy holds an M.B.A. and Bachelor of Science in Information Security from Western Governors University; is a graduate of both Wood Badge & Sea Badge; received the Silver Beaver; and, is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow.


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Vice Commodore Tom McMullen
Southern RegionStrategy

Tom was a Sea Explorer as a youth, and has been Ship Committee Chair, Council Commodore and Area Commodore in addition to numerous other BSA roles. He is a Silver Beaver and Sea Scout Leadership Aware recipient. He is an Eagle Scout and a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow.


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Vice Commodore Jeff Doran
Southern RegionOperations & Administration

During 58 years of scouting Doran has been connected with many of the councils in the Southern Region. He entered Cub Scouts in South Florida Council and crossed over into Boy Scouts in Alamo Area Council TX where his unit earned the 50th Anniversary Award resented by President Eisenhower. He continued in scouting in Tuckabatchee Council AL, then moved to what is now Golden Spread Council TX where he completed his Eagle and moved into Exploring. He aged out in the National Area Council VA.

As an adult Doran served youth in Chickasaw Council TN, Southeast Louisiana Council, and East Texas Area Council. His scouting positions include roles in packs, troops, crews, and ships, district commissioner and district chair, council Venturing chair, council commodore, and SR Area 2 and 3 Venturing Advisor. In that last position Doran advocated for greater recognition and organizational support for Sea Scouting in the Southern Region. He is honored to be part of the team that will make that a reality.

Doran is a graduate of Loyola University School of Law and has been an advocate for children’s issues both as his vocation and avocation. He is in his 14th year as judge of a general jurisdiction trial court focusing on cases involving children in a variety of contexts, and additionally serves as juvenile judge. For his work with youth he has been recognized by the Texas Supreme Court’s Commission on Children, named Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, and received the Dochterman Award from the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians.


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Vice Commodore Adam Tunks
Southern RegionProgram Support

VC Tunks joined the BSA as a Cub Scout and has maintained his membership and involvement since that time. As a youth, he earned the Arrow of Light, Boy Scout Eagle, Venturing Silver, Venturing Ranger, and Sea Scout Quartermaster Awards and is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. He served on multiple courses of the Golden Acorn advanced leadership course, the then-equivalent to NYLT. He served one summer as a Ranger at Philmont and one summer in the backcountry at Cimmaroncito.

As an adult in the BSA, VC Tunks served nine years as a Mate and six years as a Skipper in North Texas. He is currently serving Circle Ten Council as the Advisor of the Venturing Officers Association. He is Wood Badge and Sea Badge trained and is the Southern Region Seabadge Coordinator. VC Tunks also enjoys his time serving as SEAL staff for the Galveston SEAL course.

VC Tunks is a licensed Coast Guard Captain, Commander of the Dallas Sail and Power Squadron and holds the grade of Navigator in the United States Power Squadrons.

Southern Region Area Commodores

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Rob Gulledge
Area 1 Commodore Southern Region

Area 1 consists of most of Louisiana and Mississippi along with Southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.


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Steven Belz
Area 2 Commodore Southern Region

Area 2 consists of the northern half of Texas along with a bit of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Includes Longhorn Council, Circle 10 Council and East Texas Area Council.


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Art Mowad
Area 3 Commodore Southern Region

Area 3 consists of the Southern half of Texas, including Sam Houston Area Council, Bay Area Council and Capitol Area Council.


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Chuck Haythorn
Area 4 Commodore Southern Region

Area 4 contains all of Florida except for the panhandle.


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Jeff LaRue
Area 5 Commodore Southern Region

Area 5 includes South Carolina, the southwestern part of North Carolina, and a bit of northeast Georgia.


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Franklin Brown
Area 6 Commodore Southern Region

Area 6 includes Kentucky, Tennessee and northern Mississippi.


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Jane Tallis
Area 7 Commodore Southern Region

Area 7 includes most of North Carolina (except for the southwest portion) and most of Virginia.


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Kenna Green
Area 8 Commodore Southern Region

Area 8 includes most of Oklahoma and Arkansas.


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Kip Peterson
Area 9 Commodore Southern Region

Area 9 includes most of Georgia and the northern half of Alabama. Kip also serves as Group Leader for Relationships on the National Sea Scout Support Committee.

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Southern Region News

  • Galveston Sea Scout Academy Report
    February 14, 2018
    This year our Sea Scout Academy went swimmingly, with record attendance from all over the region! All our tracks ran well and on target, we conducted nightly boatswains’ meetings where we advised and addressed the co...
  • Update from the Regional Yeoman
    January 6, 2018
    I have a couple of exciting updates for members of Southern Region Sea Scouting. The first is a call for photos from your ship, council, and area activities, please send photos to srquarterdeck@gmail.com along with a sho...
  • Sea Scouting in South Texas - Strengthening New Ships
    January 1, 2018
    SR A3 Boatswain and Crew arrive at Camp Perry (From left to right: SSS Response Skipper Tom Trefny, Jared Panico, Ryan Trefny, Jess Hopkins) When I visited the Texas Seabadge course in October, I heard of a new Sea Sc...
  • Area Boatswain of the Month: Ryan Trefny
    December 16, 2017
    The Southern Region Quarterdeck has selected Ryan Trefny as Area Boatswain of the Month for December. Ryan is the Boatswain for Southern Region Area 3, covering the southern half of Texas, and is doing an outstanding ...
  • Sea Scout Leadership Award
    December 6, 2017
    Last year, the Sea Scout Leadership Award became available for the first time for awarding at the Council, Area, Regional and National levels. In Southern Region, we had good coverage at the Area and Regional levels, but...
  • Sea Scout Academy 2018 Galveston
    December 4, 2017
    Registration is now open for Sea Scout Academy 2018 to be held at Sea Star Base Galveston on January 13-15 (Martin Luther King Day Weekend) Seven training tracks are available for Sea Scout youth ranging from recruit ...
  • Seabadge in Florida this January!
    November 14, 2017
    If you're looking to escape the cold weather this winter, consider joining us at the Florida Seabase Conference Center for a Seabadge Course hosted by Southern Region and Greater Tampa Bay Area Council. Seabadge is a...
  • Safety at Sea - Galveston
    November 7, 2017
    Safety at Sea in a nutshell is a large safety meeting, that may sound boring, but I promise it is not. 16 ships from Area 3 came together at the Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston Field Office to learn and practice sa...