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

Ryan Trefny

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 2018-2019

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Ryan Trefny
Regional Boatswain Southern Region

Ryan is from Capitol Area Council Ship 911, SSS Response. He is a Quartermaster Sea Scout and an Eagle Scout. Ryan has graduated from Seattle SEAL (Charley Pod) and NYLT, and has served as Ship’s Boatswain, Capitol Area Council Boatswain’s Mate, and Area 3 Boatswain.

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Zachary Kucherka
Area Boatswain Southern Region Area 2

Zachary is a member of Ship 626, SSS Nahar of Longhorn Council. He currently holds the rank of Apprentice but is close to earning the rank of Ordinary. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout on September 12, 2016 with Troop 1097 of Arlington, Texas. After earning the rank of Eagle Scout he has held many leadership position in his scouting career including: Ship 626 Boatswain, Longhorn Council VOA Vice President of Administration, and Yapahi Chapter Chief of Netopalis Sipo Schipinachk, Order of the Arrow Lodge.
Zachary currently attends Angelo State University where he studies Intelligence, Security Studies, and Analysis. On campus, he is a current member of the Residence Hall Association Executive Board and is a member of the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity. When Zachary is not busy studying or at a scouting event he enjoys listening to music, hammocking or sailing.

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Nick Kramer
Area Boatswain Southern Region Area 3

Nick is from Sam Houston Area Council and is a member of the Crew of Ship 24, the Jolly Roger. He has previously served as the Yeoman, Storekeeper and Boatswain of Ship 24, and the Boatswain of the SHAC Fleet. Outside of scouts he is involved on his schools debate team, a variety of clubs and is a member of its Army JROTC unit, serving as the Battalion Commander. He is also an active member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. He also hopes to attend a Service Academy and pursue a career in the Armed Forces.

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Ronald Cain
Area Boatswain Southern Region Area 4

Ronald is from the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council. He lives in the Lake Wales area. He has earned the Eagle rank and has completed all of the 137 merit badges. Ronald has completed NYLT, Woodbadge, and NLS. He held the position of Boatswain for Ship 106. He is currently the rank of Apprentice. Ronald is currently serving his second term as Lodge chief for Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee Lodge and also a Vigil member.

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Tiana Robidoux
Area Boatswain Southern Region Area 5

Tiana has served as Sea Scout Ship 1’s Boatswain of Coastal Carolina Council sponsored by America’s Boating Club of Charleston, South Carolina (formally known as Charleston Sailing and Power Squadron) and as Area 5 Yeoman for the Southern Region.

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John Whitlow
Area Boatswain Southern Region Area 7

A 2016 Chesapeake Bay SEAL graduate, Able Sea Scout John Whitlow currently serves as Area 7 Boatswain and Boatswain’s Mate for Mawat District’s Sea Scout Ship 1590 in Durham, NC after 2 years as Boatswain. John was awarded Occoneechee Council Level Sea Scout Leadership Award in 2017 and he has earned multiple district level awards including 2014 Boy Scout of the Year as well as 2016 Mawat District Womack Award for Outstanding Leadership to Youth. Along with the Long Cruise Award, he also holds the Small Boat Handler Award and the Qualified Seaman Award. John earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2014. He has the National Outdoor Award in Aquatics, Hiking, Camping, Riding, Conservation, and Adventure. John previously served as Member-at-large for the Durham Sail and Power Squadron and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 451 in Durham. A 2018 home school high school graduate, John will be attending Durham Technical Community College in the fall in the Emergency Management program.

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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.

Is your ship, council, or area hosting an event that should be listed here but you are not seeing it? Send your event details using the contact form below left; and we will get it posted as soon as possible.


Seabadge SB-39-TX

November 30, 2018 to December 2, 2018All Day
Sea Scout Base Galveston
7509 Broadway St, Galveston, TX 77554
Seabadge / Southern Region

Seabadge SB-40-FL-2019 in Florida

January 25, 2019 to January 27, 2019
Camp Shands
Hawthorne FL
Seabadge / Southern Region

The Southern Region, Sea Scouts, BSA will hold Seabadge course SB-40-FL-2019, and you are invited to register and participate! The course will take place January 25-January 27, 2019 at Camp Shands in Hawthorne, Florida, and is open to adult Sea Scout leaders and adult Boy Scout leaders. Course details may be found here:

The Southern Region, Sea Scouts, BSA will hold Seabadge course SB-40-FL-2019, and you are invited to register and participate! The course will take place January 25-January 27, 2019 at Camp Shands in Hawthorne, Florida, and is open to adult Sea Scout leaders and adult Boy Scout leaders. Course details may be found here:


View our Regional Calendar here.

Southern Region News

  • Southern Region Flagship for 2018-2019
    July 20, 2018
    Is your ship looking for a challenge that improves its overall strength? Perhaps a goal that every Sea Scout Ship can attain? Luckily, we’ve decided to put ships to the test this year with just that: the inaugural Southe...
  • Southern Region Sea Scout video
    May 17, 2018
    Your 2017-2018 Quarterdeck has produced a great video about Sea Scouts - special thanks to Area 2 Boatswain Katie Stone for her editorial work. I want to thank Boatswain Savannah Cushman for her leadership this ye...
  • 2018-2019 Boatswain Welcome Message
    April 30, 2018
    Please welcome Ryan Trefny, Southern Region Boatswain for the 2018-2019 term. Ryan will take office June 1st. Ryan is an Eagle Scout, a Quartermaster and a SEAL graduate who is presently serving as Southern Region Are...
  • Southern Region Boatswain for 2018-2019
    April 21, 2018
    Please welcome Ryan Trefny, Southern Region Boatswain for the 2018-2019 term. Ryan will take over from current Regional Boatswain Savannah Cushman on June 1st. Ryan is an Eagle Scout, a Quartermaster and a SEAL gradua...
  • Scholarship Opportunity
    April 3, 2018
    This may be applicable to some of you: the Marlee Foundation provides scholarships for children of US Special Forces members.  For more details, see this page. If you are not aware of it, there are a number of scholar...
  • Council Sea Scout Leadership Awards
    March 25, 2018
    Capitol Area Council Ship 911, SSS Response, at the awards ceremony Seldom do I see Sea Scouts performing in the company of Boy Scouts. However, a few Sea Scouts from Capitol Area Council were recognized for outstandi...
  • Southern Region Sea Scout Leadership Awards
    March 23, 2018
    Please congratulate this year's Southern Region Sea Scout Leadership Award recipients! Regional Boatswain Savannah Cushman Savannah Cushman,of Ship 208, Sam Houston Area Council, in Baytown, Texas is currently serv...
  • Southern Region Board Meeting
    February 27, 2018
    At the closing meeting This past week, I attended a Regional Meeting for the first time. It was as incredible opportunity to be introduced to the Southern Region Board and connect faces to names. Not only did I feel w...