Central Region, BSA Sea Scouting


 Sea Scout Promise
As a Sea Scout, I promise to do my best
  • To guard against water accidents
  • To know the location and proper use of lifesaving devices on every boat I board
  • To be prepared to render aid to those in need
  • To seek to preserve the motto of the sea: Women and Children First

 Special Features


Sea Scouting Key 3

The Central Region Sea Scouting leadership team is led by the Key 3. The Central Region Sea Scouting Key 3 includes the Central Region Boatswain (a Sea Scout youth member); the Central Region Commodore (an adult volunteer); and the Central Region Staff Advisor (an adult BSA professional staff member). This leadership team, encompassing a youth and an adult volunteer and professional, guide, direct, and support Sea Scouting in the Central Region. The Key 3, in addition to other members of the Central Region Sea Scouting Committee, supports the councils (squadrons) and ships to help meet the needs and interests of the Sea Scouts and Sea Scouters in the Central Region.

The Central Region Boatswain is a member of the Central Region Venturing Youth Cabinet. The Central Region Commodore is a member of the Central Region Venturing Committee and represents the Central Region on the National Sea Scout Committee.

Quartermaster Rachael Washburn is the Central Region Boatswain. Rachael has been very active in many facets of Scouting, having earned her Gold Award in the Girl Scouts, Silver Award in Venturing, and having completed her SEAL training in addition to her Quartermaster in Sea Scouting. She has completed NYLT, and served on NYLT staff. Rachel is a member of Ship 1148 of the Great Lakes Field Service Council, which is part of the Michigan Crossroads Council in Area 2.

One of Rachael's first tasks will be working to establish a youth leadership corps across the Region

Mr. John Paprocki

Mr. David Truax

Dave Truax is the Central Region Venturing Staff Advisor. He was previously the Michigan Area Director for the Central Region, Boy Scouts of America.

Truax also recently served as the Scout Executive for the Buckeye Council which served over 15,500 youth annually through 4,500 dedicated volunteers over a 12 county area in central eastern Ohio and 3 townships in northern West Virginia. The Scout Summer Camp program the council conducted at Seven Ranges Scout Reservation is one of the most popular programs with over 70% of the council's Boy Scouts attending.

Dave has been a professional Scouter for over 38 years. He began his career in the Buckeye Council as a District Executive in 1979, then served as the council's program director before being selected to serve as the Assistant Scout Executive for the Johnny Appleseed Council based in Mansfield, Ohio in 1986. He was transferred to the Black Swamp Area Council in Findlay, Ohio in 1992 where he served as Field Director, Finance Director and Assistant Scout Executive over a span of 12 years. He then served as the Director of Support Service in Cleveland from 2004 until late 2006. Dave had been the Scout Executive for the Buckeye Council since 2006 where the council earned 7 Gold Journey To Excellence (JTE) awards in 8 years. He has been a leader in the national BSA organization through his commitment to the development of outdoor and fundraising programs of the Boy Scouts. He has served on numerous National Jamboree staffs, faculty at Philmont Training Center, attended each of the National Council's High Adventure Bases and served on 5 Wood Badge staffs.

Dave has also been active in the community where he has been a member of various Jaycees, Rotary, Kiwanis Clubs and youth athletic organizations. He has been involved in the State Safety program and has served as a county director of a Workforce Initiative Act, Task Force. Dave is a 1975 graduate of Canton Central Catholic High School and Mount Union College in 1979 where he studied Sociology and Political Science. He and his wife Suzie who currently live in Lake Township near Canton, Ohio, have been married for 38 years and are the proud parents of two married boys, Ryan and Craig, and three young grandchildren.