Join us on a Blackhawk Area Council
Swamp Base Adventure July 17-26, 2016
Deposits now being accepted for our Swamp Base High Adventure Trek. Total cost is $995, and includes the trek fee, as well as transportation to Swamp Base and meals and lodging along the way. The contingent will be limited to a maximum of 18 youth (with one 18-20 year old) and 4-6 adults. An immediate deposit of $100 is required.
The Swamp Base Adventure will be a 61.6-mile high adventure canoe trek over 6 days/5 nights. The trek is a challenging test of endurance and survival skills with specific lessons about the environments, cultures, and communities of the Atchafalaya.
• Paddle an average of 15.4 miles a day in our first-class Wenonah 16'9" canoes, accompanied by a fully trained Trek Guide for the entirety of the journey.
• Face the elements, and test your willingness to survive a night in the swamp at primitive Rougarou Island.
• Introduce yourself to Louisiana's unique cultures at the Vermilionville Folklife Park.
• Come to understand the importance of our nation's largest wetland ecosystem while staying on board the Swamp Base houseboats.
• Experience how local communities have lived on the water at Island Outpost by fishing, paddling, cooking, and recreating like the Cajuns, Creoles, and Natives of South Louisiana.
• Fly through the swamp on an airboat!
BAC Swamp Base Adventure Trek Itinerary
Pre-trek: July 17 (Evening): Contingent gathers (at a location yet to be determined) for final gear inspection and overnight stay. Contingent vehicles are loaded for early morning departure
July 18: (early morning) Contingent caravan hits the road. Overnight stay along the way
July 19: Arrival Day at University of Louisiana at Lafayette (stay in dorms) Program - Trek preparation/Gear shakedown
July 20: Depart from trailhead at Bayou Courtableau; Paddle 19.3 miles through the Indian Bayou Area. Sleep in houseboats at "Dark Forest" in the Henderson Swamp. Program - Connection to the Wetlands
July 21: Paddle 10.3 miles through Bayou Berard to Rougarou Island in Catahoula, LA; Airboat ride through Henderson Swamp; 900 foot long Henderson Portage. Sleep in hammocks on Rougarou Island Program - Short-term Swamp Survival
July 22: Paddle 14.4 miles through cypress swamps and Lake Dauteriv. Sleep in Cabins on 24 acre Island Outpost. Program- Laissez les bon temps rouler!
July 23: Rest from paddling Sleep in cabins on 24 acre Island Outpost Program - Living off the Swamp
July 24: Paddle 17.6 miles through Lake Fausse Pointe and Grand Lake; 550 foot long Grand Avoille Cove Portage; Exit Atchafalaya at trail end, Myette Point Night spent at University of Louisiana at Lafayette dorms Program - Patch ceremony & final meal
July 25: Departure Day Leave for home. Check-out is by 9:00am. Overnight stay along the way.
July 26: Arrive home
Eligibility for all participants (youth and adult):
1. Must be a registered Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venture Scout, Sea Scout, or adult leader.
2. Must be 14 years old on or before December 31st of the participating year. Age requirements for the Swamp Base cannot be relaxed. Please do not request or expect exceptions. All youth participants are required to present proof of age before participating in the program. (Appropriate ID includes one of the following: School photo ID, Copy of a birth certificate; Passport; Valid government-issued ID. Those individuals who do not meet the minimum age requirements or do not present appropriate ID will be sent home, no exceptions.
3. Must pass the BSA Swim Test before arrival. All participants (youth and adults) are required to pass the standard BSA Swim Test as a “Swimmer” before arriving at Swamp Base. Swamp Base requires that all participants pass the BSA Swim Test as a "Swimmer." SWIMMERS must demonstrate the following: Jump feet first into water over the head in depth, level off, and begin swimming. Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl (no dogpaddle); then swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke. The 100 yards must be completed in one swim without stops and include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating for one minute
4. Must be in good health evidenced by a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record filled out and signed by your doctor within the past 12 months. Only the most current BSA Health and Medical Record will be accepted.
5. Must know and use the Scout Oath and Law as their guide to appropriate behavior during preparation and the trek.