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What is the Rougarou?

Before we get too far into an explanation let’s first say it correctly, the proper pronunciation is, “Roo-Ga-Roo.” The Rougarou, or as others may say, Loup garou, is a bayou-dwelling werewolf. The legend is believed to have originated from French Canadian immigrants in the late 1700’s. There are hundreds of light hearted tales of this creature but they are far from the tales told around the time of the legend’s conception. Originally, elders would tell the story to children to inspire fear and make them behave.

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Fun Facts About Alligators

The American alligator is the largest reptile in North America. The largest alligator ever recorded was measured at 19 feet, 2 inches and weighed 2,000 pounds! Today gators average between 8 and 12 feet in length. A mature alligator has 80 teeth at a time but can go through as many as 3,000 in its lifetime. Their powerful jaws can shut with up to 2,000 pounds per square inch! These captivating creatures have roamed the earth for nearly 200 million years and there are nearly 2 million wild alligators in Louisiana. Unfortunately, this wasn’t always the case.

Thanks to Boys' Life and Scouting magazines!

We are both excited and honored to announce that Swamp Base has a feature article in Scouting magazine, in addition to, having an article and being on the cover of Boys’ Life magazine. Scouting magazine’s article titled, “Big in the Bayou”, tells of Swamp Base’s storied success and how the Atchafalaya will have lasting impressions on each of the participants. Similarly, Boys’ Life’s article, “Swamp Kings”, does an excellent job showcasing our mission and our unique approach on high adventure.

Welcome to Gator Tales!

Welcome to Swamp Base’s “Gator Tales!” Gator Tales is a great place for you to find weekly stories and quick bits of information that will aid you in your future success and conquering of Swamp Base. Here we will discuss topics from A to Z, or better yet, alligators to zydeco music. Gator Tales will also provide you with tips for things like: what to pack, how to prepare yourself, and when important deadlines are approaching. As always, Facebook is your first stop for immediate Swamp Base news, but incase you are looking for a little lagniappe, Gator Tales has you covered.

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