SWAMP BASE STAFF
A founding member and co-creator of Louisiana Swamp Base, Ben originally established the program as a conservation-based activity during the Evangeline Area Council's Centennial of Scouting celebrations in 2010 and has since lead the development and growth of the program as an accredited and official BSA high adventure base since 2013.
Growing up in Lafayette, Louisiana and receiving his degree from LSU in landscape architecture and land planning, Ben has a comprehensive understanding of the value of our natural systems, as well as the numerous benefits Scouts receive when they understand and respectfully recreate in the outdoors.
By utilizing the Boy Scouts of America's extensive reach across the country, Ben strives to use Swamp Base to create a lasting positive impression of swamps on all Scouts and leaders that participate.
An Eagle Scout from the Istrouma Area Council in Louisiana and a BSA Wood Badge Bear (a good ole bear too!), Robert oversees all Scouting activities and logistics for Swamp Base.
Robert started working for Swamp Base as a summer high adventure trek guide during the program's inaugural year in 2013 while he was earning his degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in advertising.
Now as General Manager, Robert enjoys working with Trek Advisors from across the country to better prepare them for their upcoming treks. Seeing the smiling faces of crews who have conquered the swamp is one of his greatest fulfillments. He looks forward to working with your Scouts and leaders because he knows that you’ll love the adventure and gain a better understanding of why the swamp is so important.
Director of Programs & Educational Outreach
Gina was introduced to Swamp Base in 2016 when she served as a summer trek guide, and returned to the program in 2022 as the organization's Program Director. In this role, she develops and implements trek activities that align with the mission of the organization while also making sure learning and having fun are at their cores.
She received her degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a focus in Park’s Administration, and prior to joining Swamp Base, she worked at state parks, museums, zoos, and became a Certified Interpretive Guide for the National Association for Interpretation.
Gina is the recipient of the Girl Scout Gold Award, Venturing Silver Award, and Sea Scout Quartermaster Award, and is proud to be able to facilitate programs that connect Scouts to Louisiana’s swamps in a way that benefits youth and the environment.