South of Atlanta, Georgia harbors a secret place, rural, picturesque, and wildly natural. As this author was researching, she found that it is even a secret to many of the locals! What is this mystery location? What happens there? Who visits there?
This enigma is no secret to the Flint River Council, Boy Scouts of America. They call it Camp Thunder. The Camp Thunder area is the original property donated to the Boy Scouts that includes the 3rd most prolific spring in the state of Georgia, Thundering Springs. Opened as a traditional camping site in 1938, the camp is on the northeast corner of the Gerald I. Lawhorn Scouting Base. Molena in Upson County, Georgia is the home of Camp Thunder.
The area is rural and has many acres of woods, fields, and bodies of water. This author was given the opportunity to roam Camp Thunder and the surrounding area. As someone who loves the great outdoors and nature, I was in bliss. With the sound of running water a constant, the birds chatting overhead, and the leaves crunching beneath my feet, my ears were filled with natural music. I could have stood along that river for hours, and I was sorely tempted to curl up in one of the tents and take a nap-having trekked a few miles. In a word, it is beautiful.
In a phone interview with Mr. Chuck Brasfeild of the Flint River Council, I found that Camp Thunder has the largest playground in the state of Georgia, runs 3 miles along the Flint River and has the largest climbing center in the southeast. The camp has about 20,000 visitors annually. I consider myself to be one of the lucky 20,000. Mr. Brasfeild encourages youth groups nationwide to visit.
The scouting base covers 2,400 acres with tent sites, picnic pavilions, Adirondack shelters, a yurt, cabins, primitive camping, wilderness campsites, family camping, dining hall facilities, hiking and mountain bike trails, and a wide range of physical challenge features.
Speaking of physical challenge, this is where Camp Thunder meets Eagle Cove Quest. Eagle Cove Quest is the first annual obstacle/mud race to be held March 23, 2013, at Camp Thunder, for the benefit of The Fayette County Council on Domestic violence, Promise Place.
The Flint River Council, Boy Scouts of America have graciously offered Camp Thunder as a base point for the race. Touting 22 obstacles both natural and manmade, this event is truly the first of its kind in the immediate area. Whether you are a hard core race enthusiast, a weekend ‘warrior’, or a family looking for something fun and physical to fill your Saturday, this event has an offering for you. The first race of the day is for those that simply MUST compete. The remaining races are for those who want to see what they can do. Did I mention there is a family course? Bring the young ones and make it a family adventure to climb over those bales, walk along those logs, tip toe through those tires, and slide down that hill.
In keeping with the tone of the first paragraph, I have a secret for you. I will be attending and putting forth my best effort in the race, along with my teammates. Join us for a day to remember, in a beautiful setting, and join us in the race against domestic violence. There is sure to be plenty of laughter and laughter is good medicine.