Flint River Council
|Flint River Council|
|Owner||Boy Scouts of America|
The council service center is in Griffin, Georgia. The council is administratively divided into four districts:
- Coweta District serves Coweta County
- Fayette District serves Fayette County
- Ronotohatchi District serves Lamar, Pike, Spalding and Upson counties
- Tussahaw District serves Butts and Henry counties
Gerald I. Lawhorn Scouting Base
Lawhorn Scouting Base is a 2,400 Scout camping facility located in Georgia's Pine Mountain Range. Often referred to as simply "Lawhorn", the base is operated by the Flint River Council, Boy Scouts of America and has three activity centers: Camp Thunder, Flint River Adventure Area, and Pine Mountain Backcountry. In 2009, the base had over 23,000 visitors.
The Lawhorn Scouting Base is open year-round as a campground for Scouts and non-profit groups. The base also operates an activity outfitter that offers canoeing and tubing on the Flint River, rock climbing, ropes course, and shooting activities. Several Scout weekends are held each year, including the very popular Spookoree each October. In addition, the base hosts 7 weeks of summer camp and high adventure camp each year.
Camp Thunder is the original property founded in 1938. Located on the northeast corner of the Lawhorn Scouting Base, Camp Thunder was donated to the Boy Scouts after the property failed as a peach and cotton farm. The original property includes Thundering Springs, the 3rd most prolific springs in the state of Georgia.
Structures in Camp Thunder include the Howard Lodge Administration Building, Camp Thunder Trading Post, Mitchell Shooting Sports Complex, and 12 campsites. In 2010, new construction included the completion of a staff area shower and lounge and the Chandler Waterfront (creating the Boy Scouts of America's largest swimming dock, a beach, and athletic field). At this time there are no scheduled construction projects in Camp Thunder, although staff cabins, shooting sports safety fenching, dining hall renovations, and erosion controls are being proposed.
The primary program held in Camp Thunder is the annual Boy Scout summer camp; it is the site of Lawhorn's traditional resident camp.
Flint River Adventure Area
The Flint River Adventure Area was originally founded in 1988 as the Lawhorn Canoe & Training Center. It was the first Boy Scout high adventure base in the BSA's Southern Region and focused on canoe trips down the Flint River, ropes course and climbing programs, and mountaineering programs in north Georgia. When Thunder Scout Reservation was renamed in 2007, this camp was given the new FRAA title. The FRAA is located on the northwest corner of the Lawhorn Scouting Base.
Structures in the Flint River Adventure Area include the Grand Pavilion, SkyWalk COPE Course, Eagle Mountain Climbing Center, River Experience Center, and 9 campsites. In 2010, new construction included the completion of a Cub Scout Shooting Complex that includes BB ranges, pellet rifle ranges, and archery ranges. This complex is open, but not yet complete. The Rotary Club of Griffin is currently completing a renovation of the old ranger cabin to establish a new "Adventure Office and Health Center" with an estimated completion of February 2011.
In 2009, the adventure area's programs were re-written in an attempt to keep more programs on the property and limit the amount of transportation involved in activities. The caving and north Georgia programs were eliminated and replaced with a river trekking and backpacking expeditions. The camp ran 6 weeks of high adventure programs in 2010. For 2011, all the programs have been again rewritten, although the names remain the same. A new 10-day river and backpacking combination trek has been added (called the Muscogee SuperTrek).
Pine Mountain Backcountry
The Pine Mountain Backcountry consists of 2,000 acres and includes 16 campsites and 21-miles of trails. Currently, the local Order of the Arrow lodge has organized a Backcountry Development committee to revitalize campsites, trails, and increase promotion of the area. This project is headed by Keith Larson and is scheduled to run through 2013.
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Order of the Arrow
Ini-To Lodge chartered in 1952 and still active. Name changed from Thundering Spring Lodge #324 in 1952.