Butter and Egg on Brundidge Rotarians’ menu

Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Rotarians Brooke Smith, Sandy Boutwell and Ben Busbee hold giant playing cards to their foreheads during a team building exercise led by Ron and Sue Pierce from Camp Butter and Egg at the Rotary Meeting in Brundidge on Wednesday.

Butter and egg, zip lines and tree adventures were topics of discussion at the Brundidge Rotary Club on Wednesday.

Ron and Sue Pierce, owners and operators of Camp Butter and Egg in Troy, were the guest speakers and they enlightened the Rotarians on what is, for many, a Pike County best-kept secret.

The couple told the Rotarians that many people in Pike County don’t know about the tucked away sports and adventure camp while others travel great distances to meet the challenges of the camp.

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“And many others have no idea of the diversity of the groups that participate in Camp Butter and Egg nor of the number of participants,” Sue Pierce said. “Last year, we had more than 10,000 participants including college women’s basketball teams, Troy University students, employee appreciation days, family reunions, Scouts, children’s ministries, youth groups and athletes of all ages and interests.

Pierce said the camp’s zip lines are the rage.

“We recently had seven Chicago residents who saw our billboards and contacted us because a zip line adventure was on their bucket lists,” Pierce said, laughing.

Camp Butter and Egg features 17 zip lines, including a 915-foot double zip line, high rope courses and a 35-foot giant swing. All are part of the camp’s adventure packages that invite campers to “challenge yourself.”

The rope courses make up the camp’s Tree Trek that has campers high in the trees. They climb higher and higher and with each new height comes a more difficult challenge. At the top of the climb, campers ride a bicycle cross the ropes and through the trees.

Ron Pierce said the camp was originally a baseball camp and he still gives private baseball lessons. However, Camp Butter and Egg has become an adventure camp with mild challenges for the faint-hearted and challenges that will test even the stouthearted.

“We are constantly adding challenges and we are wide open for all kinds of programs,” Pierce said. “We are proud of our facility which has been expanded to an overnight facility with a bunkhouse that sleeps 40. Every year, we add something so that those who come back again and again will find different and more challenging adventures.”