Cub Scout Pack 73 Rocket Presentation (10/28/2004)
I met Scott Milton at Weaver Elementary School about 630 pm.
I had planned a 6 rocket demo. Gnome, Sparrow, Orange Bullet and
the Red Alert. All 13mm rockets with 1/2A, A3 and A10 motors. I also
had the Pip Squeak II and the Antari on A8's. The field was very
small and was somewhat flooded so we cancelled the launch. I
included these small rockets in the show & tell.
This was a typical meeting. Noise and restless cub scouts. People
coming late. After a late start I manage to get one full table for
the rocket display. I only had 20 minutes so the talk was fast to
get everything in that limit.
In addition to the mini and regular rockets mentioned above I
brought mini , regular , D & E type BP Estes motors. I had E30,
F20 and G80 to show the AP motors. There were several rocket
displayed for each motor type.
The rockets were the Menace and Titan IIIC for the military
types. The Katy-sha Slim to show junkyard rockets. I had payloads (Omloid)
, clusters (Impulse) , staged (Delta Clipper) and for the BG I
brought the Delta Thunder.
The one large rocket was my red and yellow B4R a 4" by
50"+ G ,H and maybe I200 model.
I explained how we ignite the motors electrically from a safe
distance. I brought Estes, Magnelight and Firststar igniters.
I explained the different letters and power levels on motor labels.
The scouts wanted to see the different chutes and streamers. Each
had his favorite rocket and wanted to know all about it.
I presented the pack with an Alpha III stater set for the next
level up from the Gnome and an extra launch setup.
After the display talk the 25 boys split into to their dens to
built their own Gnomes. They only had about 15 minutes so some were
finished and others will have to be finished at the den meetings and
The night went well and better than I hoped. This was just a
evening activity so if anything comes out of it depends if any of
the scouts actually flies his rocket and becomes interested.
Of course I mentioned MASA and Tripoli rockets clubs and what we