Lino Lakes Cub Scout Build & Launch (10/16/2010)
On Tuesday evening, October 12th, Jason Colt, Buzz McDermott
and I met at Living Waters Lutheran Church in Lino Lakes. We spent
about an hour and a half helping 30 members of Cub Scout Pack 232
build model rockets - Estes Spaceloft, Wizard, and Viking kits.
Nearly all of the scouts had a parent present to help them. We
mostly acted as troubleshooters - running around, sharing tips, and
answering questions. MASA members have helped this pack with rockets
quite a few times in the past.
The simple Spacelofts went together pretty quickly and
easily. The Wizards and Vikings, with their individual fins, took
On Saturday morning, October 16th, Carol Marple, Jeff Taylor
and I gathered to help the pack launch their rockets at Blue Heron
Elementary School in Circle Pines. Again this year, we launched from
a softball field that is surrounded by brush (and some water) on
three sides. Unfortunately, it was pretty breezy, and got steadily
windier throughout the morning.
Setting up a six-pad launch system, we spent about two hours helping
some 40 eager and excited kids prep and launch their rockets. Every
kid could launch their rocket twice (or more). The available motors
were 1/2A's for the Spacelofts and A8-3's for everything else.
Unfortunately, because of the wind, quite a few rockets drifted off
of the field, and some of them were lost. Nearly all of the flights
were successful, and the kids definitely had fun! [There were a few
separations, a couple lawn darts, and some spit engines due to not
using enough masking tape on the friction fit.] They were
particularly good at helping to yell out a LOUD countdown for each
launch. For extra fun, we had a couple of two rocket drag races. I
also worked in a couple demo flights of a UFO, a Birdie, and an Art