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Launching with Scout Pack 348 (6/16/2011)

[Dwayne Shmel] I received the following note from Scout Pack 348 for our outreach event last Thursday. In addition to Lyle and I, my wife Susan and son Richard lent a helping hand. This years launch went very smoothly and we only had a handful of mishaps (one CATO, a couple of lawn darts and core samples, and a few 'chute failures). The weather and winds were favorable.

Dear Pack 348 Families,

We had a great turnout and a beautiful evening for our Annual Pack Rocket Launch this past Thursday (6/16) over at Eden Prairie High School!

There were an estimated 60 of our scouts, families and friends over the course of our two hours to launch and/or watch the launches. We even had some passers-by hang out and watch. Each rocketeer was able to launch his rocket several times, and one even landed way over on the roof of the Community Center! We even got to witness the launch of two really cool big-booster "pyramid rockets" and a look-see at a very large rocket brought in from our friends from M.A.S.A.

Most special thanks to Lyle Merdan and Dwayne Shmel (and his family) from the MN Amateur Spacemodeler Association (M.A.S.A.). Check 'em out at! It was definitely a much finer event with their presence and guidance and know-how.

Have a great Summer, continue to work on your pins and badges, and we'll see you in a few weeks!

Yours in Scouting,
Bob Martinka
Pack 348 Committee Chair


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