Woodbury Cub Scout Outreach Launch
Turned out to be a great evening for launching with a pack of
excited Cub Scouts and Leaders. Thanx Neal, Anand and Buzz for all
their help to make this a very fun launch. The kids really liked
Neal's Pyramid. Buzz flew something big (sorry, don't know the name
of the kit) and the C6-3 almost didn't have enough oomph. But to be
fair, the wind gusts didn't help, as it weather-cocked pretty
I'm thinking we had close to 100 flights - Buzz said he thought
it was between 60 and 80. We started out by cleaning out Buzz's
stash of A8-3s while one of the parents ran and picked up the scout
box full of B6-4s and C6-5s. We reefed all the chutes and I think
only one of the rockets was lost. Wee even had a couple that landed
within 20 feet of the launch pads. And we only had one sky
writer all night.
After driving thru a maze of round abouts (Washington County is a
Round-about county..never seen so many roundabouts in one
county...all the way from Woodbury to Cottage Grove), I swallowed my
pride and asked a kid practicing on a field where the "Red Field"
was. The kid pointed me in the right direction and then I spotted
the rocket stands bringing some relief. Unfortunately, I was a bit
late as much of the set up was already done by Neal and Art.
Thereafter, we waited and slowly just before 6 pm cub scouts and
their parents started arriving on the launch site. After exchanging
pleasantries, we found ourselves with no rocket motors from Cub
Scouts. That is where Buzz decided to donate a couple dozen motors,
and Neal his box of igniters and igniter caps/plugs promptly to get
the fun started. Later, one of the Scout members delivered a box of
rockets which were mostly B6-4 motors.
Buzz and Art took up the responsibility of helping kids prep their
rocket with wadding, fold and insert parachute/streamer. I assumed
the role of the "motor-man" and helped kids with inserting motors,
igniters and igniter cap throughout the evening. Later, Neal and Art
took turns helping with countdown, launch control, and managing a
group of enthused and excited kids. Some kids were thrilled to be
able to have direct experience of launching their own rockets by
pressing launch buttons at launch controller. It was a pleasant
evening with mild breeze and sunshine, coupled with the joy on the
parents' and kids' faces that made for an exhilarating experience.
Neal also launched his Trifecta, and Pyramid (thrice, once with the
Red flaming exhaust) that awed kids and parents alike with the
Some of the parents also shared the joys of rocketry by launching
their own rockets. Neal, Art, Buzz, and I tried to promote our MASA
organization to the parents. We hope to see a busier launch day at
Nowthen in future.
Finally, thanks are due to Neal, Art, and Buzz who helped make this
event so enjoyable.