Cub Scouts in Woodbury
Take 25 to 30 enthusiastic Cub Scouts, all their siblings and
parents and 6 MASA members, put them all on a field on a
Wednesday night at 6:30 pm in Woodbury, MN and what do you get?
A great evening outreach launch! Neal, Ken, Sean, Anand, Jerry
and I were on hand to help those scouts burn through 5 24 packs
of B6-4s as well as another pack of C6-5s as they flew their
Vikings, Alphas, generic E2X and other rockets last night. A
good time was had by all (except for one little girl that sat in
the middle of the field out behind the prep table and cried for
about 20 minutes).
The winds were out of the East so we set up the launch pads
on the South-east corner of the field, tipping the rods away
from the spectators and over the corn field. The field was a bit
squishy, but not too bad. We easily put up 80 flights (and
probably more) in just under 2 hours of flying. Every child got
to fly their rocket at least once, most at least twice, and one
young man flew his at least 4 times - I know this because I
helped him put it on the pad. We had a few come in hot, but all
of those landed away from the crowd and on the closed range.
None of the rockets got stuck in trees and most of them were
recovered on the field, parking lot or corn field.
Duties were divided thus: Sean, Ken and Anand helped out at the
prep table, while Jerry and I helped at the launch racks and Neal
manned the launch controller, allowing the cubs to launch their own
rockets after a countdown (most of the time). Neal and Sean flew
some demo flights and I'll let them chime in on the details of
I brought out the Pyramid to launch on G motors to wow the
crowd. Of course they remembered the ball of fire that resulted
in last year's launch (motor CATO) and wondered if I could
repeat the results. One of the dads remembered he crowd going
wild and scrambling out of the way as it fell to the ground and
how 1 women walked calmly over to it and poured water on it to
put out the fire.
I told them I would try my best but could
not guarantee a repeat performance of last year.
The first flight was on a G77R and when I started the count
down my helper couldn't wait and hit the launch buttons at 3
rather than waiting to 0. It startled a few people in the crowd
but all went well. The parachute deployed and the pyramid landed
The 2nd flight was on a G78G and this time the helper waited
until 0 to hit the launch buttons. The flight up went well but
alas no ejection charge. The crowd was wowed again and gave it a
wide berth so it landed safely on the grass. After it was
returned I checked and the ejection charge was still in place in
the reload case. I have no idea why it did not light.
All in all a very fun night and I am guessing we will be
helping out again.
[Art Gibbens and Neal Higgins]