Pack 211 Outreach
On Saturday, August 8th under cloudy skies and a threat of rain,
Sean Flynn and I assisted Maple Grove Pack 211 with their annual
With the winds out SE to S we opted to setup on the East side of
the Otsego field. Around 9 most of the kids & parents had arrived. I
started things off with a safety talk and then moved on to rocket
preparation. There were a few newbie parents and kids but most had
prior experience so it made easy for Sean and I.
We got the first 8 kids rockets prepped and loaded on the pads. I
had my Priority Stealth prepped and ready on pad 9 so I opted to
kick off the launch with this. I like to make sure the crowd is
awake for the kids rockets. I gave the kids a quick tutorial on the
controller use and let each of them hit the fire buttons after a 5
sec countdown (I could hear Ted's voice in my head). All 8 flights
worked beautifully with only 1 or 2 wadded chutes. The next 7 were
raring to go so we got them loaded up and ready to go.
Again I decided to start this rack with another demonstration
launch. I flew my Mega Red Baron glider on a D12-0 for an almost
picture perfect boost and glide. On this rack again we had 1 or 2
wadded chutes but all were great flights. For the scouts second
flights we did some drag races. Most were just 2 rockets but we did
have a 5 rocket race at one point. There were a few igniter issues
through out the launch but no CATO's or other failures. I also flew
my Fric-N-Frac for a staging demo and at the urging (it doesn't take
much) from scouts from last year I also flew my pyramid Anubus on a
The crowd loved it. Sean flew several flights but I will let him
add his comments on those.
Thanks Neil. I flew a total of four rockets in between some
of the scout Rockets. First was a heli- rock that unfortunately
did not open up the blades until after it impacted the ground.
Second was my modified big daddy that I did in a junk punk
motif. It had 2 24mm, mid-mounted, canted motor mount. It flew
great on 2 E12-6 motors. I then flew 2-stage rocket and a
modified Super Neon. Between Neil and I, the scouts got
demonstrations of clusters, gliders, 2-stage rockets, odd
rockets and odd rocketeers. - Sean Flynn
We didn't get wet, nobody got hurt and everyone had a great time.
So all in all a great day on the range.
- Neal Higgins