Pack 5, Woodbury (8/12/2010)
Jason Colt, my grandson Liam, and I, headed out to St
Ambrose of Woodbury Church this evening to assist Cub Scout Pack 5
with their annual pack rocket launch. I brought out a multi-pad
launch system and Jason helped set it all up. About 30 cubs and
siblings came out to launch rockets, along with a lot of parents. I
noticed quite a few sisters were included in the siblings flying
rockets, which is always a good thing to see.
Most of the kids were flying either Estes Generic E2X or Estes Alpha
III rockets, on B6-4 motors. Several of the boys have done this
before and brought out some of their other rockets to fly. There
were a half dozen C flights and 2 D12 flights mixed in with the B's.
Liam did an excellent job as launch control officer, carefully
explaining to each of the cubs exactly what they needed to do to
launch their own rockets. Jason helped all of the kids at the pads.
I mostly ran around encouraging the kids to make lots of noise with
the countdowns (I succeeded!).
This is the third year we have helped with this launch. The first
year the seven foot tall crops (some kind of plant being grown for
Ethanol) clamed a number of the rockets. Last year the church roof
claim a lot of them. This year was much better. Each of the 30 kids
flew at least once. Most flew at least twice and about a third flew
3 or more times. Out of all of the flights we lost one rocket to the
crops to the south and about 4 rockets to the church roof to the
north. It's a small field so this is actually a pretty good result
considering the recommended motors would have been A8-3s or A6-4s.
All of the parents and especially all of the kids seemed to have a
great time and as we were packing up the pack leaders were already
asking about doing it again next year.