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Cub Scout Launch in Chanhassen (8/21/2011)

On Sunday, August 21, MASA members helped  Cub Scout Pack 337 fly rockets at Meadow Green Park.

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It was fantastic! One of the best outreach events we've helped with. The weather was absolutely perfect, and the kids (and adults) had a lot of fun.

There were about 15 kids, including a few siblings and friends of the cub scouts. Each kid got to launch their rocket twice -- first on an A8-3 and then on a B6-4.

The event started with the kids "assembling" their RTF rockets, which included attaching the nose cone and parachute. We discussed safety, explained how to prep their rocket, helped them with loading wadding and an engine, then headed to the launch pads. Once the kids were done launching, we did a few demo launches and held a short show 'n tell with some MPR and HPR rockets.

The scoutmaster is also a recruiter for the girl/boy scout groups in the Chanhassen area, and he's interested in holding a bigger recruiting event next summer, including a launch. This would be a recruiting event for both the scouting groups and MASA. And, they're interested in having us help them with a launch (and possibly a build session) for this same Pack next year.

We made sure to invite them to next weekend's club launch, too.

[Carol Marple]

...it was a fantastic event. Carol, Lyle and I were there. Carol gave the scouts a rundown of how the launch was going to be run including range safety, then she showed them how to load dog barf and prep the rockets. Each scout got to launch their rockets on A8-3's then again on B6-4's to see how much higher they go on B's. Despite the small field, the wind was about 0mph so only 1 rocket was lost in a swamp (later a small search party wearing waders was seen headed in that direction). After the launching we had done some show and tell with some of our rockets. Thanks to Carol for setting up this event, thanks to Alan for loaning Carol your range equipment, and thanks to Lyle for helping out.

[Jeff Taylor]

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