Pack 481 Outreach
On Saturday, February 21st Jeff Jones, Mike Erpelding & Neal
Higgins ventured out to the Stearns Scout Camp to WOW and
assist Pack 481 with their winter camp rocket adventure.
The pack had built a couple dozen Estes Quark kits and
planned on flying them on 1/2A motors. We were there to give
a brief rocket talk, assist them with there flights and WOW
them them with some of our own. The field was small and then
winds were gusting to 15mph or so. I set up the equipment
near the cabin which would leave a lot of open room to the
south for recovery (wishful thinking).
Around 1:30 the
scout and parents had finished lunch and were gathering
around to hear us speak and get to the launching. I
introduced ourselves, gave a brief talk and then opened it
up for questions from the crowd. After about 15 mins of this
I closed the range and opened the launch with a flight of
Cheops on a G77R-4 to WOW the crowd and wake them from their
slumber. It did the trick.
We now helped the scout prep there rockets and got the
pads full. Usually 7 of theirs' and 1 from Jeff or myself. I
let each scout hit the launch buttons for there rockets and
also had them help out with our bigger toys. Even on 1/2A's
these rockets go out of site but I think most of them were
eventually recovered. Some did drift off into to the tall
weeds and trees when the winds were gusting higher.
I launched 6 more rockets that day and they were all
recovered and not one of them ended up in a tree. The
flights were: Mega Nike on an F15-4, Fric-n-Frac on a C6-0
to a C6-0, Mega Mosquito on a D12-5, Terra Former on a
D12-0, Totally Tubular on an E20-4W and to end the day I
flew my Madcow Lil Green Goblin on F23-4FJ.
A good time was had by all and I am positive we will be
invited back to assist them again.
Here is an email I received from the pack leader:
Neal, Mike and Jeff,
That was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! Everyone was commenting
how it was way better then we ever expected. Thank
you so much for your help, time and even monetary
contribution to the event. I know that wasn't with
out cost to you guys.
I am positive our paths will cross again!
Again, thank you.
I arrived around 1:15 at Camp Stearns to give Neal a chance to
figure out where we would be flying from and help set up. When I got
there Neal had his awesome launch controller and pads already set up
and was busy prepping demo rockets for launch. Due to prepping for a
Sunday KC breakfast Iíve been short on time lately; plus I knew
there were lots of trees at Camp Stearns, with strong winds that
day, so I figured I would be of most use in aiding rocket recovery.
After the talk about rockets, I helped the Scouts prep their rockets
by showing them how to put the motors in the rockets, and insert the
igniter and igniter plug. One model needed help removing a glue run,
from installing the nosecone; that prevented the motor from fitting
in the tube. A couple models also needed help securing their
nosecones to the rocket. Masking tape is a wonderful thing! Once the
Scouts were placing their Quarks on the pads, I took a position on
the field south of the pads with the sun to my back. Quarks are
mighty hard to spot due to their size. Several times I lost sight of
the model until the smoke trail from the motorís delay grain
started. I tried to point at the model all the way down until it
landed, to try to give itís owner an idea of where to start looking.
A few of the models werenít painted with a white body tube and nose
cone, making them hard to see in the snow. I did help find two lost
models ( one was an unpainted rocket) that I had an idea where they
landed, plus I picked up 2 Estes 1/2A motor casings. Thank you Neal
for doing a great job! Iím always happy to help at Camp Stearns
events being so close to home.
- Mike Erpelding