Rocket Day

October 14, 2017

The Museum of the American GI
19124 Hwy 6
College Station, TX 77845

9:00am to 1:00pm

Rocket Day is a Cub Scout event that gives new Cub Scouts an introduction to Scouting and potential Cub Scouts an opportunity to join. Boys who join Cub Scouts will receive a rocket patch for joining, and if they join before September 30th, they will also receive a rocket that they can design, build, and launch at Rocket Day. All new Cub Scouts in the district, along with their families are invited to Rocket Day to launch rockets given to them for joining. Packs are encouraged to make the event a pack activity by inviting all Cub Scouts and their families to watch the rocket launches, see demonstrations by district Boy Scout troops, have a picnic lunch and even opt to see the Museum of the American GI. New Scouts can attend any Rocket Launch Day event in the council that fits their schedule

Registration

All Scouts and families must register at the registration table when entering the museum. Entry to the event is free. The museum will discount their entry fee to $3 per person the day of the event.
 
 
Potential Cub Scouts and their families can attend and will receive information about area units and registration materials at registration. Registration as a Scout costs $6 with an additional $3 if the Cub Scout wants to receive Boys' Life magazine (recommended).

Tentative Schedule

        8:30-9:00 Setup
  9:00-10:00 Registration
  10:00-12:00 Rocket Launches
Demonstrations
Visit the Museum
  12:00-1:00  Demonstrations
Picnic lunch (self-provided),
Depart

Rocket Launches

During registration, each Cub Scout will be given a ticket with the timeslot of their launch. It is their responsibility to be at the launch paddock at the appropriate time with one of their parents. When they arrive at the paddock, they will receive instructions and an engine from one of the launch controllers. After their launch, they must exist the launch paddock.

Launch Director

Dr. Joe Kerwin, NASA astronaut and CAPCOM for Apollo13 will be onsite to be our honorary launch director.

What to Bring

  • New Scouts: Rocket that you received from your pack leader (with the Scout's name on it). Scouts may decorate their rockets with stickers or markers, but no additional weight should be added. View the rocket prep video.
  • Returning Scouts can bring their own rocket and engineSee details below.
  • Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A & B for all Scouting events) for every participant*
  • Closed toed shoes good for running^

Optional:

  • Picnic lunch
  • $3 per person for museum tickets
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Camp chair
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Extra engine (rockets can be shot more than once if time allows)

*Medical Record: We require all participants to bring an Annual Health and Medical Record to every Scouting event. The Scouting adventures, camping trips, and having fun are important to everyone in Scouting—and so is your safety and well-being. Completing the Annual Health and Medical Record is the first step in making sure you have a great Scouting experience. Completing a health history promotes health awareness, collects necessary data, and provides medical professionals critical information needed to treat a patient in the event of an illness or injury. It also provides emergency contact information. Please download the form and have the form with you at all Scouting events for every member of your family. 

^Closed toed shoes are highly recommended for all Scouting events. Many of our outdoor venues have snakes and sticks that can injure toes. Many of our activities include active games, so shoes that Scouts can run in (e.g., tennis shoes) are recommended.




Extra Rockets 

Scouts may bring extra rockets (e.g., for a sibling who is a returning Scout). The rocket must be a skill level 0 to 2 and the engine must be an A or B class engine.

Packs may purchase additional rockets for returning Scouts in bulk from Brad McClain (brad@paulssupplies.com) or the local Scout Shop.  Allow two weeks for delivery.

Individuals may purchase additional rockets and motor engines at the local Scout Shop or Hobby Lobby.

If Scouts bring their own rocket(s), the rocket should be built prior to arrival at the launch site and they must provide their own appropriate class A or B rocket engine. Remember that only adults are allowed to handle the engines.  Ensure that you review the rocket kit instructions and select the recommended engine size.   

Watch this video for a very good briefing on prepping rockets prior to launch:  https://youtu.be/hC6evC1N05c.

Rocket Launch Safety

The safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees is an important part of the Scouting experience. 

Only adults are allowed to handle or load rocket motors. Adults should always closely supervise ALL rocketry building, launching, and recovery activities.

National Association of Rocketry (NAR) Safety Code and other safety guidelines will be followed: 

  • Launch safety – countdowns, 15-foot safety circle
  • Launchers – End of launch rod must be above eye level.
  • Launch site – 200-foot open area required for a type B engine; monitor wind and dry grass conditions
  • Every rocket should be safety inspected prior to launch.
  • If a rocket misfires or does not launch, be sure to wait a minimum of 30 seconds before approaching it.
  • Lightning, winds, or any adverse weather should immediately stop the launch.
  • Recovery safety – Do not attempt recovery from power lines, tall trees, etc.
  • In case of inclement weather, the launch will be rescheduled.

BSA Guide to Safe Scouting policies must be followed.

All participants must follow Youth Protection Guidelines at all Scouting events.  Highlights include:

  • Two-deep leadership on all outings required.  
  • One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is prohibited. 
  • The buddy system should be used at all times. 
  • Discipline must be constructive.



Photographs    

Notice!  Please be advised that promotional videotaping/photography may be in progress at any time at an event. Your entrance constitutes your agreement that the council and district has the right to reproduce your likeness in videography/photography for promotion (e.g., publications, internet, newspaper).

Communications

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Contacts

For questions, contact David Sweeney.