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3, 2, 1 Lift-off! October 31, 2007

Posted by Joe in Scouts.

One of the most exciting of our Cub Scout Pack’s building projects is the Miniature Rockets. These light-weight rockets, created from kits, are constructed of balsa wood, plastic, and cardboard. Each rocket has a place for a small but power engine to be inserted into its body.

The scouts carefully assemble and paint the miniature projectiles. Great care is taken to align the rockets fins. Misaligned fins can cause the rocket to spiral out of control and cartwheel across the ground. That’s more excitement than we want.

On launch day, the Pack gathers together to send their creations skyward. In turn, each scout places his creation on the launch pad, connects the electrical launch controls to the engine, and starts the count down.

3, 2, 1, LIFT-OFF!!! The rocket races upward, toward the sky. Depending on the size and weight of the rocket and the size of the engine strapped inside the rocket can reach an altitude of 1,500 feet or more.

When all of the fuel has been expended, a small explosion forces the parachute to deploy. The rocket gracefully returns to earth while the scouts race to catch the rocket.

It’s a lot of fun watching the scouts run this way, then that way, then back this way again, as the wind subtly shifts direction while the rocket is on its way down.


Benjamin’s rocket never quite made it to the ground after its first launch. A tree intercepted it. Oh well…..we had fun.



1. Grams - November 4, 2007

Good looking rocket, Benjamin.
Luv, Grams

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