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2017 Rocket Day

Posted in: Pack News by rlgray on June 23, 2017


When: Saturday, July 15, 9-11 AM
Where: Bond Park multipurpose field (next to the dam)
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The closest parking to the multipurpose field can be found at the Community Center.

Required Waiver Forms

The Town of Cary requires that all participants read the town’s Model Rocket Guidelines (click to download) document and sign the waiver on the last page.

You can mail your waiver to Phil Wong, our rocket day organizer, at 205 Fincastle Dr. Cary, NC  27513 or drop them off at the church office in an envelope addressed to Phil Wong on it. The town of Cary Parks and Recreation would like to have these forms by July 13th.

The pack will provide shade canopies, water, and treats for the scouts and siblings.
If past years are any indication, it will probably be quite sunny, so please make sure your family wears plenty of sunscreen.
Boys are encouraged, but not required, to wear Class B uniforms (scouting T-shirts.)

Notes from last year:

Check your launchers before you come out for rocket day, many of the launchers failed last year.

  1. Make sure you have fresh batteries in your launcher and bring a spare.
  2. Do a “dry run” on one of your igniters to make sure everything is operating properly.

Where can I find rocket kits?

Local stores that carry model rockets include:

  • Hangar 18 hobby shop on Kildaire Farm Rd (website) 10% Scout discount!
  • Michael’s in Crossroads

Online sources for model rockets include:

  • amazon.com
  • estesrockets.com
  • hobbylinc.com

Most kits will require some level of assembly, but this is usually limited to just gluing parts together.
Be sure to allow at least 24 hours for the glue to dry before using the rocket.

Building Guidelines

Due to the size of the launch field, please limit your rockets to “A” or “B” sized engines. If you use anything larger, your rocket will probably end up in the trees surrounding the field. Depending on how windy it is, it’s possible that you could lose a rocket even with the smaller engines, so please don’t purchase any rockets that are too expensive or complicated to assemble.

In addition to the rocket and engines, you’ll also need to bring engine igniters and wadding (these are usually included with the engines, but double check just to be sure.)

Please bring your own launch pad to share! The Pack doesn’t have any launch pads.
This year, we will designate specific locations for where the launch pads can be set up. Once all those locations are taken, we would like everyone to share.