2017 Rocket Launch and Picnic

Date: Sunday, May 28, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, rockets fly at 5:30 pm
Where: 60 Acres Park, NE 116th Street, Redmond, WA (map)
Park Location: Near park buildings closest to middle of parking lot along NE 116 St.

Don’t miss the always popular Annual Pack Rocket Launch!!!

Because of the dangers inherent with young children and flying rockets – rockets are launched in a controlled – but still very fun – environment.  After scouts load the rockets with engines and fuses, they will take them to the launching area and hand them off to an adult who will set the rockets on their launch base.  The scouts will then stand a safe distance away at their rocket’s launch station.  After the countdown, each scout presses their launch button and watches their rocket fly high in the air.  Next, the scouts are released into the field to retrieve their rocket (tip:  have your scout decorate his rocket and put his name on it – it helps when recovering the rocket from the field).

Rockets will start flying at 5:30.   Please have your rockets assembled and ready.  Our Rocket Launch Coordinators, will be organizing volunteers on-site for loading rockets, launching and light repair.  We will keep launching until the scouts in attendance have used up the engines – if all goes as planned, each scout will be able to launch their rocket 3 times.  Make sure to arrive on time (or close to it) so you don’t miss out on the fun“ if you’re too late, the launching crew may be packing up and you may miss out on your launch opportunity.

Safety Considerations

Due to safety and liability issues, rockets can only be launched from the designated launch area under the supervision of The Rocket Launch Coordinators and their designated volunteers.  No one attending our Pack Outing will be allowed to launch rockets outside of the designated launch area.

Optional Family Picnic

We will be having an optional family picnic @ 5:00.  Bring dinner for your family and enjoy a picnic with the pack.  Bring a dessert or side to share if you can.

Extra Things to Consider

  • The rockets fly high, and wind conditions can vary dramatically.  Each scout will have the opportunity to launch their rocket as many as three times, but please prepare your scout for the possibility that their rocket may get carried away by the wind and may not be recovered if it falls way beyond the fields or lands in dense brush surrounding the fields.
  • Please know that the rockets take about 30 minutes to build and require additional time for the glue to dry thoroughly.  If you didn’t build your rocket at the Pack Meeting, make sure to pick up your rocket from your den leader and give yourself plenty of time for fun, stress-free building.
  • The kids should wear sturdy shoes that can get muddy.  They will be running around the field collecting their rockets after they are launched.  It can also get fairly windy and chilly on the field in the evening, so bring some extra layers of warmth for yourselves and the kids.  Hopefully we will have a repeat of last year’s sunny weather.

 Directions to Sixty Acres Park

Sixty Acres Park is located on NE 116th Street between Willows Road and 154th Pl NE, Redmond WA 98052.   From Redmond Way, turn north onto Willows Road, then turn right (east) onto NE 116th Street.

What if it rains??

**Rockets cannot fly in the rain or in high wind, therefore, if we must reschedule this event due to bad weather you will hear from me by email by 4pm on Sunday.  We will wait till the last minute possible to call it off as you never know what the weather will do here in the Pacific Northwest.  Please be patient and wait to hear from us.  If you cannot access your email, please call your den leaders for clarification.

 Questions?

Please contact Gina Rose