Saturday, January 24th, 2009

3-2-1…BLAST OFF!

As a scouting event Mike invited the boys over to launch their homemade rockets that they started making a couple of months ago. Since we have the cornfield in the backyard, they thought that would be the perfect launching site. We filled the boys up with a hardy breakfast first of waffles, bacon, sausage, and eggs. Then they were off to see what kind of success they would have. Of course, the girls wanted to participate, but we decided it would be too dangerous for them and too cold (it was around -2 degrees).

The boys are ecstatic to launch their rockets.

Not without gearing up first. It was c-c-c-cold out there.

Here’s round one with “Golden Boy”. One of the other leaders made this beauty. It was painted solid gold and had the name proudly displayed in large, black letters. They had a stall the first time, but the second time was a charm.

Next up was Mike’s rocket. His was painted yellow and black and was officially dubbed “Big Daddy”.

There was a second launching of golden boy that really turned out nicely, but the video was too long to upload here. You could even see the parachute eject and take affect. You’ll just have to take my word for it. The boys seemed to enjoy themselves immensely. A few games of foosball were played, too.

5 Responses to “ 3-2-1…BLAST OFF! ”

  1. Jen says:

    Jenny,
    Kudos for supporting science on the website. I can attest to the cold and the good time that everyone had. Only one rocket ended in a tree and was recovered. Thanks to the young men for braving the cold and being willing to go out for a second launch.
    Concerned Citizen

  2. Shoebox Princess says:

    That was wicket-awe! Mike, Jim could really use you as a counselor in the YM. Our young men would TOTALLY love that activity! So cool!

  3. Seth says:

    Thats what I’m talkin about!

  4. Courtney says:

    ok, I am here to sympathize with you. Josh is the scout leader too and we have the boys for sleepovers and snow camping…..and messes. and what is it with our husbands and rockets????!!! Josh’s Dad loves rockets too and for our family runion we all made and launched rockets from Bud’s home-made rocket launcher….geesh! They were outside for hours calculating times and changing details….me, I watched it once, and that was enough!

  5. Jenni says:

    ok, that was cool. The boys here need some of that kind of action. I could go for that too. I am the one who provided the 4th of July “Works” bomb 2 years ago, and the “Bling Bling” this year. Mike, that was truly wicket-awe and I’m sure your boys love you and will keep coming to church just because they could make things that blew up.

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