October 7, 2023 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cornerstone United Methodist Church
18081 West Rd, Houston, TX 77095
All new Cub Scouts and parents are invited to their first district Scouting event. Bring your rocket to build, design and launch at Rocket Day. Scouts in kindergarten through fifth grade who are interested in joining Scouting may also attend. Staff will be available to help them register and locate a pack near them.
Returning Scouts and families are also invited to attend and can bring rockets from previous years and an engine to launch again.
Scouts in kindergarten through fifth grade who are interested in joining Scouting may also attend; we will help them get signed up for Scouting. New Scouts can attend any Rocket Launch Day event in the council that fits their schedule.
There is no fee to launch the rocket; RSVP to ensure we have enough rocket engines.
Volunteers are needed to help run a successful Rocket Day. We need help with check-in, set-up, clean-up, parking, running den advancement activity tables, rocket inspection, rocket launching, and more. Volunteer for one or two two-hour shift.
What to Bring
- Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A & B for all Scouting events) for every participant*
- Closed-toed shoes good for running^
- Rocket that you received from your pack
- Scouts may wear their uniform or a Scouting t-shirt
- Water bottle
- Camp chair
- Bug spray
- Hand sanitizer
*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.
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.
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).
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The BSA's Commitment to Safety is ongoing and we want you to know that the safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees cannot be compromised. The Boy Scouts of America puts the utmost importance on the safe and healthy environments for its youth membership. The Sam Houston Area Council takes great strides to ensure the safety of its youth as well as the adult volunteer leadership that interacts with them.
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 is 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.
Health and safety must be integrated into everything we do, to the point that no injuries are acceptable beyond those that are readily treatable by Scout-rendered first aid. As an aid in the continuing effort to protect participants in Scout activities, the BSA National Health and Safety Committee and the Council Services Division of the BSA National Council has developed the SAFE Checklist of BSA safety procedures for physical activity. These points, which embody good judgment and common sense, are applicable to all activities.
Youth Protection Guidelines Guide to Safe Scouting SAFE Checklist Enterprise Risk Management