It’s rocket science…Launch event designed to elevate interest in Scouting

By on December 16, 2015

 

School-age boys and their parents are invited to a unique, “Rocket into Scouting” event at Swamp Lutheran Church, 275 Swamp Church Road, Reinholds, on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon, to make a model rocket and launch it up to 400 feet in the air.

This is a free event with no charge for any materials to make the model rocket. This activity is designed to answer any questions parents and sons may have about Scouting. Complimentary refreshments will also be available.

Sponsored jointly by Denver Scout Troop 32 and Reinholds Troop 95, with assistance from Reamstown Boy Scouts, the event showcases how a boy’s varied interests can be explored through a multi-faceted Scouting program.

Photo by Alice Hummer    Tim Zimmerman, left, and Glenn Steffy, right, check out Ken McCrea's model rocket. Launched with a small engine, the rocket can climb to 400 feet. Using a larger engine, the rocket can soar as high as 1,000 feet.

Photo by Alice Hummer
Tim Zimmerman, left, and Glenn Steffy, right, check out Ken McCrea’s model rocket. Launched with a small engine, the rocket can climb to 400 feet. Using a larger engine, the rocket can soar as high as 1,000 feet.

Scouting today is more than camping, which is the first thing many people think about when Boy Scouts is mentioned. Scout leaders adapt activities and skills taught with programs created from the interests of boys in their troop. Scouting also develops leadership skills.

“There are experiences and adventures that only Scouting can offer,” said Ken McCrea, veteran Scout leader and volunteer with the Pennsylvania Dutch Council, “and this rocket program is one of them. Scouting has embraced the STEM concept emphasizing science, technology, engineer and math skills embedded in their activities.”

“While a boy may choose to participate in any troop in Lancaster County that offers programs in which a prospective Scout is interested, the intent has always been, and it’s usually an easier fit for a family, if a Scout joins a troop in his home area,” said Chris Styers, field director at the Lancaster Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Dutch Council.

“Typically, a Scout joins a Cub Troop and then proceeds into the corresponding Scout troop in that town,” said Styers.

“Nationally, Scouting participation numbers have declined,” said Styers. “Last year (2014) was the first year of growth in Cub Scouts in six years for our Council, although national numbers continued their decline.

“Many more activities compete for a boy’s time today than years ago.”

Boy Scouts of America serves boys from first grade through age 18. A new program, which is co-ed and offered for ages 14-21, is the Adventure Crew program.

“Like the name implies, this program targets more adventurous sports and some boys choose to be active in their troop, and participate in an Adventure Crew, if they have the time,” said Styers.

Denver has a robust Adventure Crew using the new Shober Family Scout Cabin located in Denver Memorial Park.

Many Scout leaders, such as Denver’s assistant Scout masters, Tim Zimmerman and Glenn Steffy, Adamstown Scout Master Bob Hinkley, and Schoeneck Scout Master Sheldon Brubaker were quick to comment on the special leadership training offered to young men through Boy Scouts.

“We want kids to live by the Scout oath and law,” said Brubaker. “They are high ideals and they build character. I played sports in high school and learned about team building…I learned to be a leader in Scouts.”

Another veteran pack leader said great things happen at the unit level. He said he’s seen life-changing experiences happen at nearly every pack meeting as boys are introduced to new skills and interest areas.

In the event of high winds or inclement weather, the program to build the rockets will be held as scheduled on Dec. 19 with the launching of the rockets on Dec. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Swamp Lutheran Church.

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