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Scouts launch into rocketry lesson
Holden Geidel
Eight-year-old Cub Scout Holden Geidel sends his paper rocket into the air by exhaling powerfully into a straw. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

GUYTON — Fueled by an eagerness to learn and win awards, 53 boys and girls reached new heights at K.T. Wallace Camp on July 16.

Cub Scout Pack 295 of Guyton and Cub Scout Pack 650 of Rincon co-hosted an event as part of Space Camp’s Global Rocket Launch. It was led by Pack 295 Cubmaster Lisa Scarbrough and Pack 650 Assistant Cubmaster Douglas Klutzke, and featured other area scout packs, troops and Venture crews.

The Global Rocket Launch was initiated by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo program.

 “It’s something fun to do,” Scarbrough said. “STEM (Science, Technology, Math & Engineering) is very big in our scouting program and we are happy that we could invite other packs, troops and even crews to join us in this activity.”

Male and female participants got to build and launch rockets, and conduct terminal velocity investigations. One of the most enjoyable projects featured the construction of paper rockets that used the scouts’ breath, blown through a straw, for propulsion.

Of the 24 men to travel to the moon on the Apollo 8 and Apollo 10 to 17 missions, 20 were scouts, including 11 of the 12 moonwalkers, and all three members of the crew of Apollo 13.