Cub Scouts in Forsyth County launch rockets sky high

Troop 107 visits Georgia Model Aviators

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga.—Cub Scout Troop 107 played rocket men as they burned out the fuses of their own rockets June 15 at Georgia Model Aviators in Ball Ground.

One of the requirements to get a summer badge states the boys have to participate in an activity every month, and Rocket Day is a common event.

“It’s something that we started doing last year for the boys to give them another opportunity to experience something they might not do normally,” said Cub Scout Master Ken Cappon. “We are just trying to create a fun and exciting program for the boys.”

Troop 107 has grown from about 25 boys to about 45, and Cappon said the growth of the group and parent involvement has helped mold a great program this year.

Dianne Kokotoff is one of the Cub Scout moms involved with the troop. She said the boys get excited for Rocket Day when they get to design their own rockets.

“Each of the boys had to design their own rocket however they wanted, and they will be able to launch them,” Kokotoff said. “We will take them out individually and we can see how high they will go. The purpose is to understand aeronautics and a little bit of science.”

Some of the boys are gaining experience in working toward their rank advancements by building a model rocket and learning about aviation, said Cappon.

Georgia Model Aviators (GMA) rents a 60-acre field with a paved runway from Forsyth County, where they hold events for groups like this. GMA is also open for public flying.

Chris Kennedy, manager of GMA, said they have about 350 members ranging from people in their teens to 90s. The model planes and helicopters they fly range anywhere from $100 to $15,000.

“We try really hard to give back to the community so we do all sorts of events,” Kennedy said. “We have certain events that draw pilots from all over the United States. This weekend was just another example of how we try to give back to the community.”

For more information on the Georgia Model Aviators, visit www.gmarc.com.

This article was published in the June 26 issue of the Forsyth Herald.

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