“If you’ve got a Wolf racing, make some NOISE!”

Cub Scouts and their parents answered with cheers and foot stomps. The home-made rockets were lined up at the starting line.

“Three … two … one … GO!”

The rockets propelled down the lines, from one end of the old high school gym to the other. Seconds passed.

The heat was over, but the evening was just beginning.

About 50 Cub Scouts in Kuna Pack 106 participated in this year’s annual Rocket Launch. Cub Scouts, ages 6-10, receive a single piece of wood, which they and their parents shape into a rocket using only sand paper.

This teaches them building skills, according to Pack Leader Jason Tully. The project also encourages parent involvement.

After attaching fins and painting the rockets, the boys receive a rubber band at the launch event. The band is pulled through the center of the rocket, attaching the propeller. The band is wound up tight.

The rocket is placed on the starting line alongside six other rockets. The propeller is held in place with a piece of metal.

To race, the metal is dropped down and the propeller “launches” the rocket down the line. Cub Scouts are awarded first, second and third place prizes.

“It teaches you how to be a winner and a loser,” Tully said. He added that the boys practiced good sportsmanship that night.

The parents were good too. Clustered in the stands, they cheered for every launch.

The event began at 4 p.m., and often lasts for close to three hours.

“I think it’s awesome,” Tully said, “that parents come and hang out for this.”

Alx Stevens is the reporter for Kuna Melba News. Contact her at 208-922-3008 or editor@kunamelba.com.

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