Rocket Academies have traditionally been a one-day event for communities and neighborhoods. They are a good way to show the broad spectrum of activities and learning associated with Scouting, and can educate participants and attendees about the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) program. Scouting.org has published several articles about Rocket Academies.
Safety is always a paramount consideration and the BSA wishes to re-emphasize the following as unit, district, and council rocket activities are considered.
- Review and be familiar with the National Association of Rocketry safety code, which can be found at www.nar.org.
- Determine if there are any local rules and regulations regarding the type, size, and launching of rockets within your community.
- Be aware of and guided by the Sweet 16 of BSA Safety.
- Complete a Program Hazard Analysis (PHA) in an effort to identify and be familiar with the hazards and risks associated with this activity.
- Take a PAUSE for safety prior to a launch.