The National Association of Rocketry (NAR) is all about having fun and learning more with and about sport rockets. It is the oldest and largest sport rocketry organization in the world. Since 1957, over 100,000 serious sport rocket modelers have joined the NAR to take advantage of the fun and excitement of organized rocketry.
Sacramento Sport Crew (SSC) is a Section of the NAR that supports the Cub Scout packs, Scouts BSA troops, Venturing BSA crews, Sea Scouts ships, and Exploring posts throughout the Golden Empire Council. Membership in our NAR section is restricted to registered Scouts and adults, along with family members under 18.
Uniquely Scouting Focused
STEM in Scouting is a focus on bringing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics out of the classroom and into the outdoors. With hands-on, practical activities–such as launching model rockets–youth (and adults) experience STEM in a way that seems both more practical and much more fun than a typical lecture offers.
The Sacramento Sport Crew wants to help as many Scouting units as possible experience the fun and learning that sport rocketry can provide. However, there are a lot of bureaucratic obstacles that have to be overcome to hold a fun, safe, legal, and properly insured model rocket launch for a youth group.
Our Crew Advisor, Will Murray, has several years experience in model rocketry from founding and operating the Central Coast Aerospace Modeling Society (CCAMS) and Los Padres NAR section from 1996 through 1999. He is a registered Scouter, Nova Counselor, and a Supernova Mentor.
We can offer advice on launch site locations; how to work with local fire marshals to secure required fire permits; and we can even supply launch control systems, launch pads, and field equipment for your unit to use that we maintain–much of it that we have designed and built ourselves! In fact, we can teach your unit the skills to do the same, often satisfying merit badge, Nova, and Cub Scout adventure requirements along the way. We also can help lead pre-launch group assembly sessions where your Scouts and leaders can get hands-on coaching on how to build their own rockets from a selection of kits ranging from basic to moderate skill levels.
Every launch is unique, as are your unit’s needs. As with most things in Scouting, we offer much of these services on a volunteer basis. However, sport rocketry does come with many expenses that cannot be avoided. Contact the SSC for help with budgeting for an event and to see where we can help you as your Scouts reach for the clouds!