Summer is ending and scouting is in the air over the Rim Country.
The Cubs were playing Mowgli tag on the lawn Wednesday evening, the precursor to a bit of rocket training at the pack meeting before the launch this Saturday.
"Have any of you seen a rocket?" Roger Kreimeyer, bona fide (retired) rocket scientist, and scout training chairman, said.
All of the two-dozen boys raised their hands.
"Have any of you made a rocket?"
Again, many hands flew into the air.
"Many years ago I used to work with real rockets. Now I make bottle rockets," Kreimeyer said. He held up two ordinary two-liter bottles, the pop long consumed.
The rocket is made by cutting the bottom off of one of the bottles, adding cardboard fins, rocks and a cup-or-so of water; all held together with duct tape.
"What do the rocks do?" the rocket master asked.
"Ballast and momentum," Cub Scout Nathan Cluff said.
"When the rocket is locked down to an air pressure pipe and the pin is released, it goes up as high as a football field is long," Kreimeyer said.
"Launching is the most fun," Cub Scout Joseph Hill said.
Better fins to make to rocket go higher are his plan for a successful launch at Green Valley Park Saturday.
CUB Baden Hancock said his rocket went up 375 feet last year, so he has no plan to change anything.
Rocket fins are important. Too big, they will cause drag and slow the rocket down. Curved fins will make the rocket spin.
Kreimeyer will explain how height is calculated and ways to make rockets fly higher at the Scout-O-Rama.
Rockets are not the only event on the free program.
With 14 Boy Scout units active in Payson and Pine neighborhoods, there will be plenty of boys and their volunteer leaders on hand to discuss and demonstrate the outdoor scouting events, survival skills and just plain fun activities they have had during the past year and are planning for 2008.
Last year, the Varsity and Ventures hiked the 14 miles into Clear Creek and back out.
"If you like archery, this is place for you to not only learn archery skills and safety -- but to actually shoot a bow and arrow," Kenny Evans, the district chairman for Scouts, said.
Cub Scout David Graham mimed using a bow and arrow with his two fingers pulling back on the bow.
"Where the arrow is pointed, that's where it shoots," he said.
Character, leadership and citizenship are the goals of scouting.
"If you want to improve your outdoor skills or just enjoy outdoor food, fun and prizes, stop by the 2007 Scout-O-Rama at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
There is no cost for the event or to join in Scouting if youth register and sign up during the event this Saturday," Evans said.
"Whether you are a potential 6- to 11-year-old Cub Scout or a 12- to 18-year-old Scout, or a Venturer looking for high adventure, there is something for everyone in Scouting," he added.