Youth Groups Welcome!

Attendance at events hosted by the Rocketry Organization of California (ROC) is AT YOUR OWN RISK. Insurance to cover your rocketry activities is available as a benefit of membership in either the National Association of Rocketry (membership form) or the Tripoli Rocketry Association (membership form). Please note that membership in ROC does NOT include insurance, or any assumption of liability on the part of ROC. ROC membership allows you to fly at all of our launches without paying the daily launch fees, and a few other membership benefits. All attendees at ROC events must sign the ROC Agreement and Liability Release Form to indicate understanding and acceptance of the risk and liability.

model rockets are fun!Youth groups — including everything from Boy & Girl & Cub Scouts & Brownies, to Civil Air Patrol Cadets, to Church and Camp and School youth groups (and everything in-between) — are always welcome at ROC launches.

To encourage participation, we offer reduced launch fees for youth groups: each group pays just $15 per day for their youth to fly with us.  (Any adults that want to fly pay our normal launch fee of $15 per day, and spectators are always free.) See our Fee Schedule for more details.

All you need to bring are your rockets and motors.  ROC supplies the launch system, with plenty of rods and rails in all sizes for you to launch from.

We also have vendors – such as Jack Garibaldi from What’s Up Hobbies who attends all of our launches — that sell rocket motors, kits, and parts.  Please visit our vendors on-site during the launch, and support them for supporting us.

Please familiarize your group with our Launch Procedures and Rules.  We do our best to run a safe, fun, and friendly launch range, but we can’t do it without your help and cooperation.  Above all else, please ensure that everyone pays attention to the announcements over the PA system, and obeys any instructions given by the launch officials.

IMPORTANT NOTE: No one under 18 years of age is allowed at or beyond the first row of launch pads, unless accompanied by a responsible adult.  Unaccompanied minors are only allowed to use the front row of launch pads, and to recover their rockets that land in front of the second row of launch pads.  If their rockets land beyond the second row of pads, they MUST have a responsible adult accompany them while they are further out on the launch range and the range must be “open for recovery”.

ROC supplies portable toilets at every launch.  Please use them only for their intended purpose – pee pee and poo poo.  (Anyone caught throwing trash into the toilets will be asked to retrieve it by hand.  If you can’t reach, we’ll be happy to hold you by your ankles and lower you down through the seat opening….)

Overnight camping is allowed on-site, with no special permits or fees required.  However, per Bureau of Land Management rules, campfires must not be built directly on the ground.  Instead, they must be in above-ground containers (a washing machine drum sitting on a few cinder blocks or bricks works very well as a portable fire pit), and you must pack all of your ashes and other debris out with you when you leave. Also, be sure to check out our handy desert survival guide for camping tips!

Please keep the lake bed clean.  Please take all of your trash, and any other trash you find, home with you to be disposed of properly.  Please help us to leave the lake bed in better shape than we found it.

If you have questions or concerns, or you just want to let us know you’ll be joining us at a monthly launch, please use the form below and someone from ROC will get right back to you.


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