Youth Groups

Can youths attend ROC launches, and can we launch our own rockets?

Yes! All ROC launches are open to everyone, and youth may fly their own rockets from our volunteer-run range.

How much does it cost? Do you offer a group discount?

Flyer’s fees are posted on the fee schedule. Non-member adult flyers must pay the regular flyer’s fee for each launch day.

To avoid schedule conflicts, we offer limited discounts to pre-registered youth groups. TARC teams who pre-register on schedule fly for free. Discounts are not available:

  • if too many groups have signed up to attend a particular launch,
  • at multi-day events, including ROCStock, NSL, and LDRS, or
  • less than two weeks before a launch.

Apply for a group discount by completing and submitting the form below at least two weeks in advance. A ROC volunteer will be in touch to confirm your application or advise you of any issues. We strongly recommend that your group leader(s) attend a launch and fly a rocket before bringing your group to the lakebed to help them understand the environment and launch procedures.

The launch date we want isn’t on the registration form. Can we still get a discount?

No. If the date is not available, no discounts are available for that date. You may still attend the launch to spectate or fly, but the regular flyer’s fee schedule will apply.

What rocket supplies should we bring?

You will need to provide your own rockets, motors, and accessories (e.g., recovery wadding, motor starters, igniter plugs). ROC provides launch pads and a centralized launch control system. We usually have on-site vendors who sell motors, but come prepared just in case.

To maximize attendee safety, ALL flights at ROC events must be processed through our safety check and launched from our range.

Can we get discounts on rockets or motors?

Groups can save money and simplify building sessions by purchasing Educator Bulk Packs containing multiples of the same kit or motor. One of our onsite vendors, Discount Rocketry, produces a line of kits available in bulk; contact them directly to order in advance.

What are the rules for launching?

Please familiarize your group with our Launch Procedures and Rules.

Everyone MUST pay attention to the PA system announcements and obey any instructions given by the launch officials.

The onsite portable toilets should only be used for their intended purpose. Do not place anything besides human waste, toilet paper, and sanitary items in them.

Our range is set up, run, and taken down by volunteers. Please volunteer to help out!

What’s the best launch to attend?

The October launch (ROCtober) is our annual youth outreach event. We use adjusted launch processes and additional launch pads to help us launch a larger volume of model rockets at this event.

We’re a college team planning to launch high power rockets. Do we need to register?

College groups that register in advance can take advantage of the youth group discounts. For a test flight of a single project (e.g., USLI or ESRA competition rockets), a single team member of the appropriate high power certification level can be the flyer of record; in this case, you won’t need to contact us in advance.


Group Registration Form

If you would like plan a visit for your group please use the form below and someone from ROC will get right back to you. If you do not receive specific approval for the youth group discount, then our regular launch fees apply.