Youth Groups Welcome!
We limit the number of youth we approve for the discount at each launch to make sure we don’t have long lines for a few pads, so some launch dates may not be available on the form. As the two week dealine is reached, or we reach our limit, the date is removed from the form.
All you need to bring are your rockets, launch supplies, and motors. ROC supplies the launch system, with plenty of rods and rails in all sizes for you to launch from. There are typically vendors that sell rocket motors, kits, and parts. Please visit our vendors on-site during the launch, and support them for supporting us.
Educator bulk packs (packs of multiples of the same kit or motor), are a way for groups to save money and simplify building sessions by having everyone build the same rocket kit. Both Discount Rocketry and Bay Area Rocketry sell educator bulk packs, but you may need to order in advance.
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.
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….)
Our October launch is known as ROCtober, and is specially geared toward youth groups. We will have additional low power pads, and processes in place to safely launch a larger volume of low power rockets. Of course, we will also have our high power pads in operation.
It would help the launch run smoothly and reduce the impact of your group if some older youth and/or adults help with the many tasks it takes to have a launch. Please plan to give us a hand. Usually none is very difficult, but there are a number of ways to help things run better.
For groups who register at least two weeks in advance, and are approved, we have special discount fees. For more information, please see our Fee Schedule. This special fee is intended to encourage youth in our hobby by making it more affordable for youth groups to join us at a ROC monthly launch. Please note that at “special” or national launches, like LDRS or NSL, there will be separate fee structures that may not include group discounts. The pre-approval is required to ensure that only a reasonable number come to any particular launch. Approval will be confirmed by email.
TARC Teams, or equivalent (several youth on a team flying one rocket), will be considered one “flyer” and pay the regular daily fee for one flyer if they register at least two weeks in advance.
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.
PLEASE NOTE: Youth Group discounts are not available at our ROCstock events, or special launches, such as LDRS-35.
LDRS, in June of 2016, is a special high-power launch with separate rules, and we will not be able to accommodate youth groups at LDRS.