3, 2, 1, take off! — Perham Cub Scouts launch their handmade rockets

Perham Cub Scouts and their families gathered in Arvig Park on Saturday, May 13, to launch bottle rockets into the sky.

Scouts and family members alike watch in awe as bottle rockets shoot off into the sky at Arvig Park.
Elizabeth Vierkant / Perham Focus
Cub Scouts Hunter Galbrecht and Tucker Keil show off the Dairy Queen gift cards they won.
Elizabeth Vierkant / Perham Focus

PERHAM — Perham-area Cub Scouts and their families all gathered at Arvig Park on the afternoon of Saturday, May 13, for a very important day in the Perham Cub Scout tradition: bottle rocket day.

Scouts each build their rockets out of a large plastic bottle with the help of an adult. Then, at the much-anticipated event, they use water and air pressure to shoot the bottles high into the sky to the "oh's" and "ah's" of a crowd.

One Cub Scout's bottle rocket shoots off high into the sky at Arvig Park.
Elizabeth Vierkant / Perham Focus

Though seeing their own creations soar through the sky is a wonderful award in and of itself, two prizes — $10 Dairy Queen gift cards — were also up for grabs for the rocket that went the farthest and the one that landed closest to a bucket placed in the middle of Arvig Park's field.

A third gift card was also available for one Scout who guessed closest to a "magic number" picked by an adult. This way, every kid who participated in this bottle rocket challenge got the chance to win a prize.

Adults help Cub Scouts pour water into their bottle rockets, which is used to propel them into the sky.
Elizabeth Vierkant / Perham Focus

Tucker Keil's rocket flew and landed closest to the bucket, earning him a gift card. Hunter Galbrecht's rocket traveled the farthest across the field. Ever the lucky scout, Galbrecht also happened to guess the "magic number" correctly, winning two Dairy Queen gift cards all to himself.

Elizabeth (she/her), 24, graduated with a degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Wisconsin–Stout in 2020. Elizabeth has always had a passion for telling stories about people and specializes in community features, which she uses for her Perham-centered content.
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