Rocketry in Youth Programs

Many youth groups including the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, YMCA, 4-H Clubs, Civil Air Patrol, STARBASES, Space Camp, and Challenger Centers utilize the unique qualities of Estes model rocketry in their programs. Use these links below to learn more about youth organizations and their model rocket programs.

Not sure a rocket launch is right for your Cub Scout program, watch this!     
Not sure a rocket launch is right for your Cub Scout program, watch this!

Estes Rockets: A Scout's Favorite Pastime!
Estes Rockets: A Scout’s Favorite Pastime!
Enjoyed for generations, model rocketry is an engaging activity that continues to delight scouts of all skill levels. Science and space-themed projects have always been part of the scouting experience – with model rocketry among the most popular pastimes. Are you ready to get started? Great! Ask your Scout Pack leader about which Merit Badges you can earn, and then contact your local hobby shop to help you decide which Estes rockets best suit your need!

Estes Rockets: Perfect for Schools and Youth Groups!
Estes Rockets: Perfect For Schools And Youth Groups
Estes Rockets have been used by over 30,000 teachers and youth group leaders to Ignite imaginations, combining fun with learning about math, science, propulsion, aeronautics and rocket history! Many scouts earn merit badges in rocketry, and many NASA engineers began as young model rocketeers. Starting a model rocket program in your local school or youth organization is great way to inspire young people — and Estes Educator makes it easy and affordable!

Rockets, fun, favorite scouting activity
Rockets: A Fun, Favorite Scouting Activity!
Model rocketry is not only entertaining and enlightening, it’s also an integral part of Scouting! Scouts at all levels are involved in numerous science/space projects and activities that include the building and launching of model rockets. If you’re a Scout, look into the various Merit Badges that can be earned — then ask your hobby retailer and Scout Pack leader about the Estes rockets that can make earning those badges fun AND educational!

Youth Group Rocketry
Bring The Excitement Of Model Rocketry To Your Youth Group!What better way to have fun while also learning about science, technology and space exploration than with model rocketry? And with such a wide selection to choose from, Estes is sure to have the rocket models and accessories that are ideal for any youth group’s age level and skill level!

Estes Summer Camp
Model Rockets Add New Levels Of Learning To Summer Camps!It’s no wonder so many kids look forward to summer camps: fun, fellowship, and the chance to participate in activities you wouldn’t normally be able to, especially if you live in an urban area. Science- and space-themed camps that offer model rocketry programs are especially popular, and there are many to choose from.

Awesome After School Rocketry
The popularity of afterschool programs has skyrocketed since 1990! These programs cover subjects that aren’t taught or there’s not time for in the classroom. They’ve been shown to enhance children’s academic achievement and social development. Afterschool programs are a great setting for taking advantage of some of the best practices and trends in education – cooperative learning, collaborative learning, hands-on projects and inquiry-based learning activities. Estes model rockets and R/C airplanes are a perfect fit for these learning methods.

When children build and launch Estes rockets it boosts their self esteem, it encourages teamwork, they become excited about aerospace and learn more about science, math and space. Students can learn STEM concepts while having fun after school!

If you are looking for enjoyable, educational, hands-on afterschool activities, Estes model rocketry is a sure bet for you. Take a look at our rocket and engine lab packs and support materials to see where they fit into your programs.

Rocket Science At Camps
Thousands of kids have written to Estes over the years to tell us the best summer they ever had was when they went to a summer camp that had an Estes model rocket program. Summer camps offer activities campers can’t normally do at home. Model rocketry is a perfect fit for these camps, especially for city kids that don’t have large spaces for rocket launching.

There are many science and space-themed camps where kids train for space missions and become rocket scientists, then build and launch an Estes rocket. These camps include the U.S. Space Camp, STARBASES, Challenger Learning Centers, Shuttle Camp at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, Kennedy Space Center’s Youth Programs, Kansas Cosmosphere, Virginia Spaceflight Academy and numerous other space and science museum childrens’ outreach programs throughout the U.S., Canada and beyond.

Estes Educator Lab Packs, publications and curriculums are a must for your camp programs. Browse and download the Estes materials suitable for your model rocket camp projects. You’ll send home proud, enthusiastic Estes model rocket scientists!

National Association of Rocketry

National Association of Rocketry Successful Rocketry for Scouting, 4-H, and Other Youth Groups.
So, you want to use model rockets with your scout troop or 4-H club? Great idea! Model rocketry can be fun, educational, and exciting. You may have decided to do rocketry with your scouts to earn the Aerospace or Space Exploration badge; or with your 4-Hers to prepare for a county fair entry. You may be doing rocketry just because it is fun. However, there is more to it.

The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC)

The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is the world’s largest rocket contest, sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR).

U.S. Space Camp

U.S. Space Camp-(Use Estes SCRV & Loadstar rocket kits — exclusive to Space Camp)
SPACE CAMP® was founded in 1982 as the U.S. Space & Rocket Center® museum’s education program to promote the study of math, science, and technology. This educational program couples classroom instruction with hands-on activities and teaches teamwork, decision-making, and leadership. Rocket scientist Dr. Wernher von Braun, while leading the team of scientists and engineers at the Marshall Space Flight Center that sent astronauts to the moon, inspired these programs that have challenged and educated youngsters from all 50 states and over 40 countries and territories. SPACE CAMP has become known as one of the premier math/science/technology educational programs in the United States.

Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program

Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program — CAP Model Rocketry Program
Civil Air Patrol’s Model Rocketry program is an achievement program for cadets interested in the science, technology, and flight of model rockets.

Boy Scouts of America

Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

Girl Scouts of America

Girl Scouts of America
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls—all girls—where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world.


We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

4H Club

4-H Clubs
Royal Rangers is a Ministry to boys and young men in grades K-12. The goal of this ministry is to present Jesus Christ in a unique way and to help lead boys to a personal commitment and relationship to Christ.

Royal Rangers Space Exploration Merit

Royal Rangers — Space Exploration Merit
Royal Rangers is a Ministry to boys and young men in grades K-12. The goal of this ministry is to present Jesus Christ in a unique way and to help lead boys to a personal commitment and relationship to Christ.

Pathfinders Model Rocketry Program

Pathfinders — Model Rocketry Program
Pathfinders are a worldwide organization of young people sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, though young people of any religious persuasion, or none at all, are welcome and encouraged to join the organization.

Christian Service Brigade Model Rocketry Program

Christian Service Brigade — Model Rocketry Program
Christian Service Brigade (CSB) is a non-denominational Christian organization for men and boys in the United States and Canada.

Awana Clubs

Awana Clubs
Awana helps churches and parents work together to develop spiritually strong children and youth who faithfully follow Jesus Christ.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.

Federation of Galaxy Explorers

Federation of Galaxy Explorers
The Federation of Galaxy Explorers was incorporated in the state of Maryland as a 501(c)3 non profit organization. The organization seeks to inspire and educate kids in space related science and engineering. Galaxy Explorers was created to prepare children for the future; a future that advances a space faring civilization.


STARBASES expose youth to the technological environments and positive role models found on military bases and installations. They provide 20-25 hours of STEM instruction, using a common core curriculum that meets or exceeds the national standards.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Challenger Centers
Challenger Center for Space Science Education uses students’ natural enthusiasm for space to create innovative learning experiences for imaginative young minds. By transforming the way teachers teach and students learn, Challenger Center is creating a new generation of explorers.

U.S. Air Force Junior ROTC Model Rocketry Program

U.S. Air Force Junior ROTC — Model Rocketry Program
Air Force Junior ROTC’s mission is to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.