The rockets were not quite the size of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, but the excitement felt by campers, staff members, families and friends, at the Camp Horizons Rocket Launch, was just as great.
More than 100 campers, including (front row, from left) Scott and Cory Lillis, both 8, from West Orange, NJ,and their mom Alyse, who teaches music at camp Horizons, launched more than 150 homemade rockets at the event.
Prior to the launch, campers spent two weeks creating as many rockets as they were able to build and paint in preparation for the launch. Each camper chose from more than 100 model rocket kits, which ranged in difficulty from five steps to more than 100 steps and pieces, and also contained engines and parachutes. Some were actually six feet tall.
At the launch, the crowd looked up, oohed and ahhed, and pointed each time to a rocket that had launched in order to see how high and far it went. Campers then smiled as they ran through the field to find their rockets and parachutes. Some of the rockets went up so high, you couldn't even see them until they parachuted down to the ground. It as truly an amazing sight to see!! Camp Horizons is located at Newark Academy, in Livingston, NJ.