Finding a Rocket Club in Your Area
Putting together a mid-power or high power rocket launch takes a lot of work. This task is generally undertaken by a rocket club for periodic organized launches. Clubs are almost mandatory for all but model rockets, but even model rocketeers benefit from club membership.

A club will have a field somewhere near the majority of their membership base where they will have periodic flights. Most model rocket clubs have flights monthly or weekly and most high-power clubs have flights less frequently (some as little as twice a year). Because the launches are periodic, most of the club will attend and this creates a social atmosphere and the launches become "events" with flyers, friends and spectators.

Another good reason to attend club launches is that the club provides the launch equipment. Launchers and ignition systems are complex and bulky and having the club provide these facilities makes it much easier to come out and fly. Also, many clubs have vendors who will sell motors (and other parts and equipment) right at the launch site. Even if you don't plan to enter the hobby yourself, look for a club in your area and attend a launch to see first-hand what it's all about.

Probably the best reason to join a club is the chance to learn from more experienced rocketeers. The Internet is great for gathering information, but nothing beats seeing other's rockets and showing them yours for gaining knowledge. Just seeing what other people are doing is the best way to get your own creative juices flowing and thinking about cool new things to do.

There are two basic national organizations located in the United States:

National Association of Rocketry (NAR)

NAR chartered Sections are locally-organized rocket clubs. Each Section has five or more modelers, at least one of whom is an adult. Sections hold and participate in sport launches, competitions, conventions, and other local, regional, and national rocketry activities. In addition, Sections can apply to host the NAR National Competition Meet (NARAM), Sport Launch (NSL), or Convention (NARCON) at their local site.
Click here for a list of NAR sections.

Tripoli Rocketry Association (Tripoli)
The Tripoli Rocketry Association, Inc. is divided into regional groups called "Prefectures". These Prefectures are like mini-organizations within an organization. They hold meetings and organize launches in their geographical area.  Currently, Tripoli has Prefectures in the United States, Canada, and Europe. 
Click here for a list of Tripoli prefectures.

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