NARTREK Skills Program
What is NARTREK?
NARTREK stands for “National Association of Rocketry Training Rocketeers for Experience and Knowledge.” It consists of a series of achievement levels in rocketry, each requiring more skill to complete than the previous one. As each level is finished, you receive an Achievement Certificate and a jacket patch certifying your accomplishment. You are under no time limit. You progress at your own pace.
- is a self-paced program designed to improve your knowledge and skill in rocketry step by step.
- is for all modelers — young and old!
- is a program for modelers working alone — as well as for modelers affiliated with NAR Sections.
- operates on the honor system.
- is administered from a central point by a staff of experienced volunteers who will work with you by mail to help solve your problems.
- uses commercially-available rocket kits whenever possible.
- uses existing publications and books available from NAR Technical Services, manufacturers, and other easily available sources.
- is designed to be low-cost to you. NAR makes no profit from the NARTREK program. You buy your own kits, motors, equipment, and publications.
NARTREK is a program designed for you, with patches and certificates for each achievement level and recognition of your progress in NAR publications. When you complete the entire NARTREK program, you will be capable of designing, building, and safely flying nearly every type of rocket. You will be ready to progress into the most advanced areas of rocketry — national and international competition, advanced technical research, historical research, and more.
How Does NARTREK Work?
To participate, you must meet the basic NARTREK program requirements. Fill out the application form and mail it to NARTREK Base along with your entry fee — or, take advantage of our introductory web-based “try it before you buy it” program. Your program packet for the first (Bronze) level will contain details of each requirement, a list of recommended materials and publications to help you complete this level, and certification forms for each requirement. At your own pace, complete each requirement. If you run into problems, contact NARTREK Base, who will put you in contact with someone who can help. As you complete each requirement, fill out the certification form. When you have completed all the certification forms for your current level, mail them in to NARTREK Base. NARTREK Base will evaluate your certifications and send back your Achievement Certificate, along with the appropriate jacket patch. If you have signed up for additional program levels, the next packet will be sent to you automatically. You may sign up for additional levels at any time.
NARTREK Program Outline
The program has three basic achievement levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Beyond the Gold level, there are seven advanced achievement areas available:
- Research & Development
- Ground Support
- Static Display
- Super Scale
- Plastic Model Conversion
- Radio Controlled Boost/Glider
New advanced programs are added from time to time. Example: The Bronze Level Everyone begins at the simplest level. To fulfill the requirements of the Bronze level, you must:
- Perform a 60-second parachute duration flight with a kit model.
- Perform a 30-second streamer duration flight with a kit model.
- Perform a two-staged flight with a kit model.
- Perform a large model flight (D motor or above) with a kit model.
Upon completing these requirements you move to the next level: Silver. No Pressure Remember: once you start a NARTREK Achievement Level, you don’t have to complete it within any time limit. In fact, you don’t ever have to complete it at all! NARTREK is designed to increase your enjoyment of rocketry, not your stress level. So don’t “work” at it — have fun!
You must be a member of the National Association of Rocketry. You must have built and flown at least one single-stage rocket using a kit. You must have your own launching equipment. Your NAR Section may use a rack launch system, but it is important that you understand the fundamentals of the ignition and launching of sport rockets. This equipment is inexpensive and will last you for many years. You must know and abide by the NAR Model Rocket and High Power Safety Codes. All NARTREK activities are based upon the NAR Safety Codes. You must understand the NAR rocket motor coding system.
Try It Before You Buy It
To take advantage of our web-based “try it before you buy it” offer, download the NARTREK Bronze level packet now, and follow the instructions on the first page. You can preview our Silver and Gold Level Packets as well.
How to Register by Mail
Otherwise, to receive your first NARTREK packet, send your name, address, NAR number, and a check payable to “NARTREK” for the proper amount to:
NARTREK Base George Scheil 7311 Ditzler Raytown MO 64133
The by-mail fee for each achievement level packet is $5 — with the exception of the Gold level, which is $10. Special Offer: receive the Bronze, Silver, and Gold packets, plus one advanced level of your choice, for $20. As soon as your check arrives, your Bronze packet will be in the mail to you!
Join NARTREK now, and wear the NARTREK Gold!