Skip to main content

Novel Coronavirus — June 22, 2022 Update: Explore Scouts Canada’s actions as we continue to follow the direction of government and health agencies in maintaining public health. View recommendations and stay informed here. Learn more about Scouts Canada's new vaccination mandate.

YLT-Paper Airplanes

Sending a message is easy, right? Challenge yourself to send a message in a new way by writing your message on a paper airplane and throwing it to your friend standing far away from you. How will you make sure that your message gets to your friend?

Back to Activity Finder


  • What do you need for this adventure?  
  • What message will you write?  
  • Where will you share this adventure?  
  • How much time will you take for this adventure? 


  • Pair up with a friend. Write a short message for him or her.  
  • Fold your message into a paper airplane and “air mail” it to him or her by throwing it. Your friend will make a paper airplane for you, too.  
  • Here’s the catch: both you and your friend can only stand in a small circle (you might use a hula hoop) when throwing and catching your paper airplanes. Set up your circles a little way apart from each other—far enough to throw your paper airplanes.  
  • If your paper airplane does not fly where you want it to, then your friend cannot read your message 
  • How can you and your partner work together to get the airplane into their hands? 


  • What do you know now that you did not know before?  
  • How well did your paper airplane fly? How well did your friend’s fly?  
  • If you and your friend both caught each other’s paper airplanes, how did you feel? Why? 
  •  If your airplane did not reach your friend, how did that make you feel? How did your friend feel?  
  • What would be a better way to share an important message? Why? 
  • What are some other ways that we can share messages with each other? 

Keep it Simple

How else can you get a message to someone who is not near you? Find a creative way to communicate a message across a room – can your partner get your message? 

Take it Further

Don’t just write a message to your partner! Write or draw something that will make them feel happy. Write down some things that they do well, or draw a picture of them being kind! Your compliments will make them feel good about themselves.