Air of the Wolf

The theme for the second January Den Meeting is Air of the Wolf. The Meeting Plans are here. For this meeting I am pulling stuff from all three meeting plans to fulfill the new requirements, which are a bit easier. Scouts who participated in the Raingutter Regatta already have a requirement marked off.


Conduct two of the following investigations to see how air affects different objects:

  • Make a paper airplane and fly it five times. Try to make it fly farther by
    altering its shape. Fly it at least five more times to see if your changes were effective.
  • Make a balloon-powered sled or a balloon powered boat. Test your
    sled or boat with larger and smaller balloons.
  • Bounce a basketball that doesn’t have enough air in it. Then bounce it
    when it has the right amount of air in it. Do each one 10 times. Describe how the ball bounces differently when the amount of air changes.
  • Roll a tire or ball that doesn’t have enough air in it, and then roll it again
    with the right amount of air. Describe differences in how they move.

Complete two of the following:

  • With other members of your den, go outside and record the sounds
    you hear. Identify which of these sounds is the result of moving air.
  • Create a musical wind instrument, and play it as part of a den band.
  • With an adult, conduct an investigation on how speed can affect sound.
  • Make a kite using household materials. With your den or family,
    explain the rules for safely flying kites. Fly your kite.
  • With your family, den, or pack, participate in a kite derby, space derby,
    or rain gutter regatta. Explain how air helps the vehicle move.


  • Gathering Activity: Paper Airplanes
  • Opening
  • Basketball Experiments
    • What is air? Can we feel it? Have you ever noticed air pressure on a weather forecast? Atmospheric Pressure was roughly 15 psi (30.8 inches of mercury) when I wrote this.
    • A totally deflated basketball has the same internal pressure as the room or lower. It does not bounce and rolls badly.
    • We have to compress air and force it into the ball to make it bouncy and keep its round shape. When properly inflated it’s about 8 psi more than the pressure in the room.
  • Paper tube “bullroarer”
  • Craft Stick Harmonica
  • Bubble Tea Straw Pan Flute
    • Hot glue seems to the best way to keep it together. Parents will need to help with the mini glue gun.
  • Closing