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"My son has for a long time enjoyed your museum. He started Scouting. Of the 150 merit badges [available], he recently completed his first merit badge which was aviation. I enrolled him in your course and HE LOVED IT! He has not stopped talking about how much fun it was and what he learned."
         - Donn, parent

Boy Scout Merit Badge Programs

Special one-day programs for the Aviation, Weather and Astronomy Merit Badges are offered throughout the year at the Hiller Aviation Museum.

Scouts may complete all requirements for their Aviation Badge in a single day. Scouts joining the Weather Badge program will need to complete a week of weather observations using a weather station built during the program and submit the results to the Museum by mail to complete the last requirement. Scouts conducting the Astronomy Badge program will need to complete sky observations in the real sky for which training will be provided during the workshop.

To learn more, download our Merit Badge Program Flyer.

All programs include the following:
  • Admission to the Hiller Aviation Museum
  • Advanced lab activities in the badge specialty, including aerodynamics, astronomy and meteorology
  • Content presentations and workshops in an aviation-themed environment
  • Flight Simulation missions in the Flight Sim Zone

Program Dates 2016

Aviation Merit Badge Workshops
$43 per Scout
Date Time Available
Saturday, March 5, 2016 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM YES
Saturday, April 9, 2016 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM YES
Saturday, May 7, 2016 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM YES

Weather Merit Badge Workshops
$48 per Scout
Saturday, February 27, 2016 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM FULL
Saturday, March 26, 2016 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM YES
Saturday, April 23, 2016 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM YES

Astronomy Merit Badge Workshops
$53 per Scout
Saturday, February 20, 2016 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM YES
Saturday, March 19, 2016 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM YES

Registration and Fees

A registration fee must be paid at the time of enrollment of $43 per Scout (Aviation), $48 per Scout (Weather) or $53 per Scout (Astronomy) and pre-registration is required. Space is limited and all registrations are subject to confirmation. Download the Merit Badge Registration Form and return to the Museum by mail, fax or in person:
    Hiller Aviation Museum
    Attn: Merit Badge Program
    601 Skyway Road
    San Carlos, CA 94070

    Fax (650) 654-0220

Online Registration

To register online with a VISA, MasterCard or American Express, use our online registration system. Please note that online registration is only available for programs open to new enrollment. To be listed on a waiting list for a full program, email your name, Scout's name, daytime phone number and email address to education@hiller.org.

Parental Permissions

Parents must complete a Scout Information and Medical Form and present it to their Scout's counselor upon sign in at the beginning of each program. Please do not turn in Scout Information and Medical Forms ahead of time.


Please note that no food service except for limited snacks and drinks are available at the Museum. Scouts must have written permission from apparent or guardian to leave the Museum during lunch to eat at an offsite location (such as the Burger King restaurant near the Museum).

More Information

Group rates and additional dates are available for Scout groups of 12 or more. Contact the Education Department at (650) 654-0200 x 222 or education@hiller.org for more information.

To learn more, download our Merit Badge Program Flyer. Don't miss this exceptional opportunity to earn a Merit Badge at the Hiller Aviation Museum!


Aviation Merit Badge

Scouts enrolled in an upcoming Aviation Merit Badge program may wish to review the Aviation Badge Worksheet prior to their program date. Scouts enrolled in an upcoming Weather Merit Badge program are encouraged to review the Weather Merit Badge Worksheet prior to the program.

Weather Merit Badge

Weather Badge applicants must use a weather station constructed during the program to complete seven consecutive days of weather observation. These observations may be recorded on the Weather Observation Log and compared to observations reported on television, radio or internet sources such as the Hiller Aviation Museum's live weather data. Completed logs may be returned by mail to the Museum together with each Scout's Blue Card to complete Requirement 9A and receive the final endorsement for the Weather Merit Badge.

Astronomy Merit Badge

Astronomy Badge applicants will complete most requirements during the one-day program at the Museum. When clear skies are present on the day of the program, Scouts will be responsible for completing Requirements 4A & 4B (star and constellation identification), 5D (planet observation and 6B (a four-day Moon observation program) as a homework assignment. Requirements 4A & 4B will be practiced in a planetarium environment, and a tool suitable for Requirement 5D will be constructed and sent home with each Scout.

Scouts must complete the basic Astronomy Observation Form and return to the Hiller Aviation Museum with their blue card for endorsement.

In the event of inclement weather at the Hiller Aviation Museum on the day of the program, Requirement 6A (lunar mapping), and 8B (planning and executing an observation session) must also be completed by Scouts at home following the program date. Scouts may use the observation session planned as part of Requirement 8B to make the observations required for Requirements 4A, 4B, 5D, 6A and one-fourth of 6B. These Scouts should complete the Astronomy Observation Long Form and return to the Hiller Aviation Museum with their blue card for endorsement.

Scouts may complete their observations independently, but may also work with each other and other astronomy enthusiasts in their area during observation sessions. Locally, the San Mateo County Astronomical Society hosts monthly Saturday star parties at Edgewood Park in San Carlos.



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