Scout BSA Merit Badge Programs

Tours, Programs and Badge Workshops for Scouts of All Ages!

Special Note – COVID-19 Closure

The Hiller Aviation Museum is subject to physical closure to the general public on an ongoing basis due to public health orders in place to mitigate spread of the COVID-19 illness.  Please visit our COVID-19 page for current information.

As of August 1, 2020 all Aviation Merit Badge programs scheduled through December 12 will be conducted in a virtual format.  Program participants will be able to complete the entire Aviation Merit Badge through a one-day online program and accompanying assignment to be completed at home before or after the program date.  Upon completion of all requirements, a Hiller Aviation Museum Merit Badge Counselor will endorse a blue card and mail it directly to the participating Scout.

In-person Merit Badge programs, including all Weather and Astronomy sessions, are tentatively scheduled to resume in January 2021.  Adjustments to this schedule and/or extension of the schedule of virtual Merit Badge programs will be made as appropriate during Fall 2020.

Scout BSA Merit Badge Programs

Scout Merit Badge Programs are intensive, all-day programs for Grades 5 and up that allow the Scout to complete all requirements for the Aviation and Weather Merit Badge and most requirements for the Astronomy Merit Badge. Individual Scouts or small groups of Scouts from the same Troop may join one of the many open enrollment dates offered throughout the year, and Troops of 12 or more can make a special reservation for additional dates. All registrations are handled through 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.

All in-person 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

Online Aviation Merit Badge programs fulfill all requirements and include multiple hands-on activities, but do not include admission to the museum or flight simulation.

To learn more, download our Merit Badge Program Flyer.

Aviation Merit Badge Workshops – Virtual

$42 per Scout

Program Dates

Saturday, August 29, 2020
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Availability: YES

Saturday, September 12, 2020
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Availability: YES

Saturday, October 3, 2020
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Availability: YES

Saturday, November 7, 2020
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Availability: YES

Saturday, December 12, 2020
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Availability: YES

Virtual Aviation Merit Badge

Scouts complete all requirements needed to earn the Aviation Merit Badge in a 5.5-hour online program.  Instruction is divided into three 1- to 1.5-hour Zoom sessions interspersed with short breaks.  Each segment includes facilitated instruction, hands-on activities completed by the Scout at home in real time, and live video exploration of aircraft at the Hiller Aviation Museum.

Scouts must download and print a series of handouts that will be used during the session.  Scouts must also provide a 9″ diameter foam or paper plate suitable for use in the construction of an FPG-9 glider and three brass brads between 1/2″ and 2″ in length.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts complete the Careers in Aviation handout in advance of the program date.

Scouts must be present and participate in each portion of the program, and must complete and submit the Careers in Aviation assignment, to satisfy all requirements for the Aviation Merit Badge.  Upon completion, Hiller Aviation Museum Merit Badge Counselors will prepare, endorse and mail a blue card to each Scout.  Scouts must obtain the verbal approval of a Troop leader in advance of participating in this program, and will need to have their blue card retroactively endorsed by a Troop leader following completion of the program.

Aviation Merit Badge Workshops

$49 per Scout

Program Dates

Saturday, January 9, 2021
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Availability: YES

Saturday, February 13, 2021
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Availability: YES

Saturday, March 13, 2021
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Availability: YES

Saturday, April 10, 2021
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Availability: YES

Saturday, May 15, 2021
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Availability: YES

Aviation Merit Badge Info

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

Weather Merit Badge Workshops

$55 per Scout

Program Dates

Saturday, January 23, 2021
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Availability: YES

Saturday, February 27, 2021
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Availability: YES

Saturday, May 29, 2021
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Availability: YES

Weather Merit Badge Info

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 Workshops

$59 per Scout

Program Dates

Saturday, March 6, 2021
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Availability: YES

Saturday, May 1, 2021
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Availability: YES

Astronomy Merit Badge Info

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.

Merit Badge Registration and Fees

A registration fee must be paid at the time of enrollment of $42 per Scout (virtual Aviation), $49 per Scout (Aviation), $55 per Scout (Weather) or $59 per Scout (Astronomy) and pre-registration is required. Space is limited and all registrations are subject to confirmation.

Cancellations and changes must be made at least seven days prior to the program.  Refunds are subject to a $10 processing fee.  No refund for cancellations made fewer than seven days in advance.

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.

Mail/Fax/In-Person Registration

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

Paper registrations will be processed and confirmed via email within 1-3 business days of submission.  Note that space for Merit Badge programs is limited and individual registrations cannot be confirmed until processed.  Online enrollment is strongly recommended for programs scheduled within the next 7 days.

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.

Food

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!