Scout BSA Merit Badge Programs

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

Special Note – COVID-19 Changes

The Hiller Aviation Museum’s Merit Badge programming is subject to change and/or cancellation 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.

In-person Merit Badge programs resumed in July 2021.  Both in-person and virtual Merit Badge programs will be offered throughout 2021-2022 to meet the evolving needs of the Scouting community.  Adjustments to this schedule will be made as appropriate.

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 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

$55 per Scout

Program Dates

Saturday, December 11, 2021
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Availability: YES

Saturday, January 8, 2022
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Availability: YES

Saturday, February 5, 2022
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Availability: YES

Additional 2022 Dates:  March 5, April 9, May 14.

Aviation Merit Badge Info

The in-person Aviation Merit Badge program allows Scouts to complete their requirements in an immersive aviation environment.  Scouts use Hiller Aviation Museum exhibits and aircraft to satisfy the various requirements for the Aviation Merit Badge, including hands-on aircraft checkout and a realistic flight simulation session. 

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

Aviation Merit Badge Workshops – Virtual

$49 per Scout

Program Dates

Saturday, January 22, 2022
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Availability: YES

Saturday, March 19, 2022
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Availability: YES

Saturday, April 30, 2022
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Availability: YES

Saturday, May 28, 2022
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.

Virtual Aviation Merit Badge Program Handouts

Scouts must download and print each of the following handouts in advance for use on the program date.

All handouts may be printed in black and white on 8.5″ x 11″ white paper.  When available, the Engine and Engine Detonation handouts may be printed on cardstock, and the SFO Terminal Area Chart may be printed in color.

Virtual Aviation Merit Badge Careers in Aviation

Scouts must complete the Careers in Aviation assignment before or after their program date to finish the requirements needed to earn their Aviation Merit Badge.  Scouts may use the Aviation Careers Presentation slides to guide their research, and may use the Aviation Careers Worksheet to document their work.

Submit Aviation Careers Homework Assignment via:

  1. Online: Aviation Careers Google Forms
  2. Email: Aviation Careers Worksheet to education@hiller.org.

It is highly recommended that Scouts complete this assignment in advance of their program date if possible as it will allow their blue card to be endorsed immediately following the program.

Weather Merit Badge Workshops

$59 per Scout

Program Dates

Saturday, December 18, 2021
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Availability: YES

Saturday, January 15, 2022
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Availability: YES

Saturday, February 12, 2022
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Availability: YES

Saturday, March 26, 2022
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Availability: YES

Saturday, April 23, 2022
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Availability: YES

Weather Merit Badge Info

Weather Merit Badge participants complete the requirements for the Weather Merit Badge onsite at the Hiller Aviation Museum.  Special attention is given to impacts of weather on private and commercial flight, and Scouts complete a series of challenging flight simulations in instrument meteorological conditions as part of their program.

Scouts completing the on-site Weather Merit Badge program must give a weather safety talk to their family members following their program, and must also conduct a seven-day series of weather observations using a weather station that will be constructed on the program date.  Confirmation of the safety talk, and data collected during the week of weather observations, must be submitted via US Mail to Hiller Aviation Museum staff members following the program prior to staff endorsing blue cards for participating Scouts.

 

Weather Merit Badge Workshops – Virtual

$49 per Scout

Program Dates

Saturday, February 26, 2022
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Availability: YES

Saturday, April 2, 2022
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Availability: YES

Virtual Weather Merit Badge

Scouts complete most requirements needed to earn the Weather 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 and hands-on activities completed by the Scout at home in real time.  Scouts will also be instructed on how to complete Requirements 2 (family weather hazard talk) and 9A (seven day weather observation program) on their own following the program.

Scouts must download and print a series of handouts that will be used during the session.  Scouts must also provide cotton balls, drinking straws, a recycles water or soda bottle, large paper clips and tape to complete the hands-on activities and to build the required weather instrument.

Scouts must be present and participate in each portion of the program, and must complete and submit the Weather Observation Form, to satisfy all requirements for the Weather 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.

Virtual Weather Merit Badge Program Handouts

Scouts must download and print each of the following handouts in advance for use on the program date.

All handouts may be printed in black and white on 8.5″ x 11″ white paper.  When available, the Engine and Engine Detonation handouts may be printed on cardstock, and the SFO Terminal Area Chart may be printed in color.

Virtual Weather Merit Badge Program Supplies

Scouts will be required to have the following kitchen/office supplies available at the time of the program:

  • 4 small cotton balls
  • 2 drinking straws (paper or plastic – must be able to cut)
  • Clean, empty 1- to 2-liter water or soda bottle
  • 2 large metal paper clips (may substitute a pipe cleaner or two small metal paper clips, but large paper clips work best)
  • Clear or masking tape
  • Small ball of any modeling clay OR additional tape
  • Pen or pencil
  • Gluestick (preferred) or white glue

 

Astronomy Merit Badge Workshops

$65 per Scout

Program Dates

Saturday, November 27, 2021
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Availability:  YES

Saturday, February 19, 2022
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Availability:  YES

Saturday, May 21, 2022
9:00 am – 4:00 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

Registration fees must be paid at the time of enrollment 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 and changes 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. Forms are not needed if enrollment is completed via Activity Hero.

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.  As of Spring 2021, there are no restaurants available within easy walking distance of 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.