Scout BSA Merit Badge Programs
Tours, Programs and Badge Workshops for Scouts of All Ages!
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. 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.
Programs include the following:
- Admission to the Hiller Aviation Museum
- Advanced lab activities in the badge specialty, including aerodynamics and meteorology
- Content presentations and workshops in an aviation-themed environment
- Flight Simulation missions in the Flight Sim Zone
To learn more, download our Merit Badge Program Flyer.
Aviation Merit Badge Workshops
$62 per Scout
9:30 AM – 4 PM
Saturday, October 21, 2023
Saturday, November 25, 2023
Saturday, December 16, 2023
Saturday, January 20, 2024
Saturday, February 10, 2024
Saturday, March 9, 2024
Saturday, April 13, 2024
Saturday, May 11, 2024
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.
Weather Merit Badge Workshops
$69 per Scout
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday, October 28, 2023
Saturday, November 18, 2023
Saturday, December 9, 2023
Saturday, January 6, 2024
Saturday, February 3, 2024
Saturday, March 2, 2024
Saturday, April 27, 2024
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Please note that no food service except for limited snacks and drinks are available at the Museum. Scouts must have written permission from a parent or guardian to leave the Museum during lunch to eat at an offsite location.
Group rates and additional dates are available for Scout groups of 12 or more. Contact the Education Department at (650) 654-0200 x 215 or email@example.com for more information.