Hiller Merit Badge Program

**As of August 1, 2020 all Aviation Merit Badge programs scheduled through February 27, 2020 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.


1-Day Aviation, Weather, Astronomy Merit Badge Programs at Hiller Aviation Museum

Scouts BSA youth can complete their requirements for the Aviation, Weather, or Astronomy Merit Badge thru special 1-day programs at Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos. Go to www.hiller.org for details. Event is not a council event, please direct any questions to Hiller Aviation Museum.

Register thru Hiller Museum

(650) 654-0200 or www.hiller.org


Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Rd., San Carlos (Google map)

Aviation merit badge


Virtual Aviation Merit Badge Workshop – $49

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.

Times – 9:30am-3:00pm
Dates – Saturdays:
  2020 – Nov 7, Dec 12
  2021 – Jan 9, Jan 23, Feb 13

Weather merit badge
Weather Merit Badge Workshop – $55

Participants complete weather experiments including lightning and tornado formation, icing an airplane wing, construction of a working weather station, and much more!

Times – 9:30am-4:30pm
– Saturdays:
  2020 – Sep 26, Nov 28, Dec 19 (cancelled)
  2021 – Jan 23 (cancelled), Feb 27 (cancelled), May 29, Apr 3

Astronomy merit badge
Astronomy Merit Badge Workshop – $59

Participants construct working telescopes, complete a range of observations in the Starlab planetarium, use a variety of telescopes to observe the Sun and Moon, lead a public observation session and more!

Times – 9:30am-4:30pm
– Saturdays:
  2020 – Apr 11, Sep 12, Oct 10 (cancelled)
  2021 – Mar 6, May 1


Scout Saturdays at Hiller Aviation Museum

Any Scout or Scout leader in uniform will be admitted at no charge on Scout Saturdays. Experience its collection of over 40 different historic aircraft. Come discover California’s role in the development of aviation and learn more about Merit Badge programs offered throughout the year! Siblings, parents, friends and other family members are welcome to attend at the regular admission price.

2020 Scout Saturdays


May 2