Boy Scout Merit Badge
Earn Your Boy Scout Merit Badge in Aviation
Boy Scout Merit Badge Class
A one-day class that earns a Merit Badge in Aviation. The course follows the curriculum requirements established by the Boy Scouts of America.
The Boy Scout Merit Badge Class is a great weekend activity for kids and young adults involved in Scouting. It is a rare opportunity to earn a Merit Badge in an environment perfectly suited to it: at an institution devoted to education, taught by experienced aviators, at an airport where they can sit in a real airplane and go flying as the grand finale.
We've held many sessions of this class over the past several years, and they always get a great response and a lot of students. If you intend to register we suggest you do so well in advance because the classes often fill up. The Boy Scout Aviaion Merit Badge Class at the Pacific Coast Air Museum attracts students from all over the Bay Area and Northern California, and is one of the few that offers as much hands-on experience and access to actual airworthy aircraft.
Advance reservations are required. Register Now for the May 11, 2019 class, or the October 19, 2019 class, using the online form on the Boy Scouts of America Redwood Empire Council website. Registration links for 2020 classes will be available soon.
You can also sign up for any 2019 or 2020 class using our downloadable registration form.
$70.00 per student
Fly our simulator
Hear from multiple aviator guest speakers
Visit a control tower
Fly with an FAA licensed pilot *
Kinds of aircraft
Physics of flight
Careers in aviation
Instructor Art Hayssen is a fully vetted, approved Merit Badge Counselor with Boy Scouts of America and he signs off on the Merit Badge completion forms. Art is a 5-time NAFI Master Instructor, FAA FAASTeam Lead Representative in the North San Francisco Bay Area, ATP and active Flight Instructor since 1980. With over 8,000 hours of flight instruction given, Art’s instructor certificate includes airplane single and multi-engine land and sea, and instrument ratings. Art is the recipient of an AOPA and eight FAA Flight Safety Awards. He was designated as California’s first Master Instructor Emeritus. Art has taught Aviation, Meteorology, and Geography at the Santa Rosa Junior College for the past 33 years. Art is well qualified to teach your Boy Scout!
* About that graduation flight: Students will get into the cockpit of a real aircraft, and experience everything from strapping in safely, to communicating with the control tower, to flying the pattern in preparation for landing. Nothing beats the thrill of feeling that engine rev for takeoff, and your Boy Scout will experience it first-hand!
Bring Your Lunch
No food will be provided so each student is responsible for bringing his or her own lunch.
Registration is limited to 20 students on a first-come-first-served basis. If there are more than 20 registrants, we will put them on a waiting list in the order they were received. Registration closes five days before each class.
Advance reservations are required. Register now for the October 19, 2019 class. Registration links for the 2020 classes will be available soon.
Merit Badge classes are held at the Pacific Coast Air Museum. Get Directions.
Early registration is encouraged as enrollment is limited. In the past we have had students from as far away as Los Angeles reserve spots several weeks in advance!
To enroll and pay for the October 19, 2019 class, use the online form on the Boy Scouts of America Redwood Empire Council website. Registration links for classes in 2020 will be available soon.
You can also sign up for any 2019 or 2020 classes using our downloadable registration form.
A FAMILY-FRIENDLY PLACE WITH HISTORY YOU CAN TOUCH!
There’s always something great going on at the Pacific Coast Air Museum. We have Open Cockpit weekends once a month, special events throughout the year, and regular hot dog lunches. We host school field trips, special group tours, birthday parties, and family get-togethers, all among our collection of historic aircraft and educational exhibits.