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. The October 20, 2018 class is sold out. Registration for classes in 2019 will soon be available.  Register Now, using the online form on the Boy Scouts of America Redwood Empire Council website.

You can also sign up using our downloadable registration form.

For more information contact Education Chair Charley Taylor at 707-477-0061 or email

Course Information:

2018- 2019 Class Dates:

May 26, 2018

October 20, 2018 - SOLD OUT

January 26, 2019 - Register Now

May 11, 2019


$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
Aircraft engines
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 Information:

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. The October 20, 2018 class is sold out. Register Now for the January 26 class.

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!

For more information contact Education Chair Dave Ford at 707-544-4437 or email

To enroll and pay, use the online form on the Boy Scouts of America Redwood Empire Council website.

You can also sign up using our downloadable registration form.


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.