Scouts BSA

Alaska Airlines Aviation Day is considered a Scouts BSA High Adventure event. All Scouts attending must be a minimum of 11 years of age.  All requirements for the Scouts BSA Aviation may be accomplished during this program.  See your Scoutmaster and Merit Badge requirements booklet for details.  Remember it is your responsibility to plan your time for the required classroom activities, Aviation 101 and Aero Charting.

Classroom sessions are taught at the high school level.  Special sessions can be arranged for learning disabled student groups.  Contact us via email at for additional information.

Alaska Airlines Aviation Day is structured more like a career/education fair with an open format.  The Scout participants will be free to choose the activities and spend as much time they wish in each category.  There will be an “Activities Passport” issued at check-in and we strongly encourage each Scout to complete each item listed.  Visit all the events/booths to get each item checked off by the volunteer counselors.  When the passport is completed you’ll present it to our onsite Merit Badge Counselors to be tested on the knowledge you have learned.  If successful, you will be given the completed blue cards and earn a special prize.

The program is in a classroom setting that includes the following:

  • Introduction to Aviation Academics
    • fundamentals of flight
    • aviation weather
    • flight planning


  • Alaska Airlines Aviation Day is a FREE event
  • All students are required to be chaperoned
  • All students and chaperones MUST  pre-register
  • Minimum age to attend is 11 years old, maximum age is 18
  • Please bring two blank merit badge blue cards

A confirmation email that contains a permission slip will be sent to each attendee.  This is the ticket for entry to Aviation Day.  Please print this form, have a parent or legal guardian sign, and bring it to the event.  This permission form is required for entry.

Aviation Merit Badge Day Schedule

The Aviation Merit Badge Event program is structured to introduce young adults to careers and education in aviation.

This is a one-day event! Scouts are expected to commit to the full day.

Saturday, May 18th

7:15  – 8:00 am

  • Arrival – Horizon Air Operation Center
  • Check-in – Security ID badges and pouch assigned
  • The event is open to 165 Scouts/Venturers
  • During registration, Scouts will be assigned to 1 of 2 groups for classroom Aviation 101 and Aero Charting instruction
  • Adults may accompany Scouts to classroom sessions
  • Sign up for a merit badge counseling session during check-in

8:00  – 10:00 am

  • Scouts and adults proceed to the classrooms
  • Scouts focus on completing these merit badge requirements: Classroom instruction, Career Day, Airport Facilities and Runways, Preflight and model building

 10:00 am-Noon

       Scouts Proceed to hangar floor and visit the trade show style displays and aircraft

12:00 to 1:00 pm

  • Lunch Hour – Lunch will be provided.
  • During the lunch break, all Scouts will have the opportunity to visit the following Static Displays:
    • – Q400 Tour
    • – Port Fire and Emergency response and dog sniffing units
    • – Military aircraft 
    • – Career Education discussions with Aviation Professionals
    • Boing 737
    • General Aviation and helicopters

1:00 to 3:00 pm

  • Scouts not ready to begin merit badge counseling, continue with finishing merit badge requirements including Career Day, Airport Facilities and Runways, Preflight and model building
  • Continue visiting the static displays and vendor tables

3:00 pm

  • Vacate Hanger floor

Merit Badge Counseling:  1:00– 3:00 pm

  • Merit Badge Counseling will be provided in the Classroom section of the Operations Center. Scouts will be counseled according to the time period in which they signed up to counsel.  Scouts not ready to counsel when they signed up will be seen later when space is available.
  • Scouts will also have the opportunity to return to the Static displays after their assigned Merit Badge counseling time until 3:00 pm.
  • Scouts who chose to leave early will be given Merit Badge Counselor contact information. Once the Scout checks out of the building, they may not re-enter.
  • Scouts who choose to participate in the Merit Badge Counseling portion are free to leave when they have finished.

The 2018 Aviation Merit Badge Event will close at 4:00 pm.  Parents should be available earlier than 4:00 pm to pick up their Scouts as they sign out of the Horizon Operations Center.

Registration – Aviation Day for the Scouts BSA Merit Badge program is now open.


Permission and Release Slip    (pdf link)  
Aviation Careers Information Sheet (pdf link)  
Aviation Merit Badge Workbook (pdf link)