The Boy Scouts of America’s NOVA Awards program incorporates
learning with cool activities and exposure to science, technology,
engineering and mathematics for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and
Venturers. Our hope is that the requirements and activities for earning
these awards stimulate interest in STEM-related fields and show how
science, technology, engineering and mathematics apply to everyday
living and the world around them. As Counselors and Mentors you can
help bring this engaging, contemporary, and fun program to life for our youth members.
Parents may not Mentor their own children for the Supernova Award unless working with a group
To qualify, you must be at least 21 years of age and be of good character.
- Nova counselors do not need to have a STEM professional background to apply.
- Supernova mentors should be recognized as having the skills and education in the award topics covered.
- Registration must be renewed annually.
- Refer to your own Council for specific requirements.
To apply, you need to do the following:
- Print out a YPT completion certificate from my.scouting.org.
- Fill out a Supernova Awards Mentor Information form.
- Fill out an Adult Application (even if you already have) for position code 52. Preferably get applications from your district.
- Fill out a STEM NOVA Counselor Information form.
- Fill out an Adult Application (even if you already have) for position code 58. Preferably get applications from your district.
- Submit everything to a district representative so your applications can be submitted to council
Q: Can anyone apply to be a mentor? Do I need a special degree?
A: YES! All parents with a love and interest in science are welcome.
Q: Do I really have to fill out 2 adult applications?
A: Yes. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Q: What do I do now?
A: Time to hold a STEM Nova event for your kids!