There are is an exciting new development, that centers around Scouting's already developed program. As America realizes the need to build a workforce that's excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering & math), the BSA has developed the NOVA Awards program to highlight parts of the Scouting advancement and achievement offerings that already fall in-line with STEM topics.
The NOVA & Supernova Awards have taken pieces out of each program (i.e. Cub Scouts) to highlight each topic (science, technology, engineering & math). The Scout completes requirements in each category, and first earns a patch, and subsequently can earn 3 more pins. The Supernova program builds upon this, even further. Scouts can come away with increased interest and awareness of STEM in the world around them.
The Council is working to develop STEM opportunities with outside partners and incorporate these exciting topics into events where they may enhance the experience for Scouts or families.
With the introduction of the new Nova and Supernova awards comes a fresh opportunity for volunteer positions. A Nova counselor can be any registered adult age 21 or older. Supernova mentors must be 21 or older and be subject matter experts in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field and be registered under the new Supernova Mentor position code 52. This is a nonunit position and requires no fee. In addition to the BSA Adult Registration form, mentors must complete the Supernova Awards Mentor Information application .
All Nova counselors and Supernova mentors must have current BSA Youth Protection training and certification appropriate for the programs being administered (Cub and Boy Scout Y01, Venturing Y02).
This training can be taken online at www.scouting.org/Training/Adult.aspx.
For more information on the Nova counselor and Supernova mentor positions, click here to view a PowerPoint presentation .
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