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The table below consolidates most NOVA/STEM program information for your easy access.

  Program Webpage Requirements
Cub Scouts NOVA/STEM Click Here CS Requirements
Webelos NOVA/STEM Click Here Webelos Requirements
Boy Scouts NOVA/STEM Click Here BSA Requirements
Venture Crews NOVA/STEM Click Here VC Requirements
All Scouts Radio Scouting Click Here Radio Scouting Poster

Nova Awards FAQ

Q: Where do you find the requirements for the Nova Awards?
A: Basic requirements can be found at  http://www.scouting.org/stem/Awards.aspx, complete requirements can be found in the Nova Awards guidebooks available from your local Scout Shop or at www.scoutstuff.org.

Q: Can Tiger Cubs work on the Nova Awards program?
A: No, it begins with the Wolf den.

Q: Can youth get credit for a previously earned merit badge, belt loop, or pin?
A: Yes, but we do encourage Scouts to consider earning new ones so they can explore new interests.

Q: Who is eligible to serve as a Nova Awards counselor?
A: A Nova Awards counselor must be age 21 or older and be registered under the Nova Awards counselor position code 58. This is a non-unit position and requires no fee. Training will be available online in fall 2013 at www.scouting.org/stem.

Q: Can a Nova Awards counselor be the Scout’s parent?
A: Yes, but the parent needs to follow the guidelines for becoming a counselor found here http://www.scouting.org/stem/Council/Volunteer_Support.aspx
Q: Whom do I contact to find a council-approved Supernova Awards mentor?
A: Contact your local council for a list of mentors.

Q: Who can be a Supernova Awards mentor?
A: A Supernova Awards mentor must be age 21 or older, be a subject matter expert in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) field, and be registered under the Supernova Awards Mentor position code 52.

Q: What does a SuperNova mentor have to complete to be registered?
A: For someone to become a SuperNova mentor they must complete a BSA Adult application, the SuperNova mentor application, and provide proof of having taken BSA Youth Protection Training.

Q: Is there training available for Nova Mentors?
A: Yes, training information can be found at http://www.scouting.org/Training/Adult.aspx. Scroll down the page to ‘STEM Orientation”, there is a self-study PowerPoint and an instructor guide.

Q: If I am already registered under another position, do I need to fill out another application to be a Supernova Awards mentor?
A: Yes, you are required to be registered in this position and you will be dual-registered.

Q: To whom do I send my Supernova Awards Mentor Information application?
A: Send your application to your local council service center.

Q: Once a youth has fulfilled the requirements for the Nova Award, what is the next step?
A: Use internet advancement to record this and submit a copy to your local council.

Q: What does a Scout receive when a Nova award is completed?
A: When a Scout completes their first Nova award they should be presented the Nova Emblem for their program level. For each Nova award earned after the first they should be presented a Pi pin to wear on their emblem.

Q: Once a Scout has completed the requirements for a Supernova award what is the next step?
A: You must obtain all necessary signatures, applicant (Scout), mentor, unit leader, Council or District Advancement Chair, and Scout Executive. You can find the SuperNova mentor application here.

Q: Once I have all the signatures what is the next step?
A: Once all signatures have been obtained the council will return the application to the unit. The unit then enters the data into the internet advancement system, prints a copy of the report, and takes it to the Scout Shop to purchase the presentation items.

Q: Where can I obtain the "presentation items” (emblems, pins, and medals)?
A: These items are available at your local Scout shop with a copy of the printed report from internet advancement. You can also order online.

Q: Will any more Nova modules be released?

A: Nothing new has been released since the first publication.

Q: If I have additional questions or a comment or suggestion, whom do I contact?
A: You may send an email to Sarah Wisecup

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