Nova and Supernova Resources

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. The hope is that the requirements and activities for earning these awards stimulates interest in STEM-related fields and shows how science, technology, engineering and mathematics apply to everyday living and the world around them.

 

Cub Scout Boy Scout Venturer
Belt Loops & Advancement Summary Merit Badges & Exploration Advancement Summary Dr. Sally Ride Supernova Award
Cub Scout Nova Awards Boy Scout Nova Awards Wright Brothers Supernova Award
Cub Scout Supernova Awards Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Award Dr. Albert Einstein Supernova Award
Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award Thomas Edison Supernova Award Venturing Supernova Topics
Webelos Supernova Awards Supernova Activity Topics

 

Supernova Awards:

Supernova Award Application – Youth member

Supernova Award Mentor Application

Turn in completed Supernova applications to District STEM Chairman or District Advancement Chairman for approval or drop off to BSA office.

Training:

NOVA Counselor Fast Start

Supernova Mentor Fast Start

STEM Videos:

BSA STEM Intro Video

NASA and BSA STEM Video

 

 

 

 

Get the basics about the BSA NOVA program here. You can purchase the NOVA Books for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, & Venturers at the BSA Scout Shop in your area, or you can purchase them online from ScoutShop. You can find worksheets for each of the NOVA & Supernova awards in the links below.

Cub Scouts –> List of Awards –> Worksheets

Scouts BSA –> List of Awards –> Worksheets

Venturers | Sea Scouts  –> List of Awards –> Worksheets

 

Nova Awards

The Boy Scouts of America developed the STEM Nova Awards program to excite and expand a sense of wonder in our Scouts. By working with an adult counselor or mentor, the various modules allow them to explore the basic principles of STEM and discover how fun and fascinating STEM can be. The Supernova awards are offered for those who enjoy a super challenge. Discover how the STEM Nova Awards program helps youth be “Prepared. For Life.” 

Learn more about Cub Scout NOVA Awards HERE

Learn more about Scouting NOVA Awards HERE

Learn more about Venturing & Sea Scout NOVA Awards HERE

To apply to become a Nova Counselor, click HERE

 

Supernova Awards

If you thrive on challenge, then earning the Supernova award will be right up your alley. To be eligible, you must be a First Class Scout or higher. As a prerequisite, you must first earn any three of the four Nova awards for Scouts BSA. With your parent’s and unit leader’s help, you must select a council-approved mentor who is a registered Scouter. You may NOT choose your parent or your unit leader (unless the mentor is working with more than one youth).

Learn more about Cub Scout SUPERNOVA Awards HERE

Learn more about Scouting SUPERNOVA Awards HERE

Learn more about Venturing & Sea Scout SUPERNOVA Awards HERE

To apply to become a SuperNova Mentor, click HERE

 

Volunteer

Bring STEM to your Unit as a STEM Coordinator, Nova Counselor, or Supernova Mentor. Contact us for more information on becoming a Nova Counselor or Supernova Mentor

Record Earned Awards in ScoutBook

Download Application here

Submit Application here

Find a counselor or mentor here

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