STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. This program is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of its youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. From archery to welding, Scouts can't help but enjoy the wide range of STEM-related activities. To support this initiative, the BSA developed the Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts.
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. Counselors and mentors help bring this engaging, contemporary, and fun program to life for youth members. National Website
There are four Nova awards for each level of scouting: Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. Each award covers one component of STEM—science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Award Requirements
The Supernova Program has more rigorous requirements than the Nova Program. The requirements and activities were designed to motivate youth and recognize more in-depth, advanced achievement in STEM-related activities.
Nova Counselors and Supernova Mentors
With the introduction of the new Nova and Supernova awards comes a fresh opportunity for volunteer positions.
All Nova counselors and Supernova mentors must have current BSA Youth Protection training and certification appropriate for the programs being administered. (Cub Scout & Boy Scout = Youth Protection / Venturing Scout = Venturing Youth Protection) This training can be taken online at www.my.scouting.org.
A Nova counselor must be at least 21 years of age, be registered with the Boy Scouts of America (This is a nonunit position and requires no fee), have Youth Protection Training, and complete the Nova Counselor application.
All forms below must be completed and turned into Eli Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to North Florida Council, 521 Edgewood Ave S., Jacksonville, FL 32205.
Supernova mentors must be 21 or older, have expertise in a STEM field, be registered with the Boy Scouts of America (This is a nonunit position and requires no fee), have Youth Protection training, and complete a Supernova Mentor application.
To ensure a high level of program, all Mentors must be approved by the NFC Nova Committee.
Forms below must be completed and turned into Eli Rivera at email@example.com or sent to North Florida Council, Attn: NFC Nova Committee, 521 Edgewood Ave S., Jacksonville, FL 32205.