Nova Counselors / Supernova Mentors

STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of 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 STEM Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts.

What Are the STEM 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.”

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All Supernova Mentors must renew their registration every year in April.

How to become a Counselor or Mentor

Nova Counselors

  • Must be age 21 or older
  • Register as a Nova Counselor (position code 58, non-unit position, no registration fee) using the BSA Adult Application
  • Must complete BSA’s Youth Protection Training before working with youth
  • Should complete Nova Counselor training online or in person

Supernova Mentors

  • Must be age 21 or older
  • Must be subject matter experts in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field
  • Register as a Supernova Mentor (position code 52, non-unit position, no registration fee) using the BSA Adult Application
  • Must complete and submit the Supernova Awards Mentor Information  form to the local council service center
  • Must complete BSA’s Youth Protection Training before working with youth
  • Should complete STEM Supernova Mentor training online or in person

Supernova mentors guiding Scouts through the Dr. Albert Einstein Supernova award should reference this guide .

For more information about BSA’s STEM Nova Awards, visit https://www.scouting.org/stem-nova-awards/