Cub Scout STEM Awards: Nova and Supernova
Some of the many awards that our Cub Scouts may earn are STEM Nova and Supernova awards.
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.
Starting with Wolf Scouts, Scouts may earn Nova awards by completing requirements for individual Nova award pins. Scouts may earn a pin for each topic: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. There are different choices for each of these four areas. These awards are pinned to a Nova award patch that the Scout may wear on their uniform.
You can find all the awards and their requirements on the BSA Nova Awards page.
Find a Nova counselor for your Scout to contact on our Pack 505 NOVA Counselor / Mentor list.
For your Cub Scout to earn their Nova Awards:
Review the award requirements at BSA Nova Awards page.
Enter award completion in Scoutbook.
Wolf to Arrow of Light Scouts may earn Supernova Awards.
Wolf and Bear Scouts may earn the Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Bronze Medal.
Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts may earn the Dr. Charles Townes Bronze Medal.
Before a Scout may begin working on the Supernova Award, they must first earn two different Nova Awards before working on each award (i.e., one Science and one Math award (not two Science awards or two Math awards) as a Wolf or Bear before working on the Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Award). If a Cub earns the Dr. Luis Alvarez Award, they must earn two more Nova awards before beginning work on the Dr. Charles Townes Bronze Medal.
We also recommend that your Scout work on their Supernova award with another Scout. Ask in your den if another Scout is interested in working towards the award with your Scout.
You can find all the awards and their requirements on the BSA Supernova Awards page.
Find a Nova mentor for your Scout to contact on our NOVA Counselor / Mentor list.
For your Cub Scout to earn their Supernova Award:
Scout must earn two Nova awards under two different topics (or two more Nova awards if your Scout already received the Dr. Alvarez award).
Review the award requirements at BSA Supernova Awards page.
Your Scout should work with the mentor (and preferably a buddy) to complete the award requirements.
Submit a completed application for the award to your Scout's mentor.
Your Scout's mentor will submit an approved application to the Pack committee.