Nova Awards FAQ

Q: Where do you find the requirements for the Nova Awards?
  A: You can purchase the Nova Awards guidebooks from your local Scout shop or online at www.scoutsuff.org.
Q: Can Tiger Cubs work on the Nova Awards program?
  A: No, it begins with the second grade.  
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 nonunit 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 should make the unit leader aware the Scout is working on the award.
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. This is a nonunit position and requires no fee. In addition to the BSA Adult Registration form, a mentor must complete the Supernova Awards Mentor Information application found at www.scouting.org/stem/Council/Volunteer_Support.aspx . Training will be available online in fall 2013 at www.scouting.org/stem.
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 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: Fill out an advancement form with the proper signatures, and turn it in to your local council.
Q: Are there PAS codes for the Nova Awards program?
  A: Yes. Typically for council use only, they are as follows:
    1030 YAWD Nova Cub Scouts: Science Everywhere
1031 YAWD Nova Cub Scouts: Tech Talk
1032 YAWD Nova Cub Scouts: Swing!
1033 YAWD Nova Cub Scouts: 1-2-3-Go!
1034 YAWD Nova Boy Scouts: Shoot!
1035 YAWD Nova Boy Scouts: Start Your Engines
1036 YAWD Nova Boy Scouts: Whoosh!
1037 YAWD Nova Boy Scouts: Designed to Crunch
1038 YAWD Nova Venturers: Launch!
1039 YAWD Nova Venturers: Power Up
1040 YAWD Nova Venturers: Hang On!
1041 YAWD Nova Venturers: Numbers Don't Lie
1042 YAWD Supernova Cub Scouts: Dr. Alvarez
1043 YAWD Supernova Webelos: Dr. Townes
1044 YAWD Supernova Boy Scouts: Dr. Harris-Br
1045 YAWD Supernova Boy Scouts: Edison-Silver
1046 YAWD Supernova Venturing: Dr. Ride-Bronz
1047 YAWD Supernova Venturing: Wright Bro-Sil
1048 YAWD Supernova Venturing: Dr. Einstein-G
Q: Where can I obtain the emblems, pins, and medals?
  A: These items are available at your local Scout shop with an Advancement Report (34403). You can also order online at www.scoutstuff.org, and follow up by submitting an Advancement Report to your local council.
Q: Will any more Nova modules be released?
  A: Yes, look for more awards in fall of 2013.
Q: If I have additional questions or a comment or suggestion, whom do I contact?
  A: You may send an email to program.content@scouting.org.