BSA's NOVA Awards program incorporates learning with cool activities
and exposure to science, technology, engineering and mathematics for
Cub Scouts. The hope is that the requirements and activities for
earning these awards stimulates interest in STEM-related fields and
shows how STEM topics 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.
Each year, we host a variety of STEM related
activities and Merit Badge days. Some events have an advancement
component and some are all about having fun while learning about a STEM
topic. Our council hosts some events through the year and
many others are hosted by community partners such as businesses and
A calendar of STEM related events can be found on this page.
The Nova Awards
Each Nova award covers one component of STEM'science, technology,
engineering, or mathematics. For their first Nova award, Scouts earn
the distinctive Nova award patch. After that, a Scout can earn three
more Nova awards, each one recognized with a separate pi (π) pin-on
device that attaches to the patch. The patch and the three devices
represent each of the four STEM topics: science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics.
The Supernova Awards
The Supernova awards have more rigorous requirements than the Nova
awards. The requirements and activities were designed to motivate youth
and recognize more in-depth, advanced achievement in STEM-related
There are countless resources out there for STEM activities to do at
the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, or Venturing ages. These resources range from
program outlines to field trip ideas. You can also find a variety of
workbooks that have been created for Scouts working through Merit
Badges, Adventures, or other advancement. Google is going to be the
best tool for finding these resources.
For complete and up to date Nova and Supernova requirements and links to other resources, visit the BSA's STEM website.
BSA STEM website