Integrate the STEM NOVA Program into your Unit

The national BSA NOVA program was designed to be implemented at the Unit level and integrated into your traditional Scouting program. You can bring STEM directly to your Den, Troop, or Crew to help your Scouts earn the NOVA and Supernova awards. Utilize the resources below to get started, and never hesitate to reach out to us with your questions!


Familiarize yourself with the BSA NOVA program here. You can also purchase the NOVA Books for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, & Venturers here or at the BSA Scout Shop in your area. You find worksheets for each of the NOVA & Supernova awards here.


Unit Coordinator – Take the lead on bringing STEM to your Unit by becoming knowledgeable about the NOVA program and STEM opportunities.

NOVA Counselor – Train to become a NOVA Counselor, and help your Scouts earn their NOVA awards (STEM expertise not required!). Click here for additional resources.

Supernova Mentor – Train to become a Supernova Mentor, and help area Scouts earn our most prestigious STEM awards (STEM expertise preferred). Click here for additional resources.



Council Events– Earn NOVA & STEM-based Merit Badges/Adventures at Council-coordinated STEM events at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center.

Supernova Mentors – Find & contact Supernova Mentors for your ambitious Scouts.

STEM Chairs – Each District will have a STEM Chair who can provide you information on the NOVA program, Council STEM events, and how to promote STEM in your Unit. We are busy recruiting these individuals. Please stay tuned for a list later this summer. To contact our council STEM committee, click here.