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NOVA Award Program

The Boy Scouts of America NOVA Awards program incorporates learning about cool activities and exposure to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers.

The hope is that the requirements and activities for earning these awards stimulates interest in STEM-related fields and shows how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics 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.

The NOVA Awards

There are four NOVA Awards for Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. Each award covers one component of STEM – science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

  • Cub Scout Awards – Science Everywhere, Tech Talk, Swing!, and 1-2-3 Go!
  • Boy Scout Awards – Shoot!, Start Your Engines, Whoosh!, and Designed to Crunch
  • Venturer Awards – Launch! Power Up, Hang On!, and Numbers Don’t Lie
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 three devices represent each of the four STEM topics.


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 activities.

For Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts:  Dr. Louis Alvarez Supernova Award

For Webelos Scouts:  Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award

For Boy Scouts: Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Bronze Award
     Thomas Edison Supernova Silver Award

For Venturers:   Dr. Sally Ride Supernova Bronze Award
    Wright Brothers Supernova Silver Award
    Dr. Albert Einstein Supernova Gold Award

For earning the Supernova award, Scouts receive a medal and certificate.

All requirements may be found in the NOVA awards guidebooks, which will are available through the Scout Shop – one for Cub Scouts, one for Boy Scouts, and one for Venturers. The requirements can be completed with a parent or an adult leader as the counselor (for the NOVA awards) or mentor (for the Supernova awards). Each guidebook includes a section for the counselor and mentor.

Requirements - A list of requirements and other “Cool Stuff” can also be found on the Internet at

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