To: Capitol Area Council scouts and scouters
Re: Changes to the STEM award program
Beginning June 1, 2022, BSA national has delegated STEM Nova and Supernova award program administration to local councils, should they choose to do so. Please see the FAQ at https://www.scouting.org/stem-nova-awards/stem-faq/
With your tremendous support, Capitol Area Council has one of the strongest and most popular STEM programs in the nation, and your STEM committee will continue to administer Nova and Supernova awards as long as there is interest and availability. And rest assured that our STEMboree and STEM Adventure Weekend events will continue providing mountain-top STEM experiences.
Additionally, because the Nova program will no longer evolve, the CAC STEM committee is developing a comparable parallel STEM award program with a focus on adding new topics and continuously improving the STEM program. Our goal is to begin with a few Nova-similar award options at the Cub and Scouts BSA levels, with requirements and curricula that provide a deeper STEM dive into Scouting topics and the world around us. Watch for an announcement this fall with a targeted program kickoff in January 2023.
We have been delighted by all the scouts that have participated in Nova and Supernova over the past decade; we are grateful for all the adult counselors, mentors, and STEM supporters; and we are very happy to continue this program with your support and to explore new opportunities that expand STEM for our scouts.
Yours in Scouting,
CAC STEM Nova Committee
STEM in Scouting encourages the natural curiosity of youth members about these fields through existing programs including Cub Scout Adventures, Boy Scout Merit Badges, and Venturing STEM Explorations. The NOVA Awards program recognizes BSA youth that excel in STEM at the Cub, Scouts BSA, and Venturing levels. For an added challenge, youth may work towards the SUPERNOVA Awards.
Officially the NOVA program was created in 2012. However, STEM in one form or another has been a part of BSA from its creation. Along with teaching leadership, citizenship and character, the BSA program has for over 100 years taught youth skills needed to be successful in life and career - everything from cooking to first aid involves STEM skills. Nowadays, an increasing number of scouting skills and activities involve STEM.
To bring more STEM to your unit, contact council at the addresses below. Nova counselors can be any interested adult leader. Supernova Mentors must have a STEM background and complete council training. Check out the scouting STEM events and the STEM Program and Resources in the menu bar. These resources include everything from other events you can attend to activities you can do in your unit meetings.
Please drop us an email or call before you come, but you are welcome to come and visit, to join us for some tea and ideas on bringing more STEM to your unit or to look through our library of STEM lessons and books.
STEM NOVA Committee Chair
Council Staff Advisor
Assistant Director of Support Services
12500 North IH 35, Austin, TX 78753, US