NOVA Counselors teach the NOVA Awards in their unit, district or to any youth wanting to learn STEM. If you are wanting to do the SuperNOVA award, please see our page on becoming a SuperNOVA Mentor.
Any adult (21 or older) who is registered with the Boy Scouts of America and has completed youth protection training. It is highly recommended that NOVA Counselors complete the Online NOVA Counselor Training and register with the Council Office as a NOVA Counselor (position code 58). See the "how to take online training" guide below.
Yes! Most districts have a district NOVA chair who can help you get information, lessons and more. Please Contact Us for your current district STEM Chair.
Once a youth member has completed their first NOVA award, they receive a Nova patch. Once they have received the Nova patch, each additional NOVA they complete receives a PI pin. See the image to the upper left to see the Nova patch with a pi pin in the lower point. Click here for more information.
Once a youth member has completed their NOVA award requirements, the Nova Counselor(or SuperNova Mentor), Unit Leader or Unit Advancement Chair will input the completion dates and notes into either Scoutbook or on an Advancement Report. The purchase order or advancement report can be taken to the Scout Shop to purchase NOVA patch or pin.