The supernova awards



The BSA STEM in Scouting awards program began in 2012 and is broken down into two different sections:  NOVA and  SUPERNOVA.

 For scouts seeking a greater STEM challenge, 7 SUPERNOVA awards are available for scouts to earn at their various program levels.   

  • Cub Scout Wolf and Bear - Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Award
  • Cub Scout Webelos and Arrow of Light - Dr. Charles H. Townes Award
  • Scouts BSA - Dr. Bernard Harris & Thomas Edison Awards
  • Venturing - Dr. Sally Ride, Wright Brother, and Albert Einstein Awards

Go to the bottom of this page to download the Capitol Area Council STEM NOVA Committee SuperNOVA worksheets in English or Spanish.

Click here for SuperNOVA Application Form


  • May often be completed within 2 to 6 months, with no time limit other than youth eligibility for that level of BSA program.
  •  Designed to be mentored in an individual or small group setting while always following YPT guidelines. 
  • Youth may ONLY be coached by a council-certified Supernova Mentor
  • Application is reviewed at at the Council level
  • Application must include "copies of all my reports and other appropriate documentation for consideration".
  • Award may be purchased at the Scout Shop after approval from the Council Committee


Supernova Awards are rare!

Since 2012 the Capitol Area Council has awarded about a hundred Cub Supernovas and only a handful of Scout Supernovas.

Medals are heavy!

The medallions come from BSA National, are real metal, and are worn around the neck. Contact the Council STEM Nova Committee to have a committee member present these to youth at your unit/district event. 

Bars and Certificates available

The Scout Shop has a certificate that you may customize for each scout, suitable for framing. They also sell small bar pins that are worn on the uniform for earning bronze, silver, or gold level.


Files coming soon.