The BSA STEM in Scouting awards program began in 2012 with two different award levels: NOVA and SUPERNOVA.
For scouts seeking a greater STEM challenge, there are seven SUPERNOVA awards available to earn at the various program levels.
Since 2012 the Capitol Area Council has awarded about a hundred Cub Supernova Awards (Alvarez and Townes) and only a handful of Scout (Harris) Supernova Awards. For perspective, about 400-500 scouts in council earn Eagle each year.
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.
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.
Due to the high volume and disparate mechanisms of Supernova applications that we are receiving, the STEM Nova committee has approved several changes to how we receive and review applications.
1) MONTHLY REVIEWS - Starting January 2020, all Supernova applications will be reviewed only at the monthly STEM Nova committee meeting (not in June or July).
2) ALL-IN-ONE PDF or hard copy - All applications are to be submitted as a single PDF document (preferred) or as a hard copy of all documentation (no original work; copied all on standard letter-sized paper). To aid the process, we have created guides (download links below) for submitting the Cub Scout award applications, to ensure that each application contains all necessary supporting documentation.
Deliver all applications to Jessica Snider at Jessica.Snider@scouting.org or to CAC BSA, 12500 North IH35, Austin, TX 78753, Attention: Jessica Snider.
The Committee meets on the third Thursday each month to discuss applications. Applications are due a minimum of one week beforehand to allow time for the review process. Please make sure your applications are submitted in full and in the correct format by the following dates:
Month Application Due Date Committee Meeting Date
January 1/14/2021 1/21/2021
February 2/11/2021 2/18/2021
March 3/11/2021 3/18/2021
April 4/8/2021 4/15/2021
May 5/20/2020 5/27/2021 (*delayed 1 week)
June not processing
July not processing
August 8/12/2021 8/19/2021
September 9/9/2021 9/16/2021
October 10/14/2021 10/21/2021
November 11/11/2021 11/18/2021
December 12/9/2021 12/16/2021
One-page summary of each Supernova award for scouts and mentors to track progress. Developed by the CAC volunteer STEM Committee.
This is not an official BSA document and not suitable for the official application.