The Nova award program consists of individual activity elements in various STEM topics structured for Venturing.

Venturing Nova Awards:

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The Supernova Awards
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.

As a prerequisite, you must first earn any three of the four Nova awards for Boy Scouts. With your parent's and unit leader's help, you must select a council-approved Mentor who is a registered Scouter. You may NOT choose your parent or your unit leader (unless the mentor is working with more than one youth).

Venturing Supernova awards include the Dr. Sally Ride Supernova Award, the Wright Brothers Supernova Award, and the Dr. Albert Einstein Supernova Award

Application for the Supernova award is submitted to the district Nova or Advancement committee for approval.

Important: Please view the SCCBSA Council presentation - this will help answer the majority of your questions.

A Note to the Counselor
The Venturing Supernova award recognizes superior achievement by a Venturer in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). All experiments or projects should be conducted using the highest level of safety protocol and always under the supervision of a qualified, responsible adult.

Nova Program Venturing Guide Book
All requirements may be found in the Nova awards guidebooks, available in printed versions through our local Scout shops, or the guide can be downloaded below. Also see the Nova Program Counselors and Supernova Award Mentors Flyer

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