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STEM:  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

These disciplines are considered by many to be the foundation of an advanced society.  In many forums — including political, governmental, and academic — the strength of the STEM workforce is viewed as an indicator of a nation’s ability to sustain itself.

The Boy Scouts of America has taken on STEM to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. From archery to welding, Scouts can’t help but enjoy the wide range of STEM-related activities. To support this initiative, the BSA developed the Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts.


NOVA Award

The program consists of individual activity elements in various STEM topics structured for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, & Venturers.  The NOVA awards are designed to encourage participation and to increase interest in STEM by making it relevant and fun.  The NOVA award is a distinctive pocket patch with a separate pin-on device awarded for each individual topic completed by the youth.

There are seven Nova awards for Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Scouts BSA, and four for Venturers. Each award covers one component of STEM.

Upcoming Events

Join us for any of these fun family-friendly events.

Fee includes all materials and a meal.

Scouts BSA Chemistry Merit Badge

Scouts BSA Only

Saturday, March 18th

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Cub Scout NOVA Award

Cub Scouts Only

Saturday, April 15th

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Documents and Resources

National’s NOVA website

NOVA Counselor Application

COL STEM Information package—  A presentation of the Council’s goals for STEM.

Councilor List   Visit for this list.

Cub Scout–Rocket/STEM Meeting Plans:

NOVA Supernova Award Program Implementation—  Read what steps we are taking to introduce STEM to our Council Units.

Winter and Spring STEM Program Flier

STEM Activity Samples