Feb 10, 2014 - DL Questions
Do all of these requirements need to be met within a single year or is it acceptable to have pins earn in a previous year count towards this award?
Feb 11, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@DL - The scout can work towards this award during his Wolf and Bear program years. Tiger Cubs may not earn the award, and Webelos have different award requirements.
So, if he completes some of the requirements as a Wolf and some as a Bear, that is ok.
Feb 13, 2014 - Wolf DL
Does requirement #6 have to involve the school or is the Mentor able to conduct the experiment with a Den seeking the award? The 'approved by teacher' part makes it sound like it involves the school system.
Feb 14, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Wolf DL - Yes, the requirement does involve the school system. It indicates it is to be done at school or with teacher approval. A teacher's approval is only authoritative in the school system setting.
So, I would not recommend the mentor conduct an experiment for the den to fulfill #6 - that becomes almost identical to #9.
Also, this is an individual award. Leading a den through the requirements so they all get the award is not the intent. Those "discuss with your mentor" parts of the requirements should be individual discussions, not a group meeting with scouts providing minimal input, such as saying "Yep, I did that."
Feb 26, 2014 - SuperNOVA
My scout just earned his SuperNOVA. Is there a special presentation/ceremony to use when giving him his medal? Thanks!
Feb 27, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Super - All Scouting ceremonies are "ad-hoc", but some become popular and are used over and over. I've not seen one for NOVA awards yet. Recognizing the scout for his efforts, accomplishment, and continued progress are the key things. No reason to make it too long or too serious.
Oct 27, 2014 - Wolf Den Leader
Are the requirements going to be re-worked once the belt loop program is discontinued in May of 2015?
Oct 27, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Wolf - Yes, that update is in process now and will be made available when it's ready.
Feb 12, 2015 - Bear Leader
If our mentor is a teacher (also one of our den leaders) and as a pack we hosted a science fair, will that complete requirement #6?
Feb 12, 2015 - Scouter Paul
@Bear Leader - Having a Pack host a science fair does not guarantee that an individual scout is doing a project or experiment. If the individual scout is doing a project that is approved by his teacher, and is being entered in your science fair, then that works. Participating in a Pack's science fair sounds more like requirement #9 to me.