Cub Scout Supernova Award for Wolf scouts, Bear scouts

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This Award is meant for Wolf scouts, Bear scouts.

The Cub Scout Supernova award can be earned by Wolf or Bear Cub Scouts active with a den. Tiger Cubs are not eligible to earn the Cub Scout Supernova award. With help from your parents and unit leader, select a council-approved mentor who is a registered Scouter. Your mentor may not be your parent or unit leader (unless the mentor is working with more than one youth).

Purchase a Nova awards guidebook, available through local Scout shops. Each guidebook includes a section for the counselor and mentor.

  1. Earn the Science AND Mathematics Cub Scout academic pins.
  2. Earn THREE of the following Cub Scout academic pins: Astronomy, Computers, Geography, Geology, Map and Compass, Nutrition, Pet Care, Photography, Reading and Writing, Video Games, Weather, and Wildlife Conservation.
  3. Find interesting facts about Dr. Luis W. Alvarez using resources in your school or local library or on the Internet (with your parent's or guardian's permission and guidance). Then discuss what you learn with your mentor, including answers to the following questions: What very important award did Dr. Alvarez earn? What was his famous theory about dinosaurs?
  4. Find out about three other famous scientists, technology innovators, engineers, or mathematicians approved by your mentor. Discuss what you learned with your mentor.
  5. Speak with your teacher(s) at school (or your parents if you are home-schooled) OR one of your Cub Scout leaders about your interest in earning the Cub Scout Supernova award. Ask them why they think math and science are important in your education. Discuss what you learn with your mentor.
  6. Participate in a science project or experiment in your classroom or school OR do a special science project approved by your teacher. Discuss this activity with your mentor.
  7. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Visit with someone who works in a STEM-related career. Discuss what you learned with your mentor.
    2. Learn about a career that depends on knowledge about science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Discuss what you learned with your mentor.
  8. Learn about the scientific method (or scientific process). Discuss this with your mentor, and include a simple demonstration to show what you learned.
  9. Participate in a Nova- or other STEM-related activity in your Cub Scout den or pack meeting that is conducted by a Boy Scout or Venturer who is working on his or her Supernova award. If this is not possible, participate in another Nova- or STEM-related activity in your den or pack meeting.
  10. Submit an application for the Cub Scout Supernova award to the district Nova or advancement committee for approval.
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 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.

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