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A SuperNOVA Mentor is a person that wants to help an exceptional scout perform an exceptional activity in a STEM related area.  The scout youth has committed to spend time to understand a specific STEM topic and he/she needs a mentor that can help them achieve this challenge.  Scientist, engineers, technologist, and mathematicians are needed to provide knowledge and experience in these areas.  The time required is based on the individual scout and no two are the same.  We have age appropriate requirements so the demand for cub scouts and venture scouts are very different - but all are rewarding experiences.  It a great way to get involved if you can't commit to specific times because you can mentor around your busy schedule.  What could be more rewarding than mentoring a youth in your technical area?

The SuperNOVA Mentor must be 21 or older and be subject matter experts in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field and be registered under the new SuperNOVA Mentor position code 52. This is a nonunit position and requires no fee. In addition to the BSA Adult Registration form, mentors must complete the SuperNOVA Awards Mentor Information application.

Important:  All SuperNOVA Mentors must have current BSA Youth Protection training and certification appropriate for the programs being administered (Cub and Boy Scout Y01, Venturing Y02).

This training can be taken online at

Registering as a SuperNOVA Mentor - Once you have your Youth Protection Training Certificate - fill out an Adult Registration Form using Code 52.  Provide to the registar at the council office your youth protection certificate, your BSA application and your Supernova Awards Mentor Information application.  You will be considered a Mentor for your District and will be ask to provide mentoring for specific SuperNOVA scouts based on your preferences. 

What is expected

As a SuperNOVA Mentor, you should meet with the individual (remember two deep leadership) to review the requirements of the SuperNOVA award.  The mentor should make sure the scout understand the requirements and assist the scout in finding the right resources to be successful.  Once the work is completed, it should be reviewed with the mentor to ensure it was completed satisfactory.  Many of the requirements require the discussion with the mentor about what they have learned.  Once the scout has completed all of the requirement, the unit leader and advancement committee member should be informed to ensure the records are updated and the proper recognition is provided.  For SuperNOVA award recipients, the Scout STEM/Nova Council Coordinator should also be informed.  


Presentation given at the University of Scout Training on SuperNova Mentors