With the introduction of the new Nova and Supernova awards comes a fresh opportunity for volunteer positions. A Nova counselor can be any registered adult age 21 or older. Supernova mentors 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 non-unit position and requires no fee. (Similar to a Merit Badge Counselor.)
In addition to the BSA Adult Registration form, mentors must complete the Supernova Awards Mentor Information application.
All Nova counselors and Supernova mentors must have current BSA Youth Protection training and certification appropriate for the programs being administered (Cub and Boy Scouts Y01, Venturing Y02).
This training can be taken online at www.scouting.org/Training/Adult.aspx.