What does a NOVA Counselor Do?  

NOVA Counselors teach the NOVA Awards in their unit, district or to any youth wanting to learn STEM.  Any adult with an interest in promoting STEM may register as a NOVA Counselor. 


Who can become a NOVA Counselor?

Any adult (21 or older) who is registered with the Boy Scouts of America and has completed youth protection training.

How do I register as a NOVA Counselor?

Complete the Online NOVA Counselor Training Learning Modules can be found here: Counselors & Mentors | Boy Scouts of America (scouting.org) 


This is a "DISTRICT" registration.  BSA adult leaders who are already registered must submit a BSA Adult Application 

to register as a Nova Counselor (position code 58, non-unit position, no registration fee).

for STEM Nova Counselor and/or Supernova Mentors as a duplicate membership. (LINK PROVIDED BELOW)

In addition to the BSA Adult application, Supernova mentor must also complete and submit the Supernova Awards Mentor Information form (LINK PROVIDED BELOW).


Submit to SupportDesk@NYCScouting.org 

STEM Nova Counselors and Supernova Mentors may not deliver the program or meet with any Scouting youth until their BSA adult leader application has been approved and processed, including completion of Youth Protection Training.  


Click here for BSA Adult Application 524-501.pdf (scouting.org) 
Click here for Supernova Awards Mentor Information (PDF)

Click here for the Guide to Safe Scouting (PDF)

Click here for Guide to Advancement (PDF)