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Supernova Award

The SUPERNOVA Award program is similar to the BSA Hornaday Award Program.  The basic requirements include earning certain adventures for Cub Scouts, activity badges for Webelos and merit badges for Boy Scouts, plus completing additional, more rigorous STEM-related requirements.  The Venturing requirements are based on more independent achievement and teaching activities.  SUPERNOVA is designed to encourage and recognize more in-depth achievement in STEM.  The SUPERNOVA awards are medals on neck ribbons.

The Supernova awards have more rigorous requirements than the Nova awards. The requirements and activities were designed to motivate youth and recognize more in-depth, advanced achievement in STEM-related activities. 

Supernova medal

For Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts:

Dr. Louis Alvarez Supernova Award

For Webelos Scouts:

Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award

For Boy Scouts:

Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Bronze Award
Thomas Edison Supernova Silver Award

For Venturers:

Dr. Sally Ride Supernova Bronze Award
Wright Brothers Supernova Silver Award
Dr. Albert Einstein Supernova Gold Award

 To download a list of counselors for these awards, click here

(This document is password protected. It is the same password as the merit badge list. If you dont know it please contact your scout leader or district advancement chairperson.)


STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. From archery to welding, Scouts can't help but enjoy the wide range of STEM-related activities. To support this initiative, the BSA developed the Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts.

 Adults interested in helping to get STEM/NOVA initiatives please contact Bob Ames

Check out National's NOVA website

 Supernova Mentor Application


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