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For your first Nova award, Scouts earn the cool Nova award patch. stem poster

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After that, a Scout can earn three more Nova awards, each one recognized with a separate pi (π) pin-on device that attaches to the patch.pi device


The patch and the three devices represent each of the four STEM topics—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

2015 Cub Scout Program Changes: Effective June 1, 2015, the rank requirements for Cub Scouts are changing (see www.scouting.org/programupdates for these new requirements). Cub Scouts currently working on the Nova awards or one of the Supernova awards have two options:

  • Complete the award no later than December 31, 2015, using the requirements as published in the current Cub Scout Nova Awards Guidebook (No. 34032)
  • Complete the award using the new requirements published here.

Learn more:

Glacier’s Edge Council STEM information

BSA STEM Nova Awards website


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