For your first Nova award, Scouts earn the cool Nova award patch.
The patch and the three devices represent each of the four STEM topics—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
- Venturer Scout Nova awards: Launch!, Power Up, Hang On!, and Numbers Don’t Lie
- Boy Scout Nova awards: Shoot!, Start Your Engines, Whoosh!, and Designed to Crunch
- Cub Scout Nova awards: Science Everywhere, Tech Talk, Swing!, and 1-2-3 Go! and 3 new natural science based topics: Down and Dirty (earth science), Nova WILD (wildlife and the natural world), and Out of this World (space and astronomy)
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.