The Supernova mentor leads the Scout to learn by research and doing. STEM-related activities and Nova awards are designed to be fun. In this sense, a counselor or mentor is an examiner. This is a non-unit position and requires no fee. Your hands-on involvement could inspire youth to develop a lifelong hobby, pursue a particular career, or become an independent, self-supporting adult. Nova Award adult counselors need to be registered with the Council.
A Supernova mentor is very much like a merit badge counselor for Boy Scouts but specializing in STEM topics in greater depth than in merit badges.
A Supernova Mentor Is....
A Supernova mentor is very much like a merit badge counselor for Boy Scouts but specializing in STEM topics in greater depth than in merit badges. There can be a very broad range of abilities and knowledge among youth of the same age. Except a parent working only with their Cub Scout, and no others. A Nova Counselor and Supernova mentor are both teachers and mentors to the Scout as he or she works on the Nova or Supernova award. A Nova Counselor may also serve as a Supernova Mentorwith all the correct paperwork completed and with approved by the Council. Renewal of this registration and youth protection training annually is necessary to continue as a Super Nova mentor.