STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

These disciplines are considered by many to be the foundation of an advanced society.  In many forums — including political, governmental, and academic — the strength of the STEM workforce is viewed as an indicator of a nation’s ability to sustain itself.

The Boy Scouts of America has taken on STEM 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.

NOVA Award

The program consists of individual activity elements in various STEM topics structured for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, & Venturers.  The NOVA awards are designed to encourage participation and to increase interest in STEM by making it relevant and fun.  The NOVA award is a distinctive pocket patch with a separate pin-on device awarded for each individual topic completed by the youth.

There are seven Nova awards for Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Scouts BSA, and four for Venturers. Each award covers one component of STEM.

Upcoming Events

Scouts BSA
Geology Merit Badge
Scouts BSA Only

October 15th, Sunday:  Bird Study Merit Badge

Date: Sunday, March 24, 2024

Location: LuLu Temple 5140 Butler Pike
Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania 19462

Time: 9:00AM to 12:00PM

Spots: 50


Cub Scout NOVA Award
Down and Dirty
Cub Scouts Only

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2024

Location: LuLu Temple 5140 Butler Pike
Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania 19462

Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Spots: 20


Documents and Resources

Cub Scout–Rocket/STEM Meeting Plans:

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Due to inclement weather, the Firestone Scouting Resource Center and Valley Forge Scout Shop will be closed on Tuesday, February 13, 2024.