With the introduction of the new Nova and Supernova awards comes a fresh opportunity for volunteer positions. A Nova counselor can be any registered adult age 21 or older. They must be registered under the new nonunit position and no fee is required. The Nova counselor code is 58. We would like all units to have at least one registered Nova Counselor.
Important: All Nova counselors must have current BSA Youth Protection training and certification appropriate for the programs being administered (Cub and Boy Scout Y01, Venturing Y02).
This training can be taken online at http://www.scouting.org/Training/Adult.aspx.
Registering as a Nova Counselor
Once you have your Youth Protection Training Certificate - fill out an Adult Registration Form using Code 58. Provide both of these to the registrar and you will be registered as a Nova Counselor. If you are willing to help with other units in your district, please e-mail Peter Everitt firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact information that you are willing to have published.
What is expected
Nova Counselors should meet with the individual (remember two deep leadership) to review the requirements of the Nova module. The counselor should make sure the scout understand the requirements and is ready to complete the required work. Once the work is completed, it should be reviewed with the counselor to ensure it was completed satisfactory. Once the scout has completed all of the requirement, the unit leader and advancement committee member should be informed to ensure the records are updated and the proper recognition is provided.
Nova Counselors should work with the Unit leaders to coordinate times when scouts can meet with the counselors to review their progress. Select one specific week which your unit meets and arrive 30 minutes early or stay thirty minutes late to meet with scouts. For instance, if your unit meets every Tuesday at 7:00pm, you agree to be available the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm to provide Nova Counseling. That's a few hours a month to be a counselor. If there is more than one counselor - all counselors for the unit can agree on the same day, you can have a STEM night starting with counseling and having a guest STEM speaker for your unit.
Presentation from the University of Scout Training given on STEM NOVA Counselors