Nova Award Patch

Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award
for Webelos Scouts

The requirements shown below became effective on June 1, 2015. when the rank requirements for Cub Scouts changed
and may be used only until December 31, 2017.

Cub Scouts who were working on the Nova awards or one of the Supernova awards prior to December 31, 2015, had two options:

Complete the award no later than December 31, 2015, using the original requirements
as published in the original Cub Scout Nova Awards Guidebook (No. 34032 / SKU 614935)
Complete the award using the requirements shown below.

Cub Scouts working on the Nova awards or one of the Supernova awards in 2017 have two options:

Complete the award no later than December 31, 2017, using the requirements shown below
Complete the award using the current requirements.

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Although it is not a requirement, it is recommended that you earn at least two of the four Nova awards for Cub Scouts before earning the Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award.

  1. Earn the Scholar AND Scientist AND Engineer Webelos Scout activity badges.
    Complete the following Webelos adventures: Adventures in Science, Engineer, and Scouting Adventure.
  2. Earn THREE of the following Webelos Scout activity badges: Craftsman, Forester, Geologist, Naturalist, Outdoorsman, and Readyman.
    Complete three of the following adventures: Build It, Building a Better World, Castaway, First Responder, Into the Wild, and Into the Woods.
  3. Find interesting facts about Dr. Charles H. Townes using resources in your school or local library or on the Internet (with your parent's or guardian's permission and guidance). Then discuss what you learned with your mentor, including answers to the following questions: What very important award did Dr. Townes earn? What was Dr. Townes' most famous invention?
  4. Find out about five other famous scientists, technology innovators, engineers, or mathematicians approved by your mentor. Discuss what you learned with your mentor.
  5. Speak with your teacher(s) at school (or your parents if you are home-schooled) OR one of your Cub Scout leaders about your interest in earning the Webelos Scout Supernova award. Ask them why they think math and science are important in your education. Discuss what you learn with your mentor.
  6. Participate in a science project or experiment in your classroom or school. Discuss this activity with your mentor.
  7. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Visit with someone who works in a STEM-related career. Discuss what you learned with your mentor.
    2. Learn about a career that depends on knowledge about science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Discuss what you learned with your mentor.
  8. Under the direct supervision of your mentor, do an experiment that shows how the scientific method (or scientific process) is used. Prepare a short report on the results of your experiment for your mentor.
  9. Participate in a Nova- or other STEM-related activity in your Webelos Scout den or pack meeting that is conducted by a Boy Scout or Venturer who is working on his or her Supernova award. If this is not possible, participate in Nova- or STEM-related activity in your den or pack meeting.
  10. Submit an application for the Webelos Scout Supernova award to the district Nova STEM or advancement committee for approval.

The requirements for and further information about this award may be found in the current edition of the
Cub Scout Nova Awards Guidebook (BSA Publication No. 34032)

Worksheets for use in working on these requirements: Format
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Blanks in this worksheets table appear when we do not have a worksheet for the badge that includes these requirements.


Page updated on: November 28, 2017

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