I email the Scout’s parent a certificate of completion for Nova awards along with proof of my registration as a Nova counselor. If the parent provides me with email addresses for those in the pack who enter advancement, I copy them as well. My email lists which requirements were completed and the dates they were approved. This allows the pack to make sure the same adventure isn’t used to complete more than one Nova award.
I’m active in a Nova/Supernova Google Classroom, and I have not yet signed off on any of these awards for a Scout in my own council. When I sign a Supernova application, I include proof of my registration as a Supernova mentor.
It would be great to just do all this through Scoutbook.
While some councils are getting this done efficiently, other seem to be struggling. I had a Cub Scout complete the Alvarez Supernova Award on May 29. I mailed him the signed Supernova Award application on June 9. The mail from Delaware to Texas must be extraordinary, because his Cubmaster’s signature is dated June 10. I have no doubt his mother submitted it to either the appropriate STEM or advancement committee quickly. It appears Sam Houston Area Council is requiring two volunteers to approve the application. The first signature is dated September 27. The second is dated December 3. The Scout executive’s signature is also dated December 3.
Sometimes it is the professional staff that delays approval. In my own council, a district advancement chair submitted a Supernova Award application to the council registrar in ealry July, and the Scout executive didn’t sign off until mid September.
At every level, the Supernova awards represent significant accomplishments for the Scouts who earn them. The Alvarez Award is particularly difficult, because not many Wolves and Bears are ready for something like that. We have to do a better job at practicing the immediate recognition we are preaching.