I’m on my Council’s STEM Committee and am in charge of receiving and checking the Supernova applications. It’s been way more work than it looked like when I started.
My Council now has a STEM Committee which has taken over the STEM awards and registrations from the Advancement Committee. The Adv Committee did not seem to have a good grasp on what was required.
You have found National’s web pages with info.
We have a good deal of confusion about the Counselor/Mentor positions.
The Counselor position has a requirement that you be curious and willing to seek answers. And be alive. We deal with that position as a ‘Unit’ position. The only form turned in for that position is a non-fee adult app for position 58 – Nova Counselor.That’s pretty much it.
The Supernova Mentor (position 52) is another beast altogether. There is an application on National’s site. It’s in the material you have copied. That needs to be filled in and submitted to Council along with the adult position app. I don’t like the section where it lists ‘which areas’ you will work with. That doesn’t make sense given how the program works. Anyway, there is a very specific requirement that the adult have an education and experience in STEM. We have had to turn down folks who thought they met this but didn’t. We treat this position as a Council position and let folks know they might get a call to work with other kids.
The online training is caca. There is very little about STEM. It’s mostly about policy.
My Council’s apps all come through me and I call every person who applies and have a conversation with them. For Supernova one of my flags is if the person doesn’t know about the difference between an independent and dependent variable.
How often does it need to be reviewed? Well, I am going through my Council’s list for about a year and trying to clean it up. I have a few on it who wanted to be Counselors and are Mentors. I have about 10 who should be on the list and aren’t. And about 15 who signed off on a Supernova some time in the past, and have disappeared. So the last thing I’m worried about is going through renewing anyone.
As an aside, my Council has a data person who has worked for National and is amazing. So it’s not her. It’s just that messed up.
I have taken some award reporting forms that St Luis Council created for submitting Supernova award information and updated and reformatted them. We are using them as a quality control on the award submissions.
If there is a way to email each other through this I can send them to you.
In my Council we have awarded over 100 of the Pack level awards. Five Scouts have been awarded the Harris, and one of those the Edison. Other Councils I’ve talked to have a similar ratio.
One problem you will have is dealing with the parents at the Pack level who want to push their kid through. That is one of the rationales for the “Don’t work with your own kid” rule. Try to keep that from happening.
Pretty much all I can think of.