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ADVANCEMENT FAQs


KIDS TODAY ARE INVOLVED IN SO MANY ACTIVITIES. HOW DO YOU COMPETE? We tend to have our troop meetings on Sunday afternoons because that seems to be the one time when there is very little other activity. We try to plan in advance as far as we can and be as consistent as possible.


HOW DO YOU BALANCE RUNNING A COMPANY AND RUNNING A SCOUT TROOP? I spend a lot of time working, and I spend a lot of time with my family. And that’s really it. At times it can be very tough. Doing the meetings on the weekend helps. Not only is it a time when the boys can be there, but it’s a time when I can be there.


WHAT’S IT BEEN LIKE BEING YOUR SON’S SCOUTMASTER? It created a structure that makes sure we spend meaningful time together. I don’t think he has any regrets rela- tive to the fact that his father is the Scoutmaster—the only bad part is that he gets a little bit of extra duty.


WHAT LESSONS HAVE YOU TAKEN FROM SCOUTING TO THE OFFICE? When you have people who work for you and you pay them, they’re more inclined to do what you say. In volunteer groups, you develop a whole new level of leadership. You’ve got to motivate people, you’ve got to inspire them, you’ve got to convince them. That’s helped me as a person. It helps me at work to not just say, “I’m the boss; you’ve got to do it my way.” ¿


READ MORE advice from this busy Scoutmaster at scouting magazine.org/WIL.


Super Stars Award programs recognize STEM achievement.


SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ANDMATH (STEM) are all the rage—both in school and in Scouting. The BSA’s Supernova awards honor Scouts for exceptional STEM achievement. (Nova awards, meanwhile, reward introduc- tory exploration of STEM disciplines.) Here’s what you need to know to help your Scouts get interested in this awards program.


HOWMANY SUPERNOVA AWARDS ARE THERE? Seven. There’s one award for Cub Scouts, one award for Webelos Scouts, two awards for Boy Scouts, and three awards for Venturers. Each is named for a STEM celebrity.


CAN TIGER CUBS EARN THE CUB SCOUT AWARD? No.


CAN ADULT LEADERS EARN THE AWARDS? No.


WHO CAN COUNSEL THE AWARDS? Any council- approved mentor who is a registered Scouter can counsel. Parents—who are council-approved—may counsel their own children only in a group setting.


DESCRIBE THE CUB SCOUT ANDWEBELOS SCOUT REQUIREMENTS. A Scout must earn certain academic pins (Cub Scouts) or activity badges (Webelos Scouts), learn about STEM celebrities, complete STEM activities, and explore STEM careers. Cub Scouts earn the Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award; Webelos Scouts earn the Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award.


DESCRIBE THE BOY SCOUT REQUIREMENTS. Each requires earning Nova awards and merit badges, completing STEM activities, participating in a science fair or another STEM-related competition, and presenting STEM material to a Cub Scout den or pack. The first-level Dr. Bernard Harris bronze award also includes career exploration, while the second-level Thomas Edison silver award includes doing research on a STEM breakthrough or innovation. The Harris award is a prerequi- site to the Edison award.


DESCRIBE THE VENTURING REQUIREMENTS. Requirements for the first- level Dr. Sally Ride bronze


award and second-level Wright Brothers silver award include earning Nova awards, completing STEM explorations and Supernova activity topics, participating in a STEM-related competi- tion, and presenting STEM material to a Cub Scout den or pack. Requirements for the third-level Dr. Albert Einstein gold award include complet- ing Supernova activity topics, proposing a new Nova award, and conducting an extensive STEM-related research project.


HOWDO VENTURERS EARN A SUPERNOVA AWARDWHEN THEY CANNOT EARN MERIT BADGES? Venturers select from the STEM exploration topics and can use merit badge pamphlets—in subjects such as aviation, robotics, weather, and more—as resource guides. Or Venturers may forego the use of merit badge pamphlets and, instead, turn to a STEM expert in the desired field of study. ¿


LEARN MORE about these awards and rec- ognition items at bit.ly/ stemsupernova.


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