Stem Nova Counselor Application

We have updated this page. The content remains the same but it no longer tracks exactly with the video narrative.

To be a STEM Nova Counselor you must (a) be at least 21 years of age, (b) complete the following documentation, and  (c) follow the link below to submit your application online.

  • BSA Adult Application form. Use Position Code ’58’ – STEM Nova Counselor. This is a district position; a unit signature is not required. 
  • YPT certificate valid through Dec 31, 2023. Going forward, your YPT certificate must be valid for the duration of your MBC registration.
  • AB 506 Training certificate
  • LiveScan – Confirmation of a LiveScan background check.

The Adult Application form is required even if you are already registered in some other volunteer role – Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, and so on. 

How to Register

Watch the video for a step by step guide through the steps you need to  follow.  When you’re re ready, follow the link below to get started and upload your required documentation. 

STEM Nova Counselor renewal

In November 2022, you will receive a STEM Nova Counselor renewal form to renew for the next 12 months. Your YPT needs to be valid through 12/31/2023, at least, or you will not be renewed. Make sure Council has your current email address and that you are not blocking or unsubscribing  from messages sent from Council’s mailing provider or Scoutbook.

Golden Gate Area Council would like to thank you for volunteering as a Stem Nova Counselor and for sharing your time and talents with the scouts of our council. As a Stem Nova counselor, you can teach skills and introduce concepts that may change the course of a boy or girl’s life. Many scouts have been guided to their chosen careers or discovered lifelong hobbies through the BSA Stem Nova program. This opportunity would not exist without adult volunteers giving of their knowledge and time selflessly to help shape the leaders of tomorrow. Thank you for your support.

How to verify an out of Council Merit Badge Counselor.

First, try to connect the Scout and counselor in Scoutbook. If that is successful, the counselor is registered and qualified. If unsuccessful, go to the counselor’s home council and search for their Advancement Administrators. Most will have an email address for either the Council Advancement Committee or Professional Advisor. Send an email asking if the counselor has been registered and qualified for the merit badge(s) in question and the status of their Youth Protection Training. Ask California councils if the counselor has completed AB506 training and LiveScan. The unit leader’s “blue card” signature verifies their counselor credentials verification.


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