Stem Nova Counselor Application

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Effective August 1, 2023, there is a $25 annual fee for Merit badge Counselors who are not already registered volunteers.

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 . During the application process, you will be asked to choose your District and then follow the link.
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    You do have to click it and then proceed to complete the online form which will appear in a new tab. After completion, return to this page to continue process. 
  • Compliance Requirements: You will be asked to confirm if you are already a BSA registered volunteer – that is, your certificates are current. If you are not registered, you will need to upload your YPT, State Mandated Reporter Certificates (valid to December 31, 2023), and your LiveScan receipt.

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. 

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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