STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics







Bay-Lakes Council
(920) 734-5705

STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America and Bay-Lakes Council has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. From archery to welding and from first aid to robotics, Scouts and Explorers can't help but enjoy the wide range of STEM-related activities. To support this initiative, the BSA developed the Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts.

To engage our youth members in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the Boy Scouts of America created new program initiatives that emphasize STEM in the context of the current advancement programs. The BSA's STEM initiative gives Scouts an opportunity to explore relevant skills and experiences and to be recognized for their achievements. The aim is to expose youth to new opportunities and help them develop the STEM skills critical for the competitive world marketplace. Our council is implementing these initiatives. 

How to use STEM in your Pack, Troop, or Crew

The STEM program complements the traditional Scout program and provides another avenue for exploration, leadership development and fun. For many youth, the allure of science and technology is overwhelming and used properly the STEM program can be a powerful recruiting tool.  

  1. Make sure you get a copy of the NOVA award book (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing books) for your Unit or per youth - sold in the local Scout shop or at
  2. Any adult in the Unit can help "Counsel" the youth on the NOVA level awards. The “counselor” needs to be approved by Unit Committee and follow Youth Protection Guidelines.
  3. Review the Award worksheets here.
  4. Recruit an adult to be the Unit STEM Chairperson (STEM professional background optional)
  5. Get familiar about the NOVA program resources on this website and at
  6. Recruit adults with a STEM background to be Supernova Mentors. They will need to apply through the District STEM Chairman or District Advancement Chairman with this form. Forms are turned in to the Scout office. 
  7. Find online training for STEM Counselors, Mentors, and for general information at this link
  8. Turn in awards timely at the Scout Shops – use the Advancement Report Form 
  9. Catch up with your District STEM Chairman to find out more about local resources (see list below).
  10. Attend Roundtables to learn about STEM resources and be a fan of the Bay-Lakes STEM Facebook page
  11. Lastly, check out the cool STEM events taking place around Bay-Lakes Council.


What's Happening in STEM


Council STEM Committee

Amanda Tuttle – Committee Chair

Kacie Freeburg – Exploring Representative

Adam Vetter – Gathering Waters STEM Chair

Jennifer Miller George – Kettle Country STEM Chair

Shannon O'Malley-Thomas - Lakeshore STEM Chair

Samantha Jane - Ledge to Lakes STEM Chair

Nothern Lites - VACANT

Jeremy Bates - Twin Lakes STEM Chair

Amanda Tuttle - Voyageur STEM Chair

James Schubert - Cub Scouts

Sara Bayliss Mierow - Webelos

Boy Scouts - VACANT

Venturing - VACANT

Please contact Amanda Tuttle at if you are interested in Vacant Positions.



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