Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Addison Glozer of Spencerport, NY, as a 2022 Gold Award Girl Scout. Addison is a member of Troop 60727.
What Addison said about Girl Scouts
Overall, I am extremely grateful for the constant presence that Girl Scouting has been in my life. While other clubs, organizations, and sports fade in and out as you progress through school, Girl Scouts has been there from kindergarten to high school graduation. I have made lifelong friendships with the girls in my troop and we have countless memories from our years together. Additionally, I’ve been able to try so many things I may not have had the chance to do otherwise and have learned valuable lessons along the way.
Project: After School: Elementary French Program
For my Gold Award, I developed a program that would teach basic French vocabulary to elementary students through a series of fun presentations and engaging activities. My goal was to inspire the same love of French language learning that I have in these elementary students and expand global awareness starting at a younger age. While the COVID-19 pandemic derailed my original intentions of starting an in-person club run by high school French students, the pandemic also presented a unique opportunity for me to explore how I could make my project reach even more people.
Ultimately, I created an interactive website that students of all ages could access and spend as much or as little time as they wanted practicing new vocabulary, reviewing with fun games, learning about French culture, or even exploring different French-speaking countries via Google Maps.
About the Girl Scout Gold Award
The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and she can enlist in the military at a higher starting pay grade.
The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.
The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.
For more information on the Gold Award, click here.