St. Louis, MO – Nov. 28, 2017 – Makayla McMullin, a 2016 Wright City High School graduate and sophomore at St. Charles Community College, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. In earning the Gold Award, McMullin demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational and networking skills. McMullin was among 48 young women in eastern Missouri honored at a ceremony at Lindenwood University on Sunday, June 11.
McMullin said she wanted to help a domestic abuse shelter after receiving an email from them. Working with Kits for Kidz, McMullin assembled arts and crafts kits for children temporarily living at Turning Point, a shelter located in Warrenton, MO. With the help of local Girl Scout troops and community organizations, she collected supplies to help children express themselves.
“It’s all about the little things,” McMullin said. “Something small can make the biggest difference to someone. They don’t have that much stuff and this brings them happiness.”
The Girl Scout Gold Award requires determination, communication, time management and a desire to make a difference. This distinguished award challenges girls to change the world and solve a community issue. The process requires at least 80 hours of service and often spans months or even years.
Less than one percent of all Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award, putting them among an exceptional group of women who have used their knowledge and leadership skills to make a difference in the world. Some of the Gold Award Girl Scout benefits are:
- Immediately rising one rank when enlisting in the US Armed Forces
- Earning scholarships from colleges and universities
- Recognition from many government and non-profit organizations
- Certificates and letters from Girl Scouts of the USA, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, United States Navy and the South St. Louis Marine Corps League Auxiliary
- Receiving a Sacagawea Gold Dollar from the United States Mint