After her experience portraying a Girl Scout on screen in the film Gifted, actress Mckenna Grace fulfilled her dream to become a Girl Scout in real life when she was pinned a Junior Girl Scout by Lise Luttgens, CEO of Girl Scouts Greater Los Angeles in March.
Here’s the scoop straight from GSGLA’s Girl Advisory Bureau (GAB), who was able to meet Mckenna and participate in the pinning ceremony:
“Mckenna will make the perfect Girl Scout! She seems like the kind of person who lives up to the Girl Scout Law every day. She was honest and fair when getting interviewed. She was definitely friendly and helpful when meeting new people. There is no doubt she is considerate and caring. When she shared the S.W.A.P.S. she made for us, she demonstrated she was a sister to every Girl Scout. And I think McKenna also lives up to the other parts of the Girl Scout Law as well. I had the chance to ask McKenna what advice she had for girls who are having a tough time. She told me that everyone at one point goes through a tough time in their life and that it is important to talk to the people who care and support you, because they will help you get through whatever you are struggling with. Having Girl Scout sisters is one of my support systems. I hope McKenna’s fame will inspire more girls to join Girl Scouts.” –Natalie K., Cadette Girl Scout
“Sharing Girl Scouts with anyone is fun, but to get to share it with a celebrity was even more fun. It made me very happy when Mckenna said, ‘I’ve always wanted be a Girl Scout!’ During the pinning ceremony, we gave McKenna S.W.A.P.S., a bandana and yellow roses. We gave her S.W.A.P.S. because it’s a common craft Girl Scouts often make and swap with other Girl Scouts. We gave her a bandana because bandanas have so many important uses: a sling for a hurt arm, a towel, a hat, and so much more—Girl Scouts are always prepared. And finally we each gave her a yellow rose because they represent friendship.” –Samantha K., Junior Girl Scout
“Talking to Mckenna showed me that Girl Scouts really can do whatever they put their minds to! I also enjoyed seeing how young she is—she’s a little girl, but she was in a movie! We gave her a lot of hard questions, but she still answered them very well! G.I.R.L. stands for go-getter, innovator, risk taker, and leader, and Mckenna is just that! She came out and spoke in front of a CEO and a bunch of people she didn’t know. I was very honored to meet her.” –Gillian D., Cadette Girl Scout
Stay tuned for more fun reporting from our Girl Advisory Bureau—coming soon: interviews from the red carpet premiere of the film Gifted—out in LA now and nationwide on Friday, April 7. GAB girls talked to the actors about courage, confidence, and character and the importance of role models and mentors.
(Note: First three photos by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Girl Scouts of the USA)