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Myrtle Beach Girl Scout Earns Gold Award with Potters Field Project

Ingram Cox (middle) with Mr. Lee McMillan, McMillan-Small Funeral Home, Mr. Robert Edge, Horry County Coroner, and Mr. Bobby Sellers, Goldfinch Funeral Home.

Girl Scout Ingram Cox was awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award on May 7. Cox was given this prestigious award for her Potter’s Field project that helped bury 72 unclaimed cremated remains that were previously sitting in the Horry County Coroner’s office. The remains were laid to rest in a ceremony at Rose Hill Cemetery in Conway, S.C. 

“My project provided those individuals with a proper service and burial that put them to rest in a very respectable way,” Cox said. “I felt it was my responsibility to take the issue into my own hands and use my gifts in order to fix the problem and serve others.” 

Cox is a member of Troop #95, led by her mother, Michelle Cox. “It’s something that not all parents get to do. Ingram has two older brothers that are Eagle Scouts as well. It has been amazing to watch all of my kids grow,” she said. “The community here was amazing. This project would not have happened without the cemetery committee. When Ingram walked in and said this is what I want to do, they saw her passion and it was easy for them to open up their hearts and we walked out with not one grave plot, but two.”

Michelle Cox also insisted that passion was the key for Ingram’s project. “1 Peter 4:10 says ‘each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others as faithful servants of God’s grace in its various forms.’ I think that really puts your gold award into perspective,” Cox said. “When these girls set out on this journey it is not easy. It’s tough, much more involved. But if it’s not your passion it’s not your project.”

The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can receive and is only open to Senior or Ambassador-level Girls. Recipients are eligible for a number of college scholarships and have the possibility to enter the military one rank higher. In order to receive the award, Girls participate in Journeys or Take Action projects which serve their community with a minimum of 80 hours towards the effort. The sixteen-year-old completed 112 hours from June to November of 2016 and was also recognized with a proclamation by the South Carolina State Board of Funeral Directors. 

“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement, and this exemplifies leadership in all its forms, “said Loretta Graham, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina. Ingram saw a need in the community and took action. Her extraordinary dedication, perseverance, and leadership is making the world a better place.”

Cox has been involved with the Girl Scouts since kindergarten as a Daisy. In addition to the Gold Award, Cox also has received a variety of awards including the Bronze and Silver Awards as well as the Silver and Gold Torch, Safety Award and Troop Top Seller Award for selling 9,300 boxes of cookies. She was also honored with the 2016 Woodmen Life Community Leadership Award for the project. 

In addition to the Girl Scouts, Cox is also involved in many school and religious activities as well. She is a member of Junior Beta Club and National Society of High School Scholars at Scholar’s Academy, participates in the youth choir at First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach and is captain of the Grand Strand Juniors Volleyball Club. She also is involved with Children of the American Revolution and received the CAR 2016 Outstanding Community Service Award. 

By Guest Writer/GSESC Intern Kristen Haberkorn