Ga-ga Ball, or simply ga-ga, is a sport that has been growing in popularity in recent years. Young people in various places around the world play this dodgeball variant in an octagonal pit.
Many Scouts who attended the 2013 National Scout Jamboree are familiar it, as well. The Bryan on Scouting blog covered it in an article back in 2013.
Eagle Scout candidate Brady H. is a ga-ga enthusiast, and, for his Eagle Scout project, he wanted to find a way to share his love of the sport with other children in his community.
“Wherever I see a ga-ga ball pit, they’re always flooded with kids,” Brady said. “I thought it would be good to have one at a park in Pickerington. My vision was to provide a free, fun activity for all ages.”
The Pickerington Times-Sun shared the story of how Brady reached out to his local Parks and Recreation Department to see about building one for a park in his town.
“I’d never heard of a ga-ga ball pit before, but he was able to provide information about why this would be a great addition to our park,” said Pickerington Parks and Recreation Director Rebecca Medinger.
“It is popular at the schools currently so we thought why not have one at a park also,” she added.
After fundraising and collecting donations of lumber and other supplies, Brady and a team of Scouts and other volunteers installed the ga-ga pit. The total Eagle project took approximately 300 hours to plan, organize, and execute.
“It gives the community another way to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends in a unique way,” Medinger said.
To learn more about Brady’s Eagle Scout project, be sure to read the full article in the Pickerington Times-Sun.
To learn more about the positive impact that Scouting can have on young people like Brady, be sure to check out this article on the recent Tufts study, and watch this video: