Local Church Gaga Over GaGa Ball Pit
Brenden Bayes (front, center), member of Troop 57 Garland, completed his Eagle Scout Project at First Baptist Murphy with the help of 21 student volunteers and adult volunteers.
Brenden Bayes is a senior at North Garland High School. As his Eagle Scout project he chose to build a GaGa Ball pit at First Baptist Murphy (FBM). Bayes, along with 21 student volunteers comprised of friends from school and members of his Boy Scout Troop 57 Garland, worked with adult volunteers to build the pit behind FBM. Bayes said he began planning the project Sept. 30. The project was approved Oct. 2. They cut and drilled the boards Oct. 19 and assembled it at FBM Oct. 20.
Over the years, Bayes has helped other scouts with ten Eagle Scout projects. He said he has been surprised by how willing people are to help with and donate to an Eagle Scout project. He received donations from Home Depot.
Lisa Salinas, Children’s Director at First Baptist Murphy said, “I think GaGa Ball is a great addition to our recreational area to offer another place for kids to gather and build relationships with friends and kids from our community. We have schools right next door and special events where we can encourage kids to be outside and play together.”
Salinas voiced appreciation, “I was super excited when I had this discussion with Brenden at church several months ago, expressing that we wanted a GaGa Ball pit and he expressed how he would like to build one for his Eagle Scout project. We met a couple of times to go over ideas, and then Brenden set the plan in motion this fall and got the project approved. I would like to thank Brenden for his wonderful leadership on this project. He did a fantastic job along with his Boy Scout Troop 57. I would also like to thank the parents and leaders of Troop 57 along with local stores and community workers who donated time, money, and building materials needed for this project. We are overjoyed about our new GaGa Ball pit. It was exciting to see children and parents from our church and community playing GaGa Ball during our annual Fall Fest event and children on Sunday morning during play time. We look forward to many fun games of GaGa Ball.”
“GaGa actually translates from Hebrew as "touch-touch" and is a variation on dodgeball. To some it is known as Israeli Dodgeball, Octo-Ball, or Panda Ball. It is commonly believed that the game was brought to the US Jewish summer camps by Israeli camp counselors.” (gagaballpit.com)