Local Girl Scouts win top award for school service project

Girl Scouts with Troop 56753 built a portable gaga ball pit for Transfiguration Catholic School, winning the highest award for Junior level scouts. Gaga ball is a game similar to dodgeball. (photos courtesy of Gwen Rossini)

Girl Scout Troop 56753 earned the Bronze Award for building a gaga ball pit at Transfiguration Catholic Church and School in Oakdale. 

After researching, presenting the idea to the school and putting in some elbow grease, the dodgeball-like game can now be enjoyed by students. 

The portable pit can be used both indoors and out — both for summer activities and when classes begin in early September. Unpredictable Minnesota weather was the motivating factor behind the pit’s mobility, which the scouts say is perfect for indoor recess.

The Bronze Award is the highest honor for scouts at the Junior level and is the third-highest award in Girl Scouts. Troop leader Gwen Rossini says to qualify for the award, the project must serve a need in the community and have a lasting impact.

The sixth-grade girls tossed around several ideas but landed on the gaga ball pit after enjoying the game at their yearly Girl Scout camp. With funding from cookie sales and help from Thrivent Financial, the girls installed the pit in mid-August. 

Troop members hail from Oakdale, Lake Elmo, Maplewood and Woodbury, and attend Transfiguration Catholic School. 


—Amy Felegy

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