When my daughter, Tara was younger she would spend a week or two at the Path of Life camp in Port Crane. There were so many things that she enjoyed at the camp including horseback riding, driving an ATV, and getting a chance to shoot a gun.

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But without a doubt, her absolute favorite activity at the camp was to play gaga ball. Gaga ball, what's that? In a nutshell, gaga ball is dodgeball in an octagonal pit. The ball is softer and you have to hit below the knee.

Path of Life was the only place that I heard about this game until now. Middle school students Sophia Juriga and Francesca (Frannie) Vallone of Girl Scout Troop 30524 in Vestal.

Gaga Ball Pit Built By Vestal Girl Scout Members

Sophia and Frannie are part of the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways Council and they are building and dedicating a gaga ball pit at the GSNYPENN Service Center in Maine. The girls are doing this project as a part of their Girl Scout Silver Award.

The girls had to look around their neighborhood and/or school and come up with a project to make their community better. The project requires. 50 hours of work per Girl Scout. The Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette (grades 6-8) can earn.

Their goal is to provide a place for local kids, teens, and other Girl Scouts with more chances to be active and improve their physical and mental well-being. I think they've done it with the help of their Project guides Sandra Juriga and Jenn Vallone.

They raised around $1,000 and have completed their work and now it's time to see what these amazing young ladies have done. They are having a grand opening at the GSNYPENN office in Maine on Wednesday, July 20th at 6 p.m.

The office is located at 2626 State Route 26 and the community is invited to attend. Congratulations to Sophia and Frannie on a job very well done.

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