Boy Scout Troop 71 and Cub Scout Pack 27 helped William Jean build this GaGa Arena for his Eagle Scout Project. Courtesy photo
Eagle Scout candidate William Jean got help building a GaGa Arena for his Eagle Scout Project from Boy Scout Troop 71 and Cub Scout Pack 27. Courtesy photo
Eagle Scout candidate William Jean wanted to give older students at Mountain Elementary School something fun to do on their playground, which would also help build physical fitness. Jean has been helping with a group of Cub Scouts from Pack 27 for the past three years and every Friday they play GaGa in the grounds of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
GaGa is described as “a fast-paced, dodgeball-style game played in a fenced-in court (often hexagonal or octagonal) with a single ball and two or more players”. The object of the game is to knock your opponents out by hitting them with the ball. The ball can only be hit with open hands and is in almost constant motion. Players strike, jump and run to avoid being hit and are eliminated when struck on or below the knee. The last remaining player wins the game.
“I thought it would be a great game to bring over to Mountain, which is the school attended by most of the Pack,” Jean said.
Jean raised the funds for the project with the help of Pajarito Masonic Lodge #66 through their waffle breakfast program that helps local non-profit groups raise money and Feb. 4, along with other members of Boy Scout Troop 71 of White Rock, he built his project at the school.
“I can’t thank the Masonic Lodge enough for supporting this project,” Jean said. “I am very grateful to Mountain Elementary School principal Jennifer Guy and her staff and parents, as well as Cub Scout Pack 27, Troop 71, KRSN radio and the many businesses in town that advertised the waffle breakfast”.
He expressed special appreciation to Troop 71 Scoutmaster Ray Flesner and Chris James of the Masonic Lodge who helped him throughout the project and its fundraising.
A senior at Los Alamos High School, Jean is the son of Brian and Monica Jean.