Magnus Smith, eldest Son of Owen and Beth Smith is on his way to the honor of being an Eagle Scout. Magnus, a 17 year-old Senior at Byron Center High School who, with help from his troop and others, recently completed a full renovation of the parish’s playground adding a “ga-ga pit.”
Ga Ga is known as a nicer and more friendly version of dodgeball and is played in an octagonal pit or space. The pits can include soft surfaces or be set-up in a parking-lot or gym. There can be any number of players.
A new slide was installed to the playground and the structure was painted bright colors to encourage welcome. The playground is located so that people know Holy Trinity is a welcoming church, especially for kids (and those who are kids at heart).
As part of the requirements to become an Eagle Scout, Magnus was “in-charge” of the project down to the last detail, including raising funds, purchase of supplies and assigning tasks.
After the final paperwork and interviews, Magnus will have completed all the challenges toward becoming an Eagle Scout. Eagle Scouts were first recognized in 1911 and have included Gerald Ford, Neil Armstrong and more recently Stephen Spielberg and Michael Bloomberg.
When not involved in Scouting, Magnus is a member of the marching band where he plays the sousaphone; is interested in technology and is an active teen with many friends.
Thank you Magnus, and our thanks to all the Scouts and Adult leaders who assisted on this worthwhile project.
This is Magnus, and I am working toward my Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts. One of the requirements that I need to complete is to plan and carry out a service project, and I have chosen to do so at Holy Trinity. I will be refurbishing the playground equipment and constructing a gaga pit for kids to play in (for more information about gaga ball, please visit this website: https://www.gagacenter.com/nyc/about/what-is-gaga/). In order to get started, I need to raise $800, which will go into everything from lumber and screws to food for the volunteers. For more information regarding my project, please see my Eagle Scout proposal, attached below. All donations should be made out to Holy Trinity, and the subject should read “for Magnus’s Eagle Project”. Thank you for your support, and I can’t wait to get started on my project!
DEADLINE: AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO GET STARTED RIGHT AWAY
CHECKS MADE OUT TO: HOLY TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH WITH EAGLE PROJECT IN MEMO LINE
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