Girl Scouts in Troop 8976 recently received their Silver Award, the high award Girl Scouts in grades 6-8 can receive.

Girl Scouts in Troop 8976 recently received their Silver Award, the high award Girl Scouts in grades 6-8 can receive.

To earn the award, troop members Alexandria Nelson, Morgan Bjorkman, Sylvia Baumgardner, Mercedes Curtis and Anslee Plasschaert worked on a pair of projects to benefit the community.

The girls raised money for and installed a GaGa ball pit at Richmond Hill Park. Members of the troop also worked with the Geneseo City Council to obtain permission to install the pit.

GaGa Ball pits are octagon or hexagon enclosed areas. While playing the game, the goal is to use a ball to hit at or below an opponents’ knees to eliminate them from the pit. The last one remaining is the winner. The game, which is believed to have originated in Israel, is a variation of dodgeball.

For their second project, the young women hosted a flag ceremony and taught younger Girl Scouts about the importance of the American flag and flag etiquette.

To earn a Silver Award, Girl Scouts must identify a community issue, build a team, develop a project, make a plan and complete at least 50 hours working on the project.