Photo by Joe Boyle
Katie Hogan, 18, provides some direction to volunteers who were going to build a gaga pit Saturday at Kennelly Park in Worth. Hogan was working on this project to earn the title of Eagle Scout. She would become the first female Eagle Scout from Worth.
By Joe Boyle
Katie Hogan was intent on completing her Eagle Scout project in Worth on Saturday.
And in the process, she was going to make some history as well.
Hogan, 18, has been discussing and organizing a project to complete a gaga pit, an increasing popular game for youths but all ages can participate. Her project goal entailed organizing and directing a staff of volunteers to finish the project that began Saturday morning and was completed later that afternoon.
With the completion of the project, Hogan was nearing the specifications to become an Eagle Scout. She would have the distinction and honor of becoming the first female Eagle Scout in the history of Worth.
"I've thought about this for a long time," said Hogan, who attended Worth Elementary School and Worth Junior High School. "I just thought this would be a great project to do and everyone can have so much fun on this when it is done."
Volunteers worked on the project throughout the day at Kennelly Park, which is just located on the north side of the Terrace Centre, 11500 S. Beloit Ave., Worth.
"I've thought about this since 2017 and this game can be for kids ages 5 through adults," said Hogan, who also attended Shepard High School.
Hogan was inspired to go into scouting through her brother. It was on Feb. 1, 2019 that she decided to put in the effort on the gaga pit project.
"I decided I wanted to be part of the leadership team," Hogan said. "I have always enjoyed scouting and I decided that this is something I want to do."
Deb Skopec is an assistant scoutmaster for the boys in Worth. She encouraged Hogan to take on a leadership role. Skopec said that Hogan has passion and brings high energy to her scouting duties.
"She has really worked hard on this," Skopec said.
Hogan, who is currently a freshman at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., said that while preparing for this event she became thankful for all the support.
"We have contacted a lot of businesses and we have received a lot of donations," Hogan said. "I am thankful to all the local businesses in the area that have provided donations."
Hogan had been aware of gaga for some time. Gaga is a fast paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit. Dubbed a kinder gentler version of dodge ball, the game is played with a soft foam ball, and combines the skills of dodging, striking, running and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ball below the knees.
Volunteers and Hogan were out early Saturday morning putting together the gaga pit. Hogan enjoys the game as well and believes it will be welcome in Worth.
While completing this project, Hogan has been a leader at the Owasippe Scout Reservation in Twin Lake, Mich. Owasippe Scout Reservation is owned and operated by the Pathway to Adventure Council, BSA. Since 1911, Owasippe has provided a summer camping experience, making it the oldest continuously operating Scout camp in the nation.
That is a lot of history. Now Hogan wants to make some history of her own.
"It is a great honor but this is what I wanted to do," Hogan said. "I want to be a leader."