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Eagle Scout Gifts a Gaga Ball Pit to Montgomery Veteran’s Park

Posted June 8, 2023

A new gaga ball pit was presented to Montgomery Township Parks and Recreation from Jai Narula, junior assistant scoutmaster of Troop 850 Boy Scouts, on Thursday May 18.

From left: Mayor Devra Keenan, Kanwar Narula, Deputy Mayor Neena Singh, John Groeger of Montgomery Recreation, Eagle Scout Jai Narula, Troop 850 Scoutmaster Prashant Mascarenhas, and MJ Narula at the newly installed gaga pit at Montgomery’s Veteran’s Park.

Narula built the gaga ball pit as his Eagle project—a culmination of over 100 hours of planning and execution. To attain the Eagle rank, a scout must earn at least 21 merit badges, fulfill leadership roles, display outdoor skills, demonstrate by example the Scout Oath and Law, and complete a comprehensive service project in the community.

Mayor Devra Keenan and Deputy Mayor Neena Singh cut the ribbon and gave some opening remarks, followed by Mike Maloney of the Montgomery Veterans Association, John Groeger of Montgomery Recreation, and Scoutmaster Prashant Mascarenhas.

When asked what inspired him to build the gaga ball pit, Narula said, “During COVID we were all stuck inside so much, that I really wanted to provide a way to bring the community together and get kids outside more. Whenever I have gone to Boy Scout camp, everyone really loved playing gaga ball and looked forward to it. It’s a great way to get fresh air and get exercise.”

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Mike Maloney then presented Jai with a Key to Montgomery and thanked him for his service to the community as a Boy Scout for more than a decade, and for placing the gaga ball pit in Veteran’s Park, specifically where he hopes it will draw more visitors to the Veteran’s Memorial and 9-11 Memorial.

Narula is a senior at Montgomery High School and will be attending The College of New Jersey’s School of Engineering in the fall.


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