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An Instant Camp Classic

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Hey, Camp Fans! 

More than just a good chunk of a baby’s lexicon, Gaga is a game whose popularity has boomed at summer camp for the last forty or fifty years. Some know it better as Gaga Ball or Gaga Pit, but for simplicity’s sake, I’ll just call it Gaga. Essentially a friendlier, milder version of Dodgeball, Gaga is chockfull of rules that are typically different based on where you play and who you play it with.  

Gaga is played in an enclosed area referred to as the “gaga pit.” A lightweight ball is bounced in the center and campers give the ball a one-handed push to try and hit other players below the knees. The object of the game: be the last person standing. 

It’s no surprise that the popularity of this game has skyrocketed specifically at summer camp. After all, it’s very universal and aligns well with basic principles of summer camp. 

Anyone and Everyone
Unlike just about any other sport, Gaga does not necessitate skills in strength, speed, or hand-eye coordination. Children and adults alike are welcome to play—even against each other. The small playing boundaries combined with the soft ball and short span of gameplay make it easy for everyone to participate. 

Kind Competition
It’s healthy for kid’s to embrace their competitive nature a little. Gaga isn’t about athletic skill so much as it is about having fun which gives campers incentive enough to win, but doesn’t pit ability against ability which can lead to poor self-image. 

Cabin leaders are watching and playing so they can always give a just ruling on fair play and sportsmanship in the game. Players who have been temporarily sidelined start to watch out for fair play as well, helping encourage everyone to play according to the rules and treat your fellow players with respect. 

Enjoy the entertaining game of Gaga at summer camp where the score is always fun to fun! If your kid returns from camp, unable to stop talking about this crazy game called Gaga, now you know why! Enjoy the summer fun and, as always, thanks for reading! 


- John


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