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Scouts go ga-ga for the Israeli version of dodgeball

Here’s one for the “unexpected jamboree moments” file.

Yesterday, I happened upon the scene shown in these photos. As the attached sign informed me, it’s ga-ga, an Israeli version of dodgeball played in an octagonal pen.

Participants try to hit other competitors below the knee with a large rubber ball. If you’re hit, you’re out; last ga-ga player standing wins.

This is what I love about jamborees. You hear all about rock climbing, zip-lining, and skateboarding going in, but nobody mentions ga-ga. It’s just another jamboree surprise awaiting Scouts and Venturers around each turn.

I’ll bet most of the Scouts in the octagon yesterday didn’t intend to come over and play ga-ga, but now just try to keep them away.

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10 thoughts on “Scouts go ga-ga for the Israeli version of dodgeball

  1. We have a Ga Ga pit at our camp Joseph A Citta Scout Reservation at Brookville…America’s favorite scout camp!

  2. In Cub Scouts, I taught ga-ga ball to my den to learn a game from another culture. Its been around for over 50 years. And fortunately it has nothing to do with Lady Gaga.

  3. I couldn’t get my son OUT of the Ga Ga pit at Resica Falls Scout Reservation. It was the most popular place to hang out after meals in camp.

  4. Sounds like a fun game for all ages, and the rules (which are readily available on the internet) are simple to understand.

  5. That’s awesome! I wish i could have gone this year, stupid work schedule, I’m an eagle scout and i have personally spent some time in Israel but never met any scouts, sadly.

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