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Appel Farm Goes Gaga Over Gaga!

Appel Farmers love free time so much, they go positively Gaga for it!

Anyone who’s everL1100096 been to Appel Farm Arts Camp can tell you that community and teamwork reign supreme. Appel Farmers jump (literally) at the chance to spend time with their favorite people: each other!

There’s always something happening that will educate, enrich, and engage campers and staff members alike (more on that late. Stay tuned!). But there’s one activity that’s become so engrained as a huge favorite, it’s practically its own camp tradition.

That’s right, I’m talking about the one and only game of Gaga!

A wooden wall, fashioned into a ring shape, houses hours upon hours of jumping and juking as campers compete to be the last one standing in the circle. Whenever free time is scheduled, dust rises from the Gaga pits in thick plumes as a simple volley ball is lobbed back and forth between friends. Since Appel Farm doesn’t tend to focus on competitiveness, you may be wondering what happens once a winner is crowned. Why, everyone jumps back into the pit and starts a new round, of course!

Sound like fun? Ready to get geared up for more Gaga-tacular programming? Summer is right around the corner, so now’s the time to have a look at the official rules of Gaga below and get pumped for another amazing summer in the Gaga pits that’ll be anything but the pits!

The Rules of the Game*

1. Designate one non-player as the referee. The referee is the sole authority during play and is responsible for settling disputes and ensuring fair play.

2. The referee begins play only after all players are standing in the Ga-ga court and have indicated that they are ready to start the game.

3. One player tosses the ball up in the air. Players yell “Ga” on the first bounce and “Ga” again on the second bounce, and the ball is then in play.

4. Players hit the ball with their hands only, and may not carry or throw the ball – it must be punched with open hand or fist.

5. Any player who is touched by the ball either directly or by a rebound off the wall is “out”, then must step out of the pit.

6. If the ball contacts a player or a player’s clothing below the waist, that player is eliminated. If the ball contacts the player above the waist, the player is still in.

7. If the ball goes out of the Ga-ga court, the last player to touch the ball is eliminated.

8. If a player catches the ball before it bounces, the player who had the last contact with the ball is eliminated.

9. Once the player hits the ball, he or she must wait until the ball touches someone else before hitting it again (no double touches).

10. If there are only two players remaining, a player may hit the ball up to 3 times in a row. The ball is “rejuvenated” by contact with the wall, and the hit count resets.

11. Some Ga-Ga games are designed to be team efforts, although the sport is traditionally a one-against-all competition. Teaming, or intentional passing of the ball to other players, is allowed only at the discretion of the referee and must be specified in advance of play.

* Credit to Connecticut Camp Guys (

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