For those who have attended summer camps of any kind, there is a good chance they have played, or at least heard of, the game “Ga-ga.” The game is a variation of dodge ball where those playing must bend forward and hit the ball with both of their hands towards the player they are trying to eliminate.
Those in Adel who have played and love the game, as well as those who are interested in giving it a try, need go no further than Kinnick-Feller Park. Boy Scout Troop 152, from Adel, spent their morning building a new Ga-ga pit in the park, near Oakdale Cemetery.
“I came up with the idea and then talked to Nick (Schenck, Adel Parks and Recreation Director) about the location, size and that stuff,” said Mitchell Ireland, Eagle Scout candidate from Troop 152.
Schenck thought that the nearby amenities made the spot they chose the best for the pit.
“It’s nice area close to picnic spots here. It’s got grills, it’s got shade right here,” Schenck said. “We did look at other locations, such as Evans Park. Evans Park is getting pretty busy. We’ve got a lot of stuff going on there.
“The proximity to the ball fields, too, had something to do with it. A lot of kids come over here while their siblings are playing ball and stuff, so this is another amenity they can use while siblings are playing ball over there.”
Ireland, 17, has been with Troop 152 since he was 12. The construction of the Ga-ga pit was his final project before possibly becoming an Eagle Scout, pending a board review.
He said that they had options when choosing their pit style. They decided to go with an octagon, as opposed to a hexagon and it is 20 feet across.
Ireland supervised the project and helped the kids in Troop 152 go through each step as they added three layers of wood for the wall.
“It’s been really good,” Ireland said. “Everybody’s been working pretty well.”
He went on to say that this was something he wanted in Kinnick-Feller Park in Adel after having played it at camps growing up.
“I know a lot of my friends, not just Scout Camp, but Church Camps and everyone’s talked about it, so it’s like a more popular game in the past couple of years,” Ireland said. “And I just wanted to bring something new to this park since Evans (Park) has been getting all of the updates recently.”
Schenck said that he was glad they thought of them when deciding where to build the pit and that it will be a nice addition to Kinnick-Feller Park.
“It’s becoming more and more popular,” Schenck said about Ga-ga. “It started out at church camps and summer camps, but you’re seeing it go to schools a lot and other cities around the Midwest.”