Wait, Ga-Ga Ball wasn’t invented in Israel?

The popular story you’ve probably heard about favorite summer camp activity Ga-Ga Ball is that it was invented in Israel and brought over to the U.S. by some Israeli nationals who introduced it to their campers at various Jewish camps around the country.

It turns out that story – particularly the angle about it being popularized by Israeli Defense Forces – is nothing more than a myth.

This, according to Caroline Fasulo from the Gaga Center in New York City in a fascinating article about the sport in Tablet Magazine, which traces ga-ga’s origins back to a now defunct summer camp in the Adirondacks called Camp Idylwold where it was originally called Crosleyball after the man who may have invented it in the 1950s.

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Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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