Zachary Rhodes

Zachary Rhodes of Shippensburg recently completed his Eagle Scout Project, a ga-ga pit located at Southampton (Cumberland) Township Park. The project was completed thanks in part to Zach, his fellow troop members, help from his father, Mike Rhodes, and community businesses who donated the materials needed to build the pit.



Zachary Rhodes has participated in Scouts since he was in the 5th grade, starting as a Webelo Scout with Troop 120 in Shippensburg. Fast forward several years, and Zachary has advanced to the ultimate honor in Scouting, earning his Eagle Scout Badge.

To achieve this feat, Zachary designed and created a ga-ga pit at Southampton (Cumberland) Township Park. Ga-ga (Hebrew, meaning ‘touch-touch’) is a variant of dodge ball that is played in a ga-ga “pit.” The game combines dodging, striking, running and jumping, with the objective of being the last person standing. Players hit the ball at each other with their hands, and are eliminated if the ball strikes them on or below the waist (or occasionally the knee). The game can be played by a group of individual players, or with teams, as well as one-on-one matches. Rules, ball types, pit surfaces and pit sizes can vary from venue to venue.

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