In 2011, we began the process of refurbishing one of the old youth dormitories located above the cafeteria at 1605 Grand River Dr. into a game room. Sound-proofing material on the walls and new carpet were added to improve the acoustics in the game room. Numerous donations of game tables (pool, table tennis, foosball, air hockey), board games, card games, and other activities, as well as furniture, were received to finish off the game room.
During camp the game room is open to everyone, and the hours of operation are posted on the door. We welcome you to come and join us for a time of fun and recreation for your entire family.
Holley Memorial Cottage
For many years, the Board of Directors of Eaton Rapids Camp Meeting had dreamed of having a place on the camp grounds, that could serve as a museum honoring our 125+ year history, a library, with a collection of quality Christian Books, and a hospitality house, where individuals visiting the grounds for the day can relax. In 2010, the Association was given ownership of the former DeYoung Cottage, located at 709 N. Tabernacle Dr. The Board has designated this cottage to fulfill those purposes. Further, in honor of Larry Holley, his dedication to the camp, and his love of history, the Museum/Hospitality House was officially named The Holley Memorial Cottage.
The exterior of this cottage has been refurbished with vinyl siding and a steel roof, and the cottage has been appropriately furnished. Whether you are dropping by to peruse the antiques and collectibles, to sit a spell and lose yourself in a book, or to enjoy some refreshment and relax until the next service or activity, we welcome you to stop by.
The hours of operation are posted just outside. We would like to invite you to stop by Holley Memorial Cottage throughout camp. You are always welcome here! This building also serves as the “Welcome Center” for the camp.
There are a number of recreational activities available on the camp grounds for participants and families to enjoy. There are planned daily activities for all ages.
There is a recreational field located at the back of the camp grounds behind the cafeteria, where there are basketball and volleyball courts available for use.
The game room located above the cafeteria at 1605 Grand River Dr. behind the Grace Hotel is open to the public during recreational times (see the hours of operation posted on the door).
In 2014, two Octa-ball courts were added on the campgrounds, one located near the Hart/Topliff Pavilion (608 Outer Dr.) in the camping area, the other near the Youth Dorms (1700 Epworth Dr.).
A new play area is also available for young children up in the camping area near the Hart-Topliff Pavilion. We only ask that children using this play equipment are supervised by a responsible adult. A new basketball court was added at the play area to make supervision of children more convenient.
A play area was established in the camping area near the Hart-Topliff Pavilion (608 Outer Dr.) in the camping area. This child’s play equipment is available for all children to use, supervised by a parent or guardian.
A fun addition to activities available this year are our Octa-Ball Courts. One is located in the camping area adjacent to the Hart-Topliff Pavilion (608 Outer Dr.). A second Octa-Ball pit is located adjacent to the Youth Dorms (1700 Epworth Dr.) for our youth to use during recreation and free times. If you have never played before, it is a BLAST! Anyone of any age can join in any game. The rules of the game are as follows:
Octaball (“Ga-Ga” Ball)
Ga-Ga Ball is a game of honor. Players are responsible for officiating themselves and playing with honesty, integrity, and respect. It is believed that the game’s roots originated in Israel. The word “Ga” means “Hit”, so Ga-Ga means Hit-Hit.
Game Play Rules:
1. All players start with one hand touching a wall of the pit.
2. The game begins with a player throwing the ball into the center of the pit.
3. When the ball enters the pit, the players all scream “Ga” for the first two bounces, and “Go” after the third bounce (Ga-Ga-Go), after which the ball is in action.
4. Once the ball is in play, any player can hit the ball with an open or closed hand. Players may not carry, throw, or kick the ball – it must be punched with an open hand fist.
5. If a ball touches a player below the knee (even if a player hits himself/herself), he or she is out, and leaves the pit. If a player is hit above the knees, the player continues.
6. Any time the ball goes out of the pit, the last person that the ball touched is out. Using the walls of the octagon to aid in jumping is legal as long as the player does not permanently sit on the ledge of the octagon.
7. Players cannot hold the ball.
8. Once the player hits the ball, he or she must wait until the ball touches someone else before hitting it again (no double-touches).
9. The last player standing is the winner of the round.
Game variations need to be decided prior to the game beginning. Players can add variations to the game – such as using more than one ball, playing in teams, expanding the hit area to be above the knee, catching the ball eliminates the player who hit it, and any other variation the participants can come up with. Another variation is to play rotation instead of elimination. This is done by allowing a certain number of players in the pit, and forming a line for the rest that want to play. Then, as one person gets out, the next person in line goes into the game.
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Eaton Rapids, MI 48827-0074