Shoafim “It’s a Good Life Chug” Applications!

It begins again!  Rosh Shoafim Emma N. & I had a blast today reviewing the “It’s a Good Life” chug applications from the funny & creative kids in adat ha-Shoafim!

The “It’s a Good Life” chug is a long-standing Ramah tradition, going back to the mid-nineties when it was begun by Mike Pletman.  This is a special chug that we run only for the kids in adat ha-Shoafim.  To enter the chug, kids must submit a twenty-two-and-a-half word essay (not a quarter word longer or shorter!) on a creative canvas of their choice (paper is not allowed), explaining why they want to join the chug.  Once they’re in, we do all sorts of silly things at random times (not during the regular chug p’rakim).  This chug is one of the ways that we try to make Shoafim — the oldest edah on Tzad Aleph — a special and unique experience for the kids!!

As always, I was blown away by how funny and creative this year’s entries were.  My favorite was from Sophie B., who submitted a series of polaroids (pictured above) of words spelled out in cards, in which she made her (very funny) case for why she had the perfect qualities to be a member of the chug.  We certainly agreed!

We look forward to lots of fun and silliness with this great group of chanichim (campers) in the coming weeks!!