Summer Camps 2018

*Early Bird Discount Expires 28th February 2018. Applications can be made on our online application page.

Summer camps with Habonim Dror = fantastic memories and so much more!

Here at Habo Dror, we are proud to run the greatest Jewish Summer Camp in the UK! Recommended by 97% of past participants – there’s a reason why everyone says that a Habo summer is the best summer! Fun, friends and so much more.

We have been around for almost 90 years and we still strive to make each of our summer camps bigger and better than the last.

Murder Mysteries, Habolympics, an engaging theme and, of course the classic tiyul (hike) experience make a Habo Machaneh a must-do activity for every Jewish child.


Our summer camps combine time on mainsite with a tiyulim (hikes) in the beautiful countryside in groups of 10-12 people (kvutsot). Weather permitting, and dependent on the age group, these traditionally last between one and four nights. This creates the perfect opportunity to make new friends and have a unique camp experience, sleeping under canvas, cooking your own food and having a real adventure.

Once at mainsite the fun continues on our secure sites. You will have the summer of a lifetime with Habonim Dror and that is why everybody just keeps coming back for more!  

For full information see last year’s brochure below.  If you would like a copy of the 2018 brochure which will be out in the new year, simply email  with your name and postal address.

 Dates and prices for Summer Machaneh 2018 are:

  • Efrochim(currently in Years 5&6, P5 & P6): 7th – 14th August    Early Bird  £725    Full price £875
  • Ofarim (currently in Year 7, P7): 5th – 14th August   Early bird £1025   Full price £1125
  • Nemerim(currently in Year 8, S1): 31st July – 14th August  Early bird £1195    Full price £1295
  • Rishonim (currently in Year 9, S2): 31st July – 14th August  Early bird £1195   Full price £1295
  • Sayarim (currently in Year 10, S3): 31st July – 14th August   Early bird £1345   Full price £1395

Fully Subscribed Camps

Please note that the following 2018 Summer Camps are currently fully subscribed:

  • Rishonim – Year 9 (S2)

We operate a waiting list to take account of any cancellations – you can find further details or place your child’s name on our waiting list here.

What is Machaneh?

Machaneh (summer camp) is the highlight of the year for our chanichim and madrichim; a place where life-long memories and friends are made, endless hours of fun are had, and magical Habo nights are spent singing around the campfire.

Alongside all of this, on Machaneh we endeavour to take our Chanichim on an experiential educational process using innovative techniques and methods of informal education to give chanichim (participants) their own space to learn and explore things in their own way.

Our experiential methods of educating our youth include: group discussions and sichot (conversations), skits and role-plays, interactive and immersive activities, games and many other stimulating and thought-provoking activities which have all been carefully created by our own madrichim in the run up to Machaneh.

We run a unique camp-wide Shabbat service, which allows for chanichim (participants) across all shichvot (year groups) to feel connected to Judaism, to each other and to the movement as a whole.

At Habonim Dror we work hard to create a unique inclusive atmosphere that makes our Machaneh (summer camp) a home away from home for every child. We work especially hard to ensure any first-time campers are made to feel welcome and integrated into their groups.


On arrival at camp, chanichim will be split into smaller kvutzot (tiyul groups) of around 10-12 girls and boys, accompanied by 3-4 madrichim (leaders). These groups will be mixed, allowing chanichim to bond with new people, as well as rekindling old friendships. The kvutsot remain their ‘camp families’ for the duration of Machaneh.

With the exception of Efrochim, who go on a one night tiyul midway through camp, all chanichim begin their Machaneh experience with several days’ tiyul (hiking) through the countryside.
In their kvutzot, the chanichim travel on foot from one campsite to the next, breaking throughout the day for activities or relaxation. They will enjoy lunch in the local villages or the beach.
During this time, they get the opportunity to participate in varied outdoor activities, visiting funfairs and spending time on the beach. Tiyul is weather-dependent.

Under the Stars
During tiyul, the chanichim sleep in tents, enjoy barbecues and traditional Habonim Dror campfire singalongs.
Tiyul is truly the most unique of all Habonim experiences… Years later, people still talk about tiyul as their favourite Habo memory.
In the unfortunate event of Tiyul being rained off, chanichim will return to the safety and warmth of Megasite where the madrichim endeavour to recreate the Tiyul atmosphere.

After a fun-filled adventure on Tiyul, the chanichim in Years 5-9 are welcomed onto the Habonim Dror Megasite in South Wales. This is a purpose-built, secure 100 acre site in the Welsh countryside which has a small farm and a river running through it. Sleeping accommodation is split between small cabins and larger dorms. There is a 10,000 sq ft hall, alongside a number of other activity rooms for when the Welsh weather is being less kind to us.

What happens at Megasite?
Megasite houses four of our summer camps for ages 9 – 14. This enables the chanichim to be part of a huge Habo Machaneh experience whilst also engaging in separate activities with their peers tailored specifically for their particular age group.

Habo summer camps always involve large-scale fun activities such as a Colour Wars, Murder Mystery, Habolympics and camp fires. Chanichim also have fun whilst learning about Habonim Dror, Israel and their Jewish identity and values.

Informal education is at the forefront of everything we do as a youth movement. Our carefully planned tochnit (theme) develops a positive and rich Jewish identity in our chanichim, which enables them to understand and appreciate our Jewish heritage and culture. Each year we have a specific tochnit that is the main focus of our peulot (activities). The last couple of years have seen themes such as ‘rebellion’ and ‘identity’. This year’s will be ‘freedom’, where we will explore such concepts as freedom of speech, societal and religious constraints and modern day slavery. This theme will be tackled in different age-appropriate ways throughout camp.
Each day the girls and boys take part in creative sessions run by the madrichim who have undergone extensive leadership training and spent considerable time preparing the activities.

Come and experience the greatest summer of your life with Habonim Dror! 

Efrochim - Yr 5 & 6

Date: 7th – 14th August 2018
School Year:  For those currently in Years 5 & 6 (P5 & P6)
Early Bird: £725 (until 28/02/18)
Full price: £875
Suggested Kuppah:  £20
Location:  South Wales

Efrochim provides the first opportunity for chanichim to experience a Habonim Dror Machaneh, with a week-long residential camp.

Having Fun
The Efrochim tochnit (programme) is the perfect introduction to Habo Dror, run by madrichim who have been specially trained. They ensure that the children are well looked after and that they get the most out of their first Machaneh experience, whilst also having their first taste of Habonim Dror’s creative and fun way of learning.

Lifelong Friendships
Coming together with chanichim from across the country, the girls and boys will be able to build new friendships, in our warm and inclusive atmosphere, that will last for many years to come.

Mid-way through camp, the chanichim go off on an overnight hike with their madrichim where they will camp under canvas.

“Its unique, fun, memorable and you will do things you will love and cherish for life”

Places are limited.  Please book and pay your deposit as soon as possible to secure your place.  

Ofarim - Yr 7

Date:  5th – 14th August 2018
School Year:  For those currently in Year 7 (P7)
Early Bird: £1025 (until 28/02/18)
Full price:  £1,125
Suggested Kupah:  £25
Location:  South Wales

During this ten day residential camp, chanichim (participants) will be eased into the unique culture of a Habo Dror Machaneh, whilst being immersed in a fun and stimulating tochnit (educational programme) and meeting up with old friends and new.

Machaneh begins with the chanichim being split into smaller kvutsot of around 10 children for tiyul, accompanied by at least three fully trained madrichim.
Hiking through the stunning Welsh countryside for three days, being introduced to the famous Habo ruach (spirit) and singing around the campfire makes for a fun-filled and adventurous introduction to camp..

Back at Megasite, the chanichim will be introduced to the camp’s creative tochnit as well as experiencing some of the traditional peulot (activities), including the legendary Murder Mystery and Colour Wars games.

“I think you should come on camp because it’s an amazing way to make new friends”

Places are limited.  Please book and pay your deposit as soon as possible to secure your place.  

Nemerim - Yr 8

Date:  31st July – 14th August 2018
School Year:  For those currently in Year 8 (S1)
Early Bird: £1,195 (until 28/02/17)
Full price: £1,295
Suggested kuppah:  £35
Location:  South Wales

This two week long machaneh begins with a four night tiyul around the picturesque Welsh countryside with their newly formed kvutzah.
In groups of around 10, accompanied by at least three fully trained madrichim, the chanichim will have a real Habo adventure – hiking, sleeping under canvas, and singing songs around a campfire with old friends and new. It’s the perfect start to camp.

Back at Megasite, the chanichim will be introduced to the camp’s creative tochnit (program) as well as experiencing some of the well-loved fun peulot (activities), including the legendary Murder Mystery and Colour Wars.

“This was my first camp and I didn’t know what to expect – but I had the best two weeks and made loads of friends.”

Places are limited. Please book and pay your deposit as soon as possible to secure your place.  

Rishonim - Yr 9

Date:  31st July – 14th August 2018
School Year:  For those currently in Year 9 (S2)
Early Bird: £1,195 (until 28/02/18)
Full Price: £1,295
Suggested Kuppah: £35
Location:  South Wales

Chanichim will start their final UK-based Machaneh with a four night tiyul around the picturesque Welsh countryside with their kvutzah.
In groups of 10-12, accompanied by at least three fully trained madrichim, the chanichim will have a real Habo adventure – hiking, sleeping under canvas, and singing songs around a campfire with old friends and new. It’s the perfect start to camp.

Back at Megasite, the chanichim will be introduced to the camp’s creative tochnit as well as experiencing some of the traditional peulot (activities), including the legendary Murder Mystery and Colour Wars.

“I especially loved my madrichim who made the experience so amazing.”

Places are limited.  Please book and pay your deposit as soon as possible to secure your place

Sayarim - Yr 10

Date:  31st July – 14th August 2018
School year:  For those currently in Year 10 (S3)
Early bird: £1,345 (until 28/02/18)
Full price: £1,395
Suggested kuppah:  £35
Location:  Netherlands

Described by a leading Jewish educator as “the premier Holocaust seminar for teens in Europe”, Sayarim offers chanichim the experience of a lifetime before next year’s Israel Tour. This is a well-renowned camp across the generations and always one of the most popular – a real highlight of chanichims’ Habo journey.

Learning about the Holocaust
Based in Holland, chanichim will begin their journey in learning about the Holocaust and its place in Jewish history – in what promises to be an unforgettable and meaningful experience. The tochnit (educational programme) helps chanichim of all educational backgrounds to engage in discussions with one another about the Holocaust and how it affects us today.

As learning about the Holocaust can be very intense, we recognise the need to maintain a balance for the chanichim on Sayarim. We therefore ensure that each day includes lots of fun, traditional Habonim Dror peulot (activities) including the legendary HDUK Murder Mystery, Habolympics and Colour Wars. Chanichim will also be treated to a day out at one of the biggest theme parks in Europe.

The great outdoors
We take advantage of the Dutch sunshine and run as many activities as possible in the beautiful fields of our long-standing site. As with the other Machanot, Sayarim begins with a four night expedition on tiyul exploring the Dutch countryside and enjoying the usual campfire ruach.

“It’s the experience of a lifetime and the perfect place to be yourself.”

Places are limited, please book and pay your deposit as soon as possible to secure your place.  

Israel Tour - Yr 11

For full information about our month long Israel Tour please click here.

Participant Feedback

When asked “Would you like to come to Habo summer camp again”, 97% answered YES.






“Camp is like nothing I have ever done before”

“It is an enriching experience with new friends and fun every day”

“It was exciting to stay away from home”

“You will love Tiyul”

“You will have a great time and make new friends whilst forming your own opinions and becoming more educated on interesting topics.”

“Everyone was really nice and the activities were so much fun. The madrichim were really approachable and kind.”

“It was a good mixture of fun and education.”

“It’s an amazing experience that changes your life you make awesome friends and have loads of fun.”

“I could just be myself.”

Parent Feedback

“Massive thank you to all the Madrichim for making camp such a blast for my son. He does not know where to start. So much fun and so much to tell. We really appreciate all your hard work and dedication in making those Habo lasting memories. Hope you get some well earned rest. See you next year!”






“Massive thank you for all the behind the scene organising that went into another successful year of Habo camp. My son and daughter just had the best time on Nemerim & Rishonim. We are incredibly lucky that Habo provides the opportunity for our kids to have an incredible experience, creating special memories (and friendships) that’ll last them a lifetime.”

“I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and all the leaders for the organisation and structure of Sayarim. My two had a fantastic time and have not yet stopped talking about it. The Madrichim clearly worked so hard to make this a memorable experience for the Chanichim.”

“I just wanted to thank everyone who was involved in summer camp. My son had a wonderful time and he has so many stories
to tell and amazing memories that will stay with him.”

“A huge thank you to all the fantastic leaders for looking after our children and making Holland a place full of amazing memories
for them.”

“A special thank you to the welfare officer whose incredible support and thoughtfulness enabled my son to overcome his initial home
sickness…please can you pass on my thanks from a very grateful mum for looking after “her baby” so well!”

“Thank you so much for the wonderful time my 10 year old had on Efrochim camp I know how much hard work is involved so thank you to you all. Here’s to next year!”

Fees, Bursaries & Other

A non-refundable deposit is required to secure your child’s place on summer camp 2017. Places cannot be reserved without a deposit.






Early Bird Offer
The discounted rate is valid until Tuesday 28th February 2017. Applications and deposits received after this date will be charged at the full price.

Sibling Discount
10% discount can be given on your younger children’s places if you have more than one child attending summer camps. Please request this discount on your application form if relevant.

All fees due must be paid in full by Friday 28th April 2017. Habonim Dror reserves the right to impose a surcharge in the event of circumstances beyond the control of Habonim Dror.

All camp prices as stated throughout this brochure constitute a fully inclusive camp package – including insurance and arranged travel from Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester or London. If you wish to travel from a location not included in this list we ask you to let us know as early as possible so that we can discuss the options.

We have a unique group kitty system as a means of realising our belief in equality. Under the guidance of the madrichim, the chanichim make shared decisions, promoting group bonding, mutual respect and trust. The money is spent on extras that are not included in the programme, and your child will not need any extra money.

Habonim Dror believes that no chanich/a should be denied the opportunity of a summer camp experience. For this reason, a number of means tested bursaries are available. Payment plans can also be arranged upon request.
For more information please contact our Events & Communications Manager, Tammy Shneck on

0161 795 9447

or email

Cancellations made before Friday 28th April 2017 will result in the loss of the non-refundable £100 deposit. No refund can be given for cancellations made after this date, unless due to exceptional circumstances.

By joining Garin Kasheh, you will benefit from reduced rates at all Habo activities throughout the year, as well as exclusive members-only merchandise!
Membership of Garin Kasheh is entirely voluntary, and intended to inspire and encourage chanichim to take an active
role in the movement.

Summer Camp brochure
  • Download the Summer Camp Brochure here.
  • Apply online for Summer Camp 2018 here.


What does a typical day on camp look like?

There is no such thing as a ‘typical day’. However, each day will consist of a number of educational peulot (activities) as well as kef (fun) peulot. Each day includes some ‘free time’ where chanichim can relax with their friends. A number of special traditional activities which have become synonymous with Machaneh will also be run for chanichim over the course of their camp, including Colour Wars, Habolympics, chuggim (a choice of activities), camp fires and the legendary Murder Mystery.

What happens if my child is unwell/in case of emergency?

Fully qualified medics are present at all times for the duration of camp. There is also a Welfare Officer on Megasite. All madrichim are trained to deal with basic first-aid and welfare issues, with Roshim (heads of camp) having received extensive welfare training on such matters as physical and/or mental issues to homesickness and first periods. Please be assured our madrichim are prepared for any problem that may arise during camp. It is important to us that your child is in the safest hands possible on a Habonim Dror Machaneh.

Can I contact my child while they are away on camp?

In order to encourage chanichim to be fully engaged, not only in our activities but also in their own social activities, Habonim Dror Summer Machanot operate a strict no-mobile phone policy. This also ensures the safety and security of all those involved as it would be impossible for us to monitor their social media activity. It minimises the potential for home-sickness, as well as eliminating the risk of phones being lost / damaged. Each chanich/a will be encouraged to make at least one phone call home per week, and if they wish to call home in addition to this, they are very welcome to do so – they just need to ask their madrichim. This year we have invested in more mobile phones for the chanichim to use, however with patchy phone signal, it might take a few days to get round all the children with their phonecalls so please bear with us. Please understand that some children also opt not to call home – take this as a good sign. Our team of movement workers are contactable 24 hours a day in case of an emergency and we ask parents to support us in enforcing the no-phones policy in order to ensure all chanichim are in the same position.

Who will be looking after / running activities for my children?

Each camp has its very own tzevet (leadership team) of between 10 and 15 madrichim (leaders). The madrichim on each tzevet will consist of a mixture of ages and will represent a balance of genders. Every madrich/a has been DBS checked.
Each tzevet will be led by two Roshim (heads of camp) who are responsible for organising their tzevet and ensuring their Machaneh is running smoothly and efficiently. Roshim will also ensure that any welfare issues that arise over the course of Machaneh are dealt with swiftly and appropriately – so that every camper is a happy camper.
Each camp will also have designated rakazim (organisers) who are responsible for overseeing the logistical needs of the camp, as well as making sure the camp’s kitchens and store rooms stay fully stocked. There will also be movement workers (full-time employees of Habonim Dror) on Megasite for the duration of Machaneh, who are fully contactable should any emergencies arise over the duration of camp.

Who is cooking the meals?

This year we are employing a team of experienced kitchen staff to prepare the meals for the children. There will be a nutritious and varied menu plan in place. There will always be water, squash, fruit and biscuits available throughout each day, and ample quantities of food will be prepared for each meal so the children should never go hungry. If your child has particular foods they will not eat, please mention this in the application form.

Will I get updates from the madrichim?

We will send at least a couple of email updates each week to parents, and each camp will post some photos on our Facebook page every few days. We aim to get as many photographs as possible, but the priority for the madrichim will always be the care of your children, so whilst they will aim to document the camp as well as possible, it might not always be the case that your child will appear in the photos on Facebook. We ask you to be assured that no news is good news and remember the days before social media and 24/7 contact.

General Info


Insurance is included in the price of camp. Full details of our insurance policy is available below or upon request. Should you feel that our policy is not satisfactory we advise you to take out your own cover.


In advance of this year’s Habonim-Dror summer camps, Habonim Dror & CST wanted to jointly inform you of the continued security measures that we put in place in order to safeguard all participants. This is something that Habonim-Dror and CST (Community Security Trust) have long treated with the utmost seriousness: as indeed have all UK Jewish youth movements working in conjunction with both CST and UJIA (United Joint Israel Appeal). Every year, CST security professionals visit Habonim-Dror’s main UK site, months in advance of the actual summer camp. A security assessment is made of the site; and if any improvements are required, these are discussed and implemented with the involvement of site owners and the camp organisers. In the preparatory ‘pioneer’ stage before children arrive at each camp, all of the leaders and other staff receive a full security briefing and training from CST. This is tailored for the needs of each camp and its specific site.  Contingency planning will be fully discussed and understood, including security procedures, roles and responsibilities. CST is then in regular contact with each camp throughout its duration. In case of emergency, dedicated CST staff are contactable 24hrs a day. Local Police are also fully informed of the camp and have contact details both for leaders and CST. The arrangements shown above have been standard practise for some years now. They are in place because camp organisers and CST are determined to facilitate Jewish life as best we possibly can. In light of recent events, however, we are now working together to see what further measures and training can be implemented. For many of us, Jewish youth camps are literally amongst the best days of our lives. It is our full intention to ensure that this remains the case.
Thank you.
Gary Sakol (Executive Director, Habonim Dror UK)    
David S Delew MBA  (Chief Executive, CST)

Download our letter regarding security here.

Cultural Judaism

Habonim Dror is a culturally Jewish youth movement. We are not affiliated to any synagogue, but are committed to exploring our Jewish identity and celebrating Shabbat in a creative and meaningful way.


We strive to ensure that all meals constitute a balanced and healthy diet. Habonim Dror UK now operates a vegetarian / pescetarian food policy on all residential activities. All food given is fish or suitable for vegetarians (though not necessarily hechshered).


Habonim operates a strict NO NUTS policy on all camps; however, we cannot guarantee that all products used have been produced in nut-free environments. Please ensure you include all dietary requirements and food allergies on the medical form provided. In exceptional circumstances a member of the movement work team will contact you to discuss your child’s requirements where necessary. Please help us keep a nut-free environment by refraining from sending your child with food.

The Madrichim (leaders)

Our Madrichim (leaders) are all fully-trained and well-equipped to lead on Machaneh. Habo Dror has a rigorous hadracha (leadership) course which begins on Israel Tour. Our Madrichim receive year-round training in education, welfare and a wide range of leadership skills.
Habo Dror seeks to educate the next generation of Jewish Brits into becoming tomorrow’s strong and courageous leaders. The informal and dynamic youth movement environment allows for their empowerment, self-realisation and ultimately, the moulding of inspiring and responsible leaders.

“The Madrichim clearly worked so hard to make this a memorable experience for the Chanichim.”

“My madrichim were really approachable and kind.”

Important Documents

Important documents

  • Download HDUK’s Schedule of insurance here.
  • Download HDUK’s insurance policy wording here.
  • Download HDUK’s Policy Statement here.
  • Download HDUK’s Welfare Policy here.