Summer Camp 2021 Dates (subject to change)

Efrochim (Y5&6/P 5&6)

1st-8th August

Ofarim (Y7/P7)

1st-10th August

Nemerim (Y8/S1)

1st – 15th August

Rishonim (Y9/S2)

1st – 15th August

Sayarim (Y10/S3)

1st – 15th August


What is Habonim Dror?

Habonim Dror is a Socialist, Zionist, culturally Jewish Youth Movement. It has been at the forefront of Jewish education in the UK and internationally for over 90 years.

Habonim, “The Builders”, was created in 1929 in the East End of London, as a space for Jewish children to gain a strong grounding in Jewish culture and the importance of Israel as a focus for the Jewish world, with chaverimot going on to establish a number of kibbutzim in Israel.

Dror, “Freedom”, was formed in 1915 by the secular pioneers of Russian Zionism, who were later on the frontline of the Jewish underground in Poland, participating in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

With the formation of the United Kibbutz Movement in 1980, the two youth movements united and Habonim Dror, “The Builders of Freedom” was formed. Habonim Dror operates in 14 countries from Argentina to South Africa and still holds true to the aims and values of educating and inspiring Jewish youth that have been at the core of the movement since its inception.

Our activities reflect these ambitions. From our machanot (camps) to our Israel Tour and Shnat (gap year) programmes, Habonim Dror is proud of its heritage and hopes to continue to inspire for another 90 years and beyond.

Habonim Dror runs annual residential summer camps for ages 9 – 16, as well as regular meetings (Ken – “Nest”) in cities across the UK.

What is Machaneh?

 Machaneh (summer camp) is the highlight of the year for our chanichimot and madrichimot; 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 Chanichimot (participants) through an experiential educational process using innovative proven techniques and methods of informal education to give chanichimot (participants) their own space to learn and explore things in their own way. This Habo Dror approach includes: group discussions and sichot (conversations), skits and role-playing, interactive and immersive activities, games and many other stimulating and thought-provoking activities – all carefully created by our own madrichimot in the run up to Machaneh.

We run a unique camp-wide Shabbat service, which allows for chanichimot across all 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 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.


The Madrichimot

Habonim Dror Madrichimot (leaders) are fully-trained and well-equipped to lead on Machaneh (camp). They go through a rigorous hadracha (leadership) course which begins on Israel Tour, and continues with year-round training in Education, Welfare and an extensive array of leadership skills. Habo Dror seeks to educate young British Jews to become tomorrow’s strong and courageous leaders. The informal and dynamic youth movement environment empowers and provides an opportunity for self-realisation – ultimately , moulding inspiring, confident and responsible leaders.


On arrival at Machaneh, Chanichimot will be split into smaller groups called Kvutsot These groups will be mixed allowing Chanichimot to build relationships within their Kvutsah with people they knew before and the new friends they will make whilst there,


Weather permitting, all chanichimot will spend time on Tiyul (hike).. This will vary in length from one night for Efrochim to up to three for Sayarim. In their Kvutsot the Chanichimot will hike during the day, alongside planned activities and time to relax and reflect with the rest of the Kvutsah. They will enjoy picnic lunches and camp stove cooked food! In the unfortunate event of Tiyul being rained off, Chanichimot will return safely to the warmth of Megasite where the Madrichimot will endeavour to recreate the Tiyul atmosphere.

Under the stars

During Tiyul, the Chanichimot will sleep in tents. Tiyul is truly the most unique of all Habo Dror experiences providing as incredible start to Machaneh and creating lasting memories which the Chanichimot will be speaking for many years to come.


Here, in the heart and soul of our summer camps, Chanichimot (participants) in Years 5-9 share the accommodation at the Habonim Dror Megasite in South Wales. The site contains separate activity spaces for each shichvah (year group), a huge outdoor area for fine weather and a chadar ochel (dining hall) big enough to fit everyone at one sitting. Sleeping accommodation is split between small cabins and larger dorms.

What Happens at Megasite?

Megasite houses four of our summer camps for ages 9 – 14. This enables the chanichimot 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, Mega Mifkad (gathering) and camp fires. Chanichimot also have fun whilst learning about Habonim Dror, Israel and their Jewish identity and values.

Informal Education

Informal education is at the forefront of everything we do. Our carefully planned tochnit (programme) engenders a Jewish identity that understands and appreciates our Jewish heritage and culture and the place of Israel within it. Each year we chose and overriding them for our peulot (activities). The last few years have seen themes such as ‘rebellion’, ‘identity’ and ‘voices’.  The theme will always be tackled in different age-appropriate ways throughout camp. Our madrichimot undergo extensive leadership training and spent considerable time preparing the activities.

Efrochim - Yr 5 & 6


Date: 4th – 11th August 2020

School Year:Years 5 & 6 (P5 & P6)

Early Bird: £829 (until 31 Jan 2020)

Full price: £929

Suggested Kuppah: £15

Efrochim provides the first opportunity for Chanichimot 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. The Madrichimot 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 ways of learning.

Lifelong Friendships

Coming together with chanichimot from across the country, the participants will be able to build new friendships that will follow them through their Habo experience, in our warm and inclusive atmosphere, that will last for many years to come.


Mid-way through camp, the Chanichimot go off on a hike with their Madrichimot camping for one night under canvas and under the stars.


Ofarim - Yr 7


Date:  2nd – 11th August 2020

School Year: Year 7 (P7)

Early Bird: £1,159 (until 31 Jan 2020)

Full price: £1,259

Suggested Kuppah: £20

During this nine-day residential camp, Chanichimot (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.


The Chanichimot split into smaller Kvutsot for tiyul, accompanied by their Madrichimot. 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 start to camp.


Back at Megasite, the Chanichimot are introduced to the camp’s creative tochnit and meet the rest of the Madrichimot and shichvot (year groups. Here they will have peulot ran for them in a fun and engaging way and learn all about the magic of Habonim Dror.


Nemerim - Yr 8


Date: 28th July – 11th August 2020

School Year:Year 8 (S1)

Early Bird: £1,359 (until 31 Jan 2020)

Full price: £1,479

Suggested Kuppah: £25


This two week long Machaneh includes (weather permitting) a three night tiyul in the picturesque Welsh countryside with their newly formed kvutsah. In small groups, accompanied by fully trained Madrichimot, the Chanichimot will have a real Habo adventure – sleeping under canvas and hiking whilst singing their favourite Habo chants as loud as they possibly can.


On Megasite, the Chanichimot are introduced to the theme of camp as well as experiencing some of the fun peulot (activities), including the legendary Murder Mystery and Colour Wars.


Rishonim - Yr 9


Date: 28th July – 11th August 2020

School Year: Year 9 (S2)

Early Bird: £1,359 (until 31 Jan 2020)

Full Price: £1,479

Suggested Kuppah: £25


With three nights under the stars, the Chanichimot will sing their way through, whilst saying farewell to their final UK-based Tiyul. As the regulars will know by now, this is just the beginning of the laughter and memory-making. The experience is filled with days of hiking with their new family.



Once they get to Megasite the Chanichimot delve deep into the tochnit which the Madrichimot have made for them. The peulot are always creative and engaging whilst still managing an educational twist.


Sayarim - Yr 10

The Netherlands

Date: 28th July – 11th August 2020

School year: Year 10 (S3)

Early bird: £1,549 (until 31 Jan 2020)

Full price: £1,699

Suggested Kuppah: £30

Described by a leading Jewish educator as “the premier Holocaust seminar for teens in Europe”, Sayarim offers Chanichimot the experience of a lifetime before next year’s Israel Tour. Sayarim is a renowned camp amongst all Habonimniks and always one of the most popular – a real highlight of chanichimots’ Habo journey.

Learning about the Holocaust and Antisemitism

Based in Holland, Chanichimot will begin their journey 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 Chanichimot of all educational backgrounds to engage in discussions the Holocaust and Antisemitism 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 Chanichimot on Sayarim. We therefore ensure that each day includes lots of fun, traditional Habonim Dror peulot (activities) Chanichimot are also 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 includes a three night tiyul, exploring the Dutch countryside and enjoying the usual campfire ruach (spirit).


Israel Tour - Yr 11

For full information about our amazing 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 and 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!”


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 chanichimot can relax with their friends. A number of special traditional activities which have become synonymous with Machaneh will also be run for chanichimot over the course of their camp, including Colour Wars, Mifkad (gathering), 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 first aiders are present for the duration of camp. There is also a Movement Welfare Officer on Megasite. All madrichimot are trained in basic first-aid issues, with Roshimot (heads of camp) having received welfare training issues pertaining to physical and/or mental health, and age-specific needs. Please be assured our madrichimot are prepared for problems 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 chanichimot 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 homesickness, as well as eliminating the risk of phones being lost / damaged. Each chanichol will be encouraged to make at least one phone call home during camp, and if they wish to call home in addition to this, they are very welcome to do so – they just need to ask their madrichimot. 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 chanichimot 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 madrichimot (leaders). The madrichimot on each tzevet have a mixture of ages and will represent a balance of genders. Every madrichol has been DBS checked and is safeguarding aware.

Each tzevet will be led by two Roshimot (heads of camp) who are responsible for organising their tzevet and ensuring their Machaneh is running smoothly and efficiently. Roshimot 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 rakazimot (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.

What are the meals like?

We provide a vegetarian and pescatarian menu. There will always be ample quantities of prepared food 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 and if there are specific requirements please call the office to discuss.

Will I get updates from the madrichimot?

We send 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 madrichimot 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.


A deposit of £175 is required upon application for Summer Camp, unless other arrangements have been agreed with Habonim Dror.

Early Bird offer

A 10% discount will apply to the cost of the youngest child’s place on summer camp if more than one child will be attending Summer Camp.


We will review your application and assess it against our selection, safeguarding and welfare criteria. Acceptance and a place on camp are subject to written formal confirmation and payment of the balance in full (or as per agreed alternative arrangements.)

Sibling discount

10% discount can be given on your younger children’s places if you have more than one child attending summer camps.


Any outstanding balance must be paid in full by no later than Monday 20th April 2020. 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.


Kuppah is a unique group kitty system which stems from Habo Dror’s core belief in equality.

On Machaneh we try to create a unique environment that is different from the outside world. Under the guidance of the madrichimot, the chanichimot will make shared decisions on how they choose to spend their kuppah on any extras for their kvutsah.

This helps build group bonding, mutual respect and trust within the Kvutsot and means your children will not need any additional money.


We are proud of our socialist ethos and believe that wherever possible no child should be deprived of a Habonim Dror experience due to financial difficulties. However, funding is limited and any awards will be subject to means-testing and the provision of supporting documentation. If you require financial assistance, please request a bursary form on the application.

If you are in a position to do so, please consider a donation to our bursary fund to enable us to continue this important aspect of our machanot and events.

For more information please contact Harry Nelson on 020 8209 2111 or email

Cancellations and Refund Policy

In the event the camp is oversubscribed and/or the application is not formally accepted by Habonim Dror for whatever reason all monies paid will be refunded in full.

All requests to cancel an application or a confirmed place on a camp must be sent in writing to

The deposit paid is non-refundable in all cases for cancellations made before Monday 20th April 2020. Other payments received are non-refundable in all cases where cancellation is received less than four (4) weeks before the start of their camp or does not attend. Similarly, if you fail to provide information requested which is material for assessing the application, Habonim Dror reserves the right to cancel the application and apply these terms for any payments received..

Unless otherwise indicated, refunds will be subject to an administration fee of £50.

Where Habonim Dror decides to cancel the specific camp for whatever reason all monies paid will be refunded in full.

General Info


Full details of our insurance policy are available upon request. Should you feel that our policy is not satisfactory we advise you to take out your own cover.


We take security into careful consideration, working in conjunction with the Community Security Trust (CST). For more information, please contact us.

Cultural Judaism

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


Habonim Dror UK operates a vegetarian / pescetarian food policy on all residential activities. We strive to ensure that all meals constitute a balanced diet.


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. However, if you have particular concerns or want additional information, please contact us directly. Please help us keep a nut-free environment by refraining from sending your child with food containing nuts.

Group Dynamics and Behaviour

Friending requests, individual behaviour and group dynamics will each be considerations in managing participation during the programme itself. Habonim Dror reserves the right to reject an Application based on prior behavioural issues, or to send a Participant home from the programme for what we deem unacceptable behaviour.