our history

Hashomer Hatzair is more than just a summer camp, it’s a movement. 

Hashomer Hatzair has impacted the world in many ways, from producing extraordinary philosophers and community leaders, to organizing the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and other resistance efforts, establishing Kibbutzim and schools for refugees. Hashomer Hatzair members founded 75 kibbutzim in the years surrounding the creation of Israel, including 14 kibbutzim founded by North American immigrants who were trained at summer camps run by Hashomer Hatzair USA. Our education and philosophy have inspired notable figures, including Dr. Ruth Westheimer, David Broza, and Representative Bella Abzug, and we continue to empower youth today.



1943 - 1947