Out of 60,000 Tzofim (Israel Scouts) from all over Israel, approximately 60 are chosen annually for the Tzofim Summer Delegation. These 16 and 17-year-olds go through extensive interviews and intensive preparation before being selected to come to the U.S. They have proven leadership experience, a broad knowledge of Israeli and Jewish history, a high level of scouting achievement, fluency in English and strong communication skills. Most of all, they have a love for their country and their people coupled with a desire to share that love.
The Israel Scouts sent its first delegation of seven young people to the U.S. in 1958. Today, over 20 different summer camps welcome delegation members to assist in all facets of the camping experience each summer, specifically as counselors, scouting specialists and representatives of Israel.
Delegates share their experiences and backgrounds with other counselors and campers, teaching them about Israel's culture and history. Their unique enthusiasm, energy and passion bring a joyful Israeli spirit to camp. Through this, tens of thousands of Jewish American children have gained deep exposure and a meaningful bond to Israel, its people and its culture.