Camp Haiastan was built by its founders in 1951 as a place for the Armenian youth living in America to hold onto their Armenian identity and develop lifelong friendships. After WWII, members of the Armenian Youth Federation saw this need and purchased 100 acres of pristine land in Franklin, Massachusetts and began construction. For years, men and women in the Armenian community would spend every weekend at the camp, each person lending their skills and abilities at no cost to the organization. After three years of hard work, the camp was finally opened in 1951 and the story continues!