|Founded||18 April 1949|
|Founded by||Hashomer Hatzair members|
|Website||Beit Kama's Hebrew site|
The kibbutz was founded on 18 April 1949 on the lands of the Christian Palestinian village of al-Jammama, conquered during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. According to Walid Khalidi, the villagers were expelled on May 22, 1948.   The founders of Beit Kama were immigrants from Hungary who belonged to Hashomer Hatzair movement.
The Jewish settlement was initially called "Safiach." The actual name is derived from Isaiah 17:5: "And it shall be as when the reaper gathers standing grain."
Beit Kama jointly owns one of the largest agriculture cooperatives in Israel, Shikma, together with Kibbutz Mishmar HaNegev, and operates a large dairy farm. Beit Kama once owned a biomedical company, Kamada. Although these two branches still functioning within Beit Kama they are no longer operated by the cooperative. It has a gas station at its junction on the way to Beer-Sheva.
- Khalidi, Walid (1992). All that remains: the Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948. IPS. pp. 73–74. ISBN 978-0-88728-224-9.
- Bagatti, Bellarmino (2002). Ancient Christian Villages of Judaea and the Negev. Franciscan Printing Press. p. 149. ISBN 978-965-516-046-8.
- Morris, Benny (2004). The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisisted. Cambridge University Press. pp. xvi, xx, xxii. ISBN 978-0-521-00967-6.
- Carta's Official Guide to Israel and Complete Gazetteer to all Sites in the Holy Land. (3rd edition 1993) Jerusalem, Carta, p.113 , ISBN 965-220-186-3 (Englisch)