Hale offers a Traditional Camp that offers kids aged 4-12 with a variety of classic camp activities and an Adventure Camp for kids aged 9-13 interested in further exploring outdoor activities.
Hale offers educational and recreational opportunities that develop self-confidence, inspire passion for learning, and encourage appreciation for the natural environment.
Traditional Camp Programs
The Traditional Camp serves kids aged 4-12. Campers enroll in one of five age-based programs. and offers a variety of camp activities:
- Kindercamp for ages 4-5 offers rotating activity blocks with age-appropriate equipment and activities. Campers have access to a forest playground, swimming lessons in Powissett Pond, and a variety of games and group activities.
- Lower Camp for kids aged 6-7 provides campers with exploration opportunities, including fishing, nature walks, and teambuilding.
- Middle Camp for kids aged 8-9 encourages campers to identify and pursue their favorite activities. Kids will take swim lessons, and may engage in archery, arts & crafts, hiking, sports, rope adventure, and many other activities.
- Upper Camp for kids aged 10-12 includes boating on Noanet Pond, high ropes adventure courses, field trips, and other opportunities for kids to practice outdoor skills and adventure.
Adventure Camp Program
The Adventure Camp program serves kids aged 9-13 and provides focused experiences for kids who have discovered their passion for specific outdoor activities. An introductory program and two main activity tracks allow for significant growth over the course of the campers’ time with Hale.
- Adventure Basics – Hale provides core outdoor adventure skills only during Session 1, which prepares campers for Hiking and other more advanced adventure camp programs.
- Hiking – Three levels of challenges are offered during Session 2-4, including overnight experiences and multi-day excursions in the Berkshires or White Mountains.
- Mountain Biking – Offered during Sessions 1 – 4 for cyclists to ride daily through cross-country skills park and Hale’s 20+ miles of trails.
The overall camper-to-staff ratio is 5:1.
Extended Day runs from 3:45 PM–6 PM and includes activities such as swimming and games. Parents may pick up their campers from the Powissett parking area at Hale at any time. Additional fees apply.
Bus transportation is available for regular day campers (not extended day) from Brookline, Dedham, Dove, Jamaica Plain, Medfield, Milton, Needham, Newton, Norwood, Readville, West Roxbury, Walpole, Wellesley, and Westwood. A camp staff member accompanies each bus for the duration of the route. A parent or authorized adult must meet their camper at the bus stop in the afternoon. Check with the program directly to ensure bus transportation is available for all sessions.
Financial assistance may be available to help families in need afford the cost of tuition. Completed applications must be submitted by the February prior to the start of camp. The financial aid packet is available on the Hale Day Camp website.