The mission of Hale is to offer educational and recreational opportunities that develop self-confidence, inspire a passion for learning, and encourage an appreciation for the natural environment.
Hale is a private, non-profit education organization that manages 1,137 acres of adventure in Westwood and Dover, Massachusetts. Widely recognized for our summer day camp programs, leadership and teambuilding programs, and Hale Summer Club (formerly membership beach), we serve more than 15,000 children and families from 70 Greater Boston communities. We also welcome the general public and encourage visitors to enjoy our woodlands, meadows, and ponds.
Our programs and land management practices are the legacy of our founder, Robert Sever Hale, who permitted use of his land “so long as it is charitable and benevolent in nature… to provide education which will develop intelligent, capable and responsible citizens.”
Hale’s Core Values
Aim For Awesome
You hit the target you aim for, and we aim for awesome. We strive to exceed expectations, improve every day, and provide exceptional programs. It’s how we live Hale’s mission to offer educational and recreational opportunities that develop self-confidence, inspire a passion for learning, and encourage an appreciation for the natural environment.
Climb the Mountain
Everyone faces “mountains.” Challenges require our willingness to step out of our comfort zones, try new things, persevere, and conquer. We know that when we push ourselves, we grow.
Each day offers an open door for exploration. Whether it’s a new trail or a riveting book, we can always find something to help us grow. We’re lifelong learners who are open to possibilities, and we experience the world beyond the walls of traditional institutions.
Be Active Outside
We appreciate the outdoors and live active lifestyles. When our days get hectic, we hit the pavement, hop on a bike, or hike a trail. We stay physically and mentally healthy by refreshing our minds, bodies, and souls.
Pay it Forward
We believe our daily decisions can protect and improve the environment. Each of us is responsible for the organization and land that we will ultimately hand off to our children. We embrace the proverb, “We do not inherit this earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”
Pursue Your Passion
When we pursue our passions, daily responsibilities become opportunities that motivate us to succeed. We have fun, we work hard, and we believe in what we do.
Wave to Everyone
We warmly welcome everyone at Hale. Our community embraces inclusivity and has always been an inviting environment for all people regardless of background, life history, or cultural diversity.
Learn more about Hale’s core programs here.