Camp Is Full Of Adventure!
Hale offers a wide variety of summer camp experiences. From Traditional Camp to Specialty Camps, including Outdoor Adventures and Mountain Biking, Hale has a summer of fun waiting for you! Teens enjoy our Leaders-In-Training (LIT) programs to build confidence and foster leadership skills. Hale's complete range of activities reward each camper with challenges, a sense of accomplishment, and most of all, FUN!
We provide programs that recognize campers' need for a nurturing environment where they can mature socially, emotionally and intellectually. We believe in continuing camping traditions such as, being outdoors all day, getting plenty of exercise and swimming in our natural ponds. We also believe that having choices gives campers a more personal experience at camp along with lots of traditional camp activities, so that as they grow they have more opportunities to personalize their summer experiences!
Hale Day Camp Activities:
Learning to swim, striving to pass the “deep end” test, perfecting the “cannonball” technique, or just splashing around, everyone loves swimming in Powissett Pond! Campers have American Red Cross swim lessons and free swim each day (weather permitting).
Explore the woods for edible berries and plants, and learn to identify local flora in Hale's big backyard. Campers will see and handle animal skins and skulls as they search for animal signs and learn to identify them by habitat, tracks and scat.
Archery is our most requested program at Hale Day Camp. With certified instructors teaching the basics or working with campers to further their skills, your camper will be sure to have loads of fun!
Our boating program will be located on the big pond this year - Noanet. This will give campers more to explore whether they are experienced paddlers or just getting started. Campers will learn how to get in and out of boats safely, how to hold paddles, and different paddle strokes. Safety is our number one concern and boating instructors and counselors are on-hand to assist.
Arts and Crafts
The Arts and Crafts lodge is always hopping with music and breezes to inspire campers imaginations. Craft projects include friendship bracelets, finger painting, animal masks, leather crafts, basket weaving and tye dye.
Sports & Games
At Hale Day Camp it’s not about winning and losing but having fun and learning to work together. No matter their skill level campers will enjoy games such as “Whiffle Ball,” “Nuke ‘em,” “Kick Ball,” “Street Box Hockey,” “Ga-Ga Ball,” “Drip, Drip, Drop,” “Frisbee Golf” and many, many more! Our focus is team play and good sportsmanship, so come join us for fun on the field!
Adventure and Outdoor Living Skills
Ever wish you could rock climb, learn to build a proper shelter, or build a fire with wet wood? With Outdoor Living Skills you can and will. There's fishing and hiking and and more skills just waiting to be discovered.
Family picnics, theme days, overdays, overnights, and barbeques, are some of the special events that happen throughout the summer and offer campers extra fun! Parents are invited to join their Lower & Middle Campers for their BBQ's.
Special Events for each Division and Session
Kinder, Lower and Middle Camp enjoy special events each session such as the Rain Forest Reptiles, Franklin Park Zoo Outreach, inflatable moon bounce, and BBQ's.
Upper Camp travels to the coast for the ultimate beach day.
Outdoor Adventures I and Mountain Bikers II & LIT will join Upper Camp for beach trips.
- Mountain Bikers I enjoy a fun, full day ride through trails connecting Hale Reservation and Caryl Park in Dover.
- Outdoor Adventurers II takes a special four day, three night trip to New Hampshire.
- Wilderness Trips will leave HDC on the first Thursday of the session and return on the second Thursday.
- Day Adventures leave HDC each day to enjoy exciting day trips.
- LIT Campers plan and implement day trips during each session, including overnights on and off Hale's campus.
- Every Session ends with a special theme day including “Gold Rush,” “Halloween Day,” “Super Hero Day,” or “Color Day”