Specialty Camps: Grades 4 - 10

Campers looking for challenge and adventure will enjoy these exciting opportunites to explore outdoors. All Specialty Camps offer a free swim period each day but do not include swim lessons. 

Outdoor Adventures (OA)

Outdoor Adventure programs focus on camping and backpacking, canoeing and kayaking, teambuilding and rock climbing. The goal is for campers to learn and develop the necessary skills to enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle.

OA I grades 4, 5 & 6 Sessions 1, 2, 3 & 4  

Each session OA I Campers will participate in an overnight as well as a two day, one night backpacking trip on Hale Reservation property.

OA II  grades 5, 6 & 7 Session 2 & 4

OA II grades 6, 7 & 8 Sessions 1 & 3   

OA II Campers enjoy off campus overnight trips. Sessions 2 and 4 feature a four day, three night camping trip to southern New Hampshire with day hiking, kayaking and swimming at a lake. Sessions 1 and 3 will venture further north to the White Mountains for a four day, three night backpacking trip.

Sample schedule for Outdoor Adventures I    

Period 8:25 - 8:35 Morning Circle
1 8:45 - 9:35 Wilderness Survival Skills
2 9:45 - 10:35 Shelter Building
  10:35 - 10:45 Snack
3 10:45 - 11:35 Outdoor Cooking - leave no trace
  11:40 - 12:15 Lunch
4 12:20 - 1:10 Free Swim
5 1:20 - 2:10 Hike to Powissett Peak
  2:10 - 2:30 Snack
6 2:30 - 3:20 Return from Hike
  3:25 - 3:40 Afternoon Circle


Mountain Bikers (MB) grades 4 - 8

The Mountain Biker programs include 2 -3 hours of riding each day, as well as other traditional camp activities. Participant must provide his/her own bike and helmet. 

MB grades 4, 5 6 & 7 Session 1 & 3

MB grades 5, 6, 7 & 8 Session 2 & 4  

MB Campers focus on developing the basic skills of trail riding and safety. Specific skill development includes learning to read the trail ahead, riding the brakes downhill while standing, down-shifting while peddling up hills and maintaining balance on trails.   

In addition to enjoying longer rides and more challenging trails, MB Campers will be developing a “Skills Park.” Riders will also learn basic bike repair and maintenance.

Sample Schedule for Mountain Bikers

Period 8:25 - 8:35 Morning Circle
1 8:45 - 9:35 Morning Ride on Road
2 9:45 - 10:35 Archery
  10:35 - 10:45 Snack
3 10:45 - 11:35 Downhill Skills
  11:40 - 12:15 Lunch
4 12:20 - 1:10 Trail Maintenance
5 1:20 - 2:10 Skills Park
  2:10 - 2:30 Snack
6 2:30 - 3:20 Free Swim
  3:25 - 3:40 Afternoon Circle


We are happy to introduce three new programs to our growing list of Specialty Camps at Hale Day Camp. Below is basic information on each program, but we encourage you to contact the Summer Camp Director with any questions you may have about these new and dynamic opportunities for your older campers!


Wilderness Trips for Grades 7 - 10

We are excited to offer campers extended backpacking trips around New England! Both WT programs start at Hale Day Camp with campers getting to know each other and working together to plan their trip. Participants will campout at HDC on the first Wednesday of the session, then head out the next morning, returning to Hale on the second Thursday of the session - a full week of backpacking!

Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway

for Grades 7 - 8 Sessions 2 & 4

Led by experienced wilderness trip leaders, campers joining this summer adventure will visit several peaks and mountains along the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway (MSG) Trail in NH.  Adirondack style shelters, a single trail and an impressive checklist of mountains makes this trail ideal for both first-time and seasoned backpackers!


Wild River Campground/Sandwich Range

for Grades 9 - 10 Sessions 1 & 3

Campers enjoy challenging hiking terrain, learn detailed map reading, and camp in tents. This 63,070-acre roadless area holds an entire watershed within its boundaries. The valley is ringed on three sides by peaks that in places exceed 4500' in elevation, including the Moriahs in the north, the Carters in the west, and Baldface in the south. Campers attending OA II in the past may remember parts of this trail, but this trip delves deeper into the wilderness. Experienced trip leaders will select trails suitable for weather conditions. 

Day Trip Adventure Camp for Grades 9 - 10 Sessions 1 - 4

Each day, campers visit an exciting destination such as: the Museum of Science, Boston Aquarium, Ecotarium, Franklin Park Zoo, Water Country, the Boston Freedom Trail, Six Flags and more! Field trips are both educational and fun.  Campers return to Hale no later than 6pm each day.  PM Bus Not Available.