Hale’s Mission Statement
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’s Core Values
You come closest to the target you aim for and we aim for AWESOME! We want to exceed expectations, to make ourselves better each day and to provide the highest quality product we can.
We often face “mountains” in front of us – challenges that require our willingness to step out of our comfort zone, try something new, persevere, and conquer. We know that when we push ourselves we are growing.
Each day provides an open door for exploration. Whether it’s a path you’ve just discovered at Hale or a book you just can’t put down, there is always something that helps us to grow. We consider ourselves life-long-learners who are open to the possibilities of the great world that is around us. We learn beyond the walls of traditional school.
At Hale you just might be told to take a walk – it’s nothing personal. We appreciate the outdoors and know that being active is the key to staying physically and mentally healthy. So when our days become hectic, we hit the dirt, or the path, or we blaze a trail. At a minimum, 15 minutes is all it takes to refresh the mind, body and soul.
Like the proverb, “We do not inherit this earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children,” at Hale we imagine our work, our stewardship, and our planning as preparations for how we want the next generation to receive this organization and our land. In addition, we believe our personal, day to day actions can improve our environment and that we can help minimize human impact on the earth.
When we pursue things we are passionate about, a natural energy fuels our daily responsibilities and we become motivated and driven to succeed. Like the following adage, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life,” at Hale we have fun, we work hard and we believe in what we do.
Although there is an abundance of space at Hale, there is no room for exclusivity – that’s why at Hale we wave to everyone. This welcoming gesture creates a warm and inviting environment for all people regardless of their background, life history or cultural diversity. It also sets the tone for how we talk on the phone, interact in person, or communicate through technology.
Hale Reservation is a private, non-profit educational organization that manages 1,137 acres of woodlands, including four ponds and over twenty miles of trails in Westwood and Dover, Massachusetts. Hale is most widely recognized for its summer day camp programs which annually serve over 4,400 children from 70 communities in the Greater Boston area. Hale Reservation also offers a family program, outdoor and environmental education experiences for children and adults, and open space for casual recreational use.
The essence of Hale Reservation can be found in Robert Sever Hale’s original desires for the organization he began in 1918. The current programs and land management practices are the legacy of his desire “to provide education which will develop intelligent, capable and responsible citizens” and to use the land “so long as it is charitable and benevolent in nature.” The goal of today’s programs is to develop intelligent leaders and environmentally educated citizens. We believe that the diversity of the natural environment must be reflected back in the diversity of the people who experience our programs and opportunities for people of any race, background, religion or economic status.
Hale operates five core programs: