Frequently Asked Questions
What are the camper to counselor ratios?
For Pre-K to K graders they are 5:1
For 1st to 2nd graders they are 6:1
For 3rd to 5th graders they are 7:1
For 6th to 10th graders they are 8:1
At every program activity area there are additional program staff. Overall camper to staff ratio is 4:1.
How old does my camper need to be to attend camp?
Campers must be four years of age by January 1 to attend camp.
What are the facilities like?
Hale Day Camp consists of newly renovated Powissett Lodge, two playing fields, a private swimming beach with changing area and bathrooms, an arts and crafts cabin, an outdoor activity pavilion and 1,137 acres of the great outdoors.
Who will be taking care of my camper?
The staff at Hale Day Camp are chosen on the basis of enthusiasm, teaching experience, love for children, creativity, and interest in the outdoors. Candidates are drawn from the teaching profession, graduate schools, colleges, and surrounding public and private high schools. Staff in specific skill based areas are provided special training and come with additional experience. Hale Reservation completes criminal background checks (CORI) and sex offender checks (SORI) on all staff. All applicants are personally interviewed and we require at least 3 reference checks and a work history for every staff member.
How do I contact Hale Day Camp in the summer?
Hale Day Camp’s summer phone number is (781) 329-8107. The phone line is only available while camp is in session (June, July and August). Please feel free to contact us during our office hours between 8 am and 6 pm, Monday through Friday.
Can I pick my camper up later than 3:45 pm?
Yes, by using our Extended Day Option. Afternoon Extended Day runs from 3:45 pm – 6:00 pm and is available for an additional fee. Parents can pick up and sign out their child at any time. Extended Day activities include swimming and games.
How do I get my camper to camp?
We provide bus transportation during regular camp hours 8:30 am – 3:45 pm. Bus transportation is not available for Extended Day and some specialty camp sessions. You can also drive your camper to Hale Day Camp. Drop off and pick up is at the Powissett parking area.
What certifications do you have?
Camp must comply with regulations of Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local Board of Health. Hale Day Camp is also ACA accredited.
Are you ACA Accredited?
Hale Day Camp is proud of its accreditation from the American Camp Association (ACA). Camps with an ACA accreditation participate in a thorough (over 300 standards) review of its operation – from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. American Camp Association collaborates with experts from The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth service agencies to assure that current practices at the camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. Camps and ACA form a partnership that promotes summer fun in an environment committed to safety. ACA helps accredited camps provide:
• Healthy, developmentally-appropriate activities and learning experiences
• Discovery through experiential education
• Caring, competent role models
• Service to the community and the environment
• Opportunities for leadership and personal growth
(Information adapted from www.ACAcamps.org)
What if my camper is injured or ill?
The safety of campers is our top priority at Hale Day Camp. Our Health Care Supervisor oversees and manages medicine distribution and health concerns. Hale Reservation enlists a medical local doctor to serve as our consulting physician. We are minutes away from Emergency Medical Services.
If your camper becomes ill at home we ask that you inform us of their absence and remain at home for at least 24 hours without symptoms.
Does my camper need a physical to attend camp?
All children are required to have a current copy of the Certificate of Immunization on file at camp prior to their first day of attendance. Without it, they will not be allowed to participate in any camp activities. We accept copies from their school as well as from the doctor’s office. A basic version of this form is included in your confirmation materials and can also be downloaded from this website.
If your camper is participating in our Outdoor Adventures II or Wilderness Trip programs, they will need to provide a copy of a physical exam within the prior 12 month period. If your camper is participating in any other program, they do not need to provide physical exam records.
If you have any questions about your child’s safety or potential ability to participate in any of Hale’s program, please call us.
Payments and Forms
Do you offer financial aid?
Yes, any family in need of financial aid can submit a financial aid form. We have established a fund to help families with the cost of tuition for our programs. It is our intent to provide as many children as possible with a two week Hale Day Camp experience. It is expected that the family will pay a part of the tuition, within their means. This means that Hale Reservation very infrequently extends “full funding” to anyone. We usually only help fund one session per camper to accommodate as many families as possible. Completed application forms should submitted to Hale Reservation by March 31. Families will be contacted by the middle of April regarding the status of their application.
Financial aid forms are available on our forms page.
Are there any discounts available?
Yes. There are several discounts you can take advantage of, including:
- Early Registration Discount – $25 off each session when registered by January 31st.
- Sibling Discount* – When one child pays in full, siblings receive $25 off.
- Multiple Session Discount – Receive $25 off your second session, $50 off your third session, and sign up for a fourth and take an additional $75 off.
All discounts are combinable.
*Any sibling discount will be taken off after any other discounts are applied. Discounts do not apply to Session 5 or Extended Day.
When are payments due?
A $75 non-refundable deposit, per camper per session, is due at time of registration (January 1 – May 1). The remaining balance is due by May 1.
When are Registration & Health forms due?
The Registration Packet is due between January 1 and May 1, but please be aware, camp sessions fill early. The Registration Packet reserves a slot for your camper as long as there is space when applying, the registration is complete and the deposit is included.
Open Houses and Camp Fairs
Does Hale Day Camp offer any chances to meet the staff and get more information in person?
Yes. Open Houses are a great way for parents and children to meet staff, ask questions and tour the campus. Several Open House sessions will be scheduled over the winter and early spring months.
2015 Open Houses will be held from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm on January 10, February 7, March 7, April 11, May 2, and June 6.
You can also call Hale Reservation at 781-326-1770 to speak with the camp director.
What are other people saying about Hale Day Camp?
The following are quotes from recent surveys:
“My daughter really enjoyed camp this summer. She loves swimming and just being with her friends. She is really looking forward to returning next summer.”
Parent of a Lower Division Camper
“My son did not know anyone at the camp to start with and your staff was wonderful at including him and getting him started.”
Parent of a Middle Division Camper
“My daughter loves the whole experience of your camp. Her favorite activity is fishing! Every weekend she asks us to take her…she’ll even the bait the hook! THANK YOU.”
Parent of an Upper Division Camper
“A highlight of the summer was the smile on my son’s face at the end of the summer when we went to a friends pool and he showed us how he could dive off the diving board and swim to the other end of the pool – priceless! The previous year, he could barely float and needed someone to catch him when jumping off of the diving board.”
Parent of a Middle Division Camper
“My daughter spent 3 weeks at Hale this summer. What a difference Hale made in her! She developed confidence to try new things; she learned to swim (something years of weekly swim lessons hadn’t given her). Now, she talks in great anticipation about going back and doing archery, swimming, boating, fishing, and just being outdoors in nature. She loved her time with you, and I love the transformation camp helped her make. Thank you and we’ll definitely be back next summer.”
Parent of a Lower Division Camper
“I am very pleased with all staff I have encountered! This is the main reason I will send my children back to Hale Day Camp. Their enthusiasm and love for children and camp was apparent.”
Parent of Lower and Middle Division Campers
“My son absolutely LOVED the water activities and archery, I was thrilled he enjoyed the singing so much as well- he taught me songs even during his first week- it brought me back to my own camp experience. GO CAMP!!!!! He came home happy and tired and never complained about being bored. He was dirty every day and he was HAPPY, therefore so were we!”
Can I work at Hale Day Camp?
If you feel that you have what it takes to make a positive difference in a child’s life, please click this link to the Employment Opportunities page.