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Hale Day Camp

Adventure Camp

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Open enrollment has begun and select sessions have waitlists. Register by Jan. 2 to lock in 2019 tuition. New campers save 10% with discount code NEWCAMPER.

While Hale Day Camp’s Traditional Camp serves ages 4 through 12 and offers a variety of classic camp activities, our Adventure Camp serves ages 9 through 13 and provides focused experiences for kids who’ve discovered their passion for specific outdoor activities. An introductory program and two main activity tracks allow for significant growth over the course of one or more summers:

  • Adventure Basics provides aspiring outdoor enthusiasts with core skills for more advanced pursuits. It’s only offered during Session 1, and campers are encouraged to “graduate” into Hiking in subsequent sessions.
  • Hiking offers three levels of challenge during Sessions 2 through 4: Basecamp offers overnight experiences at Hale; Frontcountry offers multi-day excursions in the Berkshires; Backcountry offers challenging summit attempts in the White Mountains.
  • Mountain Biking is offered during Sessions 1 through 4. Cyclists ride every day and take advantage of our new cross-country skills park and Hale’s 20+ miles of trails. From building features to ice cream rides, the activities are epic.

HDC counselors are highly trained role models who create life-changing summer camp experiences. This enthusiastic, supportive, dynamic team safely guides hikers through remote areas and teaches introductory and advanced skills to mountain biking enthusiasts.

Adventure Basics

From survival tactics to trail construction skills, prepare for a life of adventure. Campers learn to properly pack backpacks, start fires, navigate with a map and compass, build shelters, traverse boulders, use basic tools, practice first aid, and more.

Basics is a great refresher for kids who are experienced outdoorspeople or the perfect introduction for those interested in outdoor pursuits. Ages 9–12.

Does my camper need to complete Adventure Basics before starting the Hiking activity track? No. Adventure Basics is designed to give campers who are broadly interested in outdoor activities an opportunity to learn foundational skills that will serve them well in Hiking, but it is not a prerequisite.

Hiking

Learn the basics of wilderness exploration on adventurous hikes, overnights, and multi-day trips that include food and transportation. Counselors cultivate trust and community as campers plan meals, navigate trails, take responsibility, and gain independence. Each session includes a two day/one-night campout the first week and a three-day/two-night campout the second week.

Kids who are new to hiking and camping learn and practice outdoor skills in the more remote, densely forested corners of Hale’s campus—just a stone’s throw away from home. Ages 9–11.

Kids who are new to hiking and camping learn and practice outdoor skills in the more remote, densely forested corners of Hale’s campus—just a stone’s throw away from home. Ages 9–11.

Basecamp

Kids who are new to hiking and camping learn and practice outdoor skills in the more remote, densely forested corners of Hale’s campus—just a stone’s throw away from home. Ages 9–11.

Campers continue building outdoor skills on an overnight at Hale, then venture into the Berkshires for a more challenging three-day/two-night camping and hiking trip. Ages 10–12.

Campers continue building outdoor skills on an overnight at Hale, then venture into the Berkshires for a more challenging three-day/two-night camping and hiking trip. Ages 10–12.

Frontcountry

Campers continue building outdoor skills on an overnight at Hale, then venture into the Berkshires for a more challenging three-day/two-night camping and hiking trip. Ages 10–12.

Advanced campers hone their skills on an overnight at Hale, then tackle a three-day/two-night expedition and summit attempt in the White Mountains. Ages 11–13.

Advanced campers hone their skills on an overnight at Hale, then tackle a three-day/two-night expedition and summit attempt in the White Mountains. Ages 11–13.

Backcountry

Advanced campers hone their skills on an overnight at Hale, then tackle a three-day/two-night expedition and summit attempt in the White Mountains. Ages 11–13.

Mountain Biking

Ride every day. Make friends, master new techniques, and learn about everything from proper positioning on rocky terrain to routine bike cleaning and maintenance. Our diverse and expansive trail system and parks are the perfect setting for riders of every skill level. Campers are responsible for providing their own equipment and gear, which may be stored at Hale free of charge for the duration of the program. Ages 9–12.

Our two-week curriculum focuses on vision and cornering, obstacles, specialty tricks, endurance, and downhill. Counselors monitor and document each rider’s progress. Much of our curriculum is grounded in principles developed by the Outdoor Sport Institute.

During group rides, campers practice new skills and achieve a flow state while riding. They learn to pack proper gear and do bike checks. Counselors lead and sweep, level in difficulty, and perform second rider drops.

Through specific trail stewardship projects, campers gain a sense of ownership of and responsibility for the trails they ride. Giving back instills a sense of respect for the natural spaces we rely on.

We’re proud to partner with Landry’s Bicycles as we steward trails and advance learning that furthers the sport. Our campers enjoy invitations to demos, access to a private clinic, and special discounts on non-sale parts and accessories.

Transportation

Hale Day Camp is pleased to provide free bus transportation for Brookline, Dedham, Dover, Jamaica Plain, Medfield, Milton, Needham, Newton, Norwood, Readville, West Roxbury, Walpole, Wellesley, and Westwood.

An HDC staff member accompanies each bus for the duration of its route and ensures your camper’s safe journey to and from camp each day. Please note that you or an authorized adult must meet your camper at your designated bus stop each afternoon.

Campers may sign up for bus transportation at the time of registration. Bus transportation is not available during Session 5, and pick-up is required for any camper enrolled in Extended Day.

Bus 1 (Yellow)
  • Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Road, Newton (7:15 AM/4:45 PM)
  • Eliot School, 135 Wellesley Avenue, Needham (7:35 AM/4:25 PM)
  • Sprague Elementary School, 401 School Street, Wellesley (7:50 AM/4:15 PM)
  • Newman Elementary School, 1155 Central Avenue, Needham (8:05 AM/4 PM)
Bus 2 (Red)
  • Blake Middle School, 24 Pound Street, Medfield (7:15 AM/4:45 PM)
  • Dale Street School, 45 Adams Street, Medfield (7:25 AM/4:35 PM)
  • Dover Highway Department, 1 Dedham Street, Dover (7:40 AM/4:20 PM)
  • Sheehan School, 549 Pond Street, Westwood (7:55 AM/4:05 PM)
Bus 3 (Green)
  • Walpole Library, 143 School Street (7:15 AM/4:45 PM)
  • Norwood Senior Center, 275 Prospect Street, Norwood (7:35 AM/4:25 PM)
  • Downey School, 250 Downey Street, Westwood (7:55 AM/4:15 PM)
  • Westwood High School, 200 Nahatan Street, Westwood (8:05 AM/4 PM)
Bus 4 (Purple)
  • Brookline High School, 115 Greenough Street, Brookline (7:15 AM/4:45 PM)
  • English High School, 144 McBride Street, Jamaica Plain (7:45 AM/4:15 PM)
Bus 5 (Orange)
  • Holy Name Parish School, 535 West Roxbury Parkway, West Roxbury (7:30 AM/4:30 PM)
  • Catholic Memorial School, 235 Baker Street, West Roxbury (7:45 AM/4:15 PM)
  • School, 143 Needham Street, Dedham (7:55 AM/4:05 PM)
Bus 6 (Blue)
  • Pierce Middle School, 451 Central Avenue, Milton (7:15 AM/4:45 PM)
  • St. Pius X Parish, 101 Wolcott Road, Milton (7:25 AM/4:35 PM)
  • St. Anne School, Como Road, Readville (7:40 AM/4:20 PM)
  • Greenlodge School, 191 Greenlodge Street, Dedham (8:05 AM/4:05 PM)
Thank you to the mountain biking team for a wonderful and exciting two sessions! Good work, especially on the communication with first-time bikers and parents!Ellen O'Brien
My son’s feedback about his upcoming adventure at Hale: “One session is never enough. Do you think since I plan on being a future counselor that I can learn from the best?”Maricely Perez-Alers
My daughter had a fantastic week at Hale.  She has gotten off the bus each day with great stories about all the activities she has done, friends she has made, and supportive and fun counselors.Suzanne Van Hoesen

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Hale Day Camp licensed and accredited?

Yes. Every camp must comply with the regulations of Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local Board of Health. Hale Day Camp is also proudly accredited by the American Camp Association. Learn why that’s important!

Who will take care of my camper?

HDC staff members are carefully selected from the teaching profession, top colleges and graduate schools, and local public and private high schools. Every applicant is personally interviewed, three or more reference checks are required, and work histories are carefully reviewed. Hale also completes criminal background (CORI) and sex offender (SORI) checks on all of its hires.

Our counselors are enthusiastic, creative role models who understand children and love the outdoors. Activity specialists have extensive experience in their respective activities (and receive additional training prior to camp).

All HDC staff members are certified in CPR and First Aid. Adventure Camp staff members often hold more advanced Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Advanced First Aid, or Wilderness First Responder certifications. They also have many years and hundreds (if not thousands) of miles of experience hiking and riding terrain throughout New England.

What are the facilities like?

Powissett Lodge—Hale’s largest facility—serves as HDC’s home base. Our campus includes two playing fields, a private beach that features a changing area, swimming zone, and bathrooms, an arts and crafts cabin, an outdoor activity pavilion, an archery range, and a mountain biking skills park. We also have unparalleled access to Hale’s 1,137 acres of adventure.

What is your refund policy?

We understand plans change, but we also hope you’ll make Hale Day Camp a priority as you schedule vacations and activities! If your camper is unable to attend and needs to withdraw, please be aware of the following.

  • Full payment is due by May 1, 2020.
  • If you withdraw your camper by May 1, any payments (less non-refundable deposits) will be fully refunded.
  • If you withdraw your camper between May 2 and May 31, any payments (less non-refundable deposits) will be 50% refunded.
  • From June 1 on, all payments are non-refundable, whether your camper withdraws, is dismissed from, or fails to attend camp.
I still have questions. Who should I contact?

Please contact Hale Day Camp’s director, Calder Akin. He can be reached by phone at 781-326-1770 ext. 13 or by email at cakin@halereservation.org.