Hale Day Camp

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Hale Day Camp (HDC) offers a wide variety of summer camp experiences. From our Traditional Camps to our Outdoor Adventure and Mountain Biking Camps to our Leaders in Training (LIT) program for teens, we deliver a summer of fun for campers aged four and up! Whether your camper joins us for the entire season or just a few sessions, we’ll fill their days with adventure and have them home in time for dinner.

We believe in the power of traditional camp activities in the great outdoors. Situated in a remote corner of Hale’s 1,137 acres, our private campus features its own pond, lodge, athletic fields, and archery range where campers swim, hike, canoe, fish, learn arts and crafts, and more. HDC offers a safe place for campers to explore, make friends, and create memories that last a lifetime.

Hale Day Camp is proudly accredited by the ACA. Learn why that’s important.

I enjoyed my daughter’s excitement for the outdoors – Hale sparked her interest and got her to try new things. She loved it.

Dates and Rates

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Transportation

Hale Day Camp is pleased to provide free bus transportation for Brookline, Dedham, Dover, Jamaica Plain, Medfield, Needham, Newton, Norwood, 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
  • Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Road, Newton
  • Eliot School, 135 Wellesley Avenue, Needham
  • Sprague Elementary, 401 School Street, Wellesley
  • Newman Elementary, 1155 Central Avenue, Needham
Bus 2
  • Blake Middle School, 24 Pound Street, Medfield
  • Dale Street School, 45 Adams Street, Medfield
  • Dover Highway Department, 1 Dedham Street, Dover
  • Sheehan School, 549 Pond Street, Westwood
  • Westwood High School, 200 Nahatan Street, Westwood
Bus 3
  • Old Post School, 99 Old Post Road, Walpole
  • Norwood Senior Center, 275 Prospect Street, Norwood
  • Downey School, 250 Downey Street, Westwood
  • Greenlodge School, 191 Greenlodge Street, Dedham
Bus 4
  • Brookline High School, 115 Greenough Street, Brookline
  • English High School, 144 McBride Street, Jamaica Plain
Bus 5
  • Holy Name Parish School, 535 West Roxbury Parkway, West Roxbury
  • Catholic Memorial School, 235 Baker Street, West Roxbury
  • Riverdale School, 143 Needham Street, Dedham

Sample Daily Schedule

8:45am Opening Circle

9:00am: Swimming/Boating Lessons

9:45am: Sports

10:45am: Challenge Course

11:45am: Lunch

12:45pm: Arts & Crafts

1:45pm: Nature

2:45pm: Creative Free Play

3:25pm: Afternoon Circle

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who will be taking care of my camper?

The staff at HDC 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.

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 accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA).

How do I contact the 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 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Hale Day Camp’s summer email is hdc@halereservation.org.

What are the facilities like?

Hale Day Camp consists of 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.

I still have questions. Who should I contact?

Please review our additional FAQs or email Calder.