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.

Registration

New campers save 10% on Hale Day Camp enrollment with code NEWCAMPER. That’s about $100 in savings!

To register, click the button below, or call our Main Office at 781-326-1770. We’re happy to assist during regular business hours.

Enrollment Overview      Online Registration Instructions      Registration Portal     Referral Bonus

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

Activities

Learning to swim, striving to pass the “deep end” test, perfecting the “cannonball” technique, or just splashing around, everyone loves swimming in Powissett Pond! Campers have American Red Cross swim lessons and free swim each day (weather permitting).
Swimming
Archery offers a world of benefits to our young archers. Pulling a bow builds muscles in the arms and strengthens the core, and children hone depth perception and hand-eye coordination. The simple act of taking aim at a target and hitting the bullseye is powerful in and of itself; equally powerful is the act of missing their mark. Failure teaches children to cope with frustration and be resilient in taking another shot.
Archery
Our boating program is located on Noanet Pond. This gives campers more to explore, whether they are experienced paddlers or just getting started. Campers learn how to get in and out of boats safely, how to hold paddles, and different paddle strokes. Safety is our number one concern and boating instructors and counselors are on-hand to assist.
Boating
Explore the woods for edible berries and plants, and learn to identify local flora in Hale’s big backyard. Campers will see and handle animal skins and skulls as they search for animal signs and learn to identify them by habitat, tracks and scat.
Nature
The Arts and Crafts lodge is always hopping with music and breezes to inspire campers’ imaginations. Craft projects include friendship bracelets, finger painting, animal masks, leather crafts, basket weaving, and tye dye.
Arts & Crafts
It’s not about winning and losing, but having fun and learning to work together. No matter their skill level, campers enjoy games such as wiffle ball, kickball, ga-ga ball, frisbee golf,  “Nuke ‘em,” “Drip, Drip, Drop,” and more! Our focus is on team play and good sportsmanship, so come join us for fun on the field.
Sports
Hale Day Camp boasts its own living tree challenge course. From teambuilding activities to low ropes to high ropes, campers reach new heights as they learn to rely on each other and “climb away!”
Challenge Course
Mountain Biking campers enjoy fun, full-day rides through trails connecting Hale Reservation and Caryl Park in Dover.

Mountain Biking
Ever wish you could rock climb, learn to construct a proper shelter, or build a fire with wet wood? In Outdoor Adventure Camp, you’ll learn these outdoor living skills and more. There’s fishing, hiking, and other activities just waiting to be discovered.
Outdoor Adventure

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.