Volunteer at Hale

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Our founder, Robert Sever Hale, deeply appreciated the great outdoors, and he advocated wise recreation in good company. His vision for our organization, however, was grander than that: he sought to develop intelligent, capable, and responsible citizens. Nearly a century later, volunteers continue to embody Mr. Hale’s vision and carry our organization forward.

Service is not for spare time only. We must be constantly on the lookout for opportunities of serving at all times. We must discipline ourselves in order, so that we may be a good influence to others.Robert Sever Hale

Hale’s volunteers steward our land, advance our mission, and sustain our community. They’re neighbors. They’re students. They’re scouts. They’re socially responsible business leaders. They’re us. They’re you!

So, how will you lend a hand? Whether you’d like to build a split-rail fence to protect Hale’s campers, remove invasive species from our extensive trail network, or paint a pavilion to support our programs, there’s a project that stands to benefit from your time, talent, and energy. Share your interest or expertise with us, and we’ll let you know how you can positively impact Hale.

Click here to tell us how you can help.


Planning a Service Event at Hale

If you’re looking for an exciting and meaningful alternative to your organization’s typical retreat, consider planning a service event at Hale. We encourage organizations to pair a morning of volunteer work with an afternoon of professional teambuilding among our acres of adventure:

  • Service Journeys – Service Journeys are single, one-day service events. Organizations bring employees or members to Hale for a half day of volunteer activities and a half day of either (a) teambuilding facilitated by Hale’s facilitators or (b) programming coordinated by your organization, such as barbeques, games, hikes, and more. Alternatively, groups may consider half-day facility rentals for meetings or workshops.
  • Service Quests – Organizations that commit to three annual Service Journeys lock in reduced rates and complete what we call a Service Quest. Service Quests give organizations an opportunity to establish traditions, revisit and build on core values, and help employees or members sustain their work at Hale.

Click here to coordinate a service event.

Did you know?

In the early 1900s, Hale’s Rover Scouts completed Quests of Service that were modeled on those of King Arthur and his knights. Scouts were even advised to form groups called “Round Tables,” each of which focused on a specific service project. Activities ranged from caring for the Green Mountain Trail, to welcoming foreign scouts, to looking after bird houses and feeding stations at Scoutland. Known as “Questing,” service projects were to include regular activities and become part of everyday life.

Present-Day Service Journeys

8:00am – Our department arrives, ready for a day away from the office! We form teams of 12 and meet our facilitators.
8:15am – Volunteer activities begin. Our team is building picnic tables so campers can enjoy lunch outside.
11:00am – Time for lunch! Rather than have it catered, we chose to brown bag it. Everyone enjoys picnicking under Cat Rock Pavilion.
12:00pm – Our facilitators lead us in warm-up activities before we begin an afternoon of games and initiatives.
1:00pm – A few teams decide to try the ropes course. Our group opts for a low-key orienteering hike.
2:45pm – We recap the day and reflect on our impact.
3:00pm – Tired but happy, everyone heads home with time for a late afternoon nap!
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The Hale Service Society

Anyone who volunteers their time, talent, and energy for the betterment of Hale is eligible for membership in the Hale Service Society. This perennial community continues a longstanding tradition of service at Hale. Click here to learn more about the Hale Service Society’s membership types, benefits, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you tailor activities for working professionals?

For-profit organizations that complete Service Journeys have access to our pool of corporate facilitators who can lead teams in games, initiatives, low ropes, or high ropes. Just as service projects are based on each group’s abilities, goals, and preferences, the teambuilding component is tailored to those as well.

What types of organizations volunteer at Hale?

Organizations of all types volunteer at Hale. Our volunteers come by way of local scouting troops, prestigious multi-national consulting firms, regional banks, and even the NFL. If you’re committed to helping children and families and are passionate about the outdoors, we welcome your help at Hale.

What does a Service Journey cost?

Costs vary based on group size and project complexity: small groups should expect to contribute approximately $3,000; medium and large groups should expect to contribute between $15,000 and $30,000. A portion of each contribution is constructed as an unrestricted philanthropic gift to Hale. These gifts defray the cost of service activities and help fund Hale’s programs for children and families.

How will my group get to Hale?

Hale does not coordinate volunteer transportation. Some organizations contract with bus companies to transport their participants. Others ask people to coordinate transportation on their own.

Does Hale provide lunch?

Hale does not provide lunch, but we can suggest local options for catering. Other options include on-site barbeques, food trucks, and bring-your-own picnics.

Can organizations join the Hale Service Society?

Yes. Organizations that coordinate service events qualify as organizational members of the Hale Service Society. These organizations become members of our Benefactor Service Crew, and their participants become members of our Friend Service Crew.

Do you support school and scouting projects?

Yes, we do. Please tell us about your service-learning goals and the appropriate staff member will be in touch.

I still have questions. Who should I contact?

Please submit a Volunteer Inquiry or email Greg to learn more.