Family & Community Program
Welcome to the Neighborhood
If you’re nostalgic for summer vibes in the great outdoors, we hoist the sails on a program for everyone—kids, parents, and grandparents; singles, couples, and seniors—with activities for every age.
With unparalleled access to Hale’s 1,200 acres of adventure that include 20+ miles of trails, our beautiful South Beach campus offers a secluded place to disconnect. It includes a private waterfront, rinse stations, and composting restrooms. Activities are available at our archery range, obstacle course, playgrounds, pavilions, and picnic areas. Boats, paddles, and life jackets are all available for your convenience and safety.
We offer 2, 4, or 8 weeks of summer fun with friends and neighbors. Four 2-week sessions run from June 24–August 18, 2024. We serve a relaxed crowd of ~100 friends and neighbors on any given day. We’re open Monday through Sunday 9 AM to 8 PM. See below for more information about session dates.
Family-Friendly Summer Activities
Every session begins with a day of activity registration, skills assessments, and open games—all capped with a cookout hosted by our staff, so you’ll get to know the friendly faces you’ll see throughout the summer.
After that, you’ll find activities for all ages daily. Let our instructors teach your kids to swim while you dive into a good book, go trail running, or ground yourself in yoga. Recount the day’s adventures around a campfire or on a sunset canoe ride.
Open swimming is available to our friends and neighbors throughout the day, and group swimming lessons for ages three and up increase confidence and impart a valuable life-saving skill. Adults and seniors can take advantage of outdoor lap swim.
Enjoy access to our fleet of sailboats, canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and stand-up paddleboards. Boating lessons and activities are available for kids and adults, and instructors teach budding mariners to safely use oars, hoist sails, tack, and navigate.
Nature & Adventure
Explorers go on nature hikes at Hale, venturing to caves and coves as they learn about flora, fauna, geology, and more. Challenge-by-choice is our motto, and that’s especially true with activities like archery, ninja warrior, survival, and climbing on our challenge courses.
Arts & Crafts
Hale is where kids let their imaginations run wild, in the wild. Instructors encourage self-expression as they teach young artists to channel their creativity through various projects like friendship bracelets, tie dye, nature weaving, campfire songs, and more.
Backyard Games & Sports
Game time hearkens back to playful neighborhood meet-ups. Little kids play Drip, Drip, Drop in the sand and learn to navigate obstacle courses. Older kids play gaga ball, Wiffle Ball, and H-O-R-S-E. Games aren’t about winning or losing—we focus on good sportsmanship, having fun, and making friends.
Teens & Adults
Older kids can learn to informally lead activities, participate in Junior Lifeguarding, or even hone their skills as activity assistants through our volunteer program. Adult fitness activities include aqua jogging, yoga, and boot camp—with childcare while you participate!
Outdoor Swimming Lessons
The first Monday of each session includes swim evaluations and lesson registration. Formal (and fun!) lessons begin on Tuesday and run throughout every session. Our American Red Cross certified Water Safety Instructors teach six levels of lessons every day so students can continually build on progress. Most students advance one level per summer. Instructors use tried-and-true teaching techniques to meet children where they are in their development.
Regular practice is key in order to retain skills and build muscle memory. Unlike standalone lessons that could cost several thousand dollars per child (and don’t typically include services beyond the lessons themselves), we offer 8 weeks of daily lessons as part of a comprehensive program—so all of your children can practice frequently, and the entire family can have fun!
Would your child benefit from one-on-one attention in a lesson? We’re happy to make accommodations so that everyone can learn to swim! Our team will be glad to coordinate private lessons.
Would you like to visit for a day?
During the summer, South Beach Day Passes offer swimming and boating supervised by certified lifeguards. See our Visit page to learn more.
Everyday activities are great, but so are events that make summer extra special. Barbecues, camping experiences, and movie nights are family-friendly options that parents will appreciate—and they’re included in every session.
On the first Monday of every session, join us in the picnic area for a BBQ prepared by our staff, and cheer on our young athletes competing in the Kids Fun TRYathlon.
See sunset from Nimrod’s Rock after hiking through Oak Hill, or experience it from North Beach after canoeing across Noanet Pond.
Stake out a spot for your tent on the shores of Noanet Pond, then enjoy a bonfire with s’mores, campfire songs, stories, and stargazing.
From water bull riding to Hale’s own version of the Olympics, kids of all ages can compete and play together during these themed events.
Where else could you relax on a quiet beach while watching a family-friendly flick on a movie screen suspended between two sailboats?
Each session concludes with lollipops, carnival games, face-painting, and prizes. Earn your tickets and see what you win!
Hale’s Family & Community Program offers four 2-week sessions.
Each session is its own staycation, and you can mix and match sessions for access when you need it—making it easier than ever to juggle camp, vacations, and other commitments.
Register for two or more, and save with our multi-session discount.
With our multi-session discounts, you can save up to 25% per session. We also offer Financial Aid to participants who qualify.
Included in Tuition
Did you know that registrations at the Family (Household, Full Day, Any Session) and Individual (Adult, Full Day, All Four Sessions) levels include a year of Hale’s annual membership program at no extra charge (a $120 value)? Valid from Mar. 1, 2024–Feb. 28, 2025, your family’s membership features complimentary parking throughout the year, discounts on activities, and a copy of Hale Magazine. You’ll receive instructions to claim your household’s membership in February.
What’s included with registration?
Every session includes a variety of activities that you can enjoy at your own pace, no matter which pass you pick.
Swimming and boating under the watchful eyes of highly trained lifeguards. Swimming lessons are available between 10 AM and 4 PM Monday–Friday for ages 3–14, and boating lessons are available for ages 6+ who meet swimming requirements.
Arts & Crafts, and Nature & Adventure activities including archery, teambuilding, high ropes, and educational hikes.
Backyard games and sports that range from pastimes like basketball and Wiffle Ball to Ninja Warrior.
Adult fitness activities such as aqua jogging, yoga, and boot camp—with childcare while you participate!
Community events including a welcome barbecue, kids triathlon, beach bash, movie night, community campout, guided night hikes and sunset paddles, and a farewell carnival.
Pay in Full
If you choose to pay in full, a portion of your payment (equal to the down payments described below) is non-refundable.
If you choose automated installment billing, the following terms apply.
- Family Registration: A non-refundable down payment ($300) is required. The remainder is billed in equal monthly installments on the first of each month, starting in December 2023 and ending in April 2024.
- Individual Registration: A non-refundable down payment (50% of your registration total) is required. The remainder will be billed in March.
- If you register after installment billing begins, you are responsible for however many installments would have already been billed leading up to that time. If you register after installment billing ends, payment in full is due at that time.
Would you like a closer look?
Check out our Program Resource Site for an in-depth look at last summer. Note the information you’ll find there is subject to change as we plan for next year!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, registration is required.
Our home base is at South Beach. You’ll find its entrance, Bruné Way, opposite 576 Dover Road.
We operate Monday–Sunday from 9 AM–8 PM. These hours are subject to change for special events.
Please note the water opens 15 minutes after the gate opens, and the water closes 15 minutes before the gate closes. Similarly, boating opens 30 minutes after the gate opens, and boating closes 30 minutes before the gate closes.
Early bird registration begins this fall and open enrollment follows. We always have room for new friends and neighbors, so make the most of summer with us!
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