Hale Day Camp
Classic Summer Camp
Our signature day camp experience starts at age 4, and includes classic activities like swimming, boating, archery, arts and crafts, field games, and more. Check out what’s in store, and sign up soon—open enrollment begins Nov. 1 and sessions fill quickly. We can’t wait to see you next summer!
Hale Day Camp offers five age-based units tailored to developmental needs. Note these are “rising” grade ranges; campers should be entering these grades next fall.
Kindercamp (Pre-K–Kindergarten) offers rotating activities, smaller equipment, low camper-to-counselor ratios, a forest playground, and swimming lessons in tranquil ponds. Kindercampers engage their senses through play, learn sports, explore nature, spend time at the beach, and have dedicated rest times each day. There’s just one catch: they need to be toilet-trained to attend!
In Lower Camp, kids continue building skills and move beyond their comfort zones through swimming lessons, games, and more. Counselors introduce archery, canoeing, and arts & crafts. Campers begin hiking Hale’s trails, explore the property’s natural features, and learn basic outdoor skills. Facilitated teambuilding helps friendships flourish as everyone develops socially and emotionally. Personal attention is assured with a low 1:6 staff-to-camper ratio.
Middle Camp builds on lower camp activities including archery, sports, and arts and crafts. Counselors introduce challenge course elements (low and high ropes) as well as hiking, fishing, and boating. Group electives begin, and campers begin to identify the outdoor activities they’re most passionate about.
Teen Camp affords pre-teens more freedom and a heightened sense of adventure through electives, field games, and access to high ropes elements. It includes all of the traditional camp activities of our lower divisions, as well as an overnight campout at Hale and a day trip to Nantasket Beach.
Campers love Hale, but when they’re too old to be campers themselves, our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program teaches them to be the role models who shape our community. CITs spend 4 weeks developing leadership skills. Initially, they participate in activities and learn about expectations. By week three, they select a focus area—counseling, activities, or waterfront—and shadow staff members. As they lead routines and activities, CITs enjoy the benefits of Teen Camp (including BBQs, beach trips, and self-selected activities) as they participate in facilitated reflection about their own learning and development.
At Hale, every camper takes the bus! We gladly provide bus service with stops in Brookline, Dedham, Dover, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Medfield, Milton, Needham, Newton, Norwood, Roslindale, Walpole, Wellesley, West Roxbury, and Westwood. To reduce traffic and enhance safety, regular drop-offs and pick-ups are not permitted on site. A local bus stop is available for campers whose parents or guardians wish to drive them to Westwood.
A camp 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. Buses serve campers during regular camp hours (8:45 AM–3:45 PM). Hale does not offer an extended day option. Please ensure your camper’s transportation plans account for timely pick-up.
- Clark Playground, 195 Cypress St, Brookline, MA 02445 7:55 AM 4:35 PM
- Heath Elementary School, 100 Eliot St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 8:05 AM 4:25 PM
- Memorial Spaulding Elementary School, 250 Brookline St, Newton, MA 02459 8:20 AM 4:10 PM
- Match Charter Public Middle School, 215 Forest Hills St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 8:00 AM 4:30 PM
- West Roxbury High School, 1205 VFW Pkwy, Boston, MA 02132 8:20 AM 4:10 PM
- Schofield Elementary School, 27 Cedar St, Wellesley, MA 02481 7:50 AM 4:40 PM
- Eliot Elementary School, 135 Wellesley Ave, Needham Heights, MA 02494 8:05 AM 4:25 PM
- Newman Elementary School, 1155 Central Ave, Needham, MA 02492 8:20 AM 4:10 PM
- Dale Street School, 45 Adams St, Medfield, MA 02052 7:45 AM 4:45 PM
- Thomas Blake Middle School, 24 Pound St, Medfield, MA 02052 7:55 AM 4:35 PM
- Dover Town Garage Parking Lot, 40 Spring Rd, Dover, MA 02030 8:15 AM 4:15 PM
- Sheehan School, 549 Pond St, Westwood, MA 02090 8:30 AM 4:00 PM
- Norwood High School, 245 Nichols St, Norwood, MA 02062 7:50 AM 4:40 PM
- F. A. Cleveland School, 380 Nichols St, Norwood, MA 02062 8:00 AM 4:30 PM
- Norfolk County Agricultural School, 400 Main St, Walpole, MA 02081 8:15 AM 4:15 PM
- Westwood High School, 200 Nahatan St, Westwood, MA 02090 8:30 AM 4:00 PM
- Holy Name Elementary School, 535 W Roxbury Pkwy, West Roxbury, MA 02132 8:00 AM 4:30 PM
- Catholic Memorial, 235 Baker St, West Roxbury, MA 02132 8:15 AM 4:15 PM
- Riverdale Elementary School, 143 Needham St, Dedham, MA 02026 8:25 AM 4:05 PM
- Pierce Middle School, 451 Central Ave, Milton, MA 02186 7:35 AM 4:55 PM
- Ellison Parks Early Ed School, 108 Babson St, Boston, MA 02126 7:45 AM 4:45 PM
- Francis D. Martini Memorial Shell Park and Moynihan Recreation Area, 1015 Truman Pkwy, Boston, MA 02136 8:00 AM 4:30 PM
- Greenlodge Elementary School, 191 Greenlodge St, Dedham, MA 02026 8:15 AM 4:15 PM
- Downey School, 250 Downey St, Westwood, MA 02090 8:30 AM 4:00 PM
- James W Hennigan School, 200 Heath St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 7:45 AM 4:45 PM
- The Mosaic School, 3859 Washington St, Boston, MA 02131 8:00 AM 4:30 PM
- Washington Irving Middle School, 105 Cummins Hwy, Roslindale, MA 02131 8:10 AM 4:20 PM
- Beethoven Elementary School, 5125 Washington St, Boston, MA 02132 8:25 AM 4:05 PM
A Day in the Life
Our campers are busy! Here is an example of what a day looks like at Day Camp (which are always subject to change based on weather, trail conditions, and camper interests).
|Arrival||Counselors greet campers as they arrive|
|Opening Circle||Everyone gathers around the fire circle to set expectations for the day|
|Activity Block 1||Younger campers might enjoy Arts & Crafts or Canoeing, while older kids visit the Challenge Course|
|Activity Block 2||Campers of all ages enjoy activities like Hiking, Fishing, and Music|
|Activity Block 3||Younger campers may be introduced to Target Sports, while older campers participate in Archery|
|Lunch||Campers and counselors eat lunch together|
|Activity Block 4||Most kids go for a dip in the pond, and younger campers enjoy Read-Alouds, Puppet Shows, and Games|
|Activity Block 5||Activities often include Drama, Dance, or Sports|
|Departure||Groups play small games and celebrate the day before boarding buses|
Would you like a closer look?
Check out our Camper Resource Site for an in-depth look at last year’s camps. Note the information you’ll find there is subject to change as we plan for next year!
Frequently Asked Questions
Hale Summer Camps
Seasonal staff members are carefully selected from the teaching profession, top college 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 staff members who work directly with campers are certified in CPR and First Aid. Hale Adventure Camp and Hale MTB Camp staff members often hold more advanced Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Advanced First Aid, or Wilderness First Responder certifications, and often have many years and hundreds (if not thousands) of miles of experience hiking and riding terrain throughout New England. Hale Outdoor Learning Adventures staff members work with certified teachers from Boston Public Schools.
During a typical season, Kindercamp’s is 1:5. Lower Camp’s is 1:6. Middle Camp’s is 1:8. Teen Camp’s is 1:10. Additionally, program specialists staff every activity area. Hale Adventure Camp’s and Hale MTB Camp’s ratios are 1:6. HOLA’s ratio is 1:8. Overall, Hale’s staff-to-camper ratio is 1:5.
Some wait lists are longer than others, but people’s plans change. We enroll as many campers as possible in the order they signed up, so don’t delay—join a wait list today!
Parents and supporters often ask: Why can’t you simply hire more counselors and create additional groups? Massachusetts regulations and ACA guidelines require that specific camper-to-counselor ratios be maintained and that enrollment not exceed the capacity limits of current facilities.
Pre-Camp Programs offer a week-long introduction to Hale Summer Camps. These are not required for participation, but are a fun, relaxing way to jump into summer and experience different parts of Hale before everyone arrives.
Hale Day Camp
Every camper at Hale Day Camp has swimming lessons every day, provided by American Red Cross-certified Water Safety Instructors. Our waterfront team is trained and equipped to work with swimmers of all ages and abilities, and counselors remain with their campers to provide additional support at the waterfront.
Campers are swim tested on their first day to determine the appropriate level and determine whether the shallow, middle, or deep end is most appropriate for their lessons.
We have unparalleled access to Hale’s 1,200 acres of adventure. Hale Day Camp boasts a secluded campus with amenities that include Hale’s largest lodge, pavilions, playing fields, a private beach with changing areas, bathrooms, an archery range, boating cove, and challenge course.
Teen Campers set up their tents at their campsite after the day ends. They prepare and enjoy a communal dinner, and then explore Hale after dark on guided night hikes and through facilitated games like Camouflage. This relaxed, fun night at Hale teaches them basic overnight camping skills.
Recognized & Accredited
Every camp must comply with regulations set by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local Board of Health, but Hale Summer Camps go well beyond that.
Our camps are routinely recognized as Boston Parents Paper Family Favorites, are members of the Massachusetts Camping Association, and are proudly accredited by the American Camp Association.
Learn why that’s important.
Included in Tuition
We’re pleased to once again include one Hale Annual Membership per camp family (a $120 value) with registration. Valid from Mar. 1, 2024–Feb. 28, 2025, your 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.
Paying for Camp
Registrants may choose to pay in full or opt for installment billing. This is a matter of preference; no discount is associated with one option vs. the other.
Installment billing requires a non-refundable down payment of $150 (Pre-Camp Programs) or $300 (Summer Camps and Leadership Development Programs). This down payment is required per camper, per session. The remainder is billed in equal monthly installments on the 15th of each month, starting December 2023. Campers who register after installment billing begins are responsible for however many installments would have already been billed leading up to that time.
Example: Let’s say you’d like to enroll your camper in Session 3 of Hale Day Camp’s Lower Camp division. Full tuition is $1,650 per session, less any discounts. If you pay full tuition and opt for installment billing, you’ll make a $300 deposit (per camper, per session), and then we’ll automatically charge the balance to your credit card on the 15th of each month thereafter, starting in December. If you register now, that’s $300 today plus $270 per month starting on Dec. 15. If you register after Dec. 15, you’ll pay $570 at the time of registration ($300 down payment + one $270 installment) and then $270 per month starting Jan. 15.
Whether you opt for installment billing or choose to pay in full, your account balance will be settled by May so you and your camper can focus on what’s most important as summer approaches: camp!
Hale is committed to ensuring that our programs are accessible to children and families regardless of personal means. To that end, we maintain a fund to help families in need afford the cost of tuition. Our financial aid application for next summer’s camps is available and due by Feb. 1.
Transfers & Refunds
Session transfer requests will be honored if space is available at no cost through Jan. 15. Any session transfer requests after Jan. 15 will be charged a $25 transfer fee per session transfer.
Our refund policy protects those who register early. Regular payments (i.e. your total amount paid, minus non-refundable down payments) are refundable until March 15, 2024.
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