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A scale replica of a steam locomotive for children to ride at an outdoor museum.

Hale Trip Camp

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Summer Camp
Age Group
Elementary School
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Hale Trip Camp blends classic camp activities with off-site trips to regional destinations. Small groups chaperoned by watchful counselors offer adventure, exploration, and fun!

flowers against blue sky


Our 1,250 acres of adventure serve as Hale Trip Camp’s home base, but two “quests” invite campers to explore sites near and far to broaden their experience and enhance their comfort with travel. From trampolines and museums to water parks, zoos, and more, your camper will have a postcard-worthy summer!

During Sessions 1 and 3, Challenge Quest focuses on fun in the sun. From theme park rides to zip line adventures to trampoline games, activities vary across New England’s favorite recreation centers. Destinations may include Canobie Lake Park, Six Flags New England, TreeTop Adventures, and Launch trampoline park.


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Age: 6–10 years
Dates: June 24, 2024–July 22, 2024

During Sessions 2 and 4, Explore Quest focuses on science and nature. From kayaking and paddleboarding adventures to horseback rides and zoos, campers get an up-close look at wildlife throughout the region. Destinations and activities may include EcoTarium, Paddle Boston, and Franklin Park and Southwick’s zoos.


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Age: 6–10 years
Dates: July 8, 2024–August 5, 2024

Where We Go


Children explore a sensory exhibit of seashells, amethyst, rocks, a starfish, and vertebrae at a science museum.


Explore three floors of interactive exhibits, live animal habitats, daily science programs, hikes through forests and meadows, outdoor imaginative play, and a train ride.

A kayaking instructor watches another kayaker paddle by.

Paddle Boston

Campers love the 5-mile, one-way guided trip between two boating centers on the Charles River Basin: Allston/Brighton in Boston and Kendall Square in Cambridge.

Kids riding a roller coaster with their hands in the air at an amusement park.

Six Flags New England

Experience pulse-pounding coasters, dining, shopping, entertainment, and attractions. Kid-friendly rides spin, fly, and promise magical journeys perfect for every height and age.

A young girl smiles as she crosses a high ropes element on a challenge course.

TreeTop Adventures

Ten trails on this high ropes obstacle course range in difficulty from beginner to expert and consist of rolling logs, bridges, ladders, tight ropes, zip-lines, and more!

A giraffe looks at the camera at a zoo.

Franklin Park Zoo

Founded in 1912 and nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park, this 72-acre zoo is the “crown jewel” of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace Park System.

Bus Service

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

Sample Schedules

Here’s a peek at typical days at Hale Trip Camp. Three to four days of each two-week session feature traditional camp activities at Hale. On other days, campers venture far and wide on six off-site trips. The second week of each session even includes an overnight campout at Hale.

Hale Day Schedule

Time of dayActivity
ArrivalRise and shine—an exciting day outdoors awaits! Campers arrive at Hale.
Morning CircleCounselors review the daily schedule and answer questions.
HikingCampers explore Hale sites including Bear Cave, Powissett Peak, Storrow Pond, and more!
ArcheryYoung archers (safely) take aim as they learn new skills at our private range.
Water ActivitiesEven landlubbers enjoy swim instruction and exploring Noanet Pond by canoe.
LunchCampers refuel and catch up with friends as they recount the morning’s adventures.
TeambuildingWe build community through games, initiatives, and time on our challenge courses.
Campout PlanningOvernight campouts are always a hit, and that’s because campers have a hand in planning them.
Board BusesCampers board buses and return home.

Trip Day Schedule

Time of dayActivity
ArrivalCampers arrive at Hale and gather with their Trip Camp group.
Itinerary ReviewStaff gather campers to review plans for the day and make sure gear and equipment is packed. 
Travel TimeOn the bus ride to the day’s destination, campers chat and play road trip games.
ActivitiesDepending on destination, these may range from visiting animals to zip-lining through a forest!
LunchCampers refuel and catch up with friends as they recount the morning’s adventures.
ActivitiesFrom roller coaster rides to equestrian adventures, you never know where the afternoon will take you.
Travel TimeSome campers chat, others nap, but the ride back to Hale is generally reflective.
Board BusesCampers board buses and return home.
Camper pointing to a page in a book of birds.

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. Hale Trip Camp’s ratio is 1:7. 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.

Please review our Refund Policies. To change or cancel a registration, please email Wendy Rands at

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 Trip Camp

Hale Trip Camp gets kids out and about. It offers opportunities to visit new locations and try activities they may not typically experience through other summer programs. Small groups lend themselves to tight-knit community (and close supervision).

On the second Thursday of each session, campers complete an overnight campout at Hale. Please note that Session 1 campers will have their overnight on the second Wednesday due to the abbreviated holiday schedule.

Hale provides tents, and caregivers are consulted about camper tent preferences beforehand. Counselors stay in their own individual tents and are available to support campers throughout the night. Groups set their own norms, such as their preferred “lights out” time, but all campers are expected to get to bed at a reasonable hour for a good night’s sleep.

Overnight participation is not required, but caregivers of campers who opt out are required to pick up their campers before dark.

We’ll confirm each session’s destinations in June, before camp begins for the season.

It’s important to note that not every session goes to every destination. Campers can expect a variety of destinations similar to those described in the quest they choose.

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 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!

Financial Aid

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.

Campers waving from the bus.

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