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Spend Time Off Outside

School breaks are a great time to get together with friends! Ages 4–14 can build shelters, go orienteering, spend time hiking, or even shred Hale’s many miles of trails on a mountain bike. Weather permitting, they may enjoy sledding, snowshoeing, and other wintry activities, too. At the end of each day, they’ll warm up by the fire as they reflect on their adventures.

A child steps in a mud puddle on her way to the bus.

Bus Service

Bus transportation is not available in December. In February and April, it’s available for a $55 fee at these stops.

  • English High School, Jamaica Plain (8 AM/3:55 PM)
  • Holy Name Parish School, Roslindale (8:15 AM/3:40 PM)
  • Phineas Bates School, Roslindale (8:25 AM/3:30 PM)
  • William Channing School, Hyde Park (8:40 AM/3:20 PM)

Frequently Asked Questions

During School Vacation Days, we place participants in age-based groups of 10–12 people. We typically serve 4–5 groups per program, and they stay together throughout the 3-day program.

It all depends on the season! Most of our activities are based outside. We may build snow people or go sledding in the winter, or spend time fishing and boating in the spring. We rotate activities so children have opportunities to try a variety of things. Everything we do is nature-based, appropriately challenging, and adventurous. We build community through teambuilding, and we encourage self-expression.

While we generally follow the adage, “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing choices,” sometimes Mother Nature can make the outdoors feel a little too adventurous. During colder months, our programs spend time by the fire in Powissett Lodge or the Trading Post. In the spring, our Fern Valley yurts provide shelter from heavy rain.

Yes. Hale is committed to ensuring the everyone has access to outdoor learning opportunities. Please visit our Financial Aid page to learn more and apply.

Please visit our Refund Policies page to learn more.

Regionally Recognized

Hale’s School Vacation Days program is routinely recognized as a Top 5 Winter Camp and Top 10 Enrichment and Afterschool Program in Boston Parents Paper’s Family Favorite competition.

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Whether your child likes to build snow forts or toast marshmallows, we’ll help them make their next school vacation memorable.

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