Hale Outdoor Learning Adventures (HOLA)
Hale Outdoor Learning Adventures (HOLA) is a 5-week day camp experience in Westwood and Dover. Campers from BPS partner schools explore more than 1,000 acres of adventure as they learn in the great outdoors. Teachers and counselors double as mentors who inspire curiosity, spark learning, and build community.
Campers focus on Math and ELA, but they can expect several STEM and social-emotional learning opportunities, too. HOLA takes learning outside the classroom and onto the trails, into the pond, and among the trees.
Collaboration and resiliency are key as campers take swimming and boating lessons, climb on the ropes course, aim for success at the archery range, and learn to creatively express themselves in arts and crafts.
Studied by both RAND Corporation and the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, HOLA uses best practices and proven methods to create fun, educational and memorable summer experiences.
As an official Summer Learning Academy of the City of Boston, HOLA blends academic content taught by certified teachers with traditional camp activities such as swimming, boating, climbing, archery, and more. Hale, Boston Public Schools, and Boston After School & Beyond collaborate to deliver this five-week experience. The program is free and more information is available through participating schools:
An HOLA Camper’s Day at Hale
8:45am – Teachers welcome us during Opening Circle.9:00am – Academic period. Today we’re writing our own books about wildlife at Hale.10:30am – Time for camp! The lifeguards make sure we swim safely.12:00pm – Lunch with friends.12:30pm – More camp activities. Today we’re doing arts and crafts and playing field games.2:00pm – Another round of academics. Math and English are more fun outside!3:30pm – We recap our day and say goodbye during Closing Circle.4:00pm – Waving goodbye to our friends and teachers. Can’t wait to come back tomorrow!
Become a Camper
If you have questions or require assistance completing the BPS Common Application, please reach out to Jaclyn Ross, Hale’s Director of Camp and Youth Programs.