Hale Day Camp

Traditional Camp

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Open enrollment has begun and select sessions have waitlists. Register by Jan. 2 to lock in 2019 tuition. New campers save 10% with discount code NEWCAMPER.

Hale Day Camp’s Traditional Camp serves ages 4 through 12 and offers a variety of classic camp activities. Campers enroll in one of five age-based programs, and many go on to become counselors themselves. Older campers looking for a focused experience should consider Adventure Camp.

Kindercamp

AGES 4–5

Kindercamp offers rotating activity blocks with age-appropriate modifications for our 4- and 5-year-olds. Smaller equipment, high camper-to-counselor ratios, access to a forest playground, swimming lessons in the tranquil waters of Powissett Pond, and a variety of games help them gain confidence and build community as they make friends in the great outdoors.

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Lower Camp

AGES 6–7

Lower Camp replaces Kindercamp’s Mindfulness Time with a new activity block focused on exploration. Aptly named, the Explore Block provides campers with additional opportunities to explore. Growing campers visit sites like Bear Cave, walk to Noanet Dam, go fishing, and learn more about their favorite activities. Counselors introduce teambuilding, too.

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Middle Camp

AGES 8–9

Middle Camp encourages campers to identify and pursue their favorite activities. Swimming instruction is included in the morning and campers design their afternoons. Week-long hobby electives focus on archery, arts & crafts, hiking, sports, and more. Counselors lead sessions in their own areas of expertise (from forest percussion to ultimate) and introduce low ropes.

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Upper Camp

AGES 10–12

Upper Camp challenges campers. From longer hikes to advanced boating on Noanet Pond to the high ropes elements of Hale Day Camp’s challenge course, more freedom and adventure abound. A field trip to an ocean beach and an overnight at Hale afford campers with opportunities to practice outdoor skills they’ve acquired and are an excellent bridge to Adventure Camp or CIT.

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My daughter had a fantastic week at Hale.  She has great stories about the activities she has done, friends she has made, and supportive and fun counselors.Suzanne Van Hoesen
Our son started camp again yesterday and he is so happy to be back at Hale. He got up and dressed at 6 AM, ready and raring to go!Sarah Lemke
My son’s feedback about his adventure: ‘One session is never enough. Do you think since I plan on being a future counselor that I can learn from the best?’Maricely Perez-Alers

Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program

HDC’s Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program prepares young teens (ages 13–15) to become effective role models who create life-changing summer camp experiences. Our enthusiastic, supportive, dynamic counselors coach these aspiring leaders during multi-session blocks throughout the summer. CITs participate in leadership development, teambuilding, and challenge course activities as well as off-site field trips. After their first week, they’re embedded with camp groups to observe leadership in action.

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Activities

Learning to swim, striving to pass the deep end test, perfecting the cannonball technique, or just splashing around, everyone loves swimming in Powissett Pond. Weather permitting, campers enjoy American Red Cross swim instruction and free swim every day.

Learning to swim, striving to pass the deep end test, perfecting the cannonball technique, or just splashing around, everyone loves swimming in Powissett Pond. Weather permitting, campers enjoy American Red Cross swim instruction and free swim every day.

Swimming

Learning to swim, striving to pass the deep end test, perfecting the cannonball technique, or just splashing around, everyone loves swimming in Powissett Pond. Weather permitting, campers enjoy American Red Cross swim instruction and free swim every day.

Campers may learn to design structures, modify land, divert water, or build air-propelled vehicles. No matter what STEM activity they do, Building Blocks inspires tomorrow’s engineers.

Campers may learn to design structures, modify land, divert water, or build air-propelled vehicles. No matter what STEM activity they do, Building Blocks inspires tomorrow’s engineers.

Building Blocks

Campers may learn to design structures, modify land, divert water, or build air-propelled vehicles. No matter what STEM activity they do, Building Blocks inspires tomorrow’s engineers.

Our boating program is located on both Powissett and Noanet Ponds. From novices to experienced paddlers, this gives campers more to explore. Campers learn to get in and out of boats safely, how to hold paddles, and various strokes. Boating instructors and counselors ensure waterfront safety whether boats are docked or underway.

Our boating program is located on both Powissett and Noanet Ponds. From novices to experienced paddlers, this gives campers more to explore. Campers learn to get in and out of boats safely, how to hold paddles, and various strokes. Boating instructors and counselors ensure waterfront safety whether boats are docked or underway.

Boating

Our boating program is located on both Powissett and Noanet Ponds. From novices to experienced paddlers, this gives campers more to explore. Campers learn to get in and out of boats safely, how to hold paddles, and various strokes. Boating instructors and counselors ensure waterfront safety whether boats are docked or underway.

Search the woods for wild edibles and learn to identify flora and fauna in Hale’s big backyard. Campers examine and handle pelts and bones, study animal prints and scat, and learn about a variety of local habitats.

Search the woods for wild edibles and learn to identify flora and fauna in Hale’s big backyard. Campers examine and handle pelts and bones, study animal prints and scat, and learn about a variety of local habitats.

Nature

Search the woods for wild edibles and learn to identify flora and fauna in Hale’s big backyard. Campers examine and handle pelts and bones, study animal prints and scat, and learn about a variety of local habitats.

The Arts & Crafts lodge is always hopping with music and inspiration to spark campers’ imaginations. Craft projects include friendship bracelets, finger painting, animal masks, leather crafts, basket weaving, and tie-dye.

The Arts & Crafts lodge is always hopping with music and inspiration to spark campers’ imaginations. Craft projects include friendship bracelets, finger painting, animal masks, leather crafts, basket weaving, and tie-dye.

Arts & Crafts

The Arts & Crafts lodge is always hopping with music and inspiration to spark campers’ imaginations. Craft projects include friendship bracelets, finger painting, animal masks, leather crafts, basket weaving, and tie-dye.

It’s not about winning and losing, but having fun and learning to work together. No matter their skill level, campers enjoy games such as wiffle ball, kickball, gaga ball, frisbee golf, “Nuke ‘em,” “Drip, Drip, Drop,” and more. Our focus is on team play and good sportsmanship.

It’s not about winning and losing, but having fun and learning to work together. No matter their skill level, campers enjoy games such as wiffle ball, kickball, gaga ball, frisbee golf, “Nuke ‘em,” “Drip, Drip, Drop,” and more. Our focus is on team play and good sportsmanship.

Sports

It’s not about winning and losing, but having fun and learning to work together. No matter their skill level, campers enjoy games such as wiffle ball, kickball, gaga ball, frisbee golf, “Nuke ‘em,” “Drip, Drip, Drop,” and more. Our focus is on team play and good sportsmanship.

Hale Day Camp boasts its own living tree challenge course. From teambuilding activities to low ropes to high ropes, campers reach new heights as they learn to rely on each other and “climb away.”

Hale Day Camp boasts its own living tree challenge course. From teambuilding activities to low ropes to high ropes, campers reach new heights as they learn to rely on each other and “climb away.”

Challenge Course

Hale Day Camp boasts its own living tree challenge course. From teambuilding activities to low ropes to high ropes, campers reach new heights as they learn to rely on each other and “climb away.”

Archery offers a world of benefits. Pulling a bow builds arm muscles, strengthens the core, hones depth perception, and improves hand-eye coordination. The simple act of taking aim at a target and hitting the bullseye is powerful, but missing the mark is too. Failure teaches children to cope with frustration and be resilient.

Archery offers a world of benefits. Pulling a bow builds arm muscles, strengthens the core, hones depth perception, and improves hand-eye coordination. The simple act of taking aim at a target and hitting the bullseye is powerful, but missing the mark is too. Failure teaches children to cope with frustration and be resilient.

Archery

Archery offers a world of benefits. Pulling a bow builds arm muscles, strengthens the core, hones depth perception, and improves hand-eye coordination. The simple act of taking aim at a target and hitting the bullseye is powerful, but missing the mark is too. Failure teaches children to cope with frustration and be resilient.

Construct a shelter, take a hike, catch a fish, participate in teambuilding activities, learn to cook on an open fire. Every day is a new…well, adventure!

Construct a shelter, take a hike, catch a fish, participate in teambuilding activities, learn to cook on an open fire. Every day is a new…well, adventure!

Adventure

Construct a shelter, take a hike, catch a fish, participate in teambuilding activities, learn to cook on an open fire. Every day is a new…well, adventure!

Transportation

Hale Day Camp is pleased to provide free bus transportation for Brookline, Dedham, Dover, Jamaica Plain, Medfield, Milton, Needham, Newton, Norwood, Readville, West Roxbury, Walpole, Wellesley, and Westwood.

An HDC 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.

Campers may sign up for bus transportation at the time of registration. Bus transportation is not available during Session 5, and pick-up is required for any camper enrolled in Extended Day.

Bus 1 (Yellow)
  • Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Road, Newton (7:15 AM/4:45 PM)
  • Eliot School, 135 Wellesley Avenue, Needham (7:35 AM/4:25 PM)
  • Sprague Elementary School, 401 School Street, Wellesley (7:50 AM/4:15 PM)
  • Newman Elementary School, 1155 Central Avenue, Needham (8:05 AM/4 PM)
Bus 2 (Red)
  • Blake Middle School, 24 Pound Street, Medfield (7:15 AM/4:45 PM)
  • Dale Street School, 45 Adams Street, Medfield (7:25 AM/4:35 PM)
  • Dover Highway Department, 1 Dedham Street, Dover (7:40 AM/4:20 PM)
  • Sheehan School, 549 Pond Street, Westwood (7:55 AM/4:05 PM)
Bus 3 (Green)
  • Walpole Library, 143 School Street (7:15 AM/4:45 PM)
  • Norwood Senior Center, 275 Prospect Street, Norwood (7:35 AM/4:25 PM)
  • Downey School, 250 Downey Street, Westwood (7:55 AM/4:15 PM)
  • Westwood High School, 200 Nahatan Street, Westwood (8:05 AM/4 PM)
Bus 4 (Purple)
  • Brookline High School, 115 Greenough Street, Brookline (7:15 AM/4:45 PM)
  • English High School, 144 McBride Street, Jamaica Plain (7:45 AM/4:15 PM)
Bus 5 (Orange)
  • Holy Name Parish School, 535 West Roxbury Parkway, West Roxbury (7:30 AM/4:30 PM)
  • Catholic Memorial School, 235 Baker Street, West Roxbury (7:45 AM/4:15 PM)
  • School, 143 Needham Street, Dedham (7:55 AM/4:05 PM)
Bus 6 (Blue)
  • Pierce Middle School, 451 Central Avenue, Milton (7:15 AM/4:45 PM)
  • St. Pius X Parish, 101 Wolcott Road, Milton (7:25 AM/4:35 PM)
  • St. Anne School, Como Road, Readville (7:40 AM/4:20 PM)
  • Greenlodge School, 191 Greenlodge Street, Dedham (8:05 AM/4:05 PM)

Enrollment

Open enrollment has begun and select sessions already have waitlists. Register by Jan. 2 to lock in 2019 tuition rates! And new campers can always save 10% with discount code NEWCAMPER. To register, click the button below, or call our Main Office at 781-326-1770. We’re happy to assist during regular business hours. If you prefer to register offline, please download, complete, and return the Registration Packet.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is HDC licensed and accredited?

Yes. Every camp must comply with the regulations of Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local Board of Health. Hale Day Camp is also proudly accredited by the American Camp Association. Learn why that’s important!

How old does my camper need to be to attend?

Campers must be at least four years of age and toilet trained to attend.

Who will take care of my camper?

HDC 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 HDC staff members are certified in CPR and First Aid. Adventure Camp staff members often hold more advanced Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Advanced First Aid, or Wilderness First Responder certifications. They also have many years and hundreds (if not thousands) of miles of experience hiking and riding terrain throughout New England.

What are the camper-to-counselor ratios?

Kindercamp’s is 6:1. Lower Camp’s is 7:1. Middle Camp’s is 7:1. Upper Camp’s is 10:1. Additionally, program specialists staff every activity area. Overall, Hale Day Camp’s camper-to-staff ratio is 5:1.

What are the facilities like?

Powissett Lodge—Hale’s largest facility—serves as HDC’s home base. Our campus includes two playing fields, a private beach that features a changing area, swimming zone, and bathrooms, an arts and crafts cabin, an outdoor activity pavilion, an archery range, and a mountain biking skills park. We also have unparalleled access to Hale’s 1,137 acres of adventure.

How will my camper get there?

We provide bus transportation during regular camp hours (8:45 AM–3:45 PM). Bus transportation is not available for Extended Day. Alternatively, you can drive your camper to Hale Day Camp: drop-off and pickup is permitted at the Powissett parking area (1.3 miles up the road from Hale’s main entrance at 80 Carby Street, Westwood).

Can I pick up my camper later than 3:45 PM?

Yes, by registering for our Extended Day option. Extended Day runs from 3:45 PM–6 PM and includes activities such as swimming and games. Parents may pick up their campers from the Powissett parking area at Hale at any time. Additional fees apply.

Are discounts available?

Yes. Hale Day Camp offers early bird tuition through Jan. 2, 2020, so the sooner you enroll, the more you’ll save. Additionally, when one camper pays in full, that camper’s siblings are eligible for $25 off per session, per sibling. Other promotional discounts may be available at various events and through partner organizations. Please note that discounts do not apply to Session 5 or Extended Day.

Can I apply for financial aid?

Yes. Any family may submit a financial aid application, available January 10, 2020 and due February 29, 2020. Sustained by private philanthropy, HDC’s campership fund closes the gap between tuition and what families are able to afford. Only under the most extraordinary of circumstances is full tuition granted.

When is tuition due?

A non-refundable deposit of $100 per camper, per week (i.e. $200 per camper, per two-week session) is due upon registration. The balance is due no later than May 1, 2020.

What is HDC's refund policy?

We understand plans change, but we also hope you’ll make Hale Day Camp a priority as you schedule vacations and activities! If your camper is unable to attend and needs to withdraw, please be aware of the following.

  • Full payment is due by 5 PM on May 1, 2020.
  • If you withdraw your camper by May 1, any payments (less non-refundable deposits) will be fully refunded.
  • If you withdraw your camper between May 2 and May 31, any payments (less non-refundable deposits) will be 50% refunded.
  • From June 1 on, all payments are non-refundable, whether your camper withdraws, is dismissed from, or fails to attend camp.
I still have questions. Who should I contact?

Please contact Hale Day Camp’s director, Calder Akin. He can be reached by phone at 781-326-1770 ext. 13 or by email at cakin@hale1918.org.

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