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Session 1 (Boys):
Sunday, June 23-Saturday, July 6
Session 2 (Boys):
Sunday, July 7-Saturday, July 20
Monday, July 22-Sunday, July 28
Session 3 (Girls):
Sunday, July 28-Saturday, August 10
Session 4 (Girls):
Sunday, August 11-Saturday, August 24
Rookie Camp (Boys):
Sunday, June 23-Saturday, June 29
Rookie Camp (Girls):
Sunday, July 28-Saturday, August 3
Trip & Travel (Boys):
Sunday, July 14-Saturday, July 20
Trip & Travel (Girls):
Sunday, August 4-Saturday, August 10
Established in 1900, Camp Hale is a sleepaway summer camp for Boston-area youth ages 6 to 17 years old to experience a range of outdoor activities in the scenic environment of Squam Lake located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.
Camp Hale transforms youth into resilient leaders as they discover the wonders of nature, build a diverse community, and embrace challenging experiences. The camp operates on the belief that all youth benefit from opportunities for physical, mental, and social growth and development. The goal is for campers to leave with an enhanced sense of well-being, improved social skills, and awareness of personal potential.
Residential camping allows the campers to engage in a long list of activities including canoeing, swimming, archery, hiking, fishing, ecology, camping skills, and just enjoying the mountain air.
Ultimately, we seek to ensure that these skills stay with them well into the future and benefit them in other endeavors such as school, work, sports, conflict resolution, and interpersonal relationships.
Camp Hale’s programming is firmly rooted in tradition. Many activities that began in the first summer continue to this day, and focus on these following components:
Individual Skill Building: There are two 50-minute periods where campers can choose their own activity and can hone their skills in Archery, Athletics, Arts & Crafts, Boating, Canoeing, Camp Craft, Nature, Swimming, Soccer, and Fishing.
Peer Relationships, Team Building: The afternoon period focuses on the cabin group’s ability to solidify themselves as a group and utilize their collective strengths to achieve a common goal. Whether it be an overnight trip on the lake, a scavenger hunt, or a hike on a mountain, each camper has a chance to lead and make “essential” decisions, but not without cabin group approval.
Camp-wide Reflection,Affirmation and Celebration: The evening activity is usually a traditional camp-wide event, for example a talent show or campfire. It allows for a rejuvenated sense of identity, solidarity, and belonging that many may be missing because of the distance from home.
Starting in 2017, we are offering a trip & travel week, which is a true outdoor experience, from sleeping under the stars in the White Mountains to battling the rapids in white water rafting. If your child is ready for an adventure, please sign them up. There are 8 slots per session, so don’t miss out! This program will have intense hiking and vigorous activity; all participants must interview and attend a pre-trip meeting in Boston.
Still have questions? Visit our Camp Hale Frequently Asked Questions.
Important documents for campers:
All forms are required for every camper. Contact Richard Webb with questions.
We’re proud to partner with our friends at the Camp Hale Alumni Association (CHAA), whose mission is “to build and foster positive working relationships with Camp Hale, the United South End Settlements, and all in the Camp Hale community, for the benefit and continued success of Camp Hale. To learn more or to become a member, you can visit their website here.
The mission of United South End Settlements is to harness the power of our diverse community to disrupt the cycle of poverty for children and their families.