About Camp Hale
Established in 1900, Camp Hale operates on the belief that all youth, particularly those from urban environments, will benefit from challenging opportunities for physical, mental, and social growth and development.
The goal of Camp Hale is for each camper to leave camp with an enhanced sense of well-being, improved social skills, and awareness of personal potential. Traditionally an all-boys camp, Camp Hale established an all-girls session in 2012 to provide inner-city girls with the chance to experience the beauty and unique opportunities that Camp Hale has to offer.
Each summer, 200 young men and women ages 6 to 15 years old head to lakeside cabins in the heart of the White Mountains, located on Squam Lake in New Hampshire. 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.
Trip & Travel
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.
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