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Phone  +1 781-326-1770
Address  80 Carby St, Westwood, MA 02090, USA
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Hale Reservation is private non-profit educational organization with 1,137 acres of land, 20 miles of trails, and four ponds in Westwood and Dover, Massachusetts. Hale Reservation is best known for its summer camps for children and young adults, as well as its year-round educational programs.


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Work on acquiring Hale land was begun by Robert Sever Hale (brother of Richard Walden Hale, Boston law firm founder) in the early 1900s. In 1918, he established a formal tie with the Boy Scouts of America and began the organization. In 1926, the organization became known as the Dover-Westwood Scout Reservation of the Boston Council. Twenty acres were opened as a scout camp during that year as Camp Storrow as well. The Dover-Westwood Scout Reservation continued to acquire land through the 1930s. In 1930, the organization was named Scoutland. In 1941, Robert Sever Hale died and Scoutland was renamed the Robert Sever Hale Camping Reservation in his honor. In 1993, the organization's name was shortened to the current Hale Reservation.

Hale Reservation's land includes numerous ponds and streams, miles of trails, a 3600 BCE Native American feldsite quarry, and multiple stone walls and foundations from colonial-era farm houses. Many of Hale's "wide" trails were originally dirt roadways used by oxen teams to drag granite blocks from multiple abandoned granite quarries, en route to construction sites in Dedham, Boston and beyond.


Hale Day Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association and offers a wide variety of summer camp experiences. Hale offers traditional camp as well as specialty camps, including Outdoor Adventures, Mountain Biking, and a Leaders In Training (LIT) program for teens. Children from pre-school to high school may attend. In addition, Hale offers the Hale Outdoor Learning Adventures (HOLA) program which brings Boston Public Schools students to experience camp with an educational focus. HOLA campers enjoy traditional camp activities such as archery, swimming, boating and ropes course challenges while also taking math, reading and English language arts lessons in Hale's outdoor classrooms. The HOLA program is part of a national study to assess and address the effects of summer learning loss.

Hale also has several partners that offer programs to children they serve. These partners include the Greater Boston YMCA, Bird Street Community Center, the Watertown Boys and Girls Club, and Mass General Hospital's Aspire program for children with Aspergers syndrome. While summer day camp programs are what Hale is best known for, the programs go much, much deeper. Hale also offers a Membership Beach program for families and seniors in the area. Membership Beach offers swimming, boating, Arts and Crafts, Ropes and Environmental Education and is often thought of as a family camp. The School, College and Corporate Programs that Hale offers bring groups from public and private schools, colleges, universities and corporations to Hale for one day or multiple days to take advantage of outdoor classroom, teambuilding, and a universal challenge course.

Hale Reservation also offers a Race Series which includes two 5Ks, an obstacle adventure, a triathlon and coming in fall of 2015, a Family Challenge Adventure. The Race Series raises money to support the financial aid program at Hale Reservation. Hale also raises funds for the camp financial aid through the Rodman Ride for Kids and the Boston Marathon as an official charity with the Boston Athletic Association.

Hale facilities are also available for rental for weddings, holiday parties and family gatherings.


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