Hale Reservation

Hale is private non-profit educational organization with 1,137 acres of land, 20 miles of trails, and 4 ponds in Westwood and Dover, Massachusetts. Hale is best known for its youth summer camps, as well as its year-round educational programs.


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 changed to the Hale Reservation, Inc. During its rebranding in 2015, the name was shortened to Hale.[1]

Hale'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 a Traditional Camp that includes classic camp activities for various age groups as well as an Adventure Camp that includes tracks in hiking and mountain biking. Its Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program prepares teens to serve as leaders. Children from pre-school to high school may attend. [2] 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 Asperger's syndrome. While summer day camp programs are what Hale is best known for, the programs go much, much deeper. Hale Summer Club serves families throughout the area and offers swimming, boating, arts and crafts, ropes, and environmental education.

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 also offers several family friendly events that support the financial aid and the various programs on the property. In 2017, they held an Obstacle Adventure Race and a Swim-a-thon. Hale also raises funds via its Boston Marathon team and is an Official Charity of the Boston Athletic Association.

Hale facilities are available for rent for weddings, holiday parties and family gatherings.[3]


  1. ^ "Hale History". Retrieved 2011-06-17.
  2. ^ "Hale Day Camp FAQ". Retrieved 2011-06-17.
  3. ^ http://halereservation.org/programs/

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Coordinates: 42°14′13.2″N 71°14′13.2″W / 42.237000°N 71.237000°W / 42.237000; -71.237000