youngest girls (the Ducks and Beavers), as well as our middle aged
girls (the Foxes and Turtles) participated in an overnight trip at
the Adirondack and a trip to the Science Center for a day of fun and
Ducks and Beavers hiked Rattlesnake while the Foxes and Turtles hiked
Big Red Up and over. Our oldest girls, the Chips and Bugs, hiked both
Welch and Dickey and Squam Range and spent the night at Hoag Island.
would like to take a moment to thank Eliza Dushku for her continued
dedication to our program. “Ms. Eliza” joined us as a counselor
this year for the entire 10 days. She was a natural in the camp
community. She was a friend, lifeguard, swim instructor, yoga
instructor, improv instructor and trip leader! The multiple hats
that she was willing to wear and the enthusiasm that she brought to
every activity helped make this year’s girls camp a memorable
experience for all involved.
would also like to thank the members of the Alumni Association for
their continued support of all of our campers. Without your efforts,
we would not be able to provide such high quality programming to our
we look towards next summer, please remember that in order to sustain
girls’ camp, we need to raise enough money to cover programming
costs, facility improvements, sponsorships for campers, and training
for staff. We now have young men AND young women depending on us to
carry on the Camp Hale traditions!
look forward to seeing you all at one of our upcoming events and look
forward to working with Eliza, and all of you, to create sustainable
funding for the boys and girls camps next summer and for many years
Liberatore -Girls Camp Director
Hale 2013 Directors Message - Jerrell Cox
just completed our 113th
year at Camp Hale on beautiful Squam
Lake! We are very excited
to say that we filled every bed and reached new heights with our
programming in 2013. As you know, we created the Rookie Camp and
Father Son weekend in 2011 as an alternative to our longer session.
additional program was designed to increase enrollment in our core
program and provide an opportunity for parent involvement.
camp is a shortened 5 day session. We served 21 children this
season. This program is designed to give the campers a sample of
what to expect in the 3-week program. With the 1:1 ratio we use,
this session for hands on training for the staff. The camp staff was
able to use Rookie Camp to experience the day-to-day program and make
necessary adjustments before the longer sessions. Our Rookie Camp
program is thriving. This year children are completed Rookie Camp
and immediately signed up for Session I.
one of our major accomplishments is the growth of Father Son weekend.
In 2011 we served 18 total, in 2012 we served 19 total, and for the
2013 season we served 54 total participants! Camp was filled with
South End and Alumni families. We were honored to have so many
fathers and sons strengthening their bond at Camp Hale. Next year we
are looking forward to seeing this program continue to grow.
I and II we went back to the traditions of the past. In Session I,
every camper got their 6 peak award and the Bugs also got their Big 5
award. In Session II, every camper got his 6 peak and Big 5 awards. Our
goal was to take advantage of the surrounding White Mountains. We want
every young person to experience what many of you did years
ago. The boys met the challenge and were pushed to reach their
potential everyday. We are proud of our model and can confidently
say that we are changing lives. Lifelong friends were made and
traditions were renewed.
Cox -Boys Camp Director
Alumni Association 2014 President's Message -
Fellow Camp Halers,
your President, I often think of volunteerism and what it will take
to get people involved in our great mission to support Camp Hale.
does someone with an already busy life volunteer his or her time to
help a cause?
think the answers are simple.
do it, not just to support a cause that changes the lives of children
but, we do it so we feel good about ourselves and giving back to the
children and community. Truly making a difference in the world around
us and in many cases helping less fortunate individuals and
ask that you look into your inner self and join us in feeling good
about giving back in some way. It's easy to make a donation and we
greatly appreciate it as the financial need is very important but
other than financial support, please come to our events and
contribute to the mission.
Our Work weekend at Camp in June is a
great way to get your hands dirty
and give back and enjoy a Camp Hale experience at the same time. The
rewards are immeasurable!
contact any board member or me for more information.
best to you and your families and please be on the look out for
upcoming CHAA events.
doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead
Aaron Dushku - "Networking with CHAA"
Halers, in this day and age of sparse career
prospects, entrepreneurial job-hunters or savvy professionals need to
use all tools at their disposal to promote their skills and get noticed
by the right people. Often times a simple suggestion or comment to a
hiring committee can come at the perfect time for a candidate to make
magic happen. Also, in the absence of formal vacancy announcements,
matches can be made based on good personal relationships built and open
and ongoing dialog about our professional qualities. These are topics
often left untouched around the council fire in August -and for good
Furthermore, CHAA likes to espouse the positive
effects that camp has had on its alumni, but hard data on the amount of
success stories out there are hard to find. So, sharing your
professional credentials with the CHAA network bring multiple benefits
to our mission: it allows us to track the success stories of our alumni
while also assisting each other to succeed in our lives after camp.
If you don't already have a profile on
LinkedIn.com, create one and join the 'Camp Hale Alumni Association
(CHAA)' Group. Here you'll get a look at what many are already seeing,
the broad range of accomplished individuals that we are.
Opportunities are also here for our older alumni
to mentor younger members that you might see growing in your field
-great satisfaction can be derived from this as well.
Tap into this network and share in its benefits.
For those of you more interested in connecting
socially to your Camp Hale family, CHAA has also established a FaceBook
presence to which you are invited to join. Seek either or both
opportunities out and stay connected throughout the year!
~ Aaron Dushku
CHAA Collaborates with Providence
Alumnus Mark Elbach and a group of students raised money for CHAA
around the Providence College campus and the City of Providence, RI.
Patrick’s Day week we sold beads throughout
campus and the community to help fund our two bigger events. We also
were able to get some great raffle prizes to raffle at our events. They
- Red Sox tickets,
- autographed sports memorabilia,
- gift certificates,
- Providence College items.
Providence Place UNO’s Chicago
20% of all lunch and dinner bills were donated to CHAA on this date by
anyone who turned in their CHAA / UNO’s slip with their meal.
RESULTS: $275 (percentage of bills) + $213
(raffle) = $488
Ladder 133 Bar and Grill
This event was similar to the Winter Party including a DJ, drink
specials, and great atmosphere. A $5 cover charge was collected at the
door, and all this money directly went towards benefiting CHAA. Red
Bull and Narragansett Beer
were also generous as they donated items and came to the event to help
RESULTS: $1,348 (raffle and cover charge)
Total Raised: $1,836.00
We are currently waiting to hear back from AllState about another
donation of $1,000.
Check Out Our Blog: http://itdp.providence.edu/blogs/spring10/mgt401/hopeforhale/Mark
Editor’s note: Mark is one of
our hardworking younger members: son of Elias, and grandson of Tony
from Jerrel Cox, Camp Hale Director, Spring 2010
Dear Camp Hale Family,
As you all know, the summer season is fast approaching. We are excited
to say that we have to date filled almost 50% percent of our slots!
This year, we are concentrating our efforts on targeting youth from the
South End and Lower Roxbury neighborhoods. We have been distributing
fliers to schools, housing developments, and businesses all throughout
these neighborhoods. This has brought many new families who are
interested and enrolling their children in CAMP HALE!
This year our agency has put a special emphasis
on positive living, academic achievement and attainment, and economic
success. Camp Hale has the unique advantage of taking children out of
the urban environment and away from its negative influences and into
our own peaceful place. This summer we will intentionally create a
program that will inspire children to treat others with respect, set
themselves, make healthy decisions, and maintain positive attitudes.
The core traditions of the camp experience will be the same, our goals
this summer will be to give the staff the training that they will need
to create an environment that will immediately impact our young people.
We want to not only be a memorable place for each camper, but one that
teaches life lessons and skills that the children can use long after
How can you help? You already have! The Camp Hale
Alumni Association Board has made $5,000.00 available for sponsorships
for this year’s families. Last year we used a similar amount of money
to fill camp and this year we are looking forward to doing the same
thing. Parents are already applying for sponsorships and learning more
about the Camp Hale Alumni Association. We are very appreciative of the
work, and time that you have donated so far, but there is still more
that can be done.
We all know how long camp has been in existence
and which buildings need work. With each new season, camp faces new
issues and we want to be proactive in making sure that camp is well
maintained and safe for our campers. Please continue to show your
support by donating and sharing your resources with USES and the CHAA
Board to ensure the success and growth of CAMP HALE!!! WHOO YAH!!!
Thank you very much!
Director of Camp Hale and Out of School Time Programs
A message from Mark (GAZ) Gaznick
My name is Mark Gaznick, and
as many of you know I have been collecting pictures of Camp Hale for
sometime now to produce an archive of camps past events and people.
Camp maybe small in stature, but it is part of American history being
the oldest running camp of its kind in the US. I feel we need to
catalog as much as possible to preserve the people and events that make
it such the wonderful place it is today.
I have been working on a website to display these photos for all to see
and share. But because of life's little snafus this has been taking
more time than I thought. So I created a Flickr page to get some of the
photos up so people can download and share.
Thank you for your time, and enjoy. As always, please feel free to
send me, Bobby Nicholas, or Joe Sharmatta any pictures you would like
to add to the archive. Our email addresses are located on the CHAA
website. And remember we would not have an archive if it wasn't for
people who care, just like you.
Thank you again,
CHAA Archive Initiative and Appeal
My Fellow Alumni,
I hope this letter finds you all in good health.
For those that might not know me, my name is Bobby Nicholas, and last
April I was appointed as the CHAA historian. The position entails many
exciting jobs, one of which is to Archive Camp Hale memorabilia.
The purpose of this mailing is two-fold.
One to invite you to an event on Saturday February
3rd 2007,at Clery's in the South End (more to come). USES President
Ashley McCumber has graciously donated space, as well as showcases, so
we can create a Camp Hale rotating memorabilia museum.
This brings me to the second purpose of the event,
we are asking you bring any Camp memorabilia you might have, so that we
may archive it and if you wish, put it on display for a short time
period, until which time the item will be returned to you.
We are not asking for you to part with your
items, but to give us a chance to record our rich history by way of
archiving these items. We are looking into having a special booth set
up, which will allow us to document, and record your memorabilia.
As time draws nearer to this event, we will
provide more details, with regards to time, and so on. As your
historian, I am available to you and would love to hear from all of
you. Please contact me with any questions regarding the above event or
anything else that might be related to our rich history. I welcome any
help, ideas, and thoughts. I hope to see a huge turnout and if you
cannot make it, but would like to provide an item for display, we can
arrange to possibly pick it up.
Thank you for your time, and please note my
- Held on the first Monday of each month at the Harriet Tubman House in
the South End. We encourage all who are members of the
alumni, or friends of Camp Hale, to attend these meetings. Be
a part of the organization that helps keep the experience alive.
Contact any member of the CHAA Board of Directors to reserve
your spot at the next meeting.