A messagae from Karen
Liberatore - Camp Hale's first female Director
Dear Camp Hale Alumni Asociation
For those of you who do not know me, I would like
to begin with a brief introduction. My name is Karen Liberatore
and I am the Assistant Director of Out of School Time Programs at
USES. I interned in the After School Program in 2007 and since graduating
from Smith College have held various positions within OST Programs
including group leader, site coordinator and Camp Hale registrar.
This summer, I am honored to say that I added to my list of accomplishments
at USES by directing the Girl’s Session at Camp Hale.
The 2012 Camp Hale girl’s session was designed
to introduce girls to the outdoor camping experience and life outside
the city. Our program served 35 girls, 15 of which came from the
South End and Lower Roxbury neighborhoods, and 19 of which had a
family member or friend who previously attended Camp Hale. Our staff
consisted of 2 Counselors in Training and 8 counselors from all
over New England, with Mr. Jerrell and Mr. Tyler there to support
Throughout the five-day experience, the girls were
busy from the moment they woke up until the time they went to bed.
Every girl participated in activities that support Camp Hale’s
existing curriculum including healthy living and eating, boating,
swimming, archery, arts and crafts, leadership, teamwork, anti-bullying,
and an all-camp trip to Jumping Rock!
Our oldest girls participated in an overnight trip
to Mead Base followed by a hike on Welch and Dickey while our younger
girls slept at the Adirondack and Leader’s Point and hiked
either Rattlesnake or Red Hill/Eagle’s Cliff. The girls also
had the opportunity to meet the Dushku family, and sing songs with
them around the campfire!
At the end of the session, each girl left with new friends, memories
and accomplishments and most importantly the desire to return to
camp and carry on the Camp Hale traditions for years to come.
I would like to thank the members of the Alumni Association for
their continued support of all of our campers. Throughout the 4
years that I have been involved with Camp Hale, I have seen the
impact that it has on young men and I am so grateful to have had
the opportunity to share these experiences with such a great group
of young women!
Looking forward to next year, I would like to see the program grow;
to recruit more females who have siblings or family members who
they can share the camp traditions with, to implement a performing
arts program within the camp and hopefully to expand the program
to a full week.
There is a lot of work to be done to
raise enough money to continue to fund girl’s camp, provide
sponsorships for campers, training for female staff and to continue
to improve the facilities to meet the needs of young women!
I look forward to seeing you all at one of our upcoming events
and working together throughout the off season to find ways to continue
to pass on the Camp Hale legacy for years to come!
||Camp Hale Directors Message - Jerrell
Dear Camp Hale Alumni Association Members,
It was an honor to be able to spend the entire Alumni weekend
with you at camp this year. I took time to get relax with
campers and staff from the generations before me, eat amazing
food with my past counselors and cabin mates, sing old and
new songs at the council fire, and hike Tri-Pyramids! Even
though I spend all summer on Squam, I never have the time
to feel like a camper and enjoy the beauty and uniqueness
of our place. I hope that you all were able to enjoy camp
as much as I did and thank you for inviting the 2012 staff
We approached the 2012 season like we do every summer at
Camp Hale; wanting to continue our great traditional program
and improve on what we were able to accomplish the year before.
As you know, in the summer of 2011 we introduced two new programs,
Rookie Camp and Father Son Weekend. Our vision in creating
the Rookie Camp was to provide the children and families that
were intimidated by the three-week program with a shortened
version of what Camp Hale has to offer. Rookie Camp also provides
an opportunity for 6 year olds that are too young for our
1st session to go to camp and build confidence for next year.
Father/Son weekend was created to give father and their sons
or young men and their older male role models a unique opportunity
to bond in the great outdoors. Many studies have shown the
importance of a father/son relationship and we know firsthand
the impact positive male role models can have in young men’s
This summer we continued with both programs with each almost
doubling in size, we served 33 rookies and 19 total participants
at Father/Son weekend!
After 111 years, Camp Hale had its first all girls session!
We offered a five-day program for 35 girls, ages 8-14 years
old, from August 26th through August 30th. Each minute was
filled with activity and discovery.
We were fortunate to put together an experienced staff of
strong positive young women. The staff pushed the girls really
hard and accomplished a lot in only five days. The first year
of girls programming at Camp Hale was a huge success!
This summer we provided 257 slots at Camp Hale and served
208 children! We are trying to continue to expand sustainable
programs to reach more target population youth. The more girls
and boys that we can get to experience Camp Hale, the more
lives we will change.
You all know the importance of the Camp Hale experience and
can vouch first hand for the impact that it has had in your
lives and the lives of your families. I personally want to
thank you all for your ongoing support and dedication to Camp
Hale! The alumni role is so vital to ongoing growth and survival
of Camp Hale. The financial support, the volunteer hours cleaning
and building, the time spent brainstorming and networking
all contributes to what we are able to do each summer.
Each year the organization tries to stay ahead financially
and this year more than ever before we need all of our stakeholders
at the front lines. The more that you can give or encourage
others to give will ensure that Camp Hale will thrive and
continue changing lives for another 112 years.
Again thank you all for your continued support and I wish
you and your families a safe and Happy Holiday Season! Camp
Hale, WHOO YAH!!!
~Jerrell Cox, Camp Hale Director
Alumni Association President's Message -
Dear Fellow Camp Halers,
As the 2012 Camping season has a come to a close, we
have many things to be thankful for, for sure. With
the outstanding Leadership of Camp Director, Jerrell
Cox, 2012 will go down in history as not only an incredibly
successful season of record attendance and great programming
but as the year Camp Hale established the Girls Camping
session. Big congratulations to Jerrell and his team
and looking forward to further expansion of the Girls
program next year.
With the many great things happening at Camp, we all
know the challenges that we (CHAA/USES) still face as
we strive to move forward and keep Camp Hale going for
The future of Camp Hale has many uncertainties at this
time. Please be clear that there truly is no guarantee
that Camp will be able to stay open due to the very
difficult financial challenges faced by USES.
With that said, I challenge all CHAA member to ask
themselves, what can I do to support Camp Hale/CHAA/USES?
How can I make a difference?
Camp needs financial support for its programming and
the Camp Hale Facilities need enormous amounts of renovation,
repair & maintenance.
There are many ways to help. Here a few ideas:
1. Support USES/CHAA fundraising events.
2. Make a financial donation to CHAA (Pay your dues):
3. Attend CHAA Work weekend in June to prepare the Camp
for the Camping season.
4. Come to CHAA Alumni weekend & donate to the Auction.
5. Ask your Company if they have a volunteer match program
to support CHAA.
In closing, it is important we all remember what the
CHAA mission is. CHAA is not just about paying your
dues, or just about Alumni weekend, it’s about
how YOU can support Camp Hale all year around.
I am asking for your support throughout the year, we
need volunteers for Work weekend and many other events.
Please reach out to any CHAA Board member or myself.
Brent Hayes - President
“The best way to find yourself is to lose
yourself in the service of others.” -Mohandas
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
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 College
Alumnus Mark Elbach and a group of students raised money for CHAA
around the Providence College campus and the City of Providence,
St. 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 included:
- Red Sox tickets,
- autographed sports memorabilia,
- gift certificates,
- Providence College items.
Place UNO’s Chicago Grill.
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
RESULTS: $275 (percentage of bills) + $213 (raffle) = $488
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
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 Costa.
Message 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 goals
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 camp.
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 money,
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
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,
Bobby Nicholas's 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 contact info.
Online Discussion Board
Tell all near and far, the CHAA
Online Discussion Board is back in business. This
initial Discussion Group program will be updated as
user traffic increases to bring you a CHAA experience
just like before. Set your own user names and passwords
and join in with your friends.
here to take a test run!!
Board Meetings - 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.