a volunteer organization, we are always looking for additional
support as we continue in our mission to sustain Camp Hale!
you would like to become a member of CHAA or would like to volunteer
at one of our events, please contact Mark ElBach at
a reminder that monthly CHAA Board of Directors meetings are held the
first Monday of each month at the Harriet Tubman House (566 Columbus
Ave., Boston, MA) from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. All are welcome to
attend and learn more about CHAA and the important work done
throughout the year.
Our First Camp Hale Pizza Party was a
was held on April 12th
at the South End House located at 48 Rutland St in the South End.
was the collaboration between CHAA and USES that made it a big
was a chance for campers and their families to turn in much needed
paperwork for the upcoming camping season. It also gave many campers,
parents, staff, and alumni a chance to meet and reconnect after a
John must have been looking down on us because the weather couldn’t
have been better. The sun was out and it was about 65 degrees. About
60-70 guests attended. They played games and socialized before a
shared meal. They enjoyed pizza, chips, cookies, drinks, and a large
salad made by Mr. Jerrell.
pizzas were donated by George Axiotis of New York Pizza. He believes
in and supports Camp Hale. Thank you George for your support it is
was a well needed party for all, and I say, “Mission
Accomplished!!!” Thank you for joining us and for showing your
support and love for Camp Hale. We plan on making this an annual
you on Squam,
Hayes - Vice President and Alumni Weekend Chairman
The 2013 Camp
Hale girl’s Session III
was a huge success! This year, we were able to offer 5 additional
camper slots and 2 additional Counselor in Training positions
totaling of 40 campers and 5 teenagers who were able to experience
the beauty of Squam Lake.
also increased the length of our program from 5 days to 10 days,
allowing us to increase the amount and variety of activities offered.
staff consisted of 10 counselors (2 returning) with Mr. Jerrell and
Mr. Tyler there to support us as they did last year.
the ten-day experience, the girls were busy from the moment they woke
up until the time they went to bed. Every girl had many
opportunities to participate in one of the many pre-existing
activities that Camp Hale’s has to offer including boating,
swimming, archery, arts and crafts, team building activities,
campfire activities and canoeing to Jumping Rock. This summer we also
offered yoga, and improv/acting classes!
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 Alumni and Friends,
the winter has come to an end.
we head into the coming Camping season I would like to point
out some of the exciting things going on with CHAA.
"Spring Fling" party in May helps us reconnect with old and
new members, our USES partners, Camper Families and many others. The
funds raised at this event will help support Camper scholarships and
Camp facility needs. Please spread the word and come support Camp
I am especially excited about the upcoming "Work weekend" in
June. Please make every effort to attend the weekend as we
have many projects to complete. This year Camp Hale Staff and the Alumni
association will work side by side to get camp ready for the season.
We at CHAA are very proud of the new Web site that our web/social media
team has worked so hard developing. We believe this new site
will allow members and donors to easily navigate through the many
activities going on with CHAA and to clearly see the hard work that
our all volunteer board is doing to support the mission. Please check
the site frequently for the latest news.
closing, we are an all volunteer board with many moving parts that
need active board members who are willing to step up and work hard to
help grow the Alumni Association and support United South End
you are interested, please contact me. We need the help.
best to you all,
Hayes - President
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
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.