Running to send disadvantaged children to summer camp in the woods of Hale Reservation
I am fortunate to be a neighbor of Hale Reservation and to have mountain biked through its 1,100 acres of woods for many years. My kids learned to swim at Hale and the older two are now a camp counselor and a lifeguard there during the summers. But the most important part of Hale is its Kids to Camp program. Kids to Camp brings disadvantaged children, many of whom have never seen the woods, to summer camp at Hale on full scholarships. Helping to grow this program is the reason I am defying my orthopedist's orders and running my first marathon. Your donations to help this worthy cause are much appreciated!
Here's the Hale Marathon Team's full blurb about Hale and its programs:
Hale Reservation is thrilled to be one of 35 local charitable organizations selected to send runners to compete in the 2013 Boston Marathon. In its 25 years of existence, the Boston Marathon Official Charity Program has raised over $133 million for a wide range of local charitable organizations and this year Hale will be among those organizations participating.
Hale Reservation is made up of 1,130 acres of woodland enjoyed by thousands each year. Each summer, over 4,400 children from 70 Greater Boston communities attend camp while during the school year upwards of 900 students come to Hale for teambuilding and environmental study. In the summer months, nearly 50% of campers are able to come to Hale thanks to financial aid. Funds raised by Hale’s Marathon participants will directly support this cause, ensuring that as many children come to camp as wish to attend.
Hale’s history began in 1918 when Robert Sever Hale made his property (then called "Scoutland") available to Boy Scouts and youth groups for hiking, camping, and exploring. In that first year, programs boasted 150 participants; by 1937, attendance reached 31,000.
In 1956, the Agency Camp program began with four camps, establishing a successful partnership between Hale and community-based agencies that exists to this day. Now, with up to nine camps coming to Hale every summer, our long-standing collaborations provide disadvantaged children with structured, active summers.
Membership Beach opened in 1963, inviting up to 420 families to participate in summer-long activities, swimming lessons, and boating on Noanet Pond in Westwood. By the 1970s, all No Trespassing signs were permanently taken down as Hale opened its borders to the public for year-round recreation. The Adventure & Education programs began in 1976 and continue to attract school groups and organizations to Hale throughout the year. Students of all ages visit vernal pools, challenge themselves on the ropes course, and examine local geology.