Established in 1951 Learn about our History

Gate Hill has been providing meaningful and memorable summer experiences for campers and their families for over 60 years.



25 years of Family Ownership

Since 1989, Gate Hill has been owned and operated by the Male family; Josh, Bob and Jennifer Male.

From the first summer, the Male family has committed to the annual tradition of investing in the camp facility and programs. Whether it's a facility project like the addition of a new soccer field or climbing tower or developments to our programs like free online photos, or specialty Jr Sports instructors, Gate Hill's commitment to improve is a cornerstone to our operational philosophy.

Similarly, The Male family has embodied the community and family feel that defines Gate Hill. New traditions like the Gathering, Buddy notes and Group Rocks support the timeless traditions and values of Gate Hill in fresh and engaging ways.


Sleepaway Camp to Day Camp

Gate Hill has a set of core values that have always defined us as a special place to spend the summer. Historical directors have strengthened our family feel and welcoming community, and the family connections run deep to this day.

Opened in 1951 by Robert and Marica Rubin, Gate Hill was originally a sleepaway camp. The hand built cabins, shady trails and mountain views set the stage for campers to build self confidence and peer relationships in a fun accepting family culture.

Gate Hill was later owned by Stan Rubin, who coincidentally was Bob Male's swim coach at school.  Years later, Stan's son became a gym teacher, and ironically Josh Male became his student. Stan began Gate Hill's commitment to swim teaching although at the time there were no pools at camp and campers swam in the lake!

Gate Hill was later owned by Jane Stirling and Bob Stein. Jane was a local name in Rockland as the owner of the a.b.c. Nursery Group, and is remembered for her great warmth, her passion for her children, and a desire for all in this life to be happy with who they are. These values live on today in the culture of the Gate Hill community. Today Jane's Grandaughter continues her legacy as part of our full time team.