It’s More Than a Great Job;
It’s a Great Experience!
A summer at HHC is like no other! Where else do you get to spend your days laughing, singing, smiling, and making a difference? It’s definitely a fun job, however it is challenging. You must love children and want to spend your summer with them. Our staff is expected to work long hours and at the same time be caring, nurturing, excited, enthusiastic, dedicated, flexible, patient, happy and smiling! Remember, you’re here for the kids. Their well being, safety and happiness are our first priority. Believe us when we say, there are many benefits from the hard work, commitment to the campers and dedication to the job!
The Hiram House Camp (HHC) Staff is recruited from colleges and universities throughout the country and abroad, representing nearly 40 institutes in 2019. Overnight Camp staff must have completed their first year of college while Summer Day Camp and Junior Day Camp staff must have graduated from high school.
An accredited member of the American Camp Association, The Hiram House is a private non-profit, non-denominational, coeducational, interracial and intercultural facility located 15 miles southeast of downtown Cleveland on 172 acres of beautiful woodland in the community of Moreland Hills.
Overnight Camp has been the core of the Hiram House mission since it began in 1896, opening new horizons and welcoming youth of all backgrounds. It serves hundreds of children each summer. Many of these children are from urban areas in Cuyahoga and surrounding counties in Northeast Ohio, and a majority are eligible to receive some form of financial assistance for families in need through our annual Campership Fund to enable them to attend a life-enriching stay at summer camp. Camp sessions are six-days long. Campers ages 6-9 and female campers ages 10-14 live in log cabins centrally located to all camp facilities, while male campers ages 10-14 live in platform tents in the woods. Staff members live with and closely supervise campers throughout each session. Overnight Camp staff stay on camp grounds at all times, except for pre-arranged time-off, and abide by curfew. All meals are provided, as is laundry service.
Day Camp is a vital part of our camping program and gives children an excellent opportunity to enjoy many aspects of outdoor recreation and gain lifelong skills. Comprised of children ages 6-12 from the surrounding communities in the Chagrin Valley area and in and around Northeast Ohio, the program runs Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Every session the children can participate in a pre-scheduled overnight stay at camp so they can experience the satisfaction of rustic outdoor living.
Junior Day Camp is our youngest summer program, serving 5 and 6 years olds from the surrounding communities in the Chagrin Valley area and in and around Northeast Ohio. Junior Day Camp is a closely supervised program to give children a safe and secure environment in which to be introduced to the joys and benefits of camping and to expand their horizons. It runs Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Day Camp Director/ Junior Day Camp Director
Day Camp Director/ Assistant Day Camp Director: At least 2 years of camping experience as well as college or related work experience. Must be at least 21 years old to apply.
Overnight Camp, Day and Junior Day Camp Counselors
Overnight Camp, Day and Junior Day Camp Counselors are responsible for directly supervising a group of 6 – 9 campers, planning daily activities, and actively participating in and encouraging a rewarding camp experience. All overnight staff members must be 18 years old to apply.
Overnight Camp Unit Leaders
Overnight Camp Unit Leaders are responsible for ensuring the safety and well being of the 32 or more campers in their unit. They plan unit activities and they are a counselor’s primary resource for information, direction, and help in working with campers. They must continually monitor camper/staff activity, ensure positive morale, and submit to the program staff various written reports as requested. Must be 21 years old to apply.
Overnight Specialists include Archery, Arts and Crafts, Canoeing, COPE Course Instructors (including Climbing Wall, Low Ropes & High Ropes Courses), Nature, Survival Skills, Farmstead Barn, and Western Horsemanship Instructors. These individuals must have experience in their area. They work with all campers (Overnight, Day and Junior Day) as they teach and lead activities in their specialist area. They live with campers, counselors, and unit leaders in cabins or tents and are expected to participate in all unit activities as well as play a vital role in the life of a unit. (Please Note: All Day Specialists will be required to stay for every Day Camp overnight – 5 nights total.)
Waterfront Director must have training, certification and experience in waterfront activities and management. Current WSI, lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR cards are needed. Must be at least 21 years old to apply.
Lifeguards must have training and certification. Current life-guarding, First Aid and CPR cards are needed.
Nurse must be a registered nurse, licensed in the State of Ohio with experience in pediatrics, working with children, or in a camp setting. Must have current CPR and First Aid certification. Must be at least 21 years old to apply.
Assistant Nurse must be a nursing student, medical student or an EMT with experience or the desire to work with children. Must have current CPR and First Aid certification.
Office Assistant must have excellent computer and customer service skills. Cordially answering phones, completing paperwork, remaining organized, and able to work independently on tasks. May 16th start date preferred.
Maintenance Staff is responsible for keeping the camp grounds groomed and clean. Landscaping duties and grounds clean up are among the duties of the maintenance staff. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. May 16th start date preferred.
Leadership Staff (Directors, Unit Leaders & Specialists): June 7th – June 8th
All Staff Members: June 8th – June 11th
**All staff must attend Pre-Camp Training; Pre-Camp Training dates subject to change
Summer Overnight Camp: June 20th – July 16th
Summer Day & Jr. Day Camp: June 14th – August 13th
Overnight Camp: Boys and girls ages 6 – 14 from across Northeast Ohio
Day Camp: Boys and girls ages 6 – 12 from Greater Cleveland’s eastern suburbs
Junior Day Camp: Boys and girls ages 5 and 6 from Greater Cleveland’s eastern suburbs
Location and Contact Information:
The Hiram House
33775 Hiram Trail
Moreland Hills, Ohio 44022
Fax: (216) 831-2477
Hello Summer Staff!
Below are some suggested guidelines for the upcoming summer regarding COVID-19. We hope this will help you as you make your decision about working with us this coming summer. If you have any questions please let us know. We look forward to seeing you this summer!
It is the policy of the Hiram House Camp that all staff are strongly encouraged to receive a COVID-19 vaccination based on availability as determined by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, CDC, and the State of Ohio to mitigate the on-going spread of coronavirus. While getting the vaccine will not 100% protect you from getting COVID-19, CDC reports the vaccination works by teaching your immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and may protect you from getting sick with COVID-19.
Beginning March 29th, the State of Ohio will allow anyone 16 years and older to receive the vaccine. If you choose to become vaccinated we will require a copy of your vaccination card along with your medical form.
- It is strongly recommended that all staff quarantine 7 days prior to your arrival at Pre-Camp. If you have received the COVID vaccine, quarantine is not needed.
- It is strongly recommended to take an approved COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours prior to your first day at camp.
- During your time off, remember to practice social distancing, wear your mask and make appropriate choices before returning to the program each week.
- Staff who are FULLY VACCINATED do not need to wear masks at camp, except where indicated below.
- INDOORS: Masks will be worn indoors except for eating, sleeping or showering. We recognize that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks indoors, however, Hiram House will be supportive of all campers or staff who are unvaccinated. Particularly in areas of substantial to high transmission.
- OUTDOORS: In general, people do not need to wear masks when outdoors. However, in areas of substantial to high transmission, campers and staff who are unvaccinated will wear masks in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve substantial close contact with others who are unvaccinated. (ie. sitting around a picnic table playing a game)