Dates you need to know:
- Returning Camper registration will be on November 1, 2023
- Open Registration for all campers will be on January 2, 2024
Summer Junior Day Camp is our youngest summer program, for children ages 5 and 6 years old (who will at least be entering kindergarten in the fall) from Northeast Ohio. Junior Day Camp is a closely supervised program to give children a safe, secure and nurturing environment in which to be introduced to the joys and benefits of camping and to expand their knowledge of the outdoors.
Benefits of a Day Camp Experience:
- Helps Develop Lifelong Skills
- Promotes Independence
- Makes Time for Play
- Encourages a Connection with Nature
- Fosters Growth
- Supports Healthy Living
- Provides Fun Screen-Free Activities
- Teaches Teamwork and Resiliency
Junior Day Camp runs Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sessions of camp include a variety of exciting hands-on activities such as archery, canoeing, camp crafts, low-ropes course, performing arts, hiking, outdoor skills, swimming, wildlife and environmental studies, theme days, campfires and S’mores! (Horseback Riding lessons and Climbing Wall Adventure are not offered to campers attending Junior Day Camp.)
2024 Summer Sessions
Session 1: June 10th – June 14th (one week session)
Session 2: June 17th – June 28th
Session 3: July 1st – July 12th (no camp on the 4th of July)
Session 4: July 15th – July 26th
Session 5: July 29th – August 9th
Also available Before & After Camp Care. Click here for more information.
Camper Fees – Please Note: Prices are for combinations of established sessions. Two-week sessions cannot be split.
One Session (two weeks): $775
Two Sessions (four weeks): $1,550
Three Sessions (six weeks): $2,325
Four Sessions (eight weeks): $3,100
Five Sessions (nine weeks): $3,510
Session 5 Only (One week): $410
Deposit: $100 per camper per session, applied to session fees.
NEW THIS SUMMER: Included with your registration fee, Hiram House will be offering 1 free limited edition camp t-shirt for each camper registered. They will receive their shirt on the first day of their first session. This limited edition t-shirt will change every year so your camper can now collect new t-shirts over the years.
We will also be offering a redesigned Camp Store, now called the CAMP CANTEEN. Included with your registration, campers will receive a choice of a healthy snack 3-4 times a week. One day a week will be their ice cream day as well as their shopping day for camp souvenirs. Those days will be considered “premium days” in which you will need money in your Camp Canteen account. Parents will receive a menu of healthy snack options which you can discuss with your camper ahead of time.
Registration for Summer 2024 will open in the Fall.
Deposit: $100 per camper per session, applied to session fees
Refunds and Policies
Camp fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event of a medical cancellation, $10 of the deposit will be kept as a registration service fee. There is a $20 charge for any non-sufficient funds checks. There are no pro-rated fees for campers arriving after the start of a session or leaving before its completion. There is a $10 fee for any change after registration. Hiram House is not responsible for any lost or damaged camper property during the camping season.
Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Dismissal on the last Friday of each session is at 10:00 AM
(NOTE: Camp will be closed July 4)
Sample Camp Day
Each day will also include swimming. Activities will vary daily.
9:00 a.m. – Arrival
9:15 a.m. – Farmstead
10:15 a.m. – Free time – Sports & Games
11:15 a.m. – Canoeing
12:15 p.m. – Lunch
1:15 p.m. – Swimming
2:15 p.m. – Free time – Creek Hike
3:15 p.m. – Pack-up, Assembly
4:00 p.m. – Departure
Campers go to the camp store on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday. On these days, campers may purchase one ice cream and/or one drink. On the last Wednesday of each session campers may buy T-shirts and souvenirs. Camp store money must be deposited into the camper’s account prior to their visit. DO NOT SEND MONEY WITH YOUR CAMPER. Cash will not be accepted at the camp store. You will be notified of any balance in your child’s account at the end of the summer and it can be refunded.
Our program staff is under the supervision of a qualified director and maintains an 6:1 ratio for Summer Day Camp. Summer staff consists of many college and senior high school students with experience or interest in child development. Staff are required to participate in an intensive five-day in-residence training prior to the start of camp. Group counselors supervise and lead each camper group. Specialists guide activities such as climbing wall, archery, etc.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
At Hiram House Camp, we believe diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of a flourishing camp experience. Hiram House Camp empowers positive change in the world when youth and adults of all backgrounds, beliefs, identities, and abilities are valued and actively engaged in camp and camp leadership. Together, we strive to create an expansive and inclusive camp community that is open and promotes equity across a diversity of ideas, experiences, perspectives, and voices.
Gender Diversity and Inclusion at Hiram House Camp
Hiram House Camp values and celebrates all campers and staff, including those who are members of the LGBTQ+ community. Hiram House Camp has welcomed campers and staff who are part of the lesbian, gay, and bi communities for many years, as well as trans and nonbinary campers.
Trans and gender-diverse campers are welcome in any cabin. While we will continue to refer to the “girls cabin” and “boys cabin,” all cabins are inclusive of trans and nonbinary campers. Specifically…
The girls side welcomes cisgender girls (assigned female at birth and identify as female), trans girls (assigned male at birth and identify as female), trans boys (assigned female at birth and identify as male), and nonbinary campers (assigned either male or female at birth and identify as neither or both male and female).
The boys side welcomes cisgender boys (assigned male at birth and identify as male), trans girls (assigned male at birth and identify as female), trans boys (assigned female at birth and identify as male), and nonbinary campers (assigned either male or female at birth and identify as neither or both male and female).
Prior to arrival at camp, campers can indicate at registration their gender identity which will help us assign their living quarters while at camp. If they want to switch cabins after arriving at camp, Camp Directors will help make new arrangements according to which cabin serves them best. Depending upon a camper’s comfort level, parents will not always be notified if their camper switches cabins.
In keeping with our prior policies, families will not be notified of the names, medical histories, or any other personal information about their child’s cabin mates before, during, or after their session.
Changing and Bathrooms
All cabins have lockable bathroom stalls and a shower/changing room with private curtains. Campers and Counselors will be encouraged to use a private changing space and are required to use it during full changes. Public nudity will not be permitted in any cabin.
Gender Inclusive Bathrooms are located in Rotary Cabin, Fire Station and Taylor Hall Dorm Hallway. Men’s and Women’s restrooms will continue as is in the Dining Hall.
Hiram House Camp believes there is no “right way” to be a girl or boy and encourages all campers to be themselves regardless of cabin or day camp group. Campers may wear whatever makes them comfortable; no campers will be expected to dress “like a girl” or “like a boy.” There remains no dress code at Hiram House, except that clothing may not include references to drugs, alcohol, sex, profanity, or other slogans or images that may be threatening or offensive to others.
Names and Pronouns
Hiram House Camp Staff and Campers will respect and use the names and pronouns that correspond with how they introduce themselves. If a camper or staff chooses to use a different name or pronouns than those listed on their registration form, we will use the name and pronouns campers use for themselves.
Counselors and Staff
Hiram House Camp Counselors are assigned to cabins or day camp groups based on gender identity—and always have been. All Staff undergo a thorough background checks and professional training, including sessions on child sexual abuse prevention, supervision, bullying, and how to care for campers of all gender identities.
Will I be notified if a trans camper is in my child’s cabin or group?
No. In keeping with our prior policies, families will not be notified of the names, medical histories, or any other personal information about their child’s cabin mates before, during, or after their session.
Will I be notified if my camper has a trans Counselor?
No. In keeping with our prior policies, families will not be notified of the names, medical histories, or any other personal information about their child’s Counselors before, during, or after their session. All Staff undergo background checks, a week long pre-camp training including training on child sexual abuse prevention and how to care for campers of all gender identities.
Will the inclusion of trans or gender diverse campers take away from my camper’s experience?
Not at all! Creating a tight-knit community within each cabin remains the cornerstone of the Hiram House Camp experience. We will continue to train Counselors that there are many ways to identify and express ourselves, and all identities and self-expressions will be accepted and celebrated in all camp groups and cabins—as they always have been at Hiram House.
Will Campers and Counselors discuss gender identity at camp?
Maybe! It’s difficult to predict what topics of conversation will arise as campers and Counselors share about their lives. We do not have any kind of gender identity curriculum, but if gender identity comes up in conversation, we do not feel it is off limits, just as race, ethnicity, religion, and other topics are not off limits when discussed with respect and authenticity. Counselors receive training on how to lead age-appropriate conversations, prevent and respond to bullying, and (if necessary) refocus everyone’s attention toward camp.
Do other camps have policies like these?
Yes! Hiram House is accredited by the American Camp Association, a national organization that sets standards for health, safety, and program quality for over 2,400 camps across the nation. The American Camp Association provides guidance for working with gender diverse campers.