Hiram House Camp

EST. 1896

Unleash Adventure and Learning at Junior Day Camp in Northeast Ohio

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

The Perfect Summer Experience for Your Little Explorer

Embark on a magical summer journey with our Junior Day Camp, specially designed for children ages 5 and 6 (entering kindergarten in the fall) from Northeast Ohio. Our closely supervised program ensures a safe, secure, and nurturing environment, introducing your little ones to the joys of camping and expanding their knowledge of the great outdoors.

Benefits of Junior Day Camp Adventures

Discover the myriad benefits of our Junior Day Camp experience:

  • Develop Lifelong Skills: Engage in hands-on activities fostering essential life skills.
  • Promote Independence: Encourage a sense of independence in a supportive environment.
  • Make Time for Play: Embrace the joy of play in a structured and playful setting.
  • Encourage a Connection with Nature: Cultivate an early connection with the wonders of nature.
  • Foster Growth: Nurture personal growth through exciting and educational experiences.
  • Support Healthy Living: Instill healthy habits through active play and engagement.
  • Provide Fun Screen-Free Activities: Offer a screen-free environment with enjoyable activities.
  • Teach Teamwork and Resiliency: Learn valuable teamwork and resilience through group activities.

Junior Day Camp Schedule and Activities

Junior Day Camp runs Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Immerse your child in a world of exciting hands-on activities, including archery, canoeing, camp crafts, low-ropes course, performing arts, hiking, outdoor skills, swimming, wildlife and environmental studies, themed days, campfires, and S’mores! Please note that Horseback Riding lessons and Climbing Wall Adventure are not offered to campers attending Junior Day Camp.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Junior Day Camp suitable for children entering kindergarten in the fall?

Absolutely! Junior Day Camp is tailored for children ages 5 and 6 who will be entering kindergarten in the fall.

Are Horseback Riding lessons and Climbing Wall Adventure available for Junior Day Campers?

No, these activities are not offered to campers attending Junior Day Camp.

What are the timings of Junior Day Camp?

Junior Day Camp runs Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

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.

Daily Schedule

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

Camp Canteen (NEW THIS SUMMER!!)

Hiram House has redesigned the Camp Canteen for the summer of 2024. Included with your registration will be healthy snacks that campers can get at the Camp Canteen each day. For 2 week sessions, the first Friday will now be ICE CREAM DAY and the second Wednesday will be SOUVENIR SHOPPING and ICE CREAM DAY. All other days campers will receive a choice of a healthy snack. For the 1 week session, ICE CREAM DAY and SOUVENIR SHOPPING will be on that Wednesday.

Ice Cream Day and Shopping will be considered PREMIUM DAYS in which a camper will need money on the Camp Canteen Account.

Camp Canteen money must be deposited into the camper’s account prior to their visit thru your CampBrain account. DO NOT SEND MONEY WITH YOUR CAMPER. Cash will not be accepted at the Canteen. You will be notified of any balance in your child’s account at the end of the summer and it can be refunded.

Supervision

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.

Housing

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.

Gender Expression

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.

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