Dates you need to know:
Open Registration Begins January 2nd.
New Session 5 Added for 2023
Summer Overnight Camp has been the core of The Hiram House mission since it was founded in 1896. Overnight camp is open to boys and girls ages 6-14. Our campers take part in activities like archery, canoeing, rock climbing, hiking, creek exploring, campfires, sing-alongs, all camp games, gaga ball, arts and crafts, horseback riding, farmstead, low ropes problem-solving, and teamwork games, tie-dye, night hikes, star gazing, swimming, and learning about nature and wildlife.
Many of the children who attend our overnight camp are from urban areas in Northeast Ohio. Some campers who attend the overnight camp are eligible for camperships which help to support youth to attend summer camp.
Benefits of an Overnight Camp experience:
- Each summer, we have campers who have never spent a night outdoors. For them, it can be scary, unfamiliar and even lonely. But the courage and resiliency our campers build over the camp week helps them to form friendships, discover and enhance their personal strengths and gain new perspectives on life.
- Campers develop valuable life skills – skills that will lay the foundation for growth and success.
- Communal cabin living with others helps our campers learn problem-solving, teamwork, leadership, effective communication, confidence, as well as lessons about kindness and new perspectives.
Camp sessions are 6 days long. Camper arrival is at 2 p.m. on the first day of camp (Sunday); departure at 11 a.m. on the last day (Friday). Campers ages 6-14 live in log cabins centrally located to all camp facilities. Staff members live with and closely supervise campers throughout each session. Overnight camp staff stay on camp grounds at all times. All meals are provided.
Packing List for Overnight Camp
2023 Session Dates
Session 1: June 18-June 23
Session 2: June 25-June 30
Session 3: July 2-July 7
Session 4: July 9-July 14
(NEW) Session 5: July 16-July 21
Camper Dates & Fees
One Week Session: $880
Two, One-Week Sessions: $1,760
Deposit: $50 per camper, applied to session fees
Returning Camper Discount: 5% off camp fees for all returning campers.
Registration for Summer 2023 will open on November 1, 2022.
Deposit: $25 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 checks. There is no pro-rated fee 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 loss of damage to any camper’s property during the camping season.
Sample Camp Day
Each day of camp will include some scheduled activities listed above and some free time where the campers will help decide what activity to do. Free time is typically spent exploring nature or playing games. Each day will also include time for lunch and swimming. Below is a sample schedule for a day at camp. Each day will be different.
7:30 a.m. – Wake up
8:15 a.m. – Assembly
8:30 a.m. – Breakfast
9:15 a.m. – Canoeing
10:15 a.m. – Ropes Course
11:15 a.m. – Ball Games (Basketball, football, gaga etc.)
12:15 p.m. – Assembly
12:30 p.m. – Lunch
1:15 p.m. – Campstore
2:15 p.m. – Arts & Crafts
3:15 p.m. – Swimming
4:15 p.m. – Climbing Wall
5:15 p.m. – Free Time/ Creek Hike
6:15 p.m. – Assembly
6:30 p.m. – Dinner
7:15 p.m. – Campfire/ Evening Program
9:15 p.m. – Cabin Time
10:00 p.m. – Lights out
Arrival and Departure
Each camper is expected to be brought to camp at 2:00 PM on Sunday afternoon. Campers will not be accepted prior to 2PM. Campers must be picked up by 11:00 AM Friday.
Our campstore carries a variety of snacks and souvenir items for sale. We ask that you send a specified amount of money along with your fees. These funds will be put into an account for your child at the campstore. Any money left in your campers store account will be returned to you at the end of the session. This year we are offering camper group photos. These photos MUST be ordered in advance. No Camper Should Bring Money With Them To Camp.
“Camperships” financial aid is available for Overnight Camp for children from families in need through our annual Campership Fund. Applicants must apply and qualify. A majority of our Overnight Campers are eligible to receive aid for some portion of their camp stay. Hiram House is a private, independent, non-denominational, nonprofit 501 (C) (3) organization. Donations to the Campership Fund from individuals, foundations, businesses and organizations and proceeds from our special events help to support this worthwhile program.
Camp rules prohibit campers from bringing food to camp or receiving any food, including candy or gum. Should a camper bring or receive food items, such items will become the general property of the camp.
A nurse looks after the health of the campers. Meals are planned by an experienced dietitian. Hiram House Camp has city water.
Mail is received and sent out daily and can be sent to your camper at camp.
Visitors and Phone Calls
Due to the busy camp program, the nature of our activities and the relatively short camping session, visitors are not permitted nor will campers make phone calls unless there is an emergency.
Each camper needs to bring a suit and towel daily. If there are specific conditions under which your child cannot swim, please inform the camp office. All swim time at our pool is recreational and not instructional. Campers are required to take a swim test on the first day of each session to determine their swimming ability. Our pool has lifeguards and our waterfront director on deck whenever campers are present.
Our program staff is under the supervision of a qualified director and maintains an 8:1 ratio for Overnight Camp. Summer staff consist of many college and senior high school students who have an interest in child development. All staff is required to participate in a five day in-residence training prior to the start of camp. Group Counselors supervise and lead each camper group. Specialists supervise and lead activities such as climbing wall, archery, etc.
In order to attend camp, each camper must be examined and approved by a nurse or doctor with the past 12 months. The completed medical form must be in the camp office two weeks prior to the camper’s first day at camp.
Campers buy snacks and souvenirs during designated times at the camp store. Campers will visit the camp store during designated times each session. All camp store money must be deposited prior to the start of camp. These funds will be put into an account for your child at the camp store. No camper should bring money with them to camp.
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.
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.
- 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.
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 or gender diverse 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 or gender diverse 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.