Fall/Winter 2012 NEWSLETTER

Hiram House TODAY

Fall/Winter 2012 Vol. 13 No. 2


4th New Log Cabin Now Under Construction at Hiram House


The 4th New Log Cabin at Hiram House Camp is now under construction in Pioneer Circle and will open in time for the 2013 Spring/Summer season.

Set in the heart of the 172 acre camp, the structure will be available year-round for use by Summer Camps, School Camps and Group Retreats.

The 4,300 sq.ft. all-weather Cabin will feature a central Great Room for meeting or instruction space, overnight Lodging for up to 30 campers and supervisory staff, a screened sun porch, restrooms and foyer. It will have handicapped access and offer state of the art fire and safety systems.

The new Cabin was made possible  thanks to generous grants from The Eva L. & Joseph M. Bruening Foundation, The Louise H. & David S. Ingalls Foundation, The Abington Foundation, & other individual donors. Our sincere appreciation to all!

The new Cabin is part of the Hiram House Master Plan & Capital Campaign to revitalize the camp’s facilties. Other new additions in recent years have included the High Ropes, Challenge & Obstacle Course, & the Farmstead Barn, among others. (see more Facility improvements below in this issue)

For more information, please visit our Hiram House Campaign page & our Teambuilding & Adventure page.


Artist’s Rendering of the Exterior View (top image) & Interior View (bottom image) of the 4th new Log Cabin, now being built in Pioneer Circle. It will be open for Spring/Summer 2013 season Summer Camps, School Camps & Retreat Groups. 


New Facilities Enhance Camp Thanks to Group Efforts


GE/United Way, U.S. Marines, L'Oreal USA Hold Volunteer Days

Hiram House benefited tremendously this year from the welcome addition of several new and improved facilities at camp, thanks to the dedicated efforts of teams of volunteer groups during the spring and summer months.

Hundreds of tireless volunteers arrived at camp during General Electric/United Way Global Community Day in April, the United States Marine Day and L’Oreal USA Day in June. Each group donated their time and talents to build a variety of new structures, renovate others, paint, landscape, install tiles and flooring, construct fences, groom trails, and much more.

Among dozens of new projects completed were the Low Ropes Challenge & Obstacle Course at the Adventure Center, several covered Picnic Pavilions with Tables, a new Greenhouse at the Farmstead, a Firepit at the Fort, new Basketball Courts, Animal Pens and staining on the newly-built Barn at the Farmstead, to name just a few. Needless to say, they were all a great hit with our campers, staff and visitors. Many thanks to everyone for their help!



School Camps, Retreat Groups Plan Now for Spring/Fall 2013


Take advantage of all the great new additions Hiram House Camp has to offer and reserve your preferred dates now for Spring or Fall 2013 season School Camps, Group Retreats or Teambuilding Adventure Programs.

Open to Schools, Church, Civic, Business Groups, for adults & youth, with lodging, meeting & dining service available. For more information or reservations, please call the camp office at 216-831-5045. Contact us today to plan your next school or group outing!

See why Hiram House is a recognized leader in Outdoor Education & Recreation!


Summer Camp 2013 Sign Ups Now Open!

Summer Fun Awaits You at Hiram House Camp - Register Today!

Summer Camp 2013 registration is now open, for boys & girls, featuring a variety of exciting, hands-on programs, offered from June to August, including:

Summer Day Camp - June 10 to August 9, ages 6 to 12 yrs.

Summer Jr. Day Camp - June 10 to August 9, ages 5 & 6 yrs.

Summer Overnight Camp - June 9 to July 19, ages 6 to 14 yrs.

Summer Horseback Riding & Adventure Camp - Aug. 12 to 16, ages 7 to 14 yrs.

NEW this year! Some session dates, times and age limits have been expanded to better serve our campers & their families. 

Please note the following NEW changes:

- Summer Day Camp & Jr. Day Camp will increase to nine full weeks, with one week or two week sessions available. 

- Summer Jr. Day Camp will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

- Summer Day Camp will now accept campers from age 6 to 12 yrs. old

- Summer Horseback Riding & Adventure Camp will be offered for one week, Monday to Friday, in either morning or afternoon sessions.

Many summer camp sessions still have openings, but space is limited, so please sign up today for the best selection!

For more information on session dates, fees & registration, please visit our Sumer Camps page & Register online after creating an account or call 216-831-5045.


Thirsty Thursday a Hit! Now Save the Date - Feb. 23, 2013 - "Chili Night Out"! Fun Winter Fling at Hiram House


Thanks to everyone who supported Thirsty Thursday, our fall fundraiser! Guests gathered around a roaring fireplace in Taylor Dining Hall and enjoyed a wide array of Beers & Wines, delicious Grilled Foods, a Cash Raffle, & an evening full of laughter, fun and friendship for all.

Now please Save the Date for our next Winter Fling! “Chili Night Out” on Feb.23, featuring spicy Chili & Cornbread dinner, Beer & Wine Tasting, Raffle, Sideboards & more! It may be cold & chilly outside, but it will be warm & "chili" inside! Join Us!  Register online or call the camp office for more information at 216-831-5045.

Both events benefit the Hiram House Campership Fund for children in need to enjoy a life-enriching Summer Camp experience.


41st Pumpkin Festival a Success - Thanks to All!


Pleasant fall weather, acres of colorful autumn foliage and lots of great attractions drew crowds of over 4,000 to the 41st annual Pumpkin Festival at Hiram House Camp, in October.

The event raised nearly $50,000 for our annual Campership Fund to enable hundreds of children in need to enjoy a life-enriching summer camp experience.

Thanks to everyone who attended, our staff, volunteers, sponsors and supporters - it was a great success! Please support our fabulous sponsors - see list at right. Join us again next year for another fantastic Pumpkin Festival!

NEW PHOTOS! View more photos of 2012 Pumpkin Festival and past events in our online Photo Gallery

 Join Us Again Next Year on Oct. 13, 2013 for Pumpkin Festival


Volunteers in the Spotlight - Hat's Off to Sara Freeman

- 25 Years of Haunted Thrills at Pumpkin Festoval!


Hat's Off to Sara Freeman & All Our Volunteers!

Sara Freeman, a chemist at Ferro Corp., started volunteering 25 years ago at Pumpkin Festival as part of United Way Young Leaders. She spearheaded creating & decorating the Haunted Maze, and, over the years, she has expanded and improved it  to be one of the most popular attractions at the event. Along with her friend, Diana Dusek, Sara spends countless hours each fall volunteering & working her magic to thrill & delight visitors, young & old.

Sara is a shining example of the many other Volunteer groups and hundreds of individuals whose selfless efforts help make the Pumpkin Festival possible and so successful each year. Volunteers help prepare the grounds, set up attractions, cook pancakes, grill foods, sell tickets, staff booths & activities, donate goods & services, & organize the event.

Volunteers this year included students from Baldwin Wallace University, Case Western, Reserve University, John Carroll University, Hiram College & University of Mount Union, Boy Scout Troop 383-Mentor, Giant Eagle, Hiram House Trustees, Lander Circle Kiwanis Club, Pumpkin Festival Committee, United Way Young Professionals. Kudos to All!



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Hiram House TODAY - Fall/Winter 2012 Vol. 13 No. 2

Editor: K.M. Bourland Communications

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