Fall/Winter 2013 NEWSLETTER

Hiram House TODAY

Fall/Winter 2013 Vol. 14 No. 2


New Log Cabin Unveiled at Hiram House Camp


Exterior of new Log Cabin & Interior views of the Great Room

Fourth New Log Cabin in Pioneer Circle

Hiram House hosted a Grand Opening on July 19, 2013 to unveil its newest Log Cabin in the heart of the scenic 172-acre youth camp.

This is the fourth new year-round Log Cabin to be built in recent years as part of the camp's multi-million dollar Capital Improvement Campaign and Master Plan .

Major funding to build and outfit the Log Cabin was donated by generous grants from The Abington Foundation, The Eva L. &  Joseph M. Bruening Foundation, The Louise H. & David S. Ingalls Foundation, and The John B. Hollister, Jr. Fund.  Camp officials expressed their deepest gratitude to them on behalf of all the children served by Hiram House.

The all-weather, 4,300 sq.ft. rustic Log Cabin will be used by Summer Campers, School Campers and Group Retreats.

Plaque presented to Hollister Family

Hiram House officials presented a plaque, which will hang inside the new Log Cabin, to members of the Hollister Family in memory of long-time Board Trustee and supporter John B. “Jack” Hollister, Jr., who passed away in 2012.

The interior of the new Log Cabin was outfitted thanks to generous donations, by hundreds of individuals, groups and organizations, to a special memorial fund established in his name.

The plaque is inscribed: “In Memory of John B. “Jack” Hollister, Jr. - For his many years of service and dedication to Hiram House, he will always be remembered.”

See more Photos of New Log Cabin Grand Opening in online Photo Gallery!


Pictured in group photo, (above, from right to left), are: Hiram House Board of Trustees President Kevin Barnes, Jack’s son David Hollister (holding plaque), Jack’s wife Betty Hollister, daughter-in-law Dana Hollister, and Hiram House Executive Director Russell Grundke.

photo (above right) of the late John B. Hollister, Jr., long-time Board trustee, past president & past chair of development


Teambuilding & Adventure Program - Popular with All -

New Elements Enhance Alpine Climbing Wall


Campers scale Climbing Wall aided by staff, full view of new 35-ft. high section

The Adventure Center’s 35-ft. Alpine Climbing Wall was outfitted with a new section recently to add to the fun and excitement it offers campers at Hiram House Camp.

“The Teambuilding program, includes the High & Low Ropes and Obstacle Course, in addition to the Climbing Wall. It is proving to be very popular with groups of all ages,” said Russell Grundke, Executive Director. He noted that “It fosters confidence, cooperation, communciation, group cohesion, plus builds physical & mental skills.”

Call the camp office at 216-831-5045 to reserve dates or email info@hiramhousecamp.org for more information or visit our Teambuilding Adventure page.

Take the Team Challenge!


Register Now for Summer Camp 2014!

Don’t Delay, Sign Up TODAY! –

Summer Junior Day Campers having fun at Summer Camp

Summer Camp 2014 is now open for boys & girls to sign up for all the exciting outdoor adventures offered at Hiram House Camp, from June to August. Join Us!

• Summer Day Camp* - June 9 to August 8, 6 to 12 yrs.

• Summer Jr. Day Camp* - June 9 to August 8, 5 & 6 yrs.

   * Before & After Care available for Day Camp & Junior Day Camp

• Summer Overnight Camp** - June 8 to July 11, 6 to 14 yrs.

   ** Financial Aid available - Summer Overnight Camp only

• Summer Horseback Riding & Adventure Camp - July 14 to Aug. 15, 7 to 14 yrs.

Sign Up Now for Summer Fun!

Registration is on a first come basis and space is limited, so please sign up today for the best selection!  (All camps include early registration for 2014-2015 season.)

For more information on session dates, fees & registration, please visit us & register online at: www.hiramhousecamp.org/camps-registration/summer-camps or call 216-831-5045 with questions.



Dates Now Open for 2014-2015 School Camps, Retreats

- Fall, Winter, Spring Available -

Beachwood Middle School students at Hiram House School Camp (photo above & below)

Need the ideal location for your next School Camp or Group Retreat? How about 172 acres full of nature’s splendor?

Hiram House Camp has space available for the 2014-2015 academic year during the fall, winter or spring months.

Lodging, Dining & Meeting facilities are offered, with optional meal service, Outdoor Education and Recreation programs and/or Teambuilding Adventure for youth and adults.

Contact us at info@hiramhousecamp.org or call 216-831-5045 to reserve your preferred dates now.

Welcome to all our new and returning Fall & Winter Schools & Groups - Enjoy your stay at Hiram House Camp!

Beachwood School Campers balanced on a log at The Adventure Center Obstacle Course, made and flew kites to study design and aerodynamics, engineered an egg drop container from top of fire station to learn about velocity, natural forces and teamwork, created poetry in nature and much more! (photos: above & below)



'Tis the Season of Giving! - Campership Fund Needs You!

This is that wonderous time of year when we pause to reflect on our blessings and open our hearts to those less fortunate. 

Please help support a child in need by donating to our annual “Campership Fund”.

You may donate online or by mail to Hiram House Camp, 33775 Hiram Trail, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022.  Hiram House is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization. Your gift may be tax-deductible.

Thank You for your generosity!


Save the Date! "Chili Night Out" Feb. 22, 2014

Please join us for our second annual winter fling! Watch for details to be announced soon on our website.

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A FRIGHT-fully Good Time was had by All!

Thanks to Everyone for a Great 2013 Pumpkin Festival!


Photos (above) Little Munchkins sit amid the Pumpkins in the Pumpkin Patch as children & their families visited Pumpkin Festival.

Cloudy skies and a few light sprinkles could not dampen the enthusiasm for Pumpkin Festival 2013 as crowds of nearly 4,000 visitors turned out for this year’s terrific event! 

This fall favorite raised some $50,000 to benefit the Hiram House Campership Fund for Children.

Thanks to everyone who attended, volunteered, sponsored or supported us for our 42nd annual Pumpkin Festival!  We couldn’t do it without you. Please join us again next year!

See Highlights of this year’s event and photos of past festivals in our online Pumpkin Festival Photo Gallery!


Photos (above left) Pete Aubry and Sara Freeman (above right) pose with the SPOOK-tacular Spider Pumpkin he created and the AWE-some giant Black Cat she set up at entrance to Haunted Hay Maze at Double H Ranch.  Kudos to them and all our supporters! (see list of 2013 Pumpkin Festival Sponsors at right)



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Hiram House TODAY - Fall/Winter 2013 Vol. 14 No. 2

Editor: K.M. Bourland Communications



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