Fall/Winter 2014 NEWSLETTER

Hiram House TODAY

Fall/Winter 2014 Vol. 15 No. 2


New Butterfly Garden to Open at Hiram House Camp!


Volunteers from Holden Arboretum, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Institute for Creative Leadership, Hiram College and Hiram House Staff, armed with hundreds of plants, shovels and tons of enthusiasum, gathered at Hiram House Camp this fall to plant a new Butterfly Garden at the Double H Ranch Farmstead. Bill Henry, whose vision sparked the project, is in front.

Like a tiny seed, a great idea will germinate, take root, grow and flourish, if given lots of care and tending, and that is exactly what happened at Hiram House recently.

Dozens of Volunteers from Holden Arboretum, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Institute for Creative Leadership and Hiram College, along with Hiram House Staff, gathered at Hiram House Camp this fall to plant a new Butterfly Garden at the camp’s Double H Ranch and Farmstead.

The idea was the brainchild of former camp staffer Bill Henry.  He, along with other current and former staffers and members of the Hiram House Butterfly Garden Committe, Brent Grundke, Julie Dougherty, Marcia Mauter Stumpe, Mark Bir, and Russ Grundke, finally saw Bill’s vision spring to life.

Thanks to their efforts and the volunteer groups, plus donations of hundreds of plants by the Holden Arboretum and funding from the camp’s Lester Stumpe Memorial Fund and an anonymous donor, the project will be completed and dedicated in the spring. It will be open for use by our Summer and School Campers and Retreat Groups to learn about ecological conservation of butterfly habitats.


Hiram House Camp Ranch & Farmstead Manager, Brent Grundke, (on left) and Mark Bir, of the Cleveland Botanical Garden (on right),  stand with flats of perennial plants that will attract butterflies to the new garden.


Sign Up Now for Summer Camp 2015!

- See Schedules & Register Online!


 Summer Campers are all smiles at Hiram House.  Don’t delay - Apply TODAY!

Summer Camp 2015 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 8 to August 14, 6 -12 yrs.

Summer Jr. Day Camp* - June 8 to August 14, 5 & 6 yrs.

* Before & After Care available for Day & Jr. Day Camp

Summer Overnight Camp**- June 14 to July 10, 6 - 14 yrs. 

** Financial Aid available - Summer Overnight Camp only   

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 2015 Summer Camps include an early registration option for the 2016 season.)

See more information on 2015 session dates & fees under each Sumer Campplease register online after creating an account at: www.hiramhousecamp.org/user/register . Call 216-831-5045 with questions.

NEW! Horseback Riding Lessons - private one on one instruction 

NEW! Horseback Riding Lessons, with private one on one instruction, are now offered Summer, Spring & Fall at our Double H Ranch. See dates and schedule online. Please call the camp office 216-831-5045 to register. 


Don’t delay - Sign Up TODAY!




Hiram House Campers on “Romona’s Kids”

- Featured on TV’s 19 Action News!


Hiram House Campers were featured on Romona’s Kids” on TV’s Channel 19 Action News!

Eight-time Emmy Award winner Romona Robinson, Anchor of WOIO-TV’s 19 Action News at 5, 6 & 11 p.m. and one of the most respected and admired journalists in Northeast Ohio, visited Hiram House to film a segment of “Romona’s Kids” with our Summer Day and Overnight Camp boys and girls.

While at Hiram House, Romona talked with the children about what they learned and liked best about their stay at Camp, joined them in scaling the Alpine Climbing Tower, in singing camp songs, canoeing and other favorite outdoor activities.

“Romona’s Kids”, started by Robinson in 1990, showcases area children and positive programs for youth that make a real difference in the community.  In its 20+plus years, an estimated 3,000 children have been featured as “Romona’s Kids” and it has become an institution in Northeast Ohio.

The program aired during WOIO’s 19 Action News this summer. You can view a link to it on our Video Gallery at:


Hiram House Campers are proud to be honored as “Romona’s Kids”! 

- Thanks Romona and 19 Action News!



Pumpkin Festival 2014 a Spectacular Success!

A picture perfect day, with clear bright blue skies, pleasant temperatures, abundant sunshine, acres of glorious fall foliage and fun attractions, drew record crowds of some 5,000 and raised over $55,000 at our 43rd annual Pumpkin Festival to benefit our Campership Fund for children.

Our sincere thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s event, including all our Pumpkin Festival visitors, volunteers, sponsors, donors, staff, trustees, vendors & supporters!

Please save the date and join us again next year at our 44th annual Pumpkin Festival, to be held on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015! 

Hiram House, Ohio’s oldest camp and a nonprofit organization started in 1896, serves thousands of children each year in our Summer Camps, School Camps, Group Retreats & Teambuilding Adventures.

The Hiram House mission is to enrich the lives of children through camping in a diverse environment that promotes family values, builds character & opens new horizons for all our youth.


Hiram House Camp Pumpkin Festival was featured  on WKYC’s Weekend News with News Team Anchors Maureen Kyle and Bruce Kalinowski, Hiram House Campers and Pumpkin Festival Committee members!

Watch WKYC-TV video link on Hiram House Camp website under our e-News pages.


Cleveland VA Held Special Pumpkin Festival Day at Hiram House for Veterans’ Families


The Louis Stokes Cleveland Veteran’s Affairs partnered with Hiram House Camp to offer a special “Veteran Welcome Home Celebration” at the 2014 Pumpkin Festival for Veterans & their families.

In additon to a special event package, the VA staffed a booth and had VA Health Benefit  Advisors at the festival to answer veterans' questions.

Thanks to The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center for their support of our nation’s Veterans and Pumpkin Festiva!

Vist the Cleveland VA online at: www.cleveland.va.gov



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Hiram House TODAY - Fall/Winter 2014 Vol. 15 No. 2

Editor: K.M. Bourland Communications

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