Spring/Summer 2014 NEWSLETTER

Hiram House TODAY

Spring/Summer 2014 Vol. 15 No. 1


Summer Fun Awaits You at Hiram House Camp!

Join us for summer fun for boys and girls at Hiram House Summer Camp, Ohio’s Oldest Camp!  Enjoy plenty of hands-on outdoor adventures, open new horizons and create great memories that last a lifetime, on our scenic 172 wooded acres.

Summer Camp empowers children with vital lifelong skills while having fun. Hiram House specializes in camp activities and programs that allow children to challenge themselves, build confidence, leadership, communication, responsibility and resourcefulness, all essential for success throughout life.

Summer campers can participate in a variety of exciting activities weekly, including, swimming, archery, boating, horseback riding, climbing tower, farmstead & garden, fishing, hiking, exploring, high/low ropes & obstacle course, orienteering & outdoor skills, teambuilding, crafts, wildlife & environmental studies, plus theme days.

Don’t miss the fun! Space is still available in some sessions Register today and pay online by credit card. For information, call (216) 831-5045 or view our Summer Camp page to see details on all our camps (Day, Junior Day, Overnight, Horseback Riding).



Now Hiring for Summer Camp Staff 2014!

Hiram House Wants You! Apply Today!

Summer Campers & Staff having fun at Summer Camp.  Don’t delay - Apply TODAY!

Don’t miss a great opportunity for a rewarding summer job as part of the Hiram House Camp Summer Staff.

Now hiring for positions as camp counselors, specialists, lifeguards, nurses, maintenance and more. Apply online at: www.hiramhousecamp.org/employment

Each year our staff is drawn from over fifty U.S. colleges & universities.


Spring School Camps & Retreat Groups Flock to Camp - Welcome All!

Spring has finally sprung and so have our spring School Camps, Retreats & Teambuilding programs!

New & returning schools, churches, groups, include: Western Reserve Local,  Gilmour Academy, Northeast Ohio College Preparatory, Cleveland Clinic, Berkshire, Towslee & Nordonia Schools, United Synagogue, St. Helen, St. Mary, St. Basil, St. Barnabus, among others.

If you have not yet booked your preferred Spring, Fall or Winter 2014-15 dates for your school, church or group, please contact us now to reserve them.

We would like to extend a Warm Welcome to All!


A glimpse of Yesteryear -

Long Forgotten Notebook Shows Hiram House Camp Life in 1949


A Solon man, Sal Virzi, bought a faded blue notebook, along with other old books, in a sale last year. He only recently discovered what it really was, and graciously turned it over to Hiram House for the camp’s archives.

The contents show Gene Royer, a former Camp Counselor & Unit Leader, wrote it in 1949 as a report evaluating the Hiram House Camp Program for his Applied Sociology course in college. (By the way, he received a good grade from his professor who called it excellent material!)

In his long-lost notebook, Mr. Royer fondly reflects on his days at summer camp.

His report depicts life at camp in that era, including photos, daily schedules, camp songs (see lyrics on right), activities, like summer evenings gathered around the campfire and teepees of Indian Village, with the campers and staff dressed as Indian braves and maids dancing and singing in the moonlight. He also described camp outings for picnics and swimming and how the children learned vital life-long skills through their comradeship and activities in nature. He concluded what a wholesome, beneficial experience camp was for the children and staff alike.  The philosophy of the period expressed in his notebook was:

“As the Twigs are Bent, so Shall the Trees Grow”


Photos above and below from 1949 Notebook taken by Gene Royer :

Hiram House Summer Campers dubbed the “Hi-Ho-Ca Tribe” sing and dance around the campfire at Indian Village in 1949 (top left).

Campers shown on picnics and outings with the camp staff in 1949 (top right).

The notebook contents also show that, not only was Hiram House a pioneer in Summer Camps, it introduced the first School Camps as early as 1947, giving children the opportunity to apply subjects learned in the classroom to the great outdoors and to enjoy camp year-round.


Group Photo of Camp Staff of 1949 (above)

Seated, middle row, on end, left side, is Doug Robertson, who was on the Kitchen Staff then. Doug has been a supporter of Hiram House ever since and is a long-time Trustee of the camp.

Times may have changed since 1949, but some things remain the same -

Children still enjoy gathering around the campfire singing songs and adults still remember their happy childhood memories and love of camp.  Counselors are still chosen for their dedication to opening new horizons for the boys and girls in their care. Many carry those lessons throughout their lifetimes and strive to give today’s youth the same life-enriching camp experience they once enjoyed. One such individual is well-known at Hiram House today.

Doug Robertson, a teenager on the kitchen staff then, is pictured in the old notebook photo above with the rest of staff of 1949. Doug, whose father Ralph also worked as the camp’s maintenance director in the 1950-70s, was inspired to later come back as a camp counselor himself while in college. He went on to a career in education, working with children as a teacher and principal in the Chesterland schools, but he never left his camp days far behind.

Doug and his family have been involved with the camp in many different capacities over the years and supported Hiram House ever since. For many years he, and wife, Bobbi, have volunteered at camp and Doug has been a long-time Hiram House Trustee, along, with their daughter, Kimberly, who now also serves on the Board.

Our sincere thanks to Mr. Virzi, Mr. Royer, Mr. Robertson & family, for their support of Hiram House and the children we serve!


“Chili Night Out 2014” A Success - Thanks to All!


Our 2nd annual “Chili Night Out” 2014 was a resounding success - thanks to everyone who participated! Nearly $5,000 was raised and some 100 people attended the event.

Guests enjoyed a delicious meal of Chili, Cornbread & Salad, featuring a wide selection of Beef, Turkey & Vegetarian Chili, made by Hiram House Board members and staff.  Diners voted on their favorite Chili recipes and the winners were Christina Robinson and Sharon Sternen. Camperships to enable children in need to attend Summer Camp will be named in their honor.

Everyone also enjoyed craft beers and wine tasting with Colonial Beverage and whiskey samples from Cleveland Whiskey. Assorted Desserts were provided by Earth Fare in Solon.  A 50/50 Cash Raffle and drawings for Chili, Beer, Wine and Whiskey Gift Baskets, plus a 32” Flat-Screen Color TV, lively music and a roaring fire rounded out a fun evening for all.

With thanks to all our sponsors, as well as to our volunteers, staff, Chili Chefs, supporters and guests! The event benefited the annual Hiram House Campership Fund.

Please join us again next year!



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Hiram House TODAY - Spring/Summer 2014 Vol. 15 No. 1

Editor: K.M. Bourland Communications

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