HIRAM HOUSE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
HIRAM HOUSE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
Enriching the Lives of our Children
Our Mission, since 1896
For more than a century, Hiram House has succeeded in some of the most important jobs facing any society— building character, self-esteem and a strong system of values within our young. Hiram House Camp has accomplished this by providing countless thousands of children of all races, ethnic origins and economic backgrounds with wholesome, nurturing and positive outdoor experiences and educational programs.
In recent years, however, while the valuable programming at Hiram House Camp has retained its consistent level of excellence, decades of use by active children had taken its toll on the facilities. A long-term solution was ultimately needed to meet rising demand of current and future programs and provide these youngsters with the quality facilities they deserve.
Our Vision for the Future.
Creating a New Facility for the 21st Century: The Master Plan
The needs and demands of youth have changed during the last 100+ years. Hiram House has had extensive discussions and forums with parents, children and teachers to identify these needs and the means to satisfy them, today and into the future. Feedback from Hiram House clients enabled the camp to create a vision for the next 50+ years. A variety of options were considered to help Hiram House continue to fulfill its mission and meet the needs of the children we serve. Therefore, Hiram House engaged the services of Kaleidoscope, Inc., a nationally recognized camp facility-planning firm to create a "Master Plan" for The Hiram House.
The Master Plan identified several needs for new or renovated facilities for The Hiram House. The Master Plan makes creative use of as much of the property as possible to reduce the density and intensity of development in the core of the site, which was originally designed for single-purpose activity. The redesign will enable the site to accommodate several different groups simultaneously. The renovations, alterations and additions are intended to enable Hiram House to fulfill its vision to continue to be a quality overnight and day camp in the summer, and an effective, flexible camp and retreat center to serve all ages year round.
Recommendations in the Master Plan and the camp's current limitations prompted the Board of Trustees to commence a multi-year capital campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to provide funds to renovate the existing structures and to build new facilities.
The Hiram House Board of Trustees has set a multi-million dollar goal to meet these needs. However, facilities most critical to the immediate future of the camp are being funded first and will be completed in phases.
In the plan's initial phase, the camp has already built a number of new facilities in recent years, including its popular Double H Ranch Equestrian Center, three new all-weather residential log cabins, an Alpine climbing wall, as well as extensive infrastructure improvements. In the next phase, plans included several new or renovated structures, including the newly refurbished Taylor Hall, newly-built High/Low Ropes Obstacle Course & Farmstead Barn, a planned new dining center, activity center, aquatics center, a 4th Lodge Village cabin, restoration of Pioneer Circle, adventure center enhancements, and other specialized program and support facility improvements.
Master Plan - The Hiram House Master Plan is a "blueprint" to guide future capital development projects. These new and renovated facilities are designed to renew the camp as a regional resource for children, adults and organizations in Northeast Ohio.
Dining Center - The new dining center is a priority facility, in the hub of the central campus, with capacity to serve 350 campers and staff. To include a main dining hall that can be divided for smaller groups, staff dining room, restrooms that will also serve the commons, pack out room, new kitchen facility, fireplace and a large patio gathering area in front. To serve as both the anchor to the new Pioneer Circle and as the focal point for arriving guests. Center will be constructed primarily of logs to continue theme established by the log cabins. Exterior space will connect to the pond below the dining center for beauty, water studies and outdoor activities.
Activity Center - Additional renovation of the existing dining hall to convert it to a multi-purpose program and activity center, incorporating an interactive science and environmental learning center, a central assembly hall, classrooms for programming, self-service kitchen area for groups, program offices, staff lounge, and an arts, music and drama center.
Aquatic Center - A new aquatic center willl replace the current fifty-year old one, including a new swimming pool, with zero grade entrance, and new water elements, such as splash pads, slide, sprayground, plus a new pool house, with restrooms and dressing areas.
Lodge Village Cabin - The last of four new residential Log Cabins in Lodge Village has now been completed and opened in summer 2013 to house campers and counselors (see 4th new Log Cabin Grand Opening photos). Each cabin features a central Great Room for activity, instruction, meeting or lounge space, separate wings equipped with bunk beds for camepers, restrooms and showers, private rooms for leadership/supervisory staff, a screened or winterized sun porch, state of the art fire systems and handicapped access. The new rustic log cabins are are winterized for year-round comfort. They are nestled in the woods off Pioneer Circle. They are available for Summer Camps, School Camps, and Weekend Group Retreats.
Pioneer Circle - Renew Pioneer Circle as a beautiful park-like commons area in center of the log cabins in the heart of the camp site that provides a safe place for campers to explore and play. Develop a natural playground of logs, rock, grass, open space, plus carefully selected built amenities, such as the sand box. Locate benches and gazebos at the edge of shaded areas to invite conversation and allow adults to observe play without directing it. Refresh and redesign hiking trails and pathways in and around Pioneer Circle, add new landscaping, natural vegetation to areas disturbed by newly-built facilities. Add new outdoor pavilions and shelters situated around ponds and scenic areas for flexible, informal programming areas.
Adventure Center - Expand the Alpine Climbing Tower and add additional new elements to the existing Teambuilding Program, like the newly-build High/Low Ropes Obstalce Course and a planned mountain boarding and zip line area. Renourish the play fields & outdoor sports courts for volleyball, basketball, and other activities. A new basketball was built recently thanks to volunteer group efforts.
NEW! High Ropes Course - Thanks to a generous $15,000 donation from The Sherwick Fund of The Cleveland Foundation, Hiram House added a new High Ropes Course to its facilities. Reservations are now being accepted for the High Ropes Course as part of our Teambuilding Adventure Programs for adult and youth groups. A new Low Ropes Obstacle Course was built recently, thanks to GE/United Way Global Community Day Volunteers! NEW in 2015! The High Ropes Course was outfitted with a dozen exciting new elements to make it even more challenging, thanks to a generous anonymous donation!
Climbing Tower- The 35-foot Alpine climbing tower was built as part of the Teambuilding Adventure program and is available for Summer Camps, School Camps, and Group Retreats. Team building is a major component to a child and adult's experience at Hiram House. This climbing structure helps to facilitate partnerships, leadership and trust in campers. In 2013, the Alpine Climbing Tower was outfieed with a new 35-ft. high section to add to the fun and excitement it offers. The Teambuilding Adventure program is popular with campers and groups of all ages. (see Teambuilding Adventure)
Specialized Program Facilities & Support Areas:
Double H Ranch Equestrian Center – The recently built Equestrian Center and Western Horseback Riding Program at Hiram House are among the favorite attractions of campers and staff. The Equestrian Center features a stable for eleven horses, an indoor arena, outdoor riding ring, four turnout pastures called the Double H Ranch, the facility opened in 2003 and is situated among fifteen wooded acres at the western end of camp property. Hiram House now offers Western Horseback Riding Programs to its campers. Funding for the Equestrian Center was provided by the Billie Howland Steffee Family Fund, of The Cleveland Foundation.
Farmstead Barn - The new Farmstead Project, featuring American farm life, was opened to campers on a limited basis in Summer 2004 and has expanded each summer since that time, adding additional farm animals to our barnyard each year, such as calves, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens. A new Farmstead Barn was built and opened in 2012, with all-weather pens to house the various small domestic farm animals and instruction space for camps and staff at the Double H Ranch Equestrian Center as part of the Farmstead and Garden program. This camp program is patterned after the international Heifer project to teach children about conservation, sustainable agriculture and animal husbandry. Dedicated in memory of Denise Stewart Sindelar, the new facility was made possible by a matching grant from the Billie Howland Steffee Foundation and hundreds of individual donors. See video of dedication ceremony and other camp attractions in our Video Gallery .
NEW! Butterfly Garden planted at Double H Ranch & Farmstead. Learn more in our FallWinter 2014 Newsletter
Other planned updates to specialized program facilities and support areas include the caboose/train station, archery range, firehouse, chapel and teepee and ranch village outposts for older campers and specialty groups.
Donations or Information
If you would like to donate to Hiram House Campaign, please click here to use our online donations form or mail contributions to:
The Hiram House, 33775 Hiram Trail, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022
For more information about Hiram House Campaign or Hiram House Camp, contact:
Executive Director Russell R. Grundke, at (216) 831-5045
Or, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
See News of Grand Opening of Our Newest Log Cabin in Pioneer Circle!
Thanks to our generous supporters, our newest capital improvement project is now open for Summer 2013!
Coming Soon! Other New Improvements Planned or Recently Built!
We are continuously improving camp grounds, facilities and programs to beneft the children we serve.