Fall/Winter 2015 NEWSLETTER

Hiram House TODAY

Fall/Winter 2015 Vol. 16 No. 2


High Ropes Course Expanded at Hiram House Camp Teambuilding Adventure Center!


Teambuilding Adventure - Many New Elements were added recently to the Hiram House High Ropes Course at the Adventure Center, thanks to a generous $70,000 anonymous donation. Teambuilding programs are open for children, teens and adults in our Summer Camps, School Camps and Group Retreats. (photo above, by Lynn Ischay, was featured in The Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com)

The High Ropes Course nearly quadrupled in size recently with the addition of a dozen new elements, for a grand total of sixteen exciting challenges!    

The newly-expanded High Ropes Course at the camp’s Teambuilding Adventure Center was featured in The Plain Dealer (Nov.1) and on Cleveland.com with an article and photos by Lynn Ischay about Mentor School Campers using the new facilities.    

Mentor Memorial School sixth-grade students visiting Hiram House School Camp on a two and a half day retreat this fall were among the first to have the opportunity to climb to the treetops and learn new skills as they experienced the many newly added elements.    

Thanks to a generous $70,000 donation, made anonymously by a family in memory of their loved one, the new facilities are now available to children, teens, and adults in Northeast Ohio as part of Hiram House Summer Camp, School Camp, Group Retreats, and Teambuilding Adventure Programs. In addition to the High Ropes, a 35-foot Alpine Climbing Tower, Low Ropes and Obstacle Course also are available for Teambuilding.    

While at Hiram House School Camp, Mentor students participated on other exciting hands-on activities and lessons, like Survival Skills, River Exploration, Nature Awareness, Archery, Canoeing, Hiking and Campfires.

You can view the news article and many more photos on Cleveland.com at


 For more information on the camp’s Teambuilding Program, visit us online at: 



Lifelong Lessons - Mentor Memorial sixth-grade students learned valuable lifelong  lessons, such as communication, cooperation and confidence at Hiram House School Camp. (photos above, by Lynn Ischay, were featured in The Plain Dealer and on Cleveland.com)


Sign Up Now for Summer Camp 2016!

Summer Campers having fun at Hiram House Summer Camp. Don't Delay - Register Today!

Summer Camp 2016 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 13 to August 12, 6 -12 yrs.

• Summer Jr. Day Camp* - June 13 to August 12, 5 & 6 yrs.

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

• Summer Overnight Camp**- June 19 to July 15, 6 - 14 yrs. 

** Financial Aid available - Summer Overnight Camp only

NEW! New High Ropes Course Elements Added (see article above).

Register Now Online 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 option for the 2017 season.)

For information on session dates & fees, please register online at: www.hiramhousecamp.org . Call 216-831-5045 with questions.


New Executive Director Courtney Guzy Named to Lead Historic Hiram House Camp


“I am excited to be part of the future of Hiram House .... and to build on the strong foundation and legacy that has been laid over the years” - Courtney Guzy


The Hiram House Board of Trustees has named Courtney Guzy as the new Executive Director of the 120-year-old nonprofit organization operating Hiram House Camp.  She will fully assume the position January 1, 2016 and will succeed Russell R. Grundke, who will retire at the end of this year after nearly 50 years of service (see article and photo below).    

In this capacity and reporting directly to the Hiram House Board, Guzy will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Hiram House staff, programs, expansion and execution of mission, development and funding, public awareness and relationship building with other area agencies and organizations.    

Guzy has served as Executive Director of YMCA of Greater Cleveland Euclid Family Branch for the past 11 years and also as Executive Director of its Euclid-Hillcrest Family to Family Collaborative. She also serves as Vice Chair for the Council of Neighborhood Leaders. Previously, she worked with Crossroads, part of Lake County Adolescent Counseling Center.    

She earned a Masters degree in Positive Organizational Development and Change from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management as well as a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management.  She is also a CWRU Treu-mart Fellow in Youth Development and Youth Programming. She holds a bachelors degree in sociology from Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA.  A Northeast Ohio native, she was raised in Moreland Hills and graduated from Orange High School. She and her husband, Gary, now live in Lyndhurst.    

Guzy is a long-time supporter of Hiram House Camp. During high school and college, she worked as a Day Camp and Jr. Camp Counselor and as Day Camp Director. She has been a volunteer on the camp’s Pumpkin Festival Committee since 1997 and served on numerous special events and fundraising committees over the years, including the recent Race ‘N’ Taste.    

“I am excited to be part of the future of Hiram House, to help realize its potential for new programs, services and facilities, and to build on the strong foundation and legacy that has been laid over the years”, said Guzy. “I look forward to creating new partnerships and sharing my passion for Hiram House with the Northeast Ohio community.”    

“We are delighted to welcome Courtney to lead our dedicated team of professionals, volunteers and supporters at Hiram House and to continue our commitment and mission to open new horizons for youth of all backgrounds,” said Board President Kevin D. Barnes.    

The historic Hiram House, founded in Cleveland in 1896, operates Ohio’s oldest camp and is one of the oldest camps in the United States.  Located on 172 wooded acres on Hiram Trail in NE Ohio’s scenic Chagrin Valley, it offers a variety of Summer Camps, School Camps, Group Retreats, and Teambuilding Adventure programs. Each fall its popular annual Pumpkin Festival raises thousands for its Campership Fund for children in need to attend camp.    

A nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization, Hiram House Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association and is a United Way Partner Service Agency. For over a century, the camp has provided quality outdoor education & recreation programs, staff, services & facilities for thousands of children, teens, adults, schools, church and civic groups and organizations throughout NE Ohio.


Hiram House Bids Happy Trails to Grundkes after Half Century

 Hiram House Board President Kevin Barnes and New Executive Director Courtney Guzy (at left) congratulate retiring Fundraising-Special Events Director Joanne Grundke and retiring Executive Director Russell Grundke (at right in photo above).


Hundreds of well-wishers turned out to celebrate Russell and Joanne Grundke and their retirement at the end of 2015, after nearly 50 years of service to Hiram House Camp, “Ohio’s oldest camp”, founded in 1896.    

Russell served as Executive Director of The Hiram House, the nonprofit organization operating Hiram House Camp, and Joanne as its Special Events and Fundraising Director.         

During their tenure, the camp greatly expanded its programs and facilities to serve thousands of children, teens and adults in Northeast Ohio annually through a variety of Summer Camps, School Camps, Group Retreats and Teambuilding Adventure programs. Events like its popular fall Pumpkin Festival have also grown, drawing record crowds this year.    

The Hiram House Board of Directors hosted “Happy Trails”, as a farewell tribute to the couple. A special “Campership Fund” has been established in their honor which will benefit children in need to enjoy a life-enriching summer camp experience at the 172 acre camp. A commemorative painting and photo tribute of their years at camp were presented to them.    

Speakers at the event noted that over the years the Grundkes have touched the lives of more than half a million campers, plus thousands of staff members, volunteers and others. Many of them were in attendance to offer their heartfelt thanks and good wishes for the future. They were hailed for their passion and dedication to the mission of Hiram House Camp and for leading the organization on an incredible journey of success.    

The Grundkes, who met and married at Hiram House in 1969-70, also raised two sons, Travis and Brent, while at the camp. They are actively involved as well. Travis serves as a trustee on the Hiram House Board and Brent is director of the camp’s Double H Ranch, which features Horseback Riding and Farmstead programs for youth.    

Grundke will be succeeded as Executive Director by Courtney Guzy (see article above), who will assume the helm January 1, 2016. She holds a Masters degree from CWRU’s Weatherhead School of Management and was Executive Director of Greater Cleveland YMCA Euclid. She is a long-time supporter of Hiram House Camp, volunteering on many special committees and events over the years.    

You many donate to the Russell and Joanne Grundke Campership Fund at:


or mail to: Hiram House Camp, 33775 Hiram Trail, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022. For more information, call the camp office at: 216-831-5045.

We Wish Them Well!



Hiram House Camp, Russell & Joanne Grundke, Courtney Guzy Featured on Cleveland.com, The Plain Dealer, Sun News, as well as The Chagrin Valley/Solon Times


Hiram House, Russ & Joanne Grundke, Courtney Guzy were featured in several recent news articles and photos on Cleveland.com, Plain Dealer, Sun News, and The Chagrin Valley/Solon Times announcing the Grundkes retirement later this year after nearly a half century of service to Hiram House and welcoming Guzy as the new Executive Director.

A Timeline shows the History of Hiram Hiram since it was founded in 1896 to the present day.  A Photo Gallery with vintage photos is also online.

You can view them at the links below:

Hiram House Camp News:


Hiram House Announces New Executive Director:


Thanks for the Memories - Grundkes Retiring After Decades of Service:



Read related news article about Hiram House and Grundkes on Cleveland.com & Plain Dealer at links below:

Cleveland.com – Timeline History of Hiram House & Photo Gallery:


Cleveland.com – Grundkes Retiring After Nearly Half Century of Service:



Read related news article about Courtney Guzy on Cleveland.com, Plain Dealer & Sun News at link below:

Hiram House Names New Executive Director



Read related news article about Guzy, Grundkes and Hiram House Camp in Chagrin Valley Times at link below:

Changing of guard at Hiram House Camp blends old mission with new vision


Hiram House – “Enriching the Lives of Children Since 1896”




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Hiram House TODAY - Fall/Winter 2015 Vol. 16 No. 2

Editor: K.M. Bourland Communications


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