Summer Day Camp is a vital part of our camping program and gives children an excellent opportunity to enjoy the many aspects of outdoor recreation and to gain lifelong skills. Comprised of children ages 6-12 from the surrounding communities in the Chagrin Valley area and around Northeast Ohio, the program runs Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Every session the children are invited to participate in a pre-scheduled overnight stay at camp so they can experience the satisfaction of rustic outdoor living.
Summer Day Camp is for boys and girls, ages 6 through 12 years old. An optional overnight stay is offered on the last Thursday of each session. Sessions of camp include a variety of exciting hands-on activities such as archery, canoeing, camp crafts, low-ropes course, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, climbing wall, outdoor skills, performing arts, swimming, wildlife and environmental studies, theme days, campfires and S’mores!
Monday - Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Dismissal on the last Friday of each session is at 10:00 AM
(NOTE: Camp will be closed July 4)
One Session (two weeks): $730
Two Sessions (four weeks): $1,420
Three Sessions (six weeks): $2,070
Four Sessions (eight weeks): $2,680
Five Sessions (nine weeks): $2,970
One Week Session Only (One week): $365
Early registration for Summer 2018 opens at 10:00 a.m. on September 20, 2017 for Summer 2017 families only.
Open registration for New Families for Summer 2018 open on November 15, 2017.
Deposit: $75 per camper per session, applied to session fees
Registration is open now!
You can register online after creating an account.
Typical Day: Each day of camp will include some scheduled activities listed above and some free time where the campers will help decide what activity to do. Free time is typically spent exploring nature or playing games. Each day will also include time for lunch and swimming. Below is what one day may look like. Activities will vary daily.
9:00 a.m. - Arrival
9:15 a.m. - Canoeing
10:15 a.m. – Free time – Freeze Tag
11:15 a.m. – Nature Class
12:15 p.m. - Lunch
1:15 p.m. - Swimming
2:15 p.m. - Free time - Creek Hike
3:15 p.m. - Pack-up, Assembly
4:00 p.m. - Departure
Arrival: Drop-off time for Day Camp time is 9:00 AM. Parents are welcome to park and walk your camper to their group on the first day your child attends camp, however, parking space is limited. Camp will end promptly at 4:00 PM. Counselors will help the campers out of the cars on the passenger side of the vehicle. Campers will proceed to their designated areas, where they will gather with their counselor. On the first day of each session, staff members will have master group lists to help identify your camper’s group.
Departure: Day Camp pick-up time is 4:00 PM. Staff will help your children into the car. Again, PLEASE remain in your cars. If you do need to get out of your car to come in to the office or speak to a staff member, please park in the parking lot.
Before and After Care: Our before and after care is organized through Orange Schools with their Open Door programs. Campers going to Open Door before camp will be picked up on time to be at camp at 9AM. Campers going to Open Door after camp will be dropped off at Orange Schools at the conclusion of the camp day. No campers are able to stay at camp after 4PM.
Swimming: Each camper needs to bring a suit and towel daily. If there are specific conditions under which your child cannot swim, please inform the camp office. All swim time at our pool is recreational and not instructional. Campers are required to take a swim test on the first day of each session to determine their swimming ability. Our pool has lifeguards and our waterfront director on deck whenever campers are present.
Lunch: Lunches must be packed every day except for days of cookouts. Prior to cook out day, a note will be sent home with your camper. Hiram House will also provide dinner on the last Thursday of the session and breakfast on Friday after the overnight.
Overnights: On the last Thursday of each session there is an overnight. On this Thursday morning campers should bring their overnight gear with them. Included should be: a lunch, sleeping bag, pillow, bug spray, toiletries and change of clothes for Friday as well as their typical camping gear (swimsuit, towel, etc). If your child chooses not to sleep over he or she may be picked up at 4pm or 8:30pm on Thursday (please provide a note to the Directors). If during the night your camper decides he or she needs to go home, you will receive a phone call and will be asked to pick him/her up, regardless of the time. If the weather is inclement on the night of the overnight, the overnight locations will be moved indoors. Pick up time on Friday is 10:00 AM. There is no camp on Friday.
Photographs: We are offering 5x7 color prints of your child's group. Payments for photographs must be received on or before the first day of each session. Pictures ordered on the day of pictures or later will be at an increased price.
Camp Store: Campers go to the camp store on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday. On these days, campers may purchase one ice cream and/or one drink. On the last Wednesday of each session campers may buy T-shirts and souvenirs. Camp store money must be deposited into the camper’s account prior to their visit. DO NOT SEND MONEY WITH YOUR CAMPER. Cash will not be accepted at the camp store. You will be notified of any balance in your child's account at the end of the summer and it can be refunded.
Supervision: Our program staff is under the supervision of a qualified director and maintains a 8:1 ratio for Summer Day Camp. Summer staff consists of many college and senior high school students with experience or interest in child development. Staff are required to participate in an intensie five day in-residence training prior to the start of camp. Group counselors supervise and lead each camper group. Specialists guide activities such as climbing wall, archey, etc.
Medical Examination: In order to attend camp, each camper must be examined and approved by a nurse or doctor within the past 12 months. The completed medical form must be in the camp office two weeks prior to the camper's first day.
Refunds and Policies: Camp fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event of a medical cancellation, $10 of the deposit will be kept as a registration service fee. There is a $20 charge for any non-sufficient funds checks. There are no pro-rated fees for campers arriving after the start of a session or leaving before its completion. There is a $10 fee for any change after registration. Hiram House is not responsible for any lost or damaged camper property during the camping season.