House System


A House system is a traditional feature of most schools in the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries. A number of US schools have started to adopt House systems too. Students are randomly placed in a House, or team if you will, and over the course of the school year have competitions in various disciplines to accumulate points for an eventual overall points winner at the end of the year.

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Purpose - How it applies to YMCA Camp Campbell Gard

We want to create a sense of belonging, more than just to the camper’s cabin group, but to a wider camp community. We want to generate friendly competition that is irrelevant to age and ability, where everyone can contribute. We want to expand camper’s horizons beyond just their cabin or their friend group they brought with them to camp.

Your camper can still be in a cabin with all their friends regardless of House identity. The House games will allow campers to socialize and interact with other people outside of their cabin group.


The placement is random. This placement is nothing to do with talent, friendships, ability or age. House identity does not effect cabin assignment.

Once you have your House identity that is yours forever! CCG records it in our computer system for easy future reference.

Typical House schedule for a seesion of summer camp

Sunday after dinner House placements, introductions and short competition

Tuesday evening eat dinner with House group then large evening House activity

Thursday after dinner short quick competition

Friday 3rd activity period a large House activity

Friday closing address House Cup champion of the week announced.  

Examples of House activities

Shorter activities

Charades, ice foot fishing, counselor pudding eating competition, shoe tossing, higher or lower cards, egg toss

Larger activities

House soccer, Risk, Canada game, point challenge circuit, Olympics, water games, human checkers, House 4-way ultimate frisbee,

House Names

Houses are named after CCG camp historical figures.

McCloskey Mighty Mallards

This house is named after Robert McCloskey, famed child’s book author, illustrator and winner of the Caldecott Medal. Born in Hamilton, Ohio on September 15th, 1914 he was one of the children who attended CCG on its opening week on Monday, June 28th 1926. McCloskey started as a camper and later became the steward of camp as a counselor. McCloskey was also commissioned to carve a totem pole for CCG with the help of Issac Greyearth (Sioux American Indian). The totem pole is now on display in the McCloskey Museum in Heritage Hall Hamilton, OH.

YMCA Camp Campbell Gard Robert Mccloskey older Robert Mccloskey Recent YMCA camp campbell gardYMCA camp campbell Gard ducklings cover

Klippel NighthawksYMCA Camp Campbell Gard CH Klippel

Charles “Casey” H. Klippel was one of the first camp directors. He served from 1928 to 1938. Klippel commissioned Robert McCloskey to carve the totem pole which was a CCG staple until the wood began to decay and it had to be removed to a safer place for future generations to enjoy. Klippel helped guide camp through its early years and was a massive influence and the camps early success.


Delozier Thunder TurtlesYMCA CAmp Campbell Gard De Lozier Profile Head

YMCA Camp campbell gard de lozier infront of rec hallLarry De Lozier started as CCG’s Camp Executive Director in April 1971 and stayed at camp until his retirement in 1993. During De Lozier’s time he was able to update pretty much most of Campbell Gard’s buildings and programming. The field cabins changed from the old screened in cabins to more modern cabins with indoor plumbing, larger capacity with heating and insulation. He oversaw the time when CCG moved from a summer camp into a year round operation starting the Outdoor Education program in 1973 and changing summer camp into a coed camp in 1976. De Lozier truly brought CCG into the modern era of camping.


Gramm River Wolves

YMCA Camp Campbell Gard gramm at deskNamed after Mrs. Ethelyne Grove Gard Gramm. She married Homer Gard after the passing of his first wife Lutie Gard. Homer Gard passed away on Tuesday, October 7th 1952 at the age of 86. After his death his widow remarried and later died on October 19th, 1970. In her will she continued Homer Gard’s love of nature and memory of his son, Charles Campbell Gard in the form of a donation to the Hamilton YMCA “to be used exclusively for the maintenance, development, improvements and or beautification of Camp Campbell Gard.” Her donation allowed the modernization of cabins as well as an enlarged/rebuilt Dining Hall and Rec Hall, the addition of the Summer Village cabins and the underground sewer/water/electrical/phone line systems. Gramm’s generous gift helped secure a bright future for CCG.  


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