Staff & Alumni

Introducing the Hidden Hollow Camp Director – Monica Eppler

Friendly House is excited to announce that Ms. Monica Eppler has accepted the position of Hidden Hollow Camp Director and has already begun the transition into this important role for Friendly House.

Monica attended Hidden Hollow Camp as a camper, KP, and counselor. She graduated from St. Peter’s High School and worked at the Friendly House in the daycare center and for the recreation programs while attending the OSU Mansfield branch as a freshman. After graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in Family Relations and Human Development, Ms. Monica began her career working with children and families in foster care and family court settings in Florida. She soon discovered her place in education and has spent the past eighteen years teaching middle school Social Studies and most recently elementary special education. She is working on a Master’s Degree in Special Education from OSU.

When not teaching, Ms. Monica enjoys working on projects around her house, spending time with family, and boating on Lake Eerie during the summers. Through the transitions of her career working with children and families, Hidden Hollow Camp has always held a special place in Ms. Monica’s heart.

Her children, nieces, and nephew have been campers and counselors at Hidden Hollow, continuing the family tradition and love fostered by her late uncle and former Friendly House Director, Bernie Dillon. With other HHC friends, Ms. Monica has played a role in continuing to give back to Hidden Hollow and Friendly House for the past six years as a member of TPK as a part of its annual Weekend of Giving.

She is excited and honored to come home to Mansfield and once again serve the children and families of Richland County.

STAFF (paid, all summer)

Typical paid positions that we will be hiring for include:  Kitchen Staff** (age 15+), Jr. Counselor (age 16-18 and have not graduated high school), Sr. Counselor (age 18+ and have graduated high school).

All positions posted above are “full-time” and paid positions, and all hired staff are required to be at camp for the scheduled times — 6 days of counselor training and the six weeks of camp.

We are currently only hiring for COOKS and NURSES. Please email Mr. Greg regarding these positions. The 2024 hiring for camp counselors has ended! Check back in February 2025 for next season!

KP (voluntary, one or more weeks)

KP’s are volunteer positions for campers who are at least 15 but can also be 16.  They spend a week in the kitchen helping to serve meals, clean dishes and utensils, set up for meals, light cleaning around the lodge and camps, trash removal, etc.  KP’s can apply to work for all weeks but may only get one depending on the needs of the camp.  KP’s that do a great job during their week may be asked back to KP the last week of camp.  

If you have questions or are are interested in working as staff (paid) or as a KP (voluntary), please email Ms. Monica.



We will be having a “Weekend of Giving” in 2024.  This is a paid event that will be focusing on giving back to Friendly House, Hidden Hollow and Happy Hollow Camps.  Click HERE for more information on the TPK.

The goals of the Weekend Of Giving are simple:  raise funds for Friendly House and HHC,  give all those attending the ability to leave part of themselves behind by volunteering their time and their sweat completing planned improvement projects, and to give those that feel the same way that we do about HHC the opportunity to relive a part of our youth – to have a true HHC experience with all the nostalgia that comes with sleeping in the cabins, eating Chicken Deluxe in the dining hall, and sitting around the campfire listening to Horse Thief Jack!

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