Happy Hollow Children's Camp, Inc.
Rating: 4.84 stars 95 95 reviews 2,337
615 N Alabama Street Ground Floor, Ste. C Indianapolis IN 46204 USA
Creating outdoor learning experiences that inspire Indiana youth to reach their full potential as active, responsible and caring members of our community.
Since 1951, over 40,000 children have attended our summer camp in Nashville, Indiana.
economically disadvantaged children
Direct beneficiaries per year:
over 750 children
Geographic areas served:
residential camping activities to encourage the social, mental and physical growth of children through the challenges of outdoor living and learning. Happy Hollow serves school age economically disadvantaged children from the Indianapolis area. Happy Hollow has 822 acres of pristine forestry with a 20-acre lake in Nashville, Indiana. The camp is located 11 miles east of Brown County State Park.
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I was very impressed with this camp I sent my daughter to. The staff was very friendly and professional. They take great care to make sure that the campers are safe and have a variety of
activities orientated towards healthy exercise and fun. My daughter has a special need, that was taken into consideration and dealt was accordingly. I was very grateful that the camp was affordable and fitted to our financial budget. I would and have recommended Happy Hollow to all my friends and neighbors with children and or grandchildren. This was the second summer my child attended Happy Hollow and I was very satisfied with the whole experience.
As a child, this camp was the best part of summer. The counselors impacted me in so many ways from helping me to step out of my comfort zones and helping me embrace myself for who I truly was. I loved this camp so much as a child that I came back to work several summers. Happy Hollow is a vibrant, lively place, and the people there truly want to give their campers the best experience possible.
I was initially attracted to working with Happy Hollow Camp because I personally believe an appreciation of nature is essential to being a well-rounded person and Happy Hollow was unique among the groups we support in that they were the only ones to provide an experience focused on the outdoors for the kids. I soon found that this camp is so much more than a way for kids to spend a week exploring the woods. Most of the summer campers come from extremely difficult family, social and economic situations and this camp offers many of them a first glimpse at an entirely different world; one which many of them have never even imagined. They are exposed to experiences they are simply not afforded in their normal lives, many of which can be personally challenging, but once they are able to overcome their apprehension and accomplish something they did not think they could, it changes them forever and gives them the confidence to change other parts of their lives. The physical and mental changes many campers experience in one short week are truly amazing. The number of children that return for multiple summers and who eventually become counselors, is a testament to the positive experience they have each year. I have come to appreciate Happy Hollow for being so much more than a simple summer camp. It is a place where kids can build confidence and learn to overcome obstacles and eventually change the world around them for the better.
I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Happy Hollow camp this year through out corporate charitable foundation. I attended their fundraising gala this past winter and was profoundly struck by the passion and conviction with which one of the former campers who is now a counselor spoke with respect to how this organization affected his life and how it can help other children. Happy Hollow offers children an opportunity to experience something many of them would never have a chance to experience otherwise and they do so at very little cost to the families. The commitment and enthusiasm of the people which make up the Happy Hollow organization is wonderful and they truly love getting to work with the kids.
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Words can not express how wonderful this camp is. The camp dedicates a week for asthma camp. If you are looking for a fun filled week that is safe for your child, this place has it all! It is heaven on earth. The staff, volunteers, and leadership are all great. You can tell that their hearts are dedicate to kids.
I was never able to attend camp when I was a child due to living in a lower middle class family. Happy Hollow Children's Camp is an opportunity for my children to do and see things that I haven't been able to experience even as an adult. They make friends and learn so much about themselves and how to interact with others. They are exposed to nature and different culture. The camp director and counselors are all caring and willing to help my children learn and grow.
My daughter absolutely loves going to Happy Hollow Children's Camp every year. She talks about it all year. She has great memories and irreplaceable friendships.
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My daughter loves going Happy Hollow Asthma Camp. This is her second going and we look forward to many more. A week feels like forever. She learns so much in such a little time and makes new friends. This opportunity for her is so important and has a huge impact on her. We love Happy Hollow Camp.
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This year was my 7 year old daughter's first time ever being away from family and the longest she has been away from home. She is an only child so she was all alone going to asthma camp. She and I were both afraid but some how the staff at Happy Hollow made that an exciting memorable learning experience for her. She is still asking "When do I go back to Happy Hollow Camp" and "Why was it only one week?" I am so grateful to all who support the camp and make it affordable. She is such an independent know it all little lady now!
Happy Hollow camp turns children who have never stayed away from home or been out in the country into nature lovers. They learn to enjoy creeks, horseback riding, new healthy foods, each other all while showing respect to the adult leaders and their surrounding. The camp program has a profound impact on the children who attend and their families. At the same time, counselors develop as leaders and build lifelong friendships with each other and give back to the camp for years to follow.
When the under privileged kids that are served by this camp with a free week of summer camp arrive on Sunday night, they often are nervous or cry because of the new to them environment of the beautiful countryside known as the Brown County Indiana Hills. After a week of learning about nature, learning what is like to have three family style meals a day, learning crafts, learning skills, riding horses, playing on the rope course, and many other activities, they cry because they don't want to leave to go. Yet, in a short week they have learned that there can be better for them, that there are people who care, and there are folks who can help them reach their dreams if they themselves are willing to put in the effort on their end. It is really a sight to behold.
My kids love going to Happy Hollow Children's Camp. They look forward to it every year. They Love all the activities and the staff. I think the only time they ever have anything bad to say is if the weather is bad which is nothing the camp can do to change that. They do still try to have fun with the kids despite the weather. My kids will go for as long as they can and I think they will even want to become staff members too.
My children loved camp and talk about it all the time. Still singing camp songs months after camp. They can't wait to go back again.
My girls did not like the fact that the counselors were not nice. Some said the screamed and not real friendly. Don't know if others had that problem
Please contact us directly at 317-638-3849 to address this issue. We want to help make your child's experience a positive one at Happy Hollow.