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Happy Hollow Children's Camp, Inc.

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Causes: Camps, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Sports, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Creating outdoor learning experiences that inspire Indiana youth to reach their full potential as active, responsible and caring members of our community.

Results: Since 1951, over 40,000 children have attended our summer camp in Nashville, Indiana.

Target demographics: economically disadvantaged children

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 750 children

Geographic areas served: Central Indiana

Programs: 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 900 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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112 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization that works with inner city youth by providing them a great week long camping experience. Allowing them to develop new skills, habits and gain great experiences and friendships along the way.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Wonderful camping experience for children ages 7-14 who want to experience overnight camping! Beautiful camp and facility. I have been a volunteer with this organization for over 25 years. I can attest that they spend their money wisely with emphasis on the kids and the programs offered to them! The children learn about nature, take creek hikes, swim in a beautiful lake, ride horses, do archery, participate in challenge course, arts and crafts and experience outpost camping just to name a few activities!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My children were nervous about going to camp now they are excited to return next year.

athomas8

Client Served

Rating: 5

The camp is excellent. The directors and all of the camp workers truly care about the children. My children have had an amazing time everytime they have visited the camp and they look forward to visiting again next summer.

I am grateful that a program such as this exist. I am a single mother of 5 children. I never got to go to camp as a child. When I found out about Happy Hollow my oldest son was on his last eligible year to go. My only suggestion there would be to recommend a camp for teens from marginalized communities. He had a great time the year he was able to go. My youngest 4 children have continued to go each year and they will be visiting for their third year next summer.

It gives them an opportunity to experience things and it helps me to enpower them.

Great job!

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jdant 10/03/2017

Thank you for the review! We will see you next summer!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

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jdant 10/03/2017

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son loved it. He felt safe and secured. He said that the listened to him. They really care.

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jdant 10/03/2017

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My boys have went 2 summers and they love it !! They always come home and say how great their counselors are !!

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jdant 10/03/2017

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great people running the camp which services the kids that need it the most!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

An organization full of caring people providing a great service to underprivileged children and families!

Donor

Rating: 5

For many, many years I have been truly impressed by the caring attention given to all the campers from all their various backgrounds. The camp itself is extremely well maintained and truly an asset to to the children of Indiana.

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jdant 10/03/2017

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful place and staff doing wonderful work for years!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Happy Hollow camp!! 2017 was my child's and mine first time being away from each other and family and friends for her she had never had to fin for herself I also asked people about the camp and most of them had been as kids and they said that they had an excellent time to send her and also my daughters god mother use to be the secretary for happy hollow so she highly recommended that I send her. And from talking to one of the Happy hollow administrative staff members (EVERYDAY FOR 3 WEEKS) before I sent her she reassured me that they make them feel safe they teach them not to be afraid she assured me that they keep them safe and not to worry that and she assured me that Jason vendors from Friday 13th will not get her nor can he find them because the camp is so far out. lol and the time will pass by before you know it . she also told me that I can continue to call her while my daughter was at camp and she will call down and check on her and if that wasn't enough then I can call there myself and they will make sure that they got a message to call home and to make sure that they called home. well the day that I called they told me a certain time and they will make sure that she was there to receive my call they did and I did needless to say my daughter wasn't thinking about me because she was having so much fun and that she barely stayed on the phone because she was trying to get back to camp. that made me feel better. I still called the office to talk to the administrative team member. Although I knew I was getting on her nerves and she had to work she didn't say it she told me you know "I will be going to the camp on day this week and I will check on her myself" and she told me to make sure that I called so she can give me an update on her and she did. they also told me that I could write but it would be better to email because it would get to your child faster. so I did and it did. My child had the best time in her life away from home!! and (she didn't get any chiggers) lol so she will be going next year and all of the years that they are open and have room for her age group. THANK YOU HAPPY HOLLOW

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jdant 10/03/2017

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My children have attended HHCC for the past 4 or 5 years. They love this place and we'll continue to come until they are too old to come. HHCC has taught them so many fun things to do and learn and has become a staple in our summers. It is also a safe place for them to go. Not only that, it's very affordable. We love HHCC!

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jdant 10/03/2017

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Emily146

Client Served

Rating: 5

My girls have attended Happy Hollow for the last two years. The highlight of their summer is attending camp at Happy Hollow. They absolutely Love it. The activities, the environment, and most of all the counselors. They do a great job with the kids.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My twins attended Happy Hollow for the first time in 2016.
They had never been camping by themselves. They absolutely LOVED it!! They didn't want to come home after only a week.
They talked about camp, the counselors, the friends they met and all the activities for Days!!
From the moment they got off the bus, they said they could not wait until next summer.
Thank you Happy Hollow for creating great memories for my girls, that they will always remember.

Emily Thomas

Client Served

Rating: 5

This year has been quite a challenge for our family financially as we almost did not apply for returning our daughter to Happy Hollow due to lack of finances. Turns out that obstacle was not an issue due to thoughtful donors who made our daughter's attendance possible. This summer for her at Happy Hollow has helped to grow her in ways that are positive and noticeable at home!

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jdant 10/03/2017

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff is exceptional !! My children had a wonderful experience . I would recommend this camp to any parent who is looking forward to their children having a awesome adventure .

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jdant 10/02/2017

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This has been the best experience for my child. I would never be able to afford to send her to a camp like Happy Hollow. Due to the diligent efforts and the amazing people at Happy Hollow my daughter has had a childhood full of amazing camp stories.

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jdant 10/02/2017

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter stayed with you guys the week of July 16-21, 2017. Tamyra would stop talking about her time at camp. from all the next experiences she had and the new friends she met. The fantastic teachers and helpful team members. We are so excited for the 2018 camping trip.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being part of this organization allows me to see the impact that getting children out of urban areas and into nature can have. Seeing the campers learn about different activites that are done outside of the city fills my heart. I highly recommend this camp to all parents. It truly is an amazing opportunity.

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jdant 10/02/2017

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Happy Hollow is a wonderful camp for underprivileged youth. The joy that you see on their faces after a week of backwoods fun is priceless.

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jdant 10/02/2017

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Trinity S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Happy Hollow is always searching for ways to better the campers' experiences and reach as many kids as possible. This organization has been a huge part of my life as a camper, a camp counselor, and now as a volunteer.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 3

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.