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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 650 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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133 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter loved her experience at camp each year she attended. The volunteers and staff were exceptional. She still has her shirts autographed by new friends and staff. The wonderful memories and her experiences will last thru out her lifetime. I'm blessed that Happy Hollow made it possible for me to send her to camp.

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Rating: 5

The underprivileged and under served kids that we give a free week of camp are the most vulnerable yet the most receptive. The influence we give them in one short week of a better way of life in the relaxed and stress free environment of our camp does make a difference in their lives. Unfortunately, since most of our alum are poor, we have a hard time with fund raising at times. Most folks say they care about underprivileged kids but rarely put their money to back up the claim. Thanks to a great group of folks who do back up their claim, we continue to serve.

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jdant 10/16/2019

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Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been going to this camp as a camper/staff for more than half my life. I have loved every summer!

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jdant 10/08/2019

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great experience for my foster son! He loved it so much we signed up for a second week of camp.

Getting opportunities like this means so much for underprivileged children. Thank you for being an excellent provider for kids in need.

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jdant 10/02/2019

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was thrilled to learn about this incredible organization over the past year and I continue to be impressed with its long-standing legacy!

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jdant 10/01/2019

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Donor

Rating: 5

Happy Hollow Children's Camp is an exemplary organization that benefits children that otherwise would not have the opportunity to experience camp life. Along with sharing cabins, large caferiteria meals and camp fires, the camp provides educational experiences that include archery, swimming, canoeing, fishing, biking, hiking and many others.

Happy Hollow is in a serene setting, away from the day to day noise, providing a time to focus on the outdoors. I encourage any of those reading this to research more, visit the camp and give to support the children served.

God Bless.

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jdant 10/01/2019

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Donor

Rating: 4

I have loved serving the children that attend camp. It has been great to see then grow and enjoy the environment the camp provides. My heart and my passion is to continue supporting the camp and make it better by improving the experiences.

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jdant 10/01/2019

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Sara Rogian K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not only was I a camper for 8 years, but I got to take part in the CIT program one summer, then returned as staff for 2 summers. I also, then, volunteered as a Respiratory Therapist for a few summers for Asthma camp. Happy Hollow offers so much to everyone who is involved. The kids get amazing experiences they wouldn’t normally get to have and they touch the lives of every person that’s there to help them.

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jdant 10/01/2019

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Happy Hollow makes a big impact on kids going to the camp from the inner city that otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to build friendships, team work, and other skills like endurance during adversity that will help them throughout their lives. I've seen many kids come to the camp shy and scared and wanting to go home and by the time the end of the camp comes, they are crying because they don't want to leave . There is a lot of fundraiser work that happens throughout the year to make the cost to parents very low, since they are from underprivileged homes.

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jdant 10/01/2019

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Happy hollow children's camp is the most positive environment for a young person. They provide a learning experience by encouraging kids to try new things and introduce a lot of them to the outdoors.

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jdant 10/01/2019

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Top notch facilities including 800+ acres. Dedicated full time and seasonal staff. Wide-range of exciting programs and the food is delicious...

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jdant 10/01/2019

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This camp provided my children with an experience that they will remember. The staff provided a safe social and allowed both of my children the chance to explore nature.

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jdant 10/01/2019

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Tamia J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Child's first time away from home and not with family. Staff was accommodating and worked well with her. Motivated and encourage her through her fears and was very patient.

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jdant 08/27/2018

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Erica S.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Happy Hollow Camp is an amazing opportunity for all children! Especially mine because I've always wanted to have him involved in as many things as possible but fundings are always alittle tight. This we can afford he's attended 2 years in a row and has not one thing negative to say about the place. Very active and busy camp. Great staff he really connects with(which is rare). We're just very grateful a friend had mentioned this camp to us because he plans to attend the next two years if possible until he's of age to not be able to go anymore. Hes always looking foward to the next year. Plus some of his friends from school go then they get to know each other better. Thank you Happy Hollow Camp for letting my son make memories that he'll never forget with you!♡!

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jdant 08/27/2018

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Client Served

Rating: 5

my daughter and niece loved camp. the price was cheaper than daycamp. their experiences will be remembered forever

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jdant 08/14/2018

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great job Happy Hollow. My child had an absolute blast. Thank you for helping children develop and providing this experience.

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Rating: 5

Working at camp this summer was an awesome experience, it was my first time ever working at a camp and I loved having this experience at happy hollow! Being a counselor for me was learning more from the kids and other counselors even though I was teaching something that was ridding horses, providing this experiences to kids was something fulfilling because they learn something from you and they look so happy and enjoy the activity because most of the kids have never rode a horse before, that made me so happy. It was the best summer ever!

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jdant 08/14/2018

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Genuine. Happy Hollow Camp is not just the average summer camp. Every person, event, camper is genuine. The weeks when the staff members have campers was not a time of fake smiles and jolly attitudes. Everything was genuine. Everything felt like a big family rather than a group of coworkers. I would throughly recommend this camp to anyone looking to send their child to a place of an unforgettable experience.

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Bailee M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked and lived here for two months and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I learned so many new skills as a counselor and an instructor. This organization treats all of it's guests with respect. As a camp they teach children family values that may have been forgotten in many homes. We sing, eat, learn and play together as a big family with the children every week. The counselors get to be kids again and learn the role of being a parent/role model first hand. The kids get try new things they probably would never have tried if they didn't go to camp. I've seen kids get over their fears by holding snakes, riding a horse, going on a creek hike, and doing the high ropes course. They can learn to shoot a bow and arrow, go boating, learn new art crafts, and do team building challenges. Happy Hollow Children's Camp deserves all the praise it can get. This place changes peoples lives and I will be back next year for sure.

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jdant 08/14/2018

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great charity that has helped thousands of children experience nature for many years.

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jdant 08/14/2018

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Happy Hollow Children's camp provides great camping experiences for children ages 7-14. Not only am I a BOD member, but I coordinate our annual Asthma camp each year. Which means I live at camp one week every summer and can experience first hand what the kids experience.

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Happy Hollow Camp. We have sent both of our boys there and they have come back with so many stories of how much fun they had. There staff is top notch and the cmp is absolutely beautiful.

Rob Deppert

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jdant 08/14/2018

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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jdant 10/25/2017

Thank you for sending your kids to camp!

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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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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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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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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Emily146

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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

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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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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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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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