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.
My Daughters first camp experience away from home . The staff was excellent and she had a wonderful time
My daughter has great time every year. She looks forward to this camp. She will pack her bag 2 weeks early and start counting down to send of. When she gets home she is so excited. She loves the horses and the zip lining. She makes so many new friends . She talks no stop for about an hour about all of the things at camp. My family loves happy hollow. My daughters have been going there for 15 years. They give the city kids an opportunity to experience things that they aren't normally exposed to.
My daughter came home with a new outlook on life. Encouraged that she could be anything, she was excited to come back and hopefully be a camp counselor because she has reached the max age. She made a lot of new connections for a life time. This camp is a wonderful asset to any child that can attend.
I worked here over the summer and it was an extremely rewarding and amazing experience! Every child who came loved every second of it! Happy hollow is one of my favourite places on the planet. Would love to visit again as I'm sure all the children and and other staff feel the same! Such an amazing organisation and I hope many more people can have the experience I had.
I worked In Happy Hollow Children's Camp as a horse riding instructor/counsilor.They gave me somuch experience and made my summer happy and worthful.I met a lot of good person and a lot of amazing kids.This is a place where they can have fun,and they will.A few kids cme here with the thought that they won't enjoy it..But at the second they they sang the songs the loudest,they were the first at hiking and they wanted to do the most fun in the camp.Happy Hollow Camp is an amazing place which can give children fun,hope,love and in it's best way.I will return in two years and I know it gets only better and better.
I grew up on a farm in Michigan and when I discovered Happy Hollow, I felt like I had found a home away from my home. Their year round staff are some of the most dedicated people I've ever meet. Now as I'm expecting my first child, my husband and I already know that we'll be sending our children here. Their activities are amazing and varied. From hiking, swimming and archery to horseback riding, arts & crafts, and canoeing, Happy Hollow gives children an amazing experiences that they'll remember for a lifetime!
As a newer board member, We have excellent facilities and staff, dedicated to sharing the outdoor experience with kids who would otherwise not get this experience in their regular lives. I have had the opportunity to meet a number of former campers and counselors, who shared their joy and growth after even just one week at Happy Hollow Children's Camp. Come and share the joy with us!
As a leader in youth development for 25 years, the various organizations I have worked with have collaborated with Happy Hollow on many occasions. The youth clients we referred to Happy Hollow were always very pleased with the experience and especially enjoyed meeting guidance counselors with international life experience. It broadened kids perspective to our global society. Typically the kids we referred would have spent their summer in the house watching TV because of safety concerns for them being outside in a high-risk crime area or because the kids were just not accustomed to the great outdoors. Seeing the change in kid's confidence levels and excitement about their summer experience was always great testament to the excellent work of Happy Hollow camp staff. --- Tonja Eagan, CEO, Social Health Association of Indiana
I went to Happy Hollow every summer as a child. When I aged out I came back as a counselor-in-training, and then again as a counselor/horseback riding instructor during my summers while in college. The staff and grounds of this camp are special and create a unique community full of love, tolerance, and support. My times at Happy Hollow are some of my most cherished memories and I haven't spoken to anyone else who doesn't feel the same.
a good place an environment for children to be children. learning new experiences and making friends. also life skills are a benefit that they learn there.
This is a wonderful camp that serves the needs of children in central Indiana. The staff is hard working and focuses the resources of camp towards the needs of the children. I have worked as a volunteer with this camp for over 25 years.
I have been a volunteer for this camp for 25 plus years with asthma camp and I serve as a BOD member as well. They really have a great program and introduce children to the beauty of nature as well as provide many positive role models. It is great to see the smile on the chidren's faces every summer!
My son loves going to Happy Hollow! It's the best part of his summer every year. I'm so thankful and appreciative of the opportunity to be able to send my son to such a great summer camp.
Happy Hollow Children's Camp is a camp that sees you where you are, and without a doubt, makes a lasting impression on your life. The love, support, creativity, and determination of the Happy Hollow Staff is something that you would not normally see in a workplace. The enthusiasm, eagerness, and bright spirits gleaming from the students are the inspiration and motivation that keeps the camp moving. I believe that Happy Hollow Camp is a place of love, warmth, and something that everyone should be able to experience. As a staff, I got to grow and challenged to go outside of my box. With those challenges, I then challenged all of the kids that I was lucky to have and they tremendous growth in them for just under a week was amazing. Give to Happy Hollow to see the change you want to see in the inner city kids.
Great organization that help so many children every year experience the outdoors that wouldn't normally get to do so.
I love the friendly and familiar faces. My daughter goes during Asthma week. And she loves it she gets to do everything that a normal child without Asthma does. I love the doctors and staff is on hand cuz I remember my child every year
Happy Hollow is a great way for kids who must deal with the realities of an under-privileged situation to spend time in a natural setting and do the things kids are supposed to do - play, explore, dream. The commitment from the volunteers in this organization is truly outstanding and their desire to help the children is second to none. I am very proud to be associated with this wonderful group.
Both my children went to Happy Hollow Camp. Recently my daughter has gone the last 3 years and has enjoyed it each time. She is shy. She was able to make friends their and enjoy nature. Each year she was always eager to return.
There aren't any real words to explain how helpful this camp is. There are so many positive adjectives to describe how much I love this organization!
Happy Hollow, changes the lives of our youth who may not otherwise have experienced the beauty of nature, the teachings of teamwork, and the building of dreams...
I worked as a camp counselor at Happy Hollow, and was able to see first hand the transformation of the campers from the moment they stepped off the bus to the moment they headed back to Indianapolis after a week at camp. They loved it and it was great to be able to be part of this change in their lives!
Happy Hollow serves disadvantaged children. The children may be financially disadvantaged or physically disadvantaged. Happy Hollow gives these children hope. A big part of life is having something special that you can look forward to. The notes the children write say it all. They have the time of their life and learn to trust that their lives can be better.
My daughter attented Happy Hollow the past summer & she can't wait to go back next Summer. I was very impressed to her reaction. Although last year may have been her last year according to her age but I will definitely enroll her in Happy Hollow again and keep my fingers crossed. She may even be interested in becoming a Counselor.
Happy hollow is one if the best non-profit organizations I've ever had the privilege to work for and with. This camp changes the lives of every person and child that come in contact with this organization. Every person involved is so kind and loving. On a professional level, this organization is so entirely detail oriented and organized. Absolutely nothing is left to chance. It's been my honor to be a supporter of this organization since 2002, and I will continue to be a supporter for years to come.
My son attended Happy Hollow for the first time this summer & he loved it!! He had a great time, he's already asking about next year. We would have never been able to afford a camp like this for him and I'm so grateful opportunities like this exist for families in need. Great experience!
I worked at the camp in 1994, and I still consider it one of the best summers of my life. The work done here is incrediblem the children are exposed to the beauty of nature and the unconditional love and care of all the volunteers. My family are still very close to the people there and we support them 100%
I worked here in the summer of 1994. It was the best summer
I have ever had. The family that own and run it
Are still my dear friends 20 years later and I love them
My Granddaughter stayed here for the first time this past summer, she had so much fun and the first thing she said after she got off the bus was "Can I please go next year" and yes she will be returning!!!
Thank you for making this place available for the children.
Love this place! Great outdoor fun with amazing staff! I hope it is around for a long time! They provide a fun and safe experience for children that may never get to be in the outdoors much due to their living conditions. At Happy Hollow they get to go mountain biking, ride a horse, play basketball, play tennis, go fishing, swim in a lake, go hiking, go on campouts, experience the high ropes/low ropes course along with the zipline, go canoeing and just be a kid without the pressures of being in a bad neighborhood etc. This camp gets in your blood....once you go you want to keep going back! The staff is great and love what they do!
I met Happy Hollow at camp day at Purdue University in spring of 1999. They hired me as their horseback riding instructor. I worked for 3 summers as the horseback riding instructor, worked many school groups, helped in the kitchen, and have volunteered at their annual Under the Stars Gala for the past 13 out of 14 years. Bernie and Tammy make this place great for all the kids, staff and user groups. Not only have I worked there and volunteered there since 1999 they are all apart of my family. Bernie walked me down the aisle at my wedding. Tammy is my best friend. Once you go to Happy Hollow it is in your blood, you never want to leave. The kids that get to attend this great camp leave with the joy of getting to do a sleep out on the athletic feild or go on a camp-out way out in the woods where you make your own dinner over a campfire. They get to go swimming, mountain biking, horseback riding. They get to face their biggest fears on the challenge course or high ropes. They learn to respect nature and all that is in it. They get on the bus on Sunday's kind of scared not knowing what to expect or who they will be bunking with....then on Friday when they go home they are hugging everyone, laughing, crying because they don't want to leave. They made friends with people they may never have talked to before. They get on the bus and they sing camp songs all the way back to the drop off in Indianapolis.
I have volunteered at Happy Hollow Camp since 1988. This is a camp for kids that are from a socioeconomically challenged family or have a certain type of need(foster family, kids with asthma, ....). At this camp, these kids get to experience the great outdoors, see animals that they have only seen in a book, learn life skills and are able to do many things that they have never even heard of. They learn that there are all sorts of challenges that they can overcome and that they can do many things they never would have dreamed of. Many of these kids come back each summer, and it is so rewarding to see how they have matured in their decision making. It is especially rewarding when these children see the importance of camp and end up coming back at camp counselors when they are old enough. It is so special to see these you men and women grow up and pass on these opportunities to others. We had one girl that came to all 8 years of asthma camp that she was eligible, came back as a counselor in training, counselor, and then returned when she finished college and was a respiratory therapist. We have also had a young man that came many years to asthma camp, returned as a counselor in training, became a counselor, and now is working his way through college. He has turned into a fine young man and has been a great counselor and role model to the youth that are coming through camp.
My son has been to Happy Hollow Camp 3 times. They have provided him with an incredible experience each time. He comes home full of stories and memories that will last a lifetime ! They have camp counselors who are interns that come from all over the world. This adds to the experience for the camper, and many times they come back from year to year.
The application process is fairly smooth. The check in an out procedure has been perfected. Last and most importantly I trust them to take care of him while he is away.
There is a very dedicated voluntary group of business leaders as well as young corporate leaders who go to great lengths to sponsor numerous annual fundraising events for this worthy cause. The camp is a well run organization.
I have 2 children who have been going to Happy Hollow Childrens Camp for over 10 years. My son started when he was 7 with Asthma camp. He hasnt missed a year since. He is now a CIT- Councelor in Training. He LOVES the staff and the staff has treated him like family. Through the years my children have had the opportunity to met Tony Stewart and they have actually joined him in a commercial for some of his charity events. My son is turning 17 this year and he is hoping to become a Councelor. As single mother of 2, it is hard to find activites in the summer for the kids to do that wont break the bank and Happy Hollow has always done everything it can to make sure that my children are able to continue to comeback every year. They have been a blessing to my children!! I highly recommend this organization/camp for any child.
Happy Hollow is a great organization. It has a beautiful site in Brown County where children from the City who couldn't otherwise afford a camping experience can see what rural America is like. This also includes sessions which are adapted to serve the needs of children with medical conditions who couldn't go to camp without the help of medical professionals.
Happy Hollow was the high point of the year for me as an inner-city youth and oldest child of a single working mother. Happy Hollow helped me realize how much opportunity was available to me as a youth and that we could positively change the course of our lives into adulthood.
My experiences with Frank, Tom, Ann, Julie, Alfonso, Dimitri, Davie, Susie, Bernie and many others was invaluable to me as a camper. Besides the unmeasurable amount of fun we had I mostly remember choking back tears when we had to leave at the end of the week!
The camp counselors of America program brought foreign counselors into the camp, which opened my eyes to other cultures around the world. I attended camp as a camper for four-years, counselor in-training for a year and at then became a counselor for four years. My experiences throughout with all of the U.S. and foreign counselors of Happy Hollow truly changed my life for the better.
I'm now a Major in the U.S. Army and have been serving for 19-years. My love for other cultures, which I found at Happy Hollow, and service in the Army has blessed me to be able to travel to more than 11 countries around the world. I directly attribute what success I have to God, my family, and Happy Hollow Children's Camp!
I am a therapeutic foster mom, and Happy Hollow has made the summers for my children wonderful! They were excited, empowered and wowed by their experiences at the camp! They had wonderful campers who were able to work with them through their problems and gave them positive resolutions.
Happy Hollow camp has been a blessing for my family. Before we found out about the camp
our three kids had never been camping due to time and money. All three of our kids have asthma
and our pediatrion suggested that they attend the asthma camp and that is how we began taking
them there. For three years our kids have gladly attended the camp. With the help of the staff our
kids have learned how to manage their asthma and they have been able to do activities there that
they wouldn't normally be able to do. The camp also teaches them new levels of independence we've
never seen in them before. My family and I are so greatful for camp Happy Hollow. Thank you for
taking time to read this.
In the 60s a young man came around my low income, multi-racial neighborhood going from door to door and talking about this camp called, Happy Hollow. We had never heard of the camp and my mother was not too sure this would be a place to send an ethnic minority child off for a week. But with seven other children at home, she decided that it would be a good experience for me and my sister. Off we went to Brown County and my life was wonderfully changed from that point onward. I really believed that Happy Hollow Children's Camp saved my life. I learned so many wonderful things besides archery, swimming, camping. I learned that there are people that come in all colors who want to make a difference and have love and kindness to share regardless of your race, social background or family or origin. Now over 40 years later, I still love Happy Hollow Children's Camp and always have a warm feeling inside when I hear the name!
I have 2 boys that love to go to Happy Hollow Camp every year. They always come home with awards, and excitement of telling me all the fun things they did and learned. It is so nice to have a great place for my boys to go in the summer, on our tight budget. Thanks to everyone who makes it possible for Happy Hollow childrens camp, be affordable for the less fortunate children!
Happy Hollow Camp is a legacy to the community and my family. My Mother, myself and my daughter have all attended Happy Hollow. Children are able to leave inner city life for an opportunity to enjoy nature, friendship and character training. My child is eager to go every summer and wishes to stay longer. Happy Hollow is a blessing.
My daughter was very happy with her week at Happy Hollow Children's Camp last summer. She said she wants to go back next year, which is a strong recommendation I would say. I was happy with how it was run and the people from the staff that I encountered and interacted with were very nice.
My mother sent my brother to this camp 25 years ago. He still smiles when he talks about his experience. I sent my 8 year daughter in July 2013. She loved the 3 day overnight experience. She is already trying to persuade me to let her stay for 5 days in 2014. The camp was very affordable and I know that is because of donations. So thanks to all the folks that want lower income children to have memorable childhood experiences. We are very grateful. TaShana Robinson and Christina Wells, Indianapolis, IN
Through our company, I had the opportunity to help with volunteer activities and contributions to Happy Hollow as well as participate in a visit to the camp. The visit to the camp was such a great experience. The camp counselors are energetic and engaging which was highly demonstrated through impromptu activities they conducted during a rainstorm. They connect with the campers and keep them entertained throughout. They also ensure the campers mind their manners as was demonstrated during dinner that evening. The campers receive an awesome experience attending this camp with its many areas of focus. I was also impressed that some of the camp counselors are from other countries. This is a valuable benefit too as the campers get to meet individuals from other countries and learn about their backgrounds and culture. Great group of people and great opportunity for the kids they support.
My 8 yr old daughter absolutely LOVED her first experience camping this past summer!!! As a single mother and a full time student my time and funds are quite limited. I was so happy that I could afford to send my daughter on the "adventure" of a lifetime for her. Since it was her first time away from home for that length of time I was very nervous about letting her go. The staff was awesome about easing my fears and answering every single question I could possibly come up with. She will definitely be returning next summer. As a child my family took me camping often and I really felt bad that I hadn't been able to give that experience to her..this camp is a blessing.
I think Happy Hollow does a really good job of working with some of the most at-need youth. They are trying not only to make sure those kids get the camp experience, but also that they have a great experience.
My Oldest needed a camp environment that allowed her to interact with kids from everywhere and had some of the same family and financial issues as she has, something that she was not getting from school. She is on the surface very "Wednesday Adams" but with a little patience one can find the sweet, caring, friendly and fun loving young lady she really is. She left scared of all the "happy" faces and cheery singing, but came back with a reward for her vocals and lots of bounce in her descriptions and even a few new friends. Happy Hollow Children's Camp did all that and more in just 1 week. I will likely be sending her back next year. She may even apply to work for the camp when she becomes old enough.
My children loved Camp Happy Hollow! They can't wait to return next year. This past year was their first year going to camp, I was a little nervous, not knowing what to expect. But they came back full of energy and asking to return to another summer session that year. The staff was very friendly and check in was well organized. I will be sending them back next year for 2 sessions if space is available! Camp Happy Hollow ROCKS!!!
My kids ages 15, 11, and 8 loved happy hollow. They attend a session this summer (2013) and hopefully attend 2014 summer. The price was pefect for me I'm currently going through treatment for breast cancer so the price and time worked well wi th my budget and schedule.
My children and I had been having a rough year with their father being a nd having to move around a lot. The staff at Happy Hollow made my kids feel welcome and excited about going to camp and facing new changes and challenges. I would recommend them to my friends and co-workers.
It was hard for me to make a selection under "your role" as Happy Hollow has been and continues to be a huge part of my life. I began my relationship with Happy Hollow as a camper at the age of 8 years old. I fell in love with the beautiful scenery, the activities, but most of all the staff. I continued to attend as a camper until I was finally able to become a counselor in training. After two years I became staff. I loved every minute of my time at that camp, and my fondest memories of my childhood took place on those grounds. Now life has come full circle, my 4 children have all attended the camp, and my oldest followed my same path.. Camper, CIT.. and finally staff. I can not imagine my life, nor theirs without such a wonderful environment and amazing people. I feel blessed just to have been able to have Happy Hollow as part of my life, and I hope it continues for years to come.
The camp staff, volunteers and board members are truely caring and want to help as many children as possible. They live through the mission of the camp. The camp itself is beautiful and well maintained. The camp means so much to so many children. My time as a board member was short, due to my location change, but Happy Hollow will always have a special place in my heart, and I will continue to support the camp and its mission from miles away.
What a great organization who's interest is to invest in the youth of Central Indiana through the expericence of a natural environment and peer networking. Camp is similar to what we (adults) look forward to an adventurous get-a-way from our daily whirlwind. I have been priviledge to serve on the board of directors for over two years. I can attest ot the dedication of the staff, volunteers and board members. This is an exploratory avenue for children to fully understand and appreciate the beauty of the great outdoors.
I have been a board member for Happy Hollow for the past three years. The board members are sincerely dedicated to Happy Hollow. This is a working board which means that the board members are very involved and give of their time and talent. The executive/administrative staff is exceptional and is also very dedicated. They all have "day jobs", but it is not unusual for them to be cooking in the kitchen or washing dishes when needed. They want the camp experience to be wonderful.
I have heard some of the campers speak before. When you hear how the camp has touched them, you know how important this experience is for these kids. Please participate or support.
Happy Hollow Camp operates a children's camp in Brown County Indiana. The main group served by the camp are inner city kids. Many of these kids have never experienced a camp environment, or really the rurual outdoors. Some have never really seen bright stars. Even though the camp is just a week long, it can be a life-changing event for these kids. They learn an appreciation of nature and the outdoors, self-discipline, and how to work in groups among other many valuable life skills camp teaches.
I have been a board member since 2011 and I feel blessed that I get to be a part of these kids lives in some way. Happy Hollow Children's Camp is something you have to see to believe. It's not only beautiful, well kept, up-to-date and safe, it's a kids dream!
Happy Hollow gives underprivileged youth a chance to experience something a lot of us take for granted - fresh air, outdoor sports and making friends for a lifetime. Most of the campers come from the inner-city and do not get to experience those and Happy Hollow Camp makes that possible.
I had the pleasure of volunteering at a local fundraiser for Happy Hallow Childrens Camp. It never feels like work when it's for a great cause. The camp provides such a great service to the community, giving these kids the opportunity to have a fun and educational experience they wouldn't be able to have otherwise. It's really a wonderful program for the everybody involved.
I volunteered this past summer session to help the campers get picked up and checked out after spending 5 days down at Happy Hollow's Camp. The smiles on these kids faces were priceless and it was apparent that the staff, activities at camp, the overall environment, and culture at Happy Hollow must be just wonderful! I look forward to visiting the actual camp site one day when camp is in session.
I was humbled by witnessing the gratitude and extreme passion that all of the staff at Happy Hollow put into this program from the top down. The leadership team displays all the attributes that you would want to see in providing our youth with a stable & happy outcome. They are responsible, trustworthy, knowledgeable, compassionate, and are in complete control to handle any situation that arises. I experienced Happy Hollow's leaders not only take control of a wide range of activities but also collaborate with camp counselors and volunteers alike by forming huddles and making sure that everybody was on board to provide the best camping experience possible for the kids.
Upon seeing hundreds of campers return with an EAR TO EAR GRIN, and knowing the beauty that this camp in the hills of southern Indiana beholds, I am confident that this is one of the best educational and life altering programs a child can have and also so deserving. Thank you to all of HAPPY HOLLOW’s Team for all that you do! My family looks forward to many more volunteer opportunities and a chance to someday send our son there for an Amazing Life Experience!