Throughout the 65 year history of Happy Hollow Children’s Camp, economically disadvantaged and certain special needs children from Indianapolis and Central Indiana have been impacted by our life changing summer program.
Our campers are the future community leaders and citizens who benefit from the exciting weeklong camping experiences our camp provides.
Each year, children’s eyes are opened to the possibility that their lives do not have to be defined by their current circumstances as they have the opportunity to experience outdoor adventures, including canoeing, horseback riding, and archery. More importantly, Happy Hollow is a wonderful place where children have the opportunity to develop important life skills such as self-confidence, teamwork, personal responsibility, problem solving, and self-worth.
Happy Hollow Children’s Camp is a week where children of different backgrounds live together as a community. While campers work to build skills of self-sufficiency, they also learn to work together to accomplish common goals. During team building exercises and program areas such as the high-ropes course, campers learn to support one another and develop a healthy reliance on fellow cabin mates. Through their successful participation in new activities, the campers gain self-confidence and knowledge that can help them to make positive decisions, overcome obstacles and accomplish their goals, long after they return to their communities. Campers are also encouraged to adopt a healthy and fit lifestyle through the many activities and sports they are introduced to at camp.
Our camp has a positive effect on our campers. In our recent parent evaluations, 56% of parents saw improved problem solving skills and peer skills development in their children. Moreover, 74% of parents saw an increase in their child’s self-esteem and overall fitness. With your support, we will continue to leave a positive impact on the life of economically disadvantaged children in Central Indiana.
Please take time to learn more about the offerings of the camp by visiting the Programs and Activities page on our website. Better yet, we invite you to visit our camp to see firsthand the impact you are making through your generous gift. Please feel free to contact us to schedule a time to observe our programs in action and our wonderful facilities.
Yours in Camping,
Bernard Schrader, Executive Director
Happy Hollow Children’s Camp
“A hundred years from now it may not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”