About Happy Hollow
About Happy Hollow
Happy Hollow Children’s Camp, Inc. a private not-for-profit organization accredited by the American Camp Association and part of the United Way of Central Indiana, provides educational and outdoor residential camping programs which are designed to increase the understanding of the environment for children, ages 7-14 years. Children from financially disadvantaged families from Indianapolis and surrounding counties, and children with certain special health needs from throughout Indiana participate in a safe, supportive and supervised learning environment at Happy Hollow Camp in Nashville, Indiana.
The goals for growth for each camper are achieved through:
- Learning about and enjoying the out-of-doors
- Educating participants for safe and healthful living
- Modeling the constructive use of leisure time
- Practicing democratic group living
- Developing the unique personality of each person
- Exploring values and meanings
- Strengthening family values by experiencing a cooperative living environment
Since these goals for growth are universally applicable, Happy Hollow Camp will also provide programs and services to other groups and persons of all ages, year round, with specific emphasis on outdoor education, persons with special health needs, and programs which strengthen the family unit.
Majority of campers come from financially disadvantaged families that live in the United Way of Central Indiana demographic area, foster children from the state of Indiana, and children with moderate to serve asthma from the state of Indiana. For 62 years Happy Hollow Children’s Camp has provided this opportunity and will continue to do so for the next 60 years with the support of individuals, corporations and foundations.
Today, Happy Hollow has grown in area and in the number of campers served. In 2004, forty-six acres of land were acquired, bringing the camp’s total acreage to 822. The mission of the camp has remained the same – its scope and ability to impact the lives of needy children has grown tremendously.
Among the camp’s many accomplishments, the following are the greatest sources of pride:
- In the last 62 years, Happy Hollow Children’s Camp, Inc., has had the privilege of providing a life-enriching summer camp experience to more than 40,000 economically disadvantaged children.
- There have only been four Camp Directors in the history of Happy Hollow, allowing the camp to provide consistent, high-quality programming. The current Executive Director has been with Happy Hollow for 32 years.
- Happy Hollow has maintained strong relationships with other community organizations including the Care For Kids Foundation, Camp Kesem of Bloomington and many community serving agencies. These relationships allow Happy Hollow to provide a meaningful summer camp experience to foster children and children with special medical needs.
- Happy Hollow has been diligent in keeping camp expenses low. In the past 10 years, the annual budget expense has only increased by 20%, a two percent average yearly increase, while camper enrollment has increased by 33% during the same period, affording Happy Hollow the ability to keep the cost to each family to a minimum.
- Since 2000, more than 75 individuals, foundations and corporations, including the United Way of Central Indiana, have invested over $2.2 million in capital funds for camp renovations and improvements, proving that the Indianapolis community still supports the ideals the founders of Happy Hollow worked so hard to implement.
In Accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agricultural policy, this institutional is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)