Camp Programs and Activities

Camp Programs and Activities

For over six decades, Happy Hollow Children’s Camp has worked with central Indiana youth to provide hands-on experiences that encourage to learn in, and about, the outdoors. Our goal is to enhance participants’ relationship with their environment by increasing knowledge and awareness of environmental processes and relationships, and promoting stewardship through educated decision making. Also Happy Hollow seeks to provide innovative learning opportunities that enable individuals, groups, organizations, and communities to strive to reach their potential. These activities we offer may focus on teamwork and team development, interpersonal reflection, personal skill growth, outdoor technical skills, and leadership development. Professionally trained instructors facilitate participants through a wide assortment of activities.
Check out the detail of each activity offered at Happy Hollow below, and be sure to click on the thumbnails to view our photo gallery!
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Archery
Campers get the chance during the camp week to participate in a group archery session. Happy Hollow’s staff are trained to teach the campers safety, proper shooting techniques, arrow retrieval, and other archery skills. Each group will have in their possession a two way emergency radio and first aid pack. All staff members are trained in first aid and CPR. Back to Top
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Arts & Crafts
Happy Hollow’s arts & crafts program is ran by a staff member with at least 3 years experience in teaching and knowledge of arts & crafts projects. All campers can participate in this program along with other children their age to complete projects that are age appropriate.Back to Top
Cabin Life
All cabin groups consist of no more than 8 campers of the same age to 2 adult staff member. Campers get the opportunity to enjoy time with their bunk mates during cabin time. During this time campers can write home, play cards, do arts & crafts projects, practice their group skit for the campfire, learn new songs, and much, much more. No camper at anytime is allowed to be in the cabin unsupervised and alone. Back to Top
Camping
Restricted to campers age 11 years and up. Campers age 10 years and younger can participate in ‘sleepouts’ only. Campouts are supervised by a minimum of two staff members per eight campers and are restricted to camp property only. Staff are trained to teach the campers basic skills in cooking, shelter building, fire building, and no trace clean up. Each group will have in their possession a two way emergency radio and first aid pack. All staff members are trained in first aid and CPR. Back to Top
Canoeing
All campers can take part in canoeing on Happy Hollow’s lake. Campers are required to wear an appropriate size certified life vest. Instruction in safety skills, basic canoe strokes, and entering and exiting the canoe are taught prior to participation. The lake is guarded by certified lifeguards. Each group will have in their possession a two way emergency radio and first aid pack. All staff members are trained in first aid and CPR. Back to Top
Challenge Course / Low Ropes
The Challenge Course is lead by all counselors who are trained in safety, equipment management, and facilitating the course. All campers can participate in this activity where they learn to accomplish each element as a group. All elements are low to the ground. Each group will have in their possession a two way emergency radio and a first aid pack. All staff are trained in first aid and CPR. Back to Top
Fishing
All campers can enjoy a try at our fishing program. Most fishing is done from the fishing pier or the banks of the dam. Some groups can venture out in row boats after a mini clinic on fishing from a boat. All campers are required to wear an appropriate size certified life vest when on the fishing pier, in a boat, or near the water. This program is lead by a staff member with knowledge and teaching experience in fishing. Each group will have in their possession a two way emergency radio and first aid pack. All staff members are trained in first aid and CPR. Back to Top
High Ropes
Our staff is trained through Experimental Resources Inc. on how to properly and safely run the High Ropes area. Every participant is required to wear a harness and a helmet before entering the course. Our staff teaches a mini clinic on how to safely complete the course and every participant is required to participate at some level, be it on the ground or in the air. Each group will have in their possession a two way emergency radio and first aid pack. All staff members are trained in first aid and CPR. Back to Top
Horseback Riding
Happy Hollow’s horseback riding program is offered to all campers. Camper’s ages 11 years and older can go on trail rides and those campers under age 11 can do ring rides or pasture lead rides. All campers are required to wear a helmet, long pants, and closed toed shoes when riding a horse. This program is staffed by adults who have had at least 5 years of knowledge and teaching in western style horseback riding. Campers will learn both educational and fun things about horses themselves and how to groom and ride a horse. Each group will have in their possession a two way emergency radio and first aid pack. All staff are trained in first aid and CPR. Back to Top
Kayaking
All campers can take part in kayaking on Happy Hollow’s lake. Campers are required to wear an appropriate size certified life vest. Instruction in safety skills, basic kayak strokes, and entering and exiting the kayak are taught prior to participation and lead by a certified staff member. The lake is guarded by certified lifeguards. Each group will have in their possession a two way emergency radio and first aid pack. All staff members are trained in first aid and CPR. Back to Top
Mountain Biking
The program is lead by a staff member who has at least five years of knowledge and experience in mountain bike riding and maintenance. Campers will learn educational and fun basics of riding, safety, and maintenance of a mountain bike. All campers are required to wear a helmet, t-shirt/shorts, and closed toed shoes. Each group will have in their possession a two way emergency radio and first aid pack. All staff members are trained in first aid and CPR. Back to Top
Special Themes
Every Thursday afternoon the camp staff puts on a special theme activity for all the campers. Some of the themes for those Thursdays might be carnival day, pirate day, the HHC 500, international games, Olympics, and many more. Then on Thursday evening the campers will attend a closing campfire where their group will perform a skit they have put together through the week. Back to Top
Sports / Athletics
Happy Hollow offers a variety of sporting activities from basketball to volleyball to soccer, badminton, ping pong, Ultimate Frisbee, Gaga Ball, flag football, and more. All activities are supervised by trained staff so the kids have to worry about nothing but having fun! Each group will have in their possession a two way emergency radio and first aid pack. All staff members are trained in first aid and CPR. Back to Top
Swimming
All swimming is done in Happy Hollow’s lake in a confined swim area where certified lifeguards are present and on duty at all times. Swimmers are given a swim ability test prior to being allowed in the deep water. Swim lessons are given every Monday of the camp week. Each group will have in their possession a two way emergency radio and first aid pack. All staff members are trained in first aid and CPR. Back to Top
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