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The Happy Camper Project

Our vision is to bring the joy of summer camp to every kid in the world

The Happy Camper Project is the philanthropic arm of Happy Camper Live which brings the joy of summer camp to every kid in the world.  Our mission is to inspire giving and sustain youth center programs by funding informal learning experiences. 

 The Happy Camper Project raises funds and provides programming support to help summer camp and youth programs meet their financial and operational needs and attain their goals to continue to offer their activities to their students, campers, families, and community.

 

Who We Help

The Happy Camper Project reaches a global audience. We harness our passion for helping young people by offering financial assistance to diverse, mindful, positive youth organizations to meet their needs thereby allowing their campers and students access to their programs and the ability to continue to flourish and thrive. The Happy Camper Project celebrates diversity. We welcome all youth and youth-based programs that empower staff, students, campers, and all young people to foster community and share their powerful, authentic stories. 

 

  • Summer camps (both day camps and sleep-away camps)

  • After school & year ‘round school programs and activities

  • Virtual and in-person youth programs

  • Extracurricular clubs, youth groups, youth organizations

  • Public and private institutions

  • Youth programs serving children ages 2-18 years old

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Our Impact

The changes we make

Our fundraising and distribution efforts will directly impact the lives of programs, staff, children, and communities at large. The Happy Camper Project aims to affect change through a continued ripple effect. With our ability to assist in implementing change to positive, mindful institutions, the positive effects of that change will flow to all involved. We seek to help programs continue their good works and expand the accessibility of the joys and strengths of youth programs to a wider world.

Happy Camper Hangouts

A Virtual Year Round Camp Experience for Children in the Foster Care System

We provide accessible and safe extracurricular activities to youth in the foster care system by:


Camping: Virtual camp activities including specialty classes such as dance, yoga, martial arts, arts and crafts and more


Connections: Campers spend valuable time with their peers and counselors, many of whom have lived experience in foster care during "cabin time" (small break out sessions).


Confidence: Campers have opportunities to build confidence by doing team activities, learning new skills, and participating in group events.

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The Happy Camper Project Team

Sharing a vision of summer camp for every kid in the world

Our dedicated team of experienced camp professionals utilize their years of camp experience, unique skills and passion to move the work of The Happy Camper Project forward. We’re always striving to share our passion for summer camp with the world and supporting programs to meet every child's needs. Meet some of our incredible leaders below.

 

Bringing the joy of summer camp to every child.

The Happy Camper Project is committed to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment where all board members, staff, mentors, and program participants feel respected and valued regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation or identity, disability, education, religious affiliate or any other bias.

We respect the value that diverse life experiences bring to our board and leadership and we strive to listen to their views and give them value.

We’re committed to modeling diversity, inclusion, and equity and maintaining fair and equal treatment for all.

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Allison Miller

Allison Corey Miller is President of The Happy Camper Project, Inc. and Founder and CEO of Happy Camper Live. Her vision is to bring the magic of summer camp to every kid in the world 365 days of the year. She brings her 24 years of residential summer camp experience as well as her legal and human resources background to the lead the team.

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The Buzz

Here in our news section, you’ll find stories and the latest updates about how The Happy Camper Project's work is helping to support kids all over the globe experiencing the joy of summer camp.

 
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Program brings camping, connection and confidence to kids

July 28, 2020

Happy Trails for Kids, a camp for boys and girls growing up in foster care, partnered up with Happy Camper Live, Comfort Cases and Alternative Family Services to start a program called Happy Camper Hangouts.

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Women Of The C-Suite: Allison Miller of Happy Camper Live On The Five Things You Need To Succeed As A Senior Executive

July 19, 2021

An in depth interview with Allison Miller, the Founder and CEO of Happy Camper Live and the President of The Happy Camper Project

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Happy Trails for Kids, Happy Camper Live partner to send foster kids to summer camp

May 13, 2021

Happy Trails for Kids has partnered with Happy Camper Live to give more children in the foster care system the chance to experience and enjoy camp. For more information about their campaign “Everybody Deserves Camp,” visit happytrailsforkids.org.

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Santa Monica resident helps foster youth experience the magic of camp

July 8, 2021

For foster youth who have dealt with a year of isolation on top of the loneliness inherent to the foster care system, the chance to attend summer camp is a far-off fantasy come true.

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Enjoy summer camp right from your own home with Happy Camper Live

June 25, 2020

Happy Camper Live brings summer camp to kids right at home every day of the year!

Make sure to stay in the know about our latest events and organizational updates.

Our Partners

Working together to bring the joy of summer camp to every kid in the world

 
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Global Camps Africa

Children of Africa free of HIV/AIDS and empowered to reach their fullest potential.

Global Camps Africa equips South Africa’s vulnerable youth with the tools to lead healthy, empowered lives and make positive impacts on their communities.

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Camping, Connection and Confidence for Children in Foster Care

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Request for Funding

Requests for summer camp funding are considered on a rolling basis and made at the discretion of the Board of Directors.