Camp Happy Days Inc

Kids Kickin' Cancer

CHARLESTON, SC   |  www.camphappydays.org

Mission

Camp Happy Days’ mission is to offer support and encouragement to children diagnosed with cancer and their families by providing cost free year-round programs, special events and access to crisis resources. Our goal is to improve the physical, emotional and psychological health of the entire family facing pediatric cancer.

Ruling year info

1983

Executive Director

Cindy Johnson

Main address

933 Dupont Road Suite B

CHARLESTON, SC 29407 USA

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Formerly known as

Happy Days and Special Times

EIN

57-0755466

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Pediatrics (G98)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Camp

This week long, flagship event is for children diagnosed with cancer and their siblings, ages 4-16. This powerful, life changing experience helps these children build self-esteem, courage, confidence and trust in an incredibly active, high energy environment created just for them.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

A very special, customized day or night created to make dreams come true for children struggling with their cancer treatments or are celebrating the end of treatment. The activities are geared toward the child’s interest.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

In the first five years of diagnosis or after relapse, the family has access to financial assistance with bills, food cards, fuel cards and other resources to help the family through that time.

Population(s) Served
Families

Special visits from a Camp Happy Days team member while the child is in the hospital to bring a smile to their face when they don’t feel very good. The child can request a nice meal, make a craft, play games, or have a story time just for them.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Outings designed for our families with kids age 9 and under. During this time, parents and children engage in fun activities with volunteers and summer camp counselors to build those relationships.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Specifically designed for teenagers diagnosed with cancer, this program allows teens to interact with one another, share experiences, and enjoy fun unlike anywhere else. Extreme Teen programs are sponsored by the Run For Adela.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

After being a camper until the age of 16 we have a special program for our former campers to become junior counselors. Campers will train at Camp when they are 17 and work together to help program areas with a seasoned counselor to gain experience. The program focuses on team building, responsibility, and leadership.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Volunteers, donors & friends of Camp Happy Days join forces to adopt a family of a child diagnosed with cancer, helping the parents to fulfill their children’s holiday wishes.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

This festival is an opportunity for all Camp Happy Days families to gather and celebrate the upcoming holidays. It’s a special time with a catered meal, arts and crafts, music, games, and a visit from Santa Claus.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

A special weekend designed for the entire family. This invaluable opportunity is for parents to connect with others, where they learn, share and develop tools to cope with the stress and anxiety of their child’s diagnosis.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of camps offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Chronically ill people, Terminally ill people

Related Program

Camp

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In response to COVID-19 in 2020 a 'Virtual' Camp was created and added to our Programming. Creating the opportunity for children in treatment and in hospital to be included and participate in 'Camp'.

Number of grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Camp Happy Days’ mission and our organizations goals are to offer support and encouragement to children diagnosed with cancer and their families by providing cost free year-round programs, special events and access to crisis resources. Our goal is to improve the physical, emotional and psychological health of the entire family facing pediatric cancer.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Camp Happy Days Inc

Board of directors
as of 04/06/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

William "Chip" Roberts III

Kickin' Chicken

Term: 2020 - 2022

John Powers

Maple Street Biscuit Co.

Peter Stonefield

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James Westendorff

Charleston Outdoor Catering

Robert Marchant

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Franklin Adams

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Merv Epstein

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Douglas Jennings

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Rosemary LaVista

Madelene Lewis

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Jim Madory

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Paul O'Malley

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LoElla Smalls

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Gregory Taylor

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Brittany Westbrook

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Jessica Williford

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/15/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/15/2021

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.