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Happy days up ahead


Camp Happy Days at Camp Bob Cooper will take place this summer from Jul. 1-Jul. 8. In honor of the 40th camp this year, the theme is ‘Back to the Future.’ The staff will be taking the campers back to revisit or to discover for the first time, classic music and movie hits of the past along with the traditional camp activities. This year, the camp is hoping to welcome more than two hundred campers to its longtime camp home on Lake Marion.

For forty years, Camp Happy Days has hosted and offered hope to families facing pediatric cancer. The camp has provided support to more than 1,500 children across the state of South Carolina, along with a dozen other rounds of programs. Camp Happy Days was first launched in 1983.

Bill Ellis has been a volunteer and fundraiser with Camp Happy Days for twenty years.  He said, “Camp Happy Days is here again, but sadly so are some changes. Due to my declining health, I won’t be able to get out and talk to everyone as I did before. But I will still be available to talk to any person that needs information about the camp. I am still talking to some of our donors and if need be, we can have our director come and speak with any group that needs additional information about camp. For anyone that does not know, Camp Happy Days is a week-long event that is held at Camp Bob Cooper on Lake Marion here in Clarendon County. Always the week of July Fourth for cancer patients and their siblings ages four to 16. There is no charge for the campers as all expenses are paid by donations. I will be available to accept donations at my address: Bill Ellis, 1358 Sportsman Drive, Manning SC 29102. Make all checks payable to Camp Happy Days or call me at 803-460-7666. In advance, I would like to thank everyone for all their support.”

For more information, reach out to cindy@camphappydays.com. Cindy Hay Johnson, Executive Director.