The SAAGNY Foundation was named one of the inaugural inductees for the Happiness Is Camping Wall of Fame earlier this summer. This special honor was created for those that have made Happiness Is Camping what it is today. The Happiness is Camping Wall of Fame is for individuals, foundations, and groups that have contributed financially to the camp, and/or have made a significant impact on the camp.
Happiness is Camping is a non-profit ACA-accredited overnight camp for kids with cancer, ages 6–17, and their siblings. The camp is located on 145 acres in Hardwick, New Jersey. Happiness is Camping is free to all who attend, and is recognized by the IRS as a 501 organization. Founded by Murray Struver, the camp originally served as a retreat for inner-city kids to spend time in the country. The camp's focus changed when the daughter of Struver's close friend was unable to attend because she was diagnosed with cancer.
Since its beginning in 1980, Happiness Is Camping is one of the longest running residential summer camps for children with cancer in America. Since their first summer they have hosted over 18,000 children with cancer and their siblings. Happiness Is Camping being the only camp specializing in the care of children with cancer in New Jersey, to be accredited by the American Camp Association.
The SAAGNY Foundation has made significant financial contributions to Happiness is Camping including, supporting the remodel of their North America cabin. In addition, The SAAGNY Foundation and its volunteers have volunteered at the camp for over 25 years at its Annual Pirate Day. This Pirate themed day consists of carnival games, water balloon fights, scavenger hunts, crafts, prizes, goody bags, and more. Ryan Campbell, Happiness is Camping Camp Director stated, “We felt that SAAGNY was a most fitting inductee into our inaugural Wall of Fame class. Thank you for the impact you have made on our organization and for the fun you bring our campers each summer.”