What we're about

Camping! Any kind of camping. Any place. Any time. Let's meet to camp. Anything from family camping in the pop-up at the KOA to multi-day carry it all on your back roughing it camping. Gear up and let's go!

We are a friendly group of like minded individuals who love camping and being in the outdoors, Rain or Shine. We'll plan family outings and grown-ups only meetups too. Hikers and geocachers are welcome. Newbies and experienced campers alike. Let's get out and enjoy the great outdoors!

No equipment? Happy campers will help you out! That's the great thing about camping together. Between us there is every kind of camping equipment and then some! All you really need is a tent and sleeping bag. Most of us have extras of those too. So if you are new to this but want to give it a try, post a shout. We'll help you get started!

NOTE: Meetup times will generally show the time that check-in is allowed or that the first campers plan to arrive for that particular gathering. Feel free to arrive and leave at your leisure!

Upcoming events (3)

Spring Forward to Summit Lake 2019

Summit Lake State Park

Once again, we go back to where it all began for the HHCs. Always a Camper favorite, we return to Summit Lake once again! Please note this will be the weekend prior to Mother's Day weekend in this beautiful setting and help us kick off the Summer camping season! This will be our 11th annual outing to Summit Lake. Hard to believe it! Hope you can come! We will be in Summit Lake - Electric B (Don't accidently book in A!) Sites 92-98 are all looking out over water. As these are the most popular sites at Summit Lake, you'll want to book them soon! It is lots of fun to rent a canoe ($20/24hrs) and pull it right up onto your campsite! Someone should grab #91 ASAP so we can have a good central meeting spot. For those with larger rigs, you'll need to book a site at the top of the hill near the playground/shower house or, if you book later on, you should be able to find adequate space in area A. You can always drive or paddle over to hang out with the gang. Be sure to post your site number with your RSVP and let us know if you are looking for anyone to share your site. Each site can have up two sleeping tents or one tent and one camper and can have as many as six occupants. Kids are welcome to attend all Happy Camper events unless otherwise stated in the event description. Dogs are also welcome but please be considerate of other campers when deciding if your dog is a good camper (not too noisy, not a biter, etc.) and follow all rules pertaining to pets. Alcohol is consumed at your own discretion but please remember to be respectful where children are concerned and follow appropriate quiet time protocols. For those who are new to the Happy Campers, here's a brief layout of what you can generally expect on a camping weekend. People begin to arrive at the campground as early as 2:00 pm (first check in time), some not arriving until later in the evening or even until Saturday morning. After folks get their campsites set up, we tend to congregate together around a central fire, where old friends catch up and new friends introduce themselves. On Saturday's people come and go as they wish, sometimes as a group, sometimes as individuals. If you are into hiking, chances are you'll find someone who's up for a hike. Same goes for fishing, geocaching, swimming, biking, whatever. And some folks just want to hang around the campground and rest or play games. On Sunday, people will pack up at their leisure and either head home early or enjoy the afternoon in the park. Check-out in state parks is 5:00 pm on Sundays. Jerry will host a Sunday brunch for those with leftovers or a craving for breakfast or lunch around 1045 am to anyone who wants to participate. Show off your campfire cooking skills or be as fancy or simple as you want to be. Just bring two side dishes or one main course item to share. Please remember to bring a chair, a drink and your table service. Many campers choose to share sites with others. Typically a camper will book a site and then post with their RSVP what site they have and if they have room for another tent. New campers should rest assured that we are a friendly and very welcoming group. If you need help setting up a tent, you'll get it. If you need to borrow any equipment, let us know, someone will have what you need. Whether you are shy or outgoing, young or old, experienced or a first time camper, I am certain you will not find yourself out of place with the Happy Campers!

Summer Camp Out or Camp Inn

Brown County State Park

Let's return to Brown County State Park and enjoy the fellowship. This year, we will be in Taylor Ridge. Jerry has reserved site 273. This weekend is not one to be missed as this weekend is the opportunity to camp out or camp in. Brown County State Park offers year around camping plus cabins and the beautiful lodge, the Abe Martin Inn. For those wanting to stay at the lodge, please be aware the lodge has an indoor aquatic facility and may be sold out for the weekend. Please think about reservations as early as possible. Camp Reservations link, http://indianastateparks.reserveamerica.com/ As it gets warmer, expect these sites to fill up quickly. Please reserve your site as early as possible. Be sure to post your site number with your RSVP and let us know if you are looking for anyone to share your site. Each site can have up two sleeping tents or one tent and one camper and can have as many as six occupants. Kids are welcome to attend all Happy Camper events unless otherwise stated in the event description. Dogs are also welcome but please be considerate of other campers when deciding if your dog is a good camper (not too noisy, not a biter, etc.) and follow all rules pertaining to pets. Alcohol is consumed at your own discretion but please remember to be respectful where children are concerned and follow appropriate quiet time protocols. For those who are new to the Happy Campers, here's a brief layout of what you can generally expect on a camping weekend. People begin to arrive at the campground as early as 2:00 pm (first check in time), some not arriving until later in the evening or even until Saturday morning. After folks get their campsites set up, we tend to congregate together around a central fire, where old friends catch up and new friends introduce themselves. On Saturday's people come and go as they wish, sometimes as a group, sometimes as individuals. Nearby is the town of Nashville and many people flock to this town for sightseeing and shopping. If you are into hiking, chances are you'll find someone who's up for a hike. Same goes for fishing, geocaching, horseback riding, biking, whatever. And some folks just want to hang around the campground and rest or play games. Rather than having a big pitch-in dinner, this year I will ask everyone to bring finger foods and snacks. It could be a veggie tray, a bag of cheese cubes, your famous bean dip, Chips Ahoy, whatever! Be as fancy or as simple as you want, so long as you contribute. Also, BRING YOUR OWN PLATE & DRINK! Afterwards, we'll again gather around the fire to laugh, tell stories, etc. On Sunday, people will pack up at their leisure and either head home early or enjoy the afternoon in the park. Check-out in state parks is 5:00 pm on Sundays. Many campers choose to share sites with others. Typically a camper will book a site and then post with their RSVP what site they have and if they have room for another tent. New campers should rest assured that we are a friendly and very welcoming group. If you need help setting up a tent, you'll get it. If you need to borrow any equipment, let us know, someone will have what you need. Whether you are shy or outgoing, young or old, experienced or a first time camper, I am certain you will not find yourself out of place with the Happy Campers!

Lazy Days of Summer at Hardin Ridge

Hardin Ridge Recreation Area

What better way to spend the lazy days of summer than at Hardin Ridge campground at Lake Monroe? Hardin Ridge Recreation Area and Campground is a beautiful federal park situated on the Southeastern portion of scenic Monroe Reservoir. This weekend works a little differently than most of our trips in that it will be very much a do your own thing kind of trip. DON'T WAIT! Hardin Ridge is very popular and only about half of their sites are reservable. So hurry up and stake your claim! Site #91 is available and is HUGE, perfect for someone with a camper but could also be a good site to share between a couple of tents. After that, let's book #99 and #90 for those who want electric. Those who prefer the more primitive, there are beautiful sites that are back in the woods between #92 and #99. They are site #93 through #97 and are reservable. PONTOON RENTAL: In years past, HHC has had this event. I will need a responsible person to host this event. This year we are going for the double decker with a slide, Baby! We'll have it all day on Sunday at a cost of between $25 and $35 per person (depending on how many participate). If you would like to join us, contact me for details. Be sure to post your site number with your RSVP and let us know if you are looking for anyone to share your site. Each site can have up two sleeping tents or one tent and one camper and can have as many as six occupants. Kids are welcome to attend all Happy Camper events unless otherwise stated in the event description. Dogs are also welcome but please be considerate of other campers when deciding if your dog is a good camper (not too noisy, not a biter, etc.) and follow all rules pertaining to pets. Alcohol is consumed at your own discretion but please remember to be respectful where children are concerned and follow appropriate quiet time protocols. For those who are new to the Happy Campers, here's a brief layout of what you can generally expect on a camping weekend. People begin to arrive at the campground as early as 2:00 pm (first check in time), some not arriving until later in the evening or even until Saturday morning. After folks get their campsites set up, we tend to congregate together around a central fire, where old friends catch up and new friends introduce themselves. On Saturday's people come and go as they wish, sometimes as a group, sometimes as individuals. If you are into hiking, chances are you'll find someone who's up for a hike. Same goes for fishing, geocaching, swimming, biking, whatever. And some folks just want to hang around the campground and rest or play games. Jerry will host a Sunday brunch for those with leftovers or a craving for breakfast or lunch around 1045 am to anyone who wants to participate. Show off your campfire cooking skills or be as fancy or simple as you want to be. Just bring two side dishes or one main course item to share. Please remember to bring a chair, a drink and your table service. If we have a pontoon host, you may enjoy the rest of your Sunday on the water. Fishing, tubing, swimming or whatever. On Monday, people will pack up at their leisure and either head home early or enjoy the afternoon in the park. Many campers choose to share sites with others. Typically a camper will book a site and then post with their RSVP what site they have and if they have room for another tent. New campers should rest assured that we are a friendly and very welcoming group. If you need help setting up a tent, you'll get it. If you need to borrow any equipment, let us know, someone will have what you need. Whether you are shy or outgoing, young or old, experienced or a first time camper, I am certain you will not find yourself out of place with the Happy Campers!

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