• 3320 Triana Boulevard Huntsville, AL 35805
  • 256-534-6455
  • info@merrimackhall.com

Happy Camp

Happy Camp for ages 3-12 is Merrimack Hall’s annual half-day performing arts camp for children with special needs. Happy Camp is open to students with a wide range of physical and intellectual disabilities including autism spectrum disorders, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy and others. The first camp was held in June 2009. Today, 30 children participate in Happy Camp each summer.

Happy Camp is open to any child, whatever their diagnosis may be. At Merrimack Hall, we believe our students are only limited by the labels society chooses to assign them. We have never turned away a student because of the nature of their disability and are committed to welcoming students of all ability levels into the arts.

Happy Camp was conceived after a conversation with a parent who mentioned the lack of summer activities for her child. Activities in Happy Camp include music, theater, dance and visual art. Each day features classes in all four disciplines. Each session ends with a showcase attended by parents and friends. With a positive approach, engaging philosophy and 1:1 staff-to- camper ratio, our overall experience is different from any other.

Happy Camp provides our students with opportunities to build social skills and creates an environment where they are sure to succeed!

Happy Camp Information

Enroll A Student

Classes are limited and spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each day of the week, children ages 3-12 attend camp from 1 to 4 p.m. Happy Camp is provided at a minimal cost to the families involved.  To enroll a student, e-mail us or call 256-534-6455.


Volunteers are crucial to the success of our program. No performance experience is necessary. For information about volunteering, e-mail us or by phone at (256) 534-6455.


Happy Camp is provided at no cost to the families involved. Merrimack Hall is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and we rely on donations from individuals and corporations to offer these programs to people in need. All donations are 100% tax-deductible. Click here to donate online or call (256) 534-6455 to donate by phone.