Hope in a Suitecase with Foster Care Counts
Nov
3
10:30 AM10:30

Hope in a Suitecase with Foster Care Counts

Happy Trails is excited to be able once again, to partner with Foster Care Counts to share this incredible opportunity for foster youth through our friends at Hope in a Suitcase.

This special shopping day is specifically for foster youth to come shop, free of charge, for a variety of ALL NEW items to fit their personal needs, tastes and body types, including Casual and Athletic Clothing, Sneakers, Undergarments, Sleepwear, Luggage, Backpacks, Books, Art Supplies, and more

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8th Annual Hike-A-Thon & Family Fun Da
Nov
4
9:00 AM09:00

8th Annual Hike-A-Thon & Family Fun Da

Join us for the 8th annual Happy Trails for Kids Hike-A-Thon and Family Fun Day. An amazing day of food with the In-N-Out Truck, yummy treats, games, activities, face painting, rock wall, bounce houses, music, arts and crafts, and of course, HIKING to support year-round programs and camp for foster youth. Register now to hike on your own, with a team, your family, or just come and enjoy the fun and support Happy Trails for Kids.

Individual hiker registration is $50, child/student hikers are $25, or sign up as a family of four for $100.

Register now and raise money for a great cause.

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Advocacy Day sponsored by Junio League of Los Angeles
Oct
13
8:00 AM08:00

Advocacy Day sponsored by Junio League of Los Angeles

ADVOCACY DAY Sponsored by Junior League of Los Angeles gives our foster youth the incredible opportunity to participate in leadership workshops. Youth will learn how to:

  • Advocate for yourself

  • Enhance Communication Skills

  • Problem Solve

  • Teamwork and Community Engagement

  • Enhance support network

Youth will also get to meet congresswoman KAREN BASS !!!

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"Instant Family" Actress, Rose Byrne, to Represent Happy Trails for Kids at 2018 Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day
Sep
10
10:00 AM10:00

"Instant Family" Actress, Rose Byrne, to Represent Happy Trails for Kids at 2018 Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day

Annual Event Honors Victims of 9/11 World Trade Center Attacks

 Happy Trails for Kids, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides children in foster care with enriching outdoor adventures, mentorships, and year-round support, will participate in the 2018 Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day. Renown actress and star of the movie, "Instant Family," Rose Byrne, will serve as the Happy Trails for Kids celebrity ambassador. 

Charity Days was founded to honor the 658 Cantor Fitzgerald friends and colleagues and 61 Eurobroker employees who lost their lives on September 11, 2011. Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners in conjunction with the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund donates 100% of their global revenues during Charity Day to participating charities. 

"We are honored to be selected to participate in this year's Charity Day. It is a deeply moving tribute to the victims of 9/11, and we are proud to be recognized for the work Happy Trails does to support one of the most vulnerable populations, foster youth," said Lindsay Elliott, executive director of Happy Trails for Kids.

On this annual day, The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund invites celebrity guests from the entertainment and sports industries to work with licensed brokers and their clients to raise money and awareness for a variety of causes.

"Happy Trails is doing meaningful and inspiring work to help kids in foster care," said "Instant Family" star and actress Rose Byrne. "I am thrilled to represent Happy Trails for Kids at this year's Charity Day."

About Cantor Fitzgerald
Cantor Fitzgerald, a leading global financial services group at the forefront of financial and technological innovation has been a proven and resilient leader for over 65 years. Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. is a preeminent investment bank serving more than 7,000 institutional clients around the world, recognized for its strengths in fixed income and equity capital markets, investment banking, prime brokerage, and commercial real estate finance and for its global distribution platform. Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. is one of 23 primary dealers authorized to trade U.S. government securities with The Federal Reserve Bank of New York. For more information, please visit: http://www.cantor.com

About Happy Trails for Kids
Happy Trails for Kids provides children in foster care with enriching outdoor adventures, invaluable mentorships and year-round community, where youth are provided opportunities to develop leadership skills and prepare for a life after foster care. Happy Trails believes that fostering continuity and belonging is the first step in combating the challenges of foster care and promoting success. To learn more, please visit: http://www.happytrailsforkids.org

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Summer Camp Collaboration with UCLA UniCamp
Aug
4
to Aug 9

Summer Camp Collaboration with UCLA UniCamp

Happy Trails for Kids and UniCamp partner to bring a unique camping experience for 150 youth in foster care between the ages of 12 to 17 that will create a sense of belonging and community for the campers attending. They will have exposure to academic readiness, inspiration and role models, but most importantly, they will experience nature, wilderness, companionship and pure summer fun, all the while being surrounded by supportive role models.

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OCEAN THERAPY Sponsored by the Jimmy Miller Foundation
Jul
21
8:30 AM08:30

OCEAN THERAPY Sponsored by the Jimmy Miller Foundation

A day of splashing, surfing and building sand castles under the sun with out campers and Junior Counselors. Sponsored by the Jimmy Miller Foundation, our Ocean Therapy day brings kids together for a day of surf lessons. Each camper becomes an athlete and is assigned their own personal volunteer surf instructor guiding and supporting them throughout the day, building their confidence and self esteem as they overcome a new challenge.

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Summer Camp Session 2
Jun
17
to Jun 29

Summer Camp Session 2

Happy Trails for Kids provides an an exciting and fun-filled overnight camp experience for children in the foster care system where youth ages 7 – 17 are invited to spend a week in the great outdoors hiking, canoeing, rock-climbing, dancing, singing silly songs by a campfire, star gazing, and much more! 

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Summer Camp Session 1
Jun
10
to Jun 15

Summer Camp Session 1

Happy Trails for Kids provides an an exciting and fun-filled overnight camp experience for children in the foster care system where youth ages 7 – 17 are invited to spend a week in the great outdoors hiking, canoeing, rock-climbing, dancing, singing silly songs by a campfire, star gazing, and much more! 

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2nd Annual Taste of Camp
Apr
26
6:30 PM18:30

2nd Annual Taste of Camp

Reminisce over camp memories, or create new ones in this second annual evening of fun, elegance and nostalgia at a beautiful private home in the Pacific Palisades. Featuring signature camp dishes from local restaurants, bakeries, craft distilleries, breweries and wineries and an exciting auction, join us and help support programming and camp for youth in foster care.

For more information and to become a sponsor or purchases tickets for the event, contact Charissa Gonzales at charissa@happytrailsforkids.org.

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Winter Camp 2017
Dec
17
to Dec 20

Winter Camp 2017

This year, Happy Trails for Kids is partnering again with the Harold Robinson Foundation and Camp Felix to send over 100 of our campers to a special winter break camp at Canyon Creek in Lake Hughes. The campers will have an amazing time on the ropes course, playing games and being together during the holidays. We expect even Santa will make a surprise visit to give out toys donated by Jakks Pacific and some of our generous donors.  Want to help support Winter camp or donate holiday gifts or toys? Contact Charissa at charissa@happytrailsforkids.org

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Holiday Wrapping Party
Dec
12
9:30 AM09:30

Holiday Wrapping Party

Join us at our Happy Trails office to wrap holiday gifts for our campers. All volunteers are welcomed to come wrap up some holiday cheer for foster youth in Los Angeles. Bring a roll of wrapping paper and a pair of scissors and we'll bring the holiday music and tape. RSVP to Lindsay at lindsay@happytrailsforkids.org

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7th Annual Hike-a-Thon
Dec
3
9:00 AM09:00

7th Annual Hike-a-Thon

Over 50 Happy Trails for Kids campers joined the community on Sunday, December 3rd for an exciting day of music, games, arts-n-crafts, face painting, In-N-Out and of course HIKING . Dozens of teams signed up to hike and helped us raise nearly $50,000 to support our camp and year-round programs.  Thank you to our vendors for donating their time and talents to help the community enjoy such an amazing day in the Southern California sunshine. It truly was a SUN DAY! 

For information on sponsoring next year's Hike-A-Thon, please contact charissa@happytrailsforkids.org

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Fun In the Sun Pool Party!
Aug
12
10:00 AM10:00

Fun In the Sun Pool Party!

Join in on the fun as our campers and counselors reunite for our annual Summer Pool Party and Fun-In-The Sun Day at the Palisades Charter High School aquatic center. Swim, play games, make arts-n-crafts, munch on some delicious food and enjoy a day in the sun to just being a kid.

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Taste of Camp: Eat This Way
Jun
1
6:30 PM18:30

Taste of Camp: Eat This Way

  • 804 North Linden Drive Beverly Hills, CA, 90210 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On June 1st, we brought the flavor of camp to Beverly Hills in support LA's foster youth. over 200 guests joined us as we reminisced about camp memories, and created new ones in an evening of fun, elegance and nostalgia.  The night featured signature camp dishes from local restaurants, bakeries, craft distilleries, wineries and more, at a beautiful private home in Beverly Hills.

We raised over $50,000 enough to send 100 kids to a full week of camp! Thank you to all of our supporters and volunteers who helped make this day special for everyone.

View photos HERE!

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Spring Leadership Camp
Apr
7
to Apr 9

Spring Leadership Camp

The first ever Happy Trails Spring Leadership Camp was held at Puerco Canyon in the beautiful Malibu Mountains the weekend of April 8-9th. About 30 of our young leaders in foster care experienced the best California has to offer- stunning ocean views, campfire cooking, hiking, team building, falling asleep under the stars, and more. A heartfelt thanks to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority for hosting and facilitating such a magical experience.  We look forward working with the Conservancy and the Community Nature Connection to continue to bring outdoor experiences, and memories of a lifetime, to more children in foster care. Check out the smiles on these faces of Happy Trails Campers.

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Holiday Gift Wrapping Party
Dec
10
5:00 PM17:00

Holiday Gift Wrapping Party

Calling All Elves!

Join Happy Trails for Kids on December 10 at the Santa Monica Bay Women's Club for a HOLIDAY GIFT WRAPPING PARTY from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.! Be sure to bring your own scissors and one roll of wrapping paper, and of course don't forget your holiday spirit. 

For questions or to sign up call or email Charissa at 818.415.3746 or at charissa@happytrailsforkids.org

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6th Annual Hike-a-Thon
Dec
4
9:00 AM09:00

6th Annual Hike-a-Thon

SAVE THE DATE - JOIN THE FUN AND HELP KIDS IN FOSTER CARE!

The 6th Annual Hike-A-Thon was a great success as Happy Trails for Kids raised over $50,000 to send 100 kids to a full week of camp. Many of our campers joined in on the fun with our hikers on December 4th to enjoy a full day of games, music and other activities, followed by lunch with the In-N-Out trick. Thank you for supporting our boys and girls in foster care. We hope to see you next year!

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We Are LA Family Music Festival
Sep
17
11:00 AM11:00

We Are LA Family Music Festival

Happy Trails for Kids was excited to be among a few select Los Angeles area charities to benefit from the We Are LA Family Music Festival, a collaborative day of music and interactive, educational family activities at the StubHub Center. 

The Inaugural WE ARE LA Family Festival promoted the importance of education for our community’s children during the “Back to School” month of September while celebrating and engaging the children and families in Los Angeles. It was a great day with more than 100 Happy Trails for Kids families in attendance enjoying the nearly 40 interactive booths, 35 performers and a fun-filled event.

Happy Trails hosted a booth with life sized board games that attendees got to enjoy throughout the day including playing Jenga and Checkers. 

The day-long music festival featured musical performances by Rachel Platten, Jessica Sanchez, Kevin Costner and Modern West, Reluctant Apostles featuring Katey Sagal, Lisa Loeb (who has her own foundation to benefit sending kids to CAMP!), Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, Ozmatli presenting Ozokidz, just to name a few.  We can't wait until next year. Thank you to Carolyn and Lou Lucido for underwriting the day and making Happy Trails for Kids one of the beneficiaries.

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Summer Camp 2016 - Session 2
Jun
26
to Jul 1

Summer Camp 2016 - Session 2

Our counselors, campers, and volunteers had an amazing summer camp session again this year! The Happy Trails for Kids Summer camp hosted 100 kids in the foster care system for a week-long sleep away camp in the mountains of Idyllwild.  

For more information on applying to attend camp or join us as a counselor next summer please contact september@happytrailsforkids.org or apply online.

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Summer Camp 2016 - Session 1
Jun
19
to Jun 24

Summer Camp 2016 - Session 1

Our 8th year providing week-long summer camp for youth in foster care in Southern California was a great success!

We brought abused and neglected children to the beautiful mountains of Idyllwild to spend a week in the great outdoors. 

Thank you to our donors who continue to make dreams come true for our campers! We can't wait until next year!

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Junior League of Los Angeles Happy Trails Reunion Event at USC
Mar
5
9:00 AM09:00

Junior League of Los Angeles Happy Trails Reunion Event at USC

On Saturday, March 5, 2016, The Junior League of Los Angeles and its Done In a Day committee hosted a workshop for 40 Happy Trails campers at the University of Southern California. The youth and Members of JLLA worked together to create jerseys to wear to the USC v. Arizona basketball game, played motivational games and sang camp songs. JLLA taught the campers the USC fight song and the kids taught the Junior Leaguers several of their Repeat After Me songs.  The campers took a tour of campus, heard from Trojan Guardian Scholars and then ended their day attending the basketball game. The Trojans lost the game, but the kids won with a great experience of being on campus and hearing more about how to reach their educational and personal goals. Thanks USC, Junior League of Los Angeles and Trojan Guardian Scholars for making our March reunion event a great learning experience. 

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Winter Camp 2015 - Canyon Creek Camp
Dec
18
to Dec 21

Winter Camp 2015 - Canyon Creek Camp

This year, Happy Trails for Kids was fortunate enough to be selected by the Harold Robinson Foundation and Camp Felix to send nearly 100 of our campers to a special winter break camp at Canyon Creek in Lake Hughes. The campers had an amazing time on the ropes course, playing games and being together during the holidays. Santa even made a surprise visit to give out toys donated by Jakks Pacific and several individual donors.  We are hoping to make Winter Camp an annual event for our campers and look forward to December 2016! 

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5th Annual Hike-a-Thon
Nov
8
9:00 AM09:00

5th Annual Hike-a-Thon

The 5th annual Happy Trails Hike-a-Thon was a fun day raising money for our camp and year-round programs! 300 people joined us for a fun-filled day of music, face painting and of course HIKING to support Happy Trails for Kids. We reached our goal of raising more than $50,000 to support kids in foster care. Thank you to all of our sponsors and hikers. Can't wait to see you again next year.

 

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Summer 2015 - Session 2
Jun
28
to Jul 3

Summer 2015 - Session 2

For the 7th year in a row, boys and girls in foster care had the summer of their lives!  Happy Trails for Kids brought 200 abused and neglected children to the beautiful mountains of Idyllwild to spend a week in the great outdoors.  Thank you to all of our counselors, staff, and volunteers for their hard work and dedication, and to our donors who continue to make dreams come true for our campers! We can't wait for next year!

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Summer 2015 - Session 1
Jun
21
to Jun 26

Summer 2015 - Session 1

For the 7th year in a row, boys and girls in foster care had the summer of their lives!  Happy Trails for Kids brought 200 abused and neglected children to the beautiful mountains of Idyllwild to spend a week in the great outdoors.  Thank you to all of our counselors, staff, and volunteers for their hard work and dedication, and to our donors who continue to make dreams come true for our campers! We can't wait for next year!

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2014 Hike-a-Thon a Big Success!
Nov
16
9:00 AM09:00

2014 Hike-a-Thon a Big Success!

Thanks to everyone who turned out for the 4th Annual Happy Trails Hike-a-Thon on Sunday, November 16th!  We had a great day of music, face painting, a bounce house, arts & crafts, In-N-Out, yummy desserts and much more. The event took place at Temescal Gateway Park in Pacific Palisades, we thank everyone who came out, hiked, had fun and supported Happy Trails! 

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