Gary Mervis founded Camp Good Days and Special Times, Inc.,with the help and support of many friends and community members in Greater Rochester, New York. Camp Good Days was the fourth organization of its kind in the United States and the first to be started by a lay person. Since its inception, Camp Good Days has served more than 43,000 campers from 22 states and 26 foreign countries. Camp Good Days maintains accreditation from the American Camp Association;and has been inducted into the Safety 1st Hall of Fame by Markel Insurance Company. Over the years, Camp Good Days has become one of the largest organizations of its kind, with many of the programs and services started there being used as models for other cancer treatment centers and organizations around the world.