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Our Mission

Character Counts.

Building character in a safe, nurturing environment has always been our mission. Fostering self-confidence, independence, consideration of others, respect for our fragile environment, and a spirit of cooperation were the goals of our founder, Wyatt Taylor.

Back in the late 1930s, Wyatt Taylor, the General Secretary of the Raleigh YMCA and supervisor of a small summer camp in Wake County, saw an opportunity for a unique camp along the coastal waters of the Neuse River. In 1948, he persuaded the YMCA's Board of Directors to fund the camp. With $50,000 and a staunch belief to never compromise with mediocrity, Wyatt Taylor turned Camp Sea Gull for boys into a reality. Recognizing a need for an all-girls camp with a similar capacity, Wyatt Taylor and his wife, Lil, opened Camp Seafarer for girls (just three miles down the river) in 1961.

Wyatt and Lil Taylor understood that an outstanding camp is not made by the buildings that surround it, but rather by a staff with high character and leadership skills. That drive has grown Camp Sea Gull & Camp Seafarer into two, one-of-a-kind camps determined to give campers from all over the world opportunities to learn, grow and challenge themselves, surrounded by positive role models, most of whom were campers themselves.

Today we are still guided by Wyatt and Lil Taylor's high ideals. Their favorite thoughts are constantly repeated and hold the same value today as they did in 1948.

"Things don't just happen, you make them happen." Wyatt Taylor

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