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Annual Campaign

The Camp Annual Fund was created both to provide financial assistance to families needing it most and to help meet the pressing and emerging needs of YMCA Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer.  The 2017 campaign goal is $1,170,111. These funds will be used to meet needs that have been identified by staff as the most critical in each area. Camp Annual Fund dollars support camperships, staff and leadership development, program enhancement and community outreach. In order to ensure that funds are most effectively stewarded and are meeting the most essential needs, a 10 Year vision for the Camp Annual Fund was created beginning in 2013.

Camp Annual Fund 10 Year Vision

Camp staff, volunteers and Board members went through a visioning process to prepare us for the future with the Camp Annual Fund. Annual needs were identified from 2013 until 2022. Our goal is to increase annual giving steadily each year to reach $1.6 million by 2022 to help address these needs. We invite you to invest in the lives of youth today by supporting Camp’s Annual Fund.

Camperships

The number one barrier preventing families from sending their children to Sea Gull and Seafarer is cost. Offering financial assistance allows us to attract children from all financial backgrounds and life experiences, making the experience more diverse and richer for every camper. 

2017 Goal
$775,000 (66% of annual funds raised)
8% of the summer overnight population receives financial assistance
The average award is 65% of the total cost of the session

2022 Vision
$800,000 (50% of annual funds raised)
12% of the summer resident population receives financial assistance
Average award is 50% of the total cost of the session

Program Enhancement

We view our programs not as an end unto themselves, but as tools our staff use to foster self-confidence, independence, teamwork, responsibility and perseverance. 

2017 Goal 
$110,000 (10% of annual funds raised)
These funds offset costs for U.S. Sailing and U.S. Powerboating certifications for campers.

2022 Vision
$160,000 (15% of annual funds raised)

We are hopeful to introduce the following additions.

  • Partner with nationally recognized organizations and governing bodies to enhance program curriculum and provide campers with application certifications (ex: USTA and USGA)
  • Partner with collegiate level coaches to enhance skill development
  • Utilize technology in program delivery and in distance learning tools
  • Strengthen program with specialized equipment that meet the needs and skill sets of diverse age groups

Staff and Leadership Development

Our staff help deliver an exceptional Camp experience. It is therefore vitally important to recruit, train and retain the best staff possible.   

2017 Goal 
$150,000 (13% of annual funds raised)These funds offset costs for U.S. Sailing and U.S. Powerboating Instructor certifications, Coast Guard licenses and all other staff activity certifications (ex. Archery, Riflery) as well as providing incentive pay for returning staff members who hold certifications.

2022 Vision
$400,000 (25% of annual funds raised)

We are hopeful to introduce the following additions.

  • Internships for administrative staff
  • College scholarship program for senior staff
  • Engage consultants to evaluate staff experience and help transfer skill set to the real world
  • Provide off-season leadership training through camping and affiliated organization conferences

Community Outreach

As an organization based in Pamlico County, we want to help local youth thrive by enhancing year round programs for elementary, middle and high school children. We also want to support those facing unique life circumstances when possible.

2017 Goal
$135,111 (11% of annual funds raised)

These support the following programs:

  • Y Learning and Community HOPE
  • Youth & Government
  • Middle School UN
  • Spring and Summer Day Camp
  • “Anchoring the Family” weekend for families with a cancer survivor, connected to the LIVESTRONG program at the YMCA

2022 Vision
$240,000 (10% of annual funds raised)

  • Evaluate current Pamlico County programs regarding community’s need
  • Conduct water safety clinics for local adults and children

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