Skip to main content

You are here


YMCA Camp Sea Gull for boys and YMCA Camp Seafarer for girls are overnight camps located on the coast of North Carolina. During the summer, Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer serve over 700 campers a week at each site. Combined with our staff, each camp makes up a welcoming and inclusive overnight camp community. Our camps are also large - more than 350 acres each - with prime coastal waterfront access.

Our unique location on one of widest parts of Neuse River makes a wonderful place for campers to learn sailing and powerboating, Our calm waters and gentle, steady winds mean campers from young to old can learn to sail in safety.

Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer offer a variety of land and sea activities including sailing, powerboating, skiing, fishing, creative arts, archery, riflery, and more. 

Our signature program is our Four-Week program for campers ages 7 - 16. This longer session gives campers the most amount of time to experience all that Camp has to offer, And more than that, a Four-Week session means campers build strong relationships, independence and confidence in a safe and supportive environment. 

Camp gives kids the activities and environment they need to be the best people they can be. Camp makes kids their best selves.

Everyone who comes through our gates has unique needs. We are a better Camp when we take time to find out what those needs are, build empathy and understanding, and respond to individuals appropriately. Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer are an inclusive, welcoming camp dedicated to serving those needs in the best way possible. Because every person is unique, we address each request individually. Your child’s success at Camp is our number one priority; therefore, if you have a request or a medical need, please contact us so we can work together to empower your child to reach their full potential with dignity.

Our Camp Executive Directors, John Hyde and Diane Hillsgrove, have collectively more than 25 years of overnight camping, teaching and youth development experience between them. They lead a full-time, year-round staff of more than 20. 

We also offer Starter Camp (one-week), Mariners (two-week), Family Camp and specialty weekend camping programs throughout the year. 

Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). ACA accreditation is voluntary and verifies that a camp has complied with up to 263 standards for health, safety, and program quality. Families can be assured that these camps have made a commitment to a safe and nurturing environment for their children.  ACA standards are recognized by courts of law and government regulators as the standards of the camp community. To learn more about the advantages of sending your child to an ACA-Accredited Camp, visit the American Camp Association website.

Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer are branches of the YMCA of the Triangle, and as such, we are a cause-driven organization. Our Mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We are 501c-3 charity.