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, Each summer, Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer serve more than 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 near the North Carolina coast, in Arapahoe, NC, on one of widest parts of Neuse River is an ideal setting for campers to experience and learn sailing and powerboating. Along with sailing and powerboating, Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer also offer a wide variety of land and sea activities including skiing, swimming, fishing, creative arts, archery, riflery, canoeing, nature/environmental activities, paddle boarding, golf, tennis 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 develop their character, build strong relationships, independence and confidence in a safe, resilient and supportive environment.
Camp gives kids the activities and the environment they need to be the best people they can be. Sea Gull and Seafarer help kids become the best version of themselves.
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. Sea Gull and 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 Executive Directors, John Hyde and Diane Hillsgrove, collectively have more than 25 years of overnight camping, teaching and youth development experience between them. They lead a full-time, year-round professional staff of more than 20 directors.
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. The YMCA of the Triangle and Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer is a 501c-3 charity.