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John Hyde

Camp Sea Gull Executive Director
Sea Gull
What is your Camp history?

I was a camper for three years and a counselor for five. I started as a Junior Counselor at the Swim Lake and eventually became the Head Counselor of the Camp II Buffalo. I tried my hand a few things after graduating from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but eventually realized Camp was where I needed to be and joined the Camp Sea Gull Director Team in 2010. 

Where were you born?

Wilson, NC

Where did you go to school?

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

What are your favorite hobbies?

Anything outdoors, but mostly road biking and running.  I enjoy signing up for destination events and spending time with family and friends traveling to unique places.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Honestly, I wanted to be an Olympic swimmer. My swim coach growing up would invite world class swimmers to give clinics to our team. I remember being enamored with the idea of being the best in the world at anything.  Of course, coach would always take the opportunity to remind us, “If you’re like everyone else who wants to be the best, you’re going to have to work for it!”

If you could visit anywhere, where would you go?

That’s a tough one! One of my favorite childhood memories – other than Sea Gull of course – was going to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico with my Scout troop. I would love to go back one day. 

And on my bucket list is a trip to sail from the North Carolina coast to Bermuda.

What is your favorite part of working at Camp?

The best part about working at camp is undoubtedly the people. I love seeing campers and counselors from all over the world converge on Camp every summer – their energy and creativity give each session its own personality. People come to Camp to be the best version of themselves, and it’s truly a gift to be a part of each summer as it unfolds.