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YMCA Camp Sea Gull and YMCA Camp Seafarer foster a nurturing environment for campers to explore new activities and gain specialized skills in more than 20 Land and Sea activities. We view our programs not as an end to themselves, but as a tool to foster self-confidence, independence, teamwork, responsibility and perseverance.

We strive to introduce campers to a wide range of programs, and we allow them to develop their natural interests so they can pursue their passions.

Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer have three fundamental elements to our programs and experiences.

Freedom of Choice

Each day campers choose their activities on Land and Sea. Campers spend half the day on Land activities and half on Sea activities.


Campers can earn ranks by acquiring new skills on each activity. Each rank level is described in detail in our Green and Blue Books. The Green Book guides campers through the Land activities, and the Blue guides campers through Sea activities.

Coaching and Support

Goal setting is an important ingredient in our philosophy of mixing character and skill development. Our counselors are trained to help campers gain new skills, acquire ranks and achieve their goals. Goals can range from having fun or being part of a team to mastering a high-level skill in a single program area. Through freedom of choice, campers are encouraged to pick activities and set goals that fit into their skill set and interests.

Learn more through our Program and Rank Overview Video


Learn More about the Goal Setting Guide

Sea - Blue Book

The Sea Program at Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer includes activities that occur on the Neuse River. The Blue Book is the campers’ guide to these activities. All campers are required to learn and develop basic seamanship skills such as knot tying, safety procedures and general boating. General...

Land - Green Book

The Land Program at Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer includes all ranked activities held on dry land. The Green Book is the campers’ guide to these activities. We strive to expose campers to all activities, and then encourage them to specialize in a few throughout their summers at Camp. Ranks for...

Non Rank

In addition to our Land and Sea programs, we offer other challenging and fun programs that are not ranked and not in our Green and Blue Books.


YMCA Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer know there is a strong connection between being a strong swimmer and being a strong mariner. Confidence in the water and confidence on the water are critical elements of Camp. We strongly believe in safety on and in the water and improving the swimming ability...