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Financial Assistance

YMCA Camp Sea Gull and YMCA Camp Seafarer are committed to creating a broadly diverse community by providing need-based scholarships, called Camperships, to deserving children and their families to ensure Camp is affordable for all.

Our campership program has two purposes:

  • To provide children with a camping experience which might not be affordable otherwise.
  • To provide Camp with a well-balanced community reflecting a diverse mix of socioeconomic backgrounds.

Our campership program is funded through our Camp Annual Campaign and endowment disbursements—ultimately by alumni, parents and friends.

Camperships range from families with limited financial needs to those with more substantial financial means. Camperships are income-based and assistance amounts are awarded on a sliding scale. More and more, we work with families in a middle-income range who desire to send their child(ren) to Camp but struggle to bridge the gap between affordability and program cost.

We are as committed to financial assistance as ever, yet our available funding will be more limited for 2021 programs, due to the financial strain we experienced in 2020. Priority will be given to registered 2020 financial assistance campers who are in a similar situation this year, and our hope is to award funding to them at a similar level. Campers who were awarded financial assistance for 2020 programs do not have to fill out financial assistance paperwork again this year, unless they feel that their situation has changed dramatically. Simply check the box expressing continued interest in financial assistance when you apply, and we will be back in touch with more details. Our hope is to give similar awards to what you were anticipating in 2020, depending on overall retention and interest.

If funds remain after awarding to 2020 financial assistance campers, we will then work through financial assistance requests for returning campers who have not received it in prior years. Unfortunately, we do not anticipate having financial assistance funding remaining for brand new 2021 campers.

Anyone awarded funding through the Service Professional Program for 2020 will receive more information after submitting their 2021 camper application. Our plan is to continue offering support through that program, yet it may be at a slightly lower grant level. 

To learn more about how our campership program works, please read our frequently asked questions. 

Children who have lost a parent in military combat or service as a first responder may qualify for assistance thanks to the Gold Star Fund, established by Fin and Nancy Gaddy. For more information, please email

“Everyone benefits from a diverse community. Each year we see firsthand just how much richer the cabin life experience is when campers live with and work alongside of people different from themselves.” -John Hyde, Executive Director, YMCA Camp Sea Gull.