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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 that 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, and are pleased to be able to restore award levels following a conservative 2021 funding cycle.

Interested in Applying?

If you are interested in financial assistance, please take a minute and fill out the interest form. This lets us know you may need assistance and when the time comes we will send you the application.

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

Service Professional Program & Gold Star Families

We will continue to offer financial assistance through the Service Professional Program for summer 2022. The Service Professional Program was created as an avenue to provide financial assistance to families who have one or both guardians working in a service-oriented profession. We want to honor and recognize professions that may be viewed as underpaid relative to the value they bring to the community. There is limited funding for this 25% discount and not everyone who applies will receive it.

Children who have lost a parent or guardian 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 contact us

“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 people different from themselves.” -John Hyde, Executive Director, YMCA Camp Sea Gull.