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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 endowments 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.

In 2019, Camp distributed more than $1 million in campership awards to over 400 individuals.

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.