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Financial Assistance FAQs

Financial Assistance, or Camperships, is offered at both Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer. Applying is easy and confidential. The application process and acceptance process are separate.

1. Show Interest

Take a few minutes and fill out our Campership Interest Form. This lets us know your family may need assistance. And, when Camp applications open, you will pay a reduced application fee. 

2. Apply for Camp

Once Camp applications open, apply for Camp. Please make sure to indicate you are interested in Camperships/ Financial Assistance. (There will be a checkbox during the application process.)

3. Fill out the Campership Forms

Once Camp receives your child(ren)'s application, we will send out the necessary financial assistance forms. Return completed forms to Camp no later than November 30, 2018. 

 

Who can qualify for a campership?

We consider a number of factors including, but not limited to, the number of children in the family and how many of them are attending Camp, all sources of income, assets and liabilities, other expenses such as mortgage or rent, automobiles, non-reimbursed medical expenses, etc. We also take into consideration any unexpected life situations that place financial stress on the family.

Typically, this equates to a total household income up to $115,000 for families sending one child and up to $130,000 for families sending two or more children to Camp.

What programs are available for camperships?

Camperships are available for the following programs:

  • Starter Camp
  • Mariners
  • Four-Week Session
  • Spring and Summer Day Camps
  • Family Camp Week
  • Family Camp Weekends
  • Father/Son Weekend
  • Mother/Daughter Weekend

What items are required of all campership applicants?

The following items are required for all Campership applicants to determine financial need:

  • Completion and submission of the Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer Financial Information Form
  • Copy of your most recent 1040 Federal Tax Returns
  • Business/Farm Statement and Corporate Tax Return/Schedule C/Schedule F (as needed)
  • Copy of your three most recent pay stubs for each wage earner in the household

The above forms are sent to all families interested in Camperships after their Camp application is submitted. All financial information provided remains strictly confidential and is used solely for evaluation of the application.

When are forms due back to Camp?

All Campership application forms are due back to Camp by November 30, 2018. We accept forms by mail. 

Can camperships be renewed each year?

Yes! We love having your child with us for the summer and know that the growth that happens at Camp is more pronounced each and every year. Families must apply each year they wish to be considered for assistance.

Camperships may be renewed subject to:

  • All fees and charges from years prior being paid in full
  • The parents completing supporting documents with current financial information
  • The camper’s success from the previous year

What options are available for those who do not qualify for assistance?

Camp offers a monthly payment plan for our overnight camp programs. For more information, please call (252)249-1212.

How many campers receive assistance? How much?

Last year, Camp offered approximately $740,000 in need-based camperships to 390 campers attending our overnight, day, and family camps. Approximately 7% of our summer campers attending overnight camp receive a campership with the average award being 65% of the program fee.

What happens after I apply?

January
Award letters are mailed to families. Campership award recipients must confirm their acceptance or refusal of the award within two weeks of receiving the campership award announcement.

March
Any remaining campership requests will be reviewed and awarded as funds and space in our programs become available.

Late application
Funds sometimes remain or become available after the initial awards have been offered. Families who enroll in a Camp program after the deadline are encouraged to inquire about financial assistance, although resources cannot be guaranteed and amounts awarded at this time may be reduced.

For more information, please email camperships@seagull-seafarer.org.