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Financial Assistance FAQs

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

My child was awarded financial assistance for 2020 programs.  what does that mean for him/her in 2021?

If you need financial assistance for 2021, please check the interest box during the 2021 registration process. For this one year, returning campership families do not need to fill out the financial assistance paperwork or additional information unless you are in a significantly different financial situation than you were a year ago.

Our hope is to be able to offer a similar award to what you received in 2020. However, it will depend on how the overall retention and demand lines up with our available funds.

Once you check the box indicating you still need financial assistance for 2021 during the registration process, you will receive next steps and more information by email.

If you were awarded funding through the Service Professional Program in 2020, we will email with a few follow up questions once you apply for 2021. We will likely be lowering grant amounts for this program for 2021, in which case you can apply for traditional financial assistance if you have a higher need.

Our family has not received financial assistance in the past, but we need it this year. What do we do?

If you are interested in financial assistance, please indicate that to us by answering the relevant question during the registration process. We will be working through returning financial assistance campers first and then will follow up with other returning camper families afterward if funding remains. At that time, if funding remains, we will share the financial assistance paperwork that needs to be filled out in order to be considered. As much as we would like to be able to offer assistance to everyone, we do not anticipate having funds available for brand new campers after our awards to returning campers.

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?

For this one year, returning campership campers will not need to fill out the paperwork again, unless their situation has drastically changed. The following items are required for all new 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 Financial Information Form is sent to families interested in Camperships after their Camp registration is submitted. All financial information provided remains strictly confidential and is used solely for evaluation of the application.

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 (919)719-9989.

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