Our Strategic Vision Plan helps guide our work for the next 10 years by reflecting on the past, setting key priorities and outlining measurable objectives. Learn more about how we plan to ensure a strong future for Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer through the link below.
Everything about Camp is centered around small communities. Even though people are often surprised to learn how many campers are onsite at one time, for decades, the structure has been built around the cabin family and Camp age groups.
This summer, I was reminded of ways that connection can continue once you become an alumnus or your kids age out of the traditional program. As we navigated new territories with community health, an influx of volunteers came onsite to provide support. They developed a deeper sense of connectedness to each other and a place they care about, but even more, they were doing something together to directly and massively impact campers and staff.
The depth of Sea Gull and Seafarer’s impact is because of people like you. You live out the Camp spirit in your own ways and pour back into strengthening this community. Whether sharing the joy of Camp with someone else, waving to someone with a Camp magnet on their car, donating to make the experience possible for some and stronger for all … you make Camp what it is. You make the difference.
The information below provides updates and snapshots of impact, as well as ways to get involved. Thank you for the difference you have made, and consider how else you want to stay connected. No matter how hard staff work, the reach and beauty of this community wouldn’t be what they are without thousands of you being involved in some way to make it better for others. We are truly grateful.
September 20-22 will be the 10th Annual 48 Hour Challenge. Mark your calendar to make a big impact this fall and consider how you can best support. Reach out to Gretchen Hyde for more information on volunteering whether you have 10 minutes to offer or want to attend one of our local call nights!
There is no doubt that the depth and breadth of Camp's impact is far reaching. Sea Gull and Seafarer annually survey the parents of our overnight Camp community following their camper(s) return home and we are proud of the positive experiences, strengthened skills and lessons learned.
94% said that Sea Gull and Seafarer counselors were excellent or above average role models for their child
86% reported that their child grew in self-confidence while at Camp
83% saw an increase in independence
75% said their child is able to set goals and is more resilient after having attended Camp
“Best place on earth. The confidence it instills is incomparable. Kids can be kids and are accepted and celebrated for who they are we while being challenged to always be their best selves. This camp will help form the character of our sons, just like it played such a big role in forming the character of my husband who went to Sea Gull for 10+ years growing up.” – Sea Gull parent
Our 2022 Anchorline allows us to reflect on accomplished alumni, celebrate our program success and learn about ways to get involved. The Anchorline helps remind us that Camp is a special place that brings out the best in us all!
This year, Doug retires after 50 years of service to the YMCA – 29 years as YMCA of the Triangle CEO. Doug's late wife, Jo Anna, was an important leader at Camp Seafarer and at YMCAs in Raleigh. As was Jo Anna, Doug is a huge believer in the power of overnight camping for children and their families. He has seen Camp transform children through independence, confidence and the development of leadership skills. The McMillan Family Endowment helps make the YMCA of the Triangle overnight camps (Sea Gull, Seafarer and Kanata) accessible to children and families who otherwise might not have the ability to share in the magic of camp. Please consider a gift in Doug's honor.