Magikeering, Human Development & Living in Nature at Augusta!
If you are seeking an extraordinary summer of personal and professional growth, welcome! We are seeking you too! From zipline canopy tours to dinner dressed as pirates and jewelry-smithing to horseback rides through enchanted forests, the days at Camp Augusta are always full of imagination, laughter, wish, wonder, and of course, surprise.
The nearest town in Nevada City, about a 15 minute drive from camp. We are approximately an hour from Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, and about 3 hours east of San Francisco.
About Camp Augusta
Camp Augusta is a 90 acre, non-profit, residential summer camp nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains of Northern California, and we offer a one-of-a-kind experience for campers and staff alike.
Augusta stands proudly and equally on two pillars: play and personal growth. Play is the heart of our summer camp experience. We offer our campers the opportunity to rediscover the innocence and wonder of childhood away from the distractions of modern life. Where camper’s dreams meet counselor’s know-how, Augusta breathes magic into every day. And just as important as the spirit of play, personal growth underpins every aspect of life at camp. Engaging deeply with our intentional community, both campers and staff have the opportunity to develop self-awareness, confidence, creativity, healthy ways of communicating and so much more!
The Employee Experience
So what’s it like to work at Camp Augusta? We’re glad you asked!
Working at camp is an experience unlike any other. Our days are beautiful, demanding, inspiring, educational, hilarious, frustrating, silly, surprising, intimate, active and most importantly, full of opportunity. Staff have the opportunity to learn and teach an astounding variety of camp activities. We offer over 150 different activities, and we are always excited about any creative contributions you bring to the table. Staff also have the opportunity to develop themselves personally and professionally. In our 3.5 week staff training and throughout the summer, staff can learn and practice progressive models of child development and counseling, communication techniques like clean communication and Nonviolent Communication, diverse leadership styles as well as how to live in a tight-knit community. Come with an open-mind, a trusting-heart and plenty of ambition, and leave with your heart and mind on fire!
We acknowledge these are unprecedented times and strive to prioritize health and safety of campers and staff so we can continue to bring wish, wonder, and surprise into children's lives through magical days spent at summer camp. In response to the ongoing risks of COVID-19, we are taking steps to develop a comprehensive policy for summer operations. As part of this response, Camp Augusta will be a closed site for 2021. For staff, this means that all staff will be required to remain on-site all season including time-off with the exception of predetermined essential reasons. The overall experience of our staff is very important to us, and we remain confident that being a staff member at Camp Augusta provides one of the most worthwhile and life changing experiences in the camp world. If you would like to know more, we are happy to chat about details during the application process.
Augustans are folks who are internally motivated and inspired to lead powerful lives of service and integrity. Because of the highly rigorous experience of counseling and living in community at Camp Augusta, we look for the following qualities in our staff:
- LOVES working with kids. Gains energy from the experience.
- Revels in opportunities for creativity, imagination, and play
- Abundant energy - physical and emotional
- Open-minded, flexible, adventurous, and easy-going
- Active facilitators of goodwill, positivity, and optimism
- High emotional intelligence, depth, and desire to continue to grow in this realm
- Insatiable curiosity about the world, themselves, and brings a growth mindset to life
- Celebrates being part of a close-knit community - the joys and challenges!
** Staff must be at least 19 years old by May 2021 and available to work from May 18 to Aug 14, 2021.
Room and Board
Rustic housing is available for all staff - typically an open-air cabin, platform tent, yurt, or treehouse. Our food is exceptional... it is largely organic and is all made from scratch. If food is your thing, please read more about our commitment to healthy and sustainable eating here.
Some of the perks of joining our crew include:
- Family of fellow staff members from all over the world
- Unlimited opportunity for personal and professional growth
- Experience teaching a huge range of amazing activities
- A summer spent outdoors - fresh air, stargazing, campfires, wilderness trips, river adventures, and more
- Communal computers for checking personal email, etc. on time off
Getting Here and Getting Around
There is parking available for staff who choose to drive to Camp Augusta. For those flying into the area, we'll arrange to pick you up and drop you off from the Sacramento airport. We've also got shared camp vehicles for general use during time off.
Working at a summer camp involves long days full of different activities, adventures, joy, and challenges. It can be exhausting, and one of the most rewarding and memorable work experiences possible. At Camp Augusta, working hard is often equivalent to playing hard... nearly everything we do here revolves around tapping our collective creativity to inspire the members of our community with fun-filled experiences.
In the course of a single day, you may wake your campers up with a 70s-themed dance party; sing songs with other staff at breakfast; exchange life stories with campers while zip lining 80 feet above the ground; smear oatmeal on your fellow staff members' faces; play the role of a space vampire in a camp-wide game; and canoe into the middle of Lake Vera for stargazing.
The days here are incredibly full of wonder and surprises. What fun will you bring with you to Augusta?