We believe that proximity to others with different identities and worldviews is an opportunity to learn, engage, and build empathy. We know that having diverse identities, worldviews, and life experiences can help creativity and compassion to thrive in our community and in the world. At Camp Augusta, we are committed to cultivating an environment that promotes and values a rich tapestry of human experiences.
In alignment with the ethos, guidelines, and mission of camp, we aim to include and celebrate many facets of human identity – gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, race, age, neurodiversity, disability status, citizenship, and other aspects that make us unique. We are working to craft an inclusive culture founded on ideals of curiosity, honesty, empathy, and acceptance – a place where people are seen and acknowledged for their shared humanity as well as their unique individuality.
In short, we hope that everyone in our (and every) community feels welcome and we want to acknowledge that the historically marginalized have been less likely – systemically or socially – to experience full inclusion and belonging. We will take ongoing action to bring our DEIB beliefs and values to life at Augusta.
What does this mean?
While we cannot force diversity, we can – and will – promote it. Through intentional hiring processes, staff training, camp scaffolding and support, and our philosophies of compassion and communication, we are working to create systems where diversity and belonging are ingrained into the culture. We know that what we do at Camp Augusta extends into the summer camp industry and into the world. And, we acknowledge that this is an ongoing endeavor – one that we will continue to educate ourselves in and improve on continuously.
What are we doing? Our Approach to DEIB
It’s easy to say we care about Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Camp Augusta. And, we want to take action to make sure we are living in integrity with our mission. We commit to being as open and forthcoming as possible to allow parents, campers, and staff to know about and join us in our approach. Here are some of the ways we have been and are continuing to make our DEIB beliefs and values a reality at camp: