Who doesn’t love a perk?
Perks are great little extras that come with a bigger something else – like a tiny bottle of shampoo at a hotel or table bread at a restaurant. In most cases, people don’t opt for something just because of the perk, but we’d be kidding ourselves to pretend the quality of the perk isn’t important!
Here at Camp Augusta, we understand the magic of ease, extra and free; whatever your perfect blend of perks are, we have something for you.
And spoiler alert, it’s going to knock tiny shampoo out of the water.
Perks on Perks on Perks
Camp Augusta works hard to find incredible employees, and when you know you’ve got a camp full of awesome individuals you want to treat them right! Camp Augusta offers a huge variety of perks, from creature comforts to professional development to prime adventuring – we’ve got you covered. Let’s break our perks down by a few categories. Scroll along or click on a category that appeals to you.
Whatever terrible cliche you’ve heard about camp food, you can forget it here. Camp Augusta’s kitchen is mostly organic, and quite simply: really really good.
The kitchen team at Camp Augusta might as well be wizards, because no camp compares to Augusta’s level of meal quality, variety and accommodations. I’m talking about
- From-scratch meals served breakfast, lunch & dinner
- Full salad bar twice a day
- Tasty meat-free options for vegetarians & vegans (hello jackfruit pulled pork)
- Plentiful alternatives for non-dairy and gluten-free eaters
- Dessert every night and a staff fridge stocked with a little somethin somethin if you ever need a pick-me-up
Especially for our fine folks with dietary needs, getting a reliable meal can be tricky. Camp Augusta works with the kitchen staff to make sure all dietary needs are met and we serve options for everyone. Whatever your dietary needs are, you will eat here and it will be delicious.
Scaffolding is Camp Augusta’s approach to mentorship and setting all staff, new and returning alike, up for success. In a nutshell, scaffolding is an transfer of support or knowledge that is flexible enough to allow a learner’s personal strengths and experiences to guide how to fill their role.
To put it another way, our mentorship philosophies are there to blend institutional knowledge with an individual’s strengths, setting each staff up with the power to create the summer of their dreams interwoven with a strong support network. We have several systems and processes in place to make sure we got you throughout this summer.
- 1:8 staff to scaffolder ratio for all counselors to their village
- 1:3 (or less) staff to scaffolder ratio for all non-counseling staff
- Frequent check-ins and “you good?”s from scaffolders
- A personal growth document you craft with your scaffolder to set out goals for the summer
- End of summer letter from your scaffolder highlighting what you achieved over the summer
You’ll be trained, checked-in-on, and more or less set free to go-forth-and-kick-ass.
When all is said and done, you couldn’t ask for a better reference in any job you go into. Your scaffolder will have been with you for every challenge and victory, and be able to tell your future employers all about the different successes you had here during the summer.
We don’t mean to sound like a broken record here but we LOVE our staff. Every summer brings a unique blend of what we can only imagine are some of the best humans on the planet. To honor our once-in-a-lifetime group, we put together two all-staff events for the sole purpose of fun and celebration.
The end of staff training is rung in with an all-day trip to, well, we don’t know yet! We plan a new one every summer. We have a $9000 budget and one day to use it for as much fun as possible (which we have been quite successful at in the past).
To celebrate the bittersweet end of our summer season, we hold a capstone staff banquet with good food, shared memories, and plenty of dancing. We budget $7000 for the occasion and staff come dressed in formal and zany costumes. Everyone does their best to scrub the dirt off and we celebrate the summer looking fresh and feeling free to let loose!
Have you SEEN the Sierra Nevada foothills? (If you haven’t, please click this). That’s us. That’s where we are. When you have off-time, you can spend it on or off-site:
If you would like to spend your off-time on-site during the summer or between groups during the pre or post-season, our site is a beautiful place for you to be. We have bubbling creeks, secret swimming holes, and an impressive ropes course to give you a birds-eye view of it all. Also, staff have the opportunity to utilize our activity spaces and equipment during their time off, meaning that every season staff choose to spend their leisure time making new crafts, exploring our ropes course, and playing in the lake. Though what if you want to spend your time off outside of camp?
Every week staff members get 24 hours off to explore to their heart’s content. Our local landscape includes the quaint gold-mining town of Nevada City and the lovely Yuba River; The world-famous Lake Tahoe is also within an hour’s drive. Major cities like Sacramento and San Francisco are also at your fingertips for those who want to retreat into shopping, restaurants, and concrete jungles.
Wondering how you’ll explore these places without a car? Worry not! Packs of wild Augustans travel every which way during days off and the company is always welcome. You are also welcome to lead an expedition yourself by borrowing one of our cars. As long as you meet the insurance standard, you are free to grab the keys, roll the windows down, and take off into the sunset.
If you feel like sleeping under the stars on your day off, you are more than welcome to borrow from our stash of our camping gear. We have tents, sleeping bags, and more. Our wilderness guides could give you any number of breathtaking recommendations for places to go.
The Augustan staff have packed many adventures into their 24-hour trips, from rodeos to casinos to nights on the Pacific Crest Trail. Whatever your interests are, adventure awaits you at Augusta!
Those are some great perks, but what about benefits?
Camp Augusta has many full-time, year-round staff that have many benefits.
If you become a part of our permanent team you participate in Camp Augusta’s IRA and health insurance plans. Full-time year-round staff also receive standard health coverage PLUS up to $3500 coverage on incidents and $1000 for illness even if they occur outside of your work time, with a $0 deductible, for each instance. Additionally, our year-round staff do not pay for rent, food, or utilities if they choose to live on site.
Interested in a full-time gig with us? Chat with a member of our hiring team to see if we could be more than just a summer fling.
Give us an email or drop us a line: firstname.lastname@example.org | (530) 265-3702
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––The Bottom Line ––
In the business world, the bottom line is that final tell-all number that appears once all the money going in and out has been calculated – it shows the profit you get to put in your pocket. The bottom line for spending a summer at Augusta is a bit more ambiguous as “life-long friendship” doesn’t have a concrete monetary value.
When deciding if a summer with us is right for you, absolutely consider the fact you will end the season with some money in your pocket and be treated to some sweet perks throughout the summer. The perks don’t cancel out the challenges that come with working a summer at camp, but being well nourished (in both body and soul), having access to re-energizing adventures, and being part of a team that wants to celebrate your work does make a huge difference. If you’re ready for camp, pick Augusta. It’s the right place to spend your summer.