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Dates

  • Staff training                                    May 14th — June 8th  (longest training in camping)
  • Camp sessions                                June 9th — August 10th

There is opportunity for pre-season work.  Start times are variable, and usually begin April 16th with pre-season staff training.  Staff often earn a significant amount of money during this time. Likewise, there is post-season work with family camps and school groups until mid-September. Please contact us at applications@campaugusta.org if you are interested!

Please carefully review the staff experience material.
Whether hunting for a job or a mate, you need to look over several possibilities until you find one that is a great fit.  There are over 12,000 summer camps, and this one is unlike most of them.  Make sure you are a good fit for this camp, and then we can start the courtship process.  🙂
Campingly yours, Randy

Top 10 Reasons
Top 10 Reasons

Top 10 reasons to work at Camp Augusta

1.  Not a job, a home

People who “work” here don’t come for the money.  It’s about people – being with them as they play, laugh, learn, struggle, and grow.  You’ll live with your fellow staff, and they’ll become your second family.  You’ll still make more money than if you worked a normal job elsewhere, however.  People can have a job, career, or a calling.  We’re looking for folks who have a calling.

2.  Interested in your personal and professional growth

a.  Skill enhancement often reported:  organization, motivating others, problem solving, leadership, emotional intelligence, prioritizing, decision making, risk management, working with groups, behavior management, project management, first aid, CPR, life guarding, teambuilding, responsibility, self-confidence, child development, skill integration, and knowledge of more games and activities than you thought existed.  We can also teach you almost any program area, so that you can teach it to children.

b.  Self-definition / career selection:  it is common for staff to say they’ve learned more about themselves in three months than in several years before being here.  It is also common for people to change their major/life course after experiencing a summer working at Camp Augusta.  Will this job change your life?  Probably.  “I think my experience influenced me more than any other job I’ve ever had – had more of an impact than I think any job could have had.”

c.  We run the longest staff training of any summer camp in the country.
Click here to see what a Camp Augusta experience can do for your resume.

3.  Friends you’ll keep for life

Fast and deep friendships are made living and working with your teammates.  People often keep in contact for years, and our alumni are a testament to friendships kept for decades.  Also, more than a few have found their life’s mate working at Camp Augusta.  Nearly one marriage results from every summer.

4.  Connection with children

Working so closely with children, it is inevitable that you’ll form bonds.  You’ll also be instrumental in the development of children.  Help foster self-confidence, independence, life-long recreational skills, safe risk taking, an appreciation for community, a healthy lifestyle, caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, environmental awareness, and fun!

5.  Memories

Your photo album will be full of pictures that you will treasure for the rest of your life.  You will also make memories for others.  You will have the opportunity to make friends with people from other countries.  You’ll leave with 6 photo DVDs full of over 20,000 photographs.

6.  Fun!

The time of your life?  Well, comments such as those are frequently shared at the end of summer staff banquet, in letters received after the summer, and on the community e-mails/groups.

7.  Work and play in a real community

Work with staff from around the world, and children from all walks of life.  You’ll be with high-quality staff who survived a rigorous selection process and share the same values.  Your suggestions are heard, discussed, and often used.  Everyone evaluates each other – it isn’t just from the top down.  Be yourself and be accepted.  People pitch in and share the load.  People belong.  There are no edicts at camp, and everyone has equal power.

8.  Healthy living

The days are quite long, the activities are often rigorous, and you’ll sleep well, eat well, and get plenty of exercise!  We use as much organic food as possible.

9.  Beautiful

Camp Augusta has many treasures . . . a small lake, miles of hiking trails, nature that sometimes gets too close for comfort, the very nearby Yuba River, beautiful creek, diverse forests, and the smoke of campfires among 80 acres in the Sierra Nevada, near the Tahoe National Forest.  On a clear night, our view of the heavens is simply breathtaking.

10.  Creativity

You’ll find that your work offers both an outlet and a challenge to your creativity.  Seeing your fellow staff be crazy and innovative adds fuel to the creative fire that amazes us all every year!

We believe . . .

. . . that spirit, mind, and body must be nourished richly and simultaneously.  We value music and art just as much as sports.  We foster respect for self, for fellow humankind, and for the created world of which we are stewards. We find that the deepest community can arise out of the strongest individuality when trust, tolerance, and understanding prevail.  Above all, we love to have fun—because smiles and laughter and joyful optimism are the forge of community, relationship, and our own humanity.

The Modern Hero
The Modern Hero

Modern Day Hero

What did people say when you told them that you were going to work at camp this summer?  Did they laugh?  Tell you to get a real job?  Ask if you’d seen the movie Meatballs one too many times?  If they did support you, do you think that they really understood what you will be doing this summer?

If this is your first summer at camp, you may not be aware what you are really doing here.  Even after a summer or two, the full scope of what we do may not be totally evident.  Whether you really understand it or not though, you have assumed a position of tremendous responsibility.  Camp is obviously a place where both you and the campers have fun, but we’re playing for higher stakes here than simply showing the kids a good time.

In short, your mission this summer is to be a hero.  Not a superhero, because those don’t exist in real life.  Real heroes usually aren’t on the news or in People magazine.  Real heroes don’t care about fame, fortune, or a place in history.  Real heroes are just that—real, ordinary people that have an extraordinary effect on the lives of other people.  The motivation of a hero is nothing more than the simple fact that being a hero is the right thing to do.

Children need heroes.  However, many people think that children need heroes so that they “know what they want to be when they grow up” or “have someone to look up to.”  While those things are important, that’s not the role of a hero.

To be a hero, you must provide a child with one thing—hope.  It is your calling to give that child hope wherever they need it.  Maybe they’ve had bad experiences with adults.  You show them that adults are not all bad.  Maybe people laugh at their dreams.  You teach them that it isn’t only ok to dream, but essential.  Maybe they come from a broken home.  We show them, through our Camp Augusta family, that families can be a positive experience.  Maybe they’ve never really been loved.  By caring for them in the proper manner while they stay here, you give them the hope that love is more than just an idea, but rather something real they can experience.  Heroes allow children to have hope for themselves and their future.  Heroes keep the glimmer that we see in the eyes of children from fading as they get older.

Just being here doesn’t make you a hero.  It does give you the opportunity to become one.  You have a choice to make this summer.  There are a lot of distractions here at camp.  Will you choose to be remembered forever as a hero in the eyes of your children?

Have the Right Stuff?
Have the Right Stuff?
Do you have the right stuff?

Camp isn’t for everyone.  You have to put your needs behind the children’s and the camp’s, and that isn’t something everyone is able to do, or able to be happy doing.

Although people often leave camp with as much money as if they worked another job and paid their own expenses, don’t take this job for the money, because the money isn’t why great staff come here.  You could certainly earn more money in many other jobs.  In coming here, you must be dedicated, have an open heart and mind, be very patient, and demonstrate an uncommon degree of responsibility in everything you do.  Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility all speak well to your soul.

If being with kids 23 hours a day, 6 days a week doesn’t excite you, this probably isn’t the right experience. We expect you to pace yourself, know when you need sleep, and work as consistently at the end of the summer as in the beginning.  We expect you to be a very good big brother or sister while mixing parental responsibility with the compassion of a best friend.

During the summer, you might get oatmeal dumped on your head, get thrown in the lake, dress up like Mary Poppins or a pirate, comfort a homesick child, put cream on poison oak, work with distressed children, share in contagious laughter, and sleep under the stars every week.

As a professional role model for impressionable children, smoking isn’t  possible.  Smoking is hazardous to our campers’ health and we don’t want a camper to learn that smoking is “cool” from his or her counselor.  Being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs at camp is prohibited. We have an obligation to keep our campers safe.  People under the influence of alcohol and other drugs make poor decisions and place campers at risk.

Popular is often defined by what you wear, what you know, and what you do.  With the most overweight nation of children in the world, record child mental illness, and the sexualization of children and adolescents, we believe that it is difficult for children to be and love their true selves.  Brittany Spears, Hillary Duff, Pokemon, Aeropostale, Miley Cyrus, Abercrombie, sitcoms, Teen Magazine, and some hit television dramas have morphed the innocence and potential of childhood into something quite different.  We believe that at camp, children benefit from not thinking about what they wear, what it takes to be cool, and growing up too fast.  Children benefit from thinking about canoeing, roasting marshmallows, appreciating community, enjoying true friendships, singing, wondering at the stars, and communing with nature.  Thus, we leave popular culture at the door.  We believe that imagination is a precious gift to be protected and not trampled by intense media bombardment.

We believe that campers benefit from doing their best work whenever possible, and not engaging in something half-heartedly.  Campers benefit from taking pride in their work.  Beauty in the experience occurs when children strive to have the arrow  fly true, the art  be artful, the drama well-rehearsed, and the dining decorum playful, yet reverent.

We believe that children learn best when they discover truths for themselves.  Children thrive when they explore, create, and challenge.  Feeding children answers and giving them facts deadens their thirst and hunger for what is true and possible.  Play is a tool for learning, and not something given so many minutes during the day.  Through play, children learn social skills, their passions, and their potential.

If after reading through our website you’re excited to be at Camp Augusta, then we will be absolutely ecstatic to talk to you!  Please give us a ring, drop by, or e-mail.  We’ll make the hot chocolate with marshmallows.

If you are really interested in knowing more about what your life will be like at Camp Augusta, then check out the other links in this staff section, and the two special links below.  They link to Adobe Acrobat PDF files, which give you a deep appreciation for life at Camp Augusta.

Review of Expectations and Realities – PDF
Top 10 Reasons Staff Don’t Work Out – PDF

What is a Counselor?
What is a Counselor?

What Is A Counselor?

By Phyllis M. Ford, 1970

Somewhere between adolescence and adulthood there occurs in human development an age which is physically and psychologically impossible.  It is that unfathomable stage known as the camp counselor, a creature undefined by psychologists, misunderstood by camp directors, worshiped by campers, either admired or doubted by parents, and unheard of by the rest of society.

A camp counselor is a rare combination of doctor, lawyer, follower or leader.  She is a competent child psychologist with her sophomore textbook as proof.  She is an underpaid babysitter with neither television nor refrigerator.  She is a strict disciplinarian with a twinkle in her eye.  She is referee, coach, teacher, and advisor.  She is an example of humanity in worn out tennis shoes, a sweatshirt two sizes too large, and a hat two sizes too small.  She is a humorist in a crisis, a doctor in an emergency, and a song leader, entertainer, and play director.  She is an idol with her head in a cloud of woodsmoke and her feet in the mud.  She is a comforter under a leaky tarp on a canoe overnight, and a pal who just loaned someone her last pair of dry socks.  She is a teacher of the outdoors, knee deep in poison ivy.

A counselor dislikes waiting in line, cabin inspection and rainy days.  She is fond of sunbathing, exploring, teaching new games, an old car named Mrs. Beasley, and days off.  She is handy for patching up broken friendships, bloody noses, and torn jeans.  She is good at locating lost towels at the waterfront, fixing stopped up toilets, making friendship bracelets, and catching fish.  She is poor at crawling out of bed on rainy mornings, and remembering to fill out forms.

A counselor is a friendly guide in the middle of a cold, dark, wet night on the long winding trail to the TLC.  Who but she can cure homesickness, air out wet bedding, play 16 games of 4-square in succession, whistle “Dixie” through her fingers, carry all the cook-out food, speak Pig Latin in Spanish, stand on her hands, sing 37 verses of “You Can’t get to Heaven”, and eat four helpings of Sunday dinner.

A counselor is expected to repair 10 years of damage to Jill in 10 days, make Julie into a woman, rehabilitate Judy, allow Joan to be an individual and help Gertrude adjust to a group.  She is expected to lead the most prized possessions of 16 adults much older than she.  She is expected to lead them in fun and adventure, even when her head aches; to teach them to live in the outdoors, even though she spends 9 months a year in the city; to teach them indigenous activities when she can’t even spell the word; to guide youngsters in social adjustment, when she hasn’t even reached a legal age; to ensure safety and health, with a sunburned nose, a band-aid on her thumb, and a blister on her heel.

For all this she is paid enough to buy the second text in psychology, some aspirin, some new socks, two tires for Mrs. Beasley, and some new tennis shoes.  You wonder how she can stand the pace and the pressure.  You wonder if she really knows how much she is worth.  And somehow, you realize that you can never pay her enough when, as she leaves at the end of the summer, she waves goodbye and says, “See ya next year!”

Staff Reflections
Staff Reflections

Staff reflect on what it means and takes to work 3+ months at Camp Augusta.  The video is divided into three parts.  Please watch these and be sure to comment on them in your writings to us.  Enjoy! 🙂

Resume
Resume

What do people say when you tell them you are considering working at a camp this summer?  Do they laugh?  Tell you to get a real job? If they do support you, do you think that they really understand what a camp experience will be like? If you’ve worked at Camp Augusta, you’ll know the challenge of summarizing your camp experience into a short paragraph for future employers in the hopes they will understand it. Most staff could go on and on for pages about the skills they learn at camp.

Unfortunately, the challenges, learning, and growth that come with working at a summer camp are not always understood by folks who spend all of their time in the ‘real world.’ As well, it can be difficult to translate the skills you learn and develop at camp to a ‘real-world’ resume or interview. Saying that you were a ‘Camp Counselor’ in an interview may conjure up images in an employer’s head of a goofball who doesn’t like to shower, and who will bring weird games and annoying songs to future staff meetings!  Meatballs?  Wet Hot American Summer?  Parent Trap?  That’s what they might be thinking.

Yet, a summer at Camp Augusta offers many opportunities to gain skills and knowledge that are not available in a classroom or office, and which will serve you well and be of great benefit to almost any future employer, not to mention your own life and those you come into contact with. Because camps often use language that makes sense only to people who are familiar with camp life, translating the true scope and magnitude of the skills and responsibility of a summer at camp can be a challenge. Here is an overview of the training and skills an employee at Camp Augusta will receive, with some suggestions on how they can be translated to a real-world resume and/or interview. In this day and age, recruiters are looking for stories and examples of when you have demonstrated the skills you list on your resume, and working at camp provides those stories on a daily basis! You have what employers are looking for; they just don’t know it yet.

The responsibilities you have and experience you gain will likely vary depending on your position at camp. Some of those positions include:

  • Counselor…or Child/Youth Development Professional
  • Village Leader…or Unit Head
  • Equestrian Director
  • Master of Fun and Games…or Creative Program Developer
  • Program Director… or Program Manager
  • Puppet Master… or Program Coordinator
  • Master of Operations
  • Assistant Director
  • Programming Awesomeness Director… or Program Development Consultant

Skills and Characteristics Gained (that employers will be interested in):

  • Psychology of child development
  • Rational-emotive behavior therapy
  • Nonviolent communication training
  • Neuro-linguistic programming training
  • Emotional intelligence awareness and cultivation
  • CPR
  • 1st Aid
  • Lifeguarding
  • Living in community – responsibility and awareness
  • Negotiation and consensus building
  • Teambuilding
  • Group development, facilitation, and debriefing, both large and small group
  • Knowledge management and learning organization training and experience
  • Event management
  • Theater training, character, improv, and scene shorts
  • Working with emotional emergencies, angered/unbalanced people
  • Responsibility and integrity development
  • Leadership and power dynamics training
  • Explicit and tacit knowledge educational theory
  • Training/teaching techniques
  • Social networking
  • Organizational skills
  • Public speaking
  • Curriculum development
  • Emergency preparedness and risk management models, and execution
  • Innovation development principles, understood and practiced
  • Communication skills – written and oral
  • Lifelong learning
  • Self-starter/intrinsic motivation
  • Resiliency
  • Problem solving
  • Creative thinking
  • Detail orientation
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork and cooperation
  • Work ethic

Hobbies and skills resume section will be a conversation starter!

Living and Working at Camp Augusta Requires:

  • Flexibility (responding to quickly changing schedules and needs)
  • Stamina (on the job 24/7, working in a physically demanding environment that requires the utmost care and attention)
  • Communication skills to people of all ages and backgrounds (fellow staff, children, and parents, including those from other countries)
  • Patience and compassion (working with children and staff)
  • Conflict resolution (other staff as well as children)
  • Ability to work in stressful situations (very tight schedule, high expectations, rapidly changing environment)
  • Ability to react quickly and stay calm in high stress environments (accidents/injuries, high-stress cabin group)
  • Ability to work with and relate to people of various ages (child-adult)
  • Program and curriculum creation/development/evolution/assessment/improvement (new clinic creations, evening program creations, etc.)

Training: Over 300 hours each summer of focused, dedicated, specialized, on-site training (including instruction from outside experts). The longest training with the most diverse curriculum of any camp or outdoor center in the USA.  Before staff training, on-the-job learning begins with a 300+ page staff manual focused on child, community, and personal development.  In addition, knowledge of child, social, and cultural development expands from over 30 hours of video documentaries.  When camp is running, you’ll receive real-time training from a dedicated mentoring structure.

The above is useful to include in your cover letter.

Some things to keep in mind when creating your resume:

  • strong resume phrases use action verbs, the active voice, and highlight your specific responsibility, creativity, and innovation from your experience.
  • the employer will know it is you writing the resume, so there’s no need to use first or third person language.
  • Be as specific as you can as this demonstrates leadership, management, and personnel skills, as well as your engagement with the role.
  • Use specifics from your summer(s) — this will offer more details and examples that will stand out.

Strong resumes are easy to read, so a simple format is key. Keep your resume to one page. Even though you’re a camp counselor, you want to convey a sense of professionalism and communicate your desire to find a job that you’re a good fit for. Have someone else proofread your resume and give you feedback. Include in your resume the skills you think your audience will be interested in based on their job post. Knowing what the reader is looking for will help you convince them you are the ideal candidate as you can tailor your resume and choose what to include for each job you apply for. Choose the most relevant skills from the table below depending on what job you are applying for.

A Table of the Skills, Knowledge and Experienced Gained From Working at Camp Augusta (and how to phrase them to include them on your resume):

Skills Action Verbs Sample Resume Sentence
Leadership Led, spearheaded, initiated, drove, implemented, directed, introduced, managed
  • Implemented a streamlined new process for activity training that saved camp 100 hours of time during staff training.
  • Led a weeklong backpacking and hiking trip with a group of 7 teenagers.
  • Introduced new camp store process to minimize excess stock.
  • Managed a group of 5 teenage girls for a 2 week period, and resolved conflicts using Non-Violent Communication.
  • Acted as primary caregiver and “go-to” person for 5 teenage girls per week for 9 weeks.
Communication Communicated, identified, managed, discussed, delivered, lectured, mediated
  • Mediated conflicts between 5 teenage boys using communication tools such as NVC and success counseling
  • Identified needs of disengaged campers and helped them reconnect with the joy of being at camp
  • Facilitated camp-wide consensus discussion about transportation at camp
  • Discussed homesick camper’s feelings and needs, resulting in her finally enjoying her camp experience.
Problem Solving Brainstormed, identified, solved, fixed, improved, clarified
  • Identified broken process for medical emergencies and clarified the order of actions to be taken
  • Brainstormed ideas for cabin activities and used testing leadership style to trial each idea
  • Improved evening program activity to be more engaging for the campers and documented the changes
Delegation Organized, supervised, managed, delegated, led, assigned
  • Assigned roles to 30+ staff to coordinate camp-wide evening activity
  • Supervised five 9 year-old boys while they each solved part of a team building challenge
  • Managed a group of teenage girls as they engaged in cleaning up the camp grounds
Teamwork Facilitated, collaborated, consulted, participated
  • Collaborated with 6 other staff to coordinate a 2 hour village activity
  • Participated with 5 teenage boys to complete an 8 element ropes challenge course
  • Consulted with other staff members to brainstorm memorable activity selling skits
  • Built community within a 7 person village by initiating weekly breakfast meetings.
  • Lived in a close-knit community of 60 staff for three months
  • Consulted with entire staff to achieve consensus around community food guidelines
  • Worked with 30 other staff to facilitate several hour long evening programs to entertain 100+ children
Program Planning Planned, developed, organized, scheduled, facilitated, prepared
  • Created and developed and hour-long evening program to entertain 150 people
  • Prepared and facilitated 20+ detailed evening discussions for boys aging from 11-16
  • Organized staff trip outing for 60+ staff within a limited budget
  • Created detailed set-up and break down lists for 30+ separate activities during an evening program
Customer Service Engaged, served, liaised, entertained, helped
  • Liaised with parents and children during weekend-long family camps
  • Entertained adult and child guests through performance at campfires
  • Helped guests find their way around the camp site, and make purchases from the camp store
Initiative Initiated, investigated, spearheaded, forecasted, suggested, instigated
  • Suggested changes to Camp Augusta’s fire safety policy to improve the safety and consistency of fire use
  • Spearheaded revisions to the staff manual to increase its relevancy and impact
  • Instigated multiple village-wide activities to entertain 25 teenage girls.
Responsibility Led, supervised, mentored, oversaw, prepared, managed
  • Supervised fellow staff and reinforced their commitment to the agreements they made with camp
  • Mentored 5 teenage boys, 24 hours a day for two weeks and oversaw their physical, mental and emotional well-being
  • Supervised the safety of campers with valid CPR certification
  • Managed injury and illnesses at camp with 1st Aid certification
  • Oversaw all water-based programs and ensured camper safety with Lifeguarding certification
  • Prepared detailed risk management processes for a variety of activities with different risk levels.
  • Managed time in keeping a tight schedule involving facilitating activities, supervising 5 teenage boys, writing parent letters, crafting cabin awards, planning wake-ups and embers, brainstorming and facilitating cabin activities, and ensuring campers are on time for all activities.
  • Supervised 5 campers each week for 9 weeks, ensuring they brushed their teeth, bathed, ate adequately, were hydrated, took their medications and got enough exercise.
Critical Thinking Analyzed, critiqued, discussed, explored, troubleshot
  • Analyzed camp policy on flat hierarchy and challenged its effectiveness
  • Critiqued and suggested improvements to camp’s mountain board program through the process of knowledge management
  • Troubleshot camper ideas for cabin activities, analyzing them for risk, practicality and engagement.
Empathy Empathized, listened to, heard, reframed
  • Led cabin groups of five campers for two weeks; empathized, motivated, befriended and disciplined
  • cabin members when necessary; feedback from
  • direct supervisor indicated position of top performer and role model on staff.
  • Listened to homesick camper and reflected his feelings and needs through active listening and Non-Violent Communication.
  • Empowered campers to make more powerful choices through using the tool of Success Counseling.
  • Empathized with fellow staff member who was struggling to connect with her cabin by being in rapport and reframing what she was saying in a more positive light.
Hard Working Demonstrated, persevered, committed to, contributed
  • Worked with emotional emergencies, including angered people with a range of complaints about fairness or inclusion.
  • Demonstrated patience through working with children who have more diverse, complicated and unique personalities than adults, which required adaptability and strong understanding of rapport (physical, vocal and emotional)
  • Worked 24 hours a day for 3 months straight, tending to the various physical, emotional and mental needs of campers and staff
Public Speaking Presented, performed, addressed, displayed, enacted
  • Performed in several campfire skits and songs
  • Addressed the 150+ camp community with an inspirational speech at the end of Session Two, 2011.
  • Displayed confident public speaking through facilitating 100+ activities throughout the summer
Creativity Brainstormed, edgecrafted, created, developed
  • Innovated new activity for camp based on my previous passion for acrobatics and yoga
  • Created and performed in several campfire skits
  • Developed several fictional characters for special wake-ups each morning
  • Created and developed a completely original, 90 minute evening program with 25 characters
  • Brainstormed and edgecrafted 10+ brand new camper’s choice activities throughout the summer
Child Development Taught, facilitated, grew, mentored, instructed
  • Facilitated the growth of 5 teenage boys through educational praise and setting them challenging goals
  • Taught 5 girls about teamwork by instructing them on a 25 element ropes challenge course
  • Mentored a 17 year-old Junior Counselor through direct scaffolding and success counseling
  • Created dozens of meaningful learning experiences for multiple age groups ranging from 8-16 boys and girls.

When thinking about what to include on your resume to help present yourself in the best light for that job, it can be helpful to ask yourself some questions, to ascertain what experiences you are most proud of and how you’d like to present them:

In what ways did I adapt my contributions to new circumstances, roles, tasks and responsibilities?
How did I navigate the different wants and needs of the people I worked with?

How did I encourage contributions from all members and find consensus among people with different values?
When did I respond to the needs of specific campers, and how did I make sure they were met?
When was I at my most creative, and how did I express that creativity?

How did I manage my time to ensure all my responsibilities were met within my agreements?
What learning experiences did I have and how did I seek out opportunities to expand my knowledge?
How did I plan activities, evaluate their skills and supervise them when they were in progress?

What tools did I use to help other people solve problems, and find the root cause of their problems?
How did I inspire and motivate others?
In what ways did I foster teamwork and cooperation amongst the campers and staff I worked with?
What were occasions I encouraged participation and growth in campers, while adhering to our Challenge by Choice philosophy?

Sample blurbs for a resume:

Child Development Specialist, Camp Augusta

Responsibilities include: in a 140+ person community, primary caretaker for five 9-11 year-olds with 24-hour responsibilities that include rational-emotive behavior therapy, experiential education, child development, understanding of group dynamics, teambuilding, wake-to-sleep hygiene and care, group facilitation, diverse skill transfer, and some downright fun; participation in over 300 hours of training in emotional intelligence, nonviolent communication, CPR and 1st aid, lifeguarding, child psychology, teaching techniques, emergency preparedness, and communal living.

Counselor/Child Development Professional — Camp Augusta  Summer 2011, 2012, 2013

Coordinated and facilitated activities, and supervised five 9- and 10-year-old boys at a traditional overnight camp in Nevada City, CA. Designed and led adventure programs on a 26-element low-ropes course, debriefed team-building activities and taught over 20 different activity areas. Contributed new ideas for camper’s choice activities on a regular basis.

Village Leader—Camp Augusta        Summer 2010

Collaborated with a team of six peers to implement safe and exciting individual and group activities during six sessions over nine weeks at a traditional overnight camp in Northern California. Mentored, supported and evaluated seven counseling staff and liaised with parents and campers in a variety of contexts including: medical emergencies, behavior management issues, homesickness and counselor letters to the parents.

Master of Fun and Games – Camp Augusta      2008, 2009

Created and developed several all-camp programs designed to entertain 150+ people for 90 minutes at a time. Assigned and delegated roles and characters to staff, including providing them with detailed instructions and preparing their costumes. Implemented positive changes to programs on a daily basis through the process of Knowledge Management and suggested several ways to reduce cost and minimize environmental impact.

From Past Staff:

Core Staff, Camp Augusta     May 2008 – May 2012,Nevada City, CA

Design Lead
Lead manager of digital media and all graphical needs including promotional materials, on-site signage and mapping, wide spread apparel design, print resources for all-camp games,
Gala fundraisers as well as creation and maintenance of various camp websites.

Master of Fun and Games
Orchestrated the planning, preparation and execution of nightly all-camp games. Each game
involved the creation of an imaginative world that required extensive set up and break down
logistics plus micro and macro management of material and human resources.

Child Development Specialist and Support Staff
Living within a closely-knit +140 person community and acting as a primary caretaker with
24-hour responsibilities including behavior therapy and child development. Skills include extensive
group development / teambuilding facilitation and debriefing, non-violent communication,
performance arts, 1st aid / emergency preparedness and experience in teaching over 50 activity areas.

Our staff are the life-changers at Camp Augusta, creating magical and memorable experiences for the campers who come here. The time and energy we put into training our staff is not only for the campers, it is also intended to help our staff both thrive at camp and in their lives outside of camp. And while it is sad to say goodbye to the amazing people who work for us, we understand that they need to move on and find new opportunities to make a difference in the world. Below is a list of useful links we have compiled to continue to help our staff make a difference in the world at other organizations.

Useful tidbits for post-Augusta job hunting
Interview Tips
Interview Questions Decoded This article gives you an inside look at what interviewers are really looking for when you answer their questions.
Three Key Job Interview Questions

 

Focus on the three big questions behind nearly all interview questions so you can be prepared to tell the interviewer what they really want to know.
How To Answer What Is Your Greatest Weakness This article helps you prepare to navigate what can be a potentially tricky question.
The Perfect Job Interview In 8 Simple Steps A simple how-to guide to impress during interviews.
How To Survive A Terrible Job Interview And Still Get The Job An article on expecting the unexpected from your next job interview.
Top 10 Tips For Acing Your Next Job Interview Useful tips and reminders for your next job interview.
How You Succeed At Every Job Interview More tips for successful interviewing.

Interview Tips  Even more interview tips.

Selling Yourself In Person
6 Questions To Ask During Your Interview That Will Make An Employer Want To Hire You Another article with advice on smart questions to ask while you’re interviewing for a position.
5 Questions Great Job Candidates Ask Interviewers Some insightful questions to ask next time you have an interview and want to know more about the company you’re applying to.
Steve Martinメs Advice For Building A Career Your Love Some simple advice on making yourself indispensable.
How To Develop The Hireable Skills You’ll Actually Need Some useful tips to help you present yourself in the best possible light.
How To Craft A Job Search Elevator Pitch Learn how to summarize yourself into 30 seconds to catch the attention of your interviewer.
Building a Resume
Update Your Resume And Get A Better Job This Weekend An article about what a strong resume looks like and how to tailor your resume for the job you’re applying for.
7 Cool Resumes We Found On Pinterest Inspiring resumes to remind you that you’re a Camp Augusta, you can think outside the box too!
11 Things You Should Never Put On Your Resume An article on things to avoid putting on your resume.
Turn Work Experiences Into Measurable Achievements On Your Resume Advice on how to turn abstract tasks and experiences into quantifiable data that prospective employer’s will be interested in.
Top 10 Ways To Rock Your Resume A list of the Top 10 things you can do to improve your resume.
Writing Great Cover Letters
How To Write A Great Cover Letter That Employers Will Actually Read Learn how to make your cover letters stand out from the crowd and what quirks are acceptable to include (handy for a camp counselor).
The Best Cover Letter An article to remind us of the value of humility and sincerity when applying for jobs.
Searching For Jobs
Job Tips Tips for finding jobs in the current economy climate.
Know A Company’s Narrative Before Applying For A Job Advice on making sure you know what the company you’re applying to is looking for.
Top 10 Ways To Get A Better Job 10 useful tips to help you search, find and land a job you’re excited about.
Job Hunting In The 21st Century For Students A fun slideshow on the realities of the job market in the current climate.
Finding A Job After College Some helpful tips of searching for jobs after finishing your studies, and how to set yourself apart.
8 Sure-fire Signs You’ll Fail At A Job Search An article on being more prepared and smarter about searching for jobs.
Useful Online Tools and Search Engines
Rezscore Use this free online resume assessment tool to get useful feedback on how to improve your resume.
Human Workplace Lots of useful and interesting resources to help you find a job with other humans!
Career Bliss A search engine to put you in touch with companies you’d be delighted to work at.
CV Maker An online resume building site.
Glass Door Another search engine to help you find a job that suits you.
The Simple Dollar Understanding your student debt, and much, much more on personal finance
Self Publicizing and Networking
5 Best Professional Nameplate Sites This article explains the concept of “nameplates” and provides links for sites for you to create your own.
How To Shape Your Facebook Profile To Help You Land A Job An article to remind you of being mindful when using social media, and how it can help you land the job you’re interested in.
Emphasize Your Potential Rather Than Your Accomplishments An article advocating for potential over performance, and where creating a vision of a successful future can be helpful.
Why You Need A Social Resume And How To Build One An article about the perks of using social media to enhance your resume and your public profile.
General Career Advice
Do What Steve Jobs Did: Don’t Follow Your Passion An article that invites us to rethink what we value when considering choosing a career.
Flexibly Persistent Career Planning Is Not About The Color Of Your Parachute Finding your passion is important, but so is having a back-up plan, this article advocates.
Cultural Fit Can Trump Qualifications An article on the importance of being a good fit for the workplace you’re applying to.
Venn Diagram Of Wants And Needs An article to help you follow your bliss.
Congratulations You Have No Skills An article encouraging you to communicate what makes you, you.
Should You Send A Hand-Written Or Email Thank You Note After An Interview A reminder of the value of a small courtesy in helping you land your dream job.
5 Minutes With Meg Jay An article reminding us of the importance of acting now for the future we want.
Negotiating
The Secret Art Of Negotiating An article on negotiating skills and what works in business.
Summer Camp Or Internship
Ask The College: Summer Camp Counselor Or Summer Internship? Some advice on making the right choice for you when deciding between working at camp or pursuing an internship for the summer.
Skip The Internship: Go To Camp This article discusses the advantages of working a summer as a camp counselor rather than doing an internship.
The Camp Counselor Vs The Intern Another article the highlights the value of spending your summer at camp, and where those skills apply to other jobs.
This One Time At Summer Camp One man’s article about how much impact his experiences at summer camp have had on his career and life.

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