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.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.