Important Dates & FAQs
Dates - May 15th - August 13th
Our main season is May 15th through August 13th. We are unable to accommodate staff leaving for days or weeks midsummer and require staff be present the entirety of our main season.
In addition, we offer (optional) pre and post-season work from April 1st through Mid-September. During these periods, work is a mix of setting up camp (or breaking it down) and running group program like family camps or school groups.
Pre-season: Begins in mid-to-late April and runs through the start of staff training
Post-season: Begins a few days after the summer ends and runs through mid-September
Age Requirements - 19+
You must be at minimum 19 years old to work at Camp Augusta. Some roles, like Equestrian Director, are 21 and up for insurances purposes.
We have many many staff (including counselors) who are older and well into their 20s, 30s and beyond. If you are nervous about being ‘too old’ – try to shake away those fears. We have a wonderful community where age is hardly a hindrance to friendship or enjoyment of the summer.
Pay & Benefits
Pay varies by role, and all staff have the opportunity to earn considerably more with pre and post season groups and site work.
We also have year round opportunities for off season work (hiring, registrations, program development etc.).
Counseling staff earn $4,000 for the main summer season (International are paid in accordance with their agency agreement, so salary will vary). All staff have the possibility of earning an extra $4,000+ during pre and post-season work.
Aside from pay rates, staff have essentially no expenses (rent, utilities, food etc.) while working at camp – for some, their phone bill is the only expense! There are numerous other, non-monetary perks & benefits to working at Camp Augusta, please visit our Perks & Benefits page to learn more!
Everyone promises a quality staff. We invite you to check out our staff selection process, which includes writing multiple essays, reading dozens of pages before the interview, and a 2+ hour interview by a doctor of psychology. Staff are usually older on average than most camps. Over 300 pages of staff manuals are read before staff training, and each staff member takes a 2 hour assessment on the content before arriving at camp. Our residential staff training is over three weeks long, making it the longest in the nation we know of, and more than triple the length of most other camps. Please check out the “Camp Augusta Difference” for more information about how our staff are different, and that goes beyond words.
Our most abundant role is a cabin counselor, but that is far from all of the unique positions we are looking to hire for. Check our current open positions!
Yes, we can work with a wide range of subject and create a customized internship that meets your school’s requirements. Learn more about our internships here!
Our hiring process reflects our desire to find the best staff we possibly can. We utilize writing and reflection over snappy interviews.
How do I get started?
Have you ever filled out a super long application for a job it turned out wasn’t a good fit? Yeah, we hate that too. We use an interest form to get in touch quickly and help candidates find out if we are the right fit for them.
We need a whole heap of awesome individuals with different talents, personalities, and interests to keep the summer vibrant and functioning. What nearly all our staff have in common are a love of working children (and the experience to match), a resilience and excitement for the long summer days, and an openness to living in a community that values open and kind communication. That said, we are far from a cookie-cutter community.
Camp Augusta values a diverse and inclusive community. We hire staff who are committed to upholding Camp Augusta philosophy and values, and we respect the diversity among staff. Such diversity includes, but is not limited to, differences in racial, cultural, religious, geographic and ethnic origin; economic status; sexual orientation; age; and physical and learning differences. The differences among staff are recognized as a core community strength. Through the use of nonviolent communication and clean communication techniques taught during staff training, we engage with one another in dialogue about our similarities and differences in a respective and supportive manner. (more)
Yes! Camp Augusta has a team of full-time staff who work both onsite and remotely. For summer staff who are interested in staying on for work during the off-season, express your interest during your application and we can chat more about some of specific responsibilities. For full-time, year-round positions, we hire on a rolling basis as needed — please reach out to us if that’s what you’re interested in; we’d love to speak with you!
We acknowledge these are unprecedented times and strive to prioritize the health and safety of campers and staff. As local and global information changes, we will continue to adapt our planning to the latest research and guidelines summer by summer.
The 2022 season required all staff to be fully vaccinated, including boosters (if applicable). We do not accept regular testing as a substitute for vaccination.
All staff must agree to fully/completely comply with the policies of Camp Augusta regarding testing, quarantine, time off activities, distancing, sleeping, masking, vaccination, boosters, and other measures to ensure the safety of the community on the whole. The policies may change based on external and internal conditions regarding the above, and it is agreed to hold the safety and effective functioning of the community as the primary concern.
What does that look like in 2023? We don’t have finalized 2023 policies in place at this time, and we expect some level of covid testing, and we will continue to require all staff to be fully vaccinated