We are now hiring for the summer of 2021!

People can have a job, a career, or a calling. Camp Augusta is looking for folks who have a calling. Work, play, learn, struggle, and grow in a vibrant community this summer facilitating the growth of children, yourself, and others in the community. Camp Augusta is different from most camps – we have the longest staff training in the country, operate on a structure of flat hierarchy and consensus, and have created some of the best activity programming we know of. All of this is possible because we have dedicated and imaginative staff. Are you up for the challenge?

See below to fill out our interest form and we will reach out to you about summer opportunities!

Important Notes:

  • You must be at least 19 years old. (This is 3 years older than the oldest campers; average age of staff is 23/24; it is not uncommon to have 29 year old counselors… 39 happens too!)
  • We are looking for staff members that have meaningful experience working with children in a professional/volunteer capacity.
  • Main Summer 2021 dates: May 17th to August 14th inclusive. All staff are required to work these dates. Staff training begins the morning of May 18th, which means, at the latest, staff are to arrive May 17th.
  • Make sure this camp is right for you.  Read through the staff experience section.
  • We have a strong preference for folks that can start by May 17th and work until August 14th. We are also excited if staff are able to stay through Mid-September and work post-season groups (family camps and school groups).  Post season work closing down camp is available as well, lasting until October.  There may also be some site-readiness positions starting in mid-April.
  • We acknowledge these are unprecedented times and strive to prioritize health and safety of campers and staff so we can continue to bring wish, wonder, and surprise into children’s lives through magical days spent at summer camp. In response to the ongoing risks of COVID-19, we are developing a comprehensive policy for summer operations. As part of this response, Camp Augusta will be a closed site for 2021. This means that all staff will be required to remain on-site for the duration of the camp season including time-off with the exception of predetermined essential reasons. The overall experience of our staff is very important to us, and we remain confident that being a staff member at Camp Augusta provides one of the most worthwhile and life changing experiences in the camp world. If you would like to know more, we are happy to chat about details during the application process.
  • General questions?  Feel free to e-mail us (applications@campaugusta.org) or give us a ring: 530-265-3702

If you are wondering about applying, please go ahead and fill out the Initial Interest form. This is the best way to get started!

If you’ve already filled out the interest form or have already been in contact with us and you want to go ahead and apply, look below and follow the steps. We’re excited to hear about your journey!

 Apply Via Email

Step 1

Read the ‘Important Notes’ in the section above.

Step 2

Copy and paste the 6 application questions into a new e-mail, Word doc or Google doc.

  1. Who are you?
  2. What do you want to learn, and what do you need to learn in terms of your mind, body, heart, and spirit? (two different questions, eight total parts)
  3. What do the next few years of your life look like? Why is this opportunity a good fit for who you are and who you want to become?
  4. What have you accomplished and/or created, both positive and negative? How have you and how do you express yourself in life? What stifles your expression? Be specific and concrete.
  5. What activities are you passionate about learning, developing, and teaching? What child age range do you have the most experience with?  Where? Which age would you like to work with and why?
  6. What is it about this specific camp that makes Camp Augusta right for you and us?  What excites you?  What concerns you?  What questions do you have?   There are over 12,000 camps.   We are one.  Why us?   The more you read the site and really speak from your heart and spirit here, the better your chances are.

If you’re applying for a kitchen position, please use this application.


Step 3

Answer each of the questions.  The average successful application (we ran the numbers!) is almost 5 pages long, single spaced, with the first two questions being the bulk.  We don’t want to know basic information about you and other usual application stuff; we want to know you as a real, living, breathing human being.  We don’t get a bunch of applications and decide; you are considered right away, and as you.

Consider this a journal-like entry that you’ll keep for years for its own value . . . indeed, you (and we) want the end result to be something you’d keep and look back upon even if you were not selected; and, please ensure the writing is a joy in and of itself, regardless of Augusta — those are wonderful to read.  Share your heart, mind, and spirit, as that is what you’ll be doing with the campers as well.


Step 4

Send your responses to:  applications@campaugusta.org, along with:

       (a) your contact information;

       (b) how you heard about us; and

       (c) if you are available for more than one summer or not (how this fits into your life plan/path).

Virtually always, you’ll hear back within 48 hours, and often sooner!  If not, check in with us to make sure we got it.