Counselor

Camp Augusta

About the organization

If you are seeking an extraordinary summer of personal and professional growth within a tight-knit community, welcome! We are seeking you, too! Camp Augusta is an 80 acre, non-profit, residential summer camp nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains of Northern California, and we offer a one-of-a-kind experience for campers and staff alike. From zipline canopy tours to dinner dressed as pirates and jewelry-smithing to horseback rides through enchanted forests, the days at Augusta are always full of imagination, laughter, wish, wonder, and of course, surprise.

As a community of professionals who already have substantive experience in childcare and community-building, we think that Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will find an environment that allows them to leverage their experience to contribute to our 3.5 week staff training, in-depth social and emotional development activities, and creative skill-building clinics.

Duties

Discover the wish, wonder, and surprise of living with and supporting five campers in a cabin in the woods for the summer. Learn more than you ever thought you could about relating to children in a manner that empowers their growth and independence. Counselors will also serve as activity instructors and take the lead on maintenance for a few activity areas upon gaining experience. All counselors teach activities, but you tell us which ones you’re most passionate about — there are over 150 choices, plus your creative additions.

We can teach you the activities that most spark your excitement and creativity. And you can teach us if there are new activities that you would like to create here! Counselors are the heartbeat of camp. Most counselors spend a session or two outside of the cabin as well, contributing to programming or other areas of interest.

Qualifications

WE ARE SEEKING FOLKS WHO...
Are overjoyed to work closely with children for a summer and gain energy from time spent with kids

Have a foundation of emotional depth and intelligence and seek to grow and improve professionally and personally in life

Love to imagine wild possibility, creative engagement with the world, and the ways to have the most fun... and are driven and organized enough to make some of it happen!

Are adventurers of the mind, heart, and world as a whole. Curiosity and a zeal for constant learning and exploration - externally and internally

Possess the flexibility, open-mindedness, honesty, responsibility, and heartfelt goodwill for living and working in a tight-knit community of staff

Think deeply, write articulately, and speak with compassion by nature

Thrive on operating with a growth mindset (rather than a fixed mindset)

EXPERIENCE DESIRED
Must be available for our full summer (May 18 - Aug 14)

Prior, meaningful work with children (our campers are between 8-16)

Some life experience is very helpful (work, independent travel, anything that demonstrates your resourcefulness and ability to get things done on your own) (You got this for sure!)

We prefer folks who are able to return for at least a second summer

Ability and willingness to work at a sustained, high-energy pace for extended time (seriously, how's your energy level?)

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Housing and meals are provided. Live in a cabin, yurt or treehouse! Meals are organic, locally-sourced and made fresh every day.

Staff must be available for our main season from May 18 - August 14, which means being at camp and ready by May 17th. Staff training is 3.5 weeks long followed by 9 weeks of main season camp. Opportunities are available to work pre and post season assisting with family camps and school groups before staff training (start of May) and after the summer (August and September).

The depth of training and ongoing professional support you will receive as a Camp Augusta staff member (in the realms of education, personal development and communication, and activity skills) can offer far-reaching benefits for many other parts of your life.

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