Camp Augusta

About Camp Augusta

“We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”

Camp Augusta is not your average summer camp. We are a nonprofit residential summer camp that offers a truly unique summer camp experience for campers (ages 8-16) and staff alike. We have the longest staff training in the country, 150 + activities, an organization built on a flat hierarchy, nonviolent communication, success counseling, AND fortnightly oatmeal fights. See more about our vision and approach here:

Come be our next Gandalf, Dumbledore, or Yoda. Come be part of the adventure!

Check out our website ( for more information about our program! Or give us a call at (530)-265-3702, we would love to chat with you!


Camp Counselor

May 2022 - August 2022 Nevada City, CA
“Working as a counselor at Camp Augusta is kind of like blowing apart a potato-shaped piñata with paintball guns as it falls from a 40 foot swing: it's intense, unexpected, and very, very fun . If you're a creative person, or want to be a more creative person, this job puts you around a bunch of other creative people and gives you an arsenal of tools to work with. This job offered me the freedom to come up with a crazy idea at the beginning of the day and then actually execute it a few hours later. Do you want to climb a tree and use bows and arrows? Absolutely. Do you want to be a shower sommelier, going around to every shower and rating them like they were fine wines. We've done it many times before. Do you want to create immersive, theatrical experiences for campers to participate it? Camp will give you all the resources to make that happen. This was certainly the most intense job I have ever had. A counselor is expected to work essentially from 7:00am when they wake up to at least 10:00pm when they go to sleep, with only an hour break in the middle of the day. This intensity was never a surprise, and I felt very well prepared for it (we have the longest staff training in the country). If you're someone who enjoys going to sleep knowing you've had a full day, this might be a good job for you. In the end, it's the community that got me through the summer and allowed me to really enjoy it. You become friends with people SO quickly here. Some of the most rewarding friendships of my life have come out of the two summers I've worked here. As an overnight camp for kids, the job will of course be hectic at times and sometimes overwhelming; however, having an immense support network of friends made it doable. The management of this camp is also unbelievably understanding and approachable. They really listen to what you want to offer and will do what they can to let you do what you're excited about. For instance. I got to incorporate my side-hobby of photography into my role at camp, which I wasn't totally expecting when I was hired. There are so many other aspects of this job that I absolutely loved, things like living outdoors, the amazing food, the many new skills I learned, including incredibly valuable skills of communication. I could talk for hours about the stories and memories I've created while working at Camp Augusta. This is seriously one of the most unique summer camps in America, and if you're the kind of person who loves fostering the creativity of kids, Camp Augusta might end up becoming your second home. - ”

Camp Augusta Counselor

May 2023 - August 2023 Nevada City, CA
“The better question is what didn't I. I loved living in community and spending all my time around a really lovely selection of people for multiple months. I loved being outside and active everyday. I loved the way the environment and schedule completely removed most of my desire to spend time on my phone and I really didn't use it much for the whole summer. I loved the many creative outlets camp offers from A&C to skits to all the unique ways that camp brings acting into the daily camper experience to being able to design and lead emotionally powerful activities for campers to creating the painted wood gifts that every camper receives at the end of their session. I loved learning camp's philosophical approaches to child development and to life, and then getting the opportunity to practice, implement, and refine them. I loved learning new activities and skills that I would never have thought to try and then being able to do/teach them for the next months. I loved the vision camp has for letting children lead their own experiences, and in its methods and resources around trying to support positive behavioral change without punishment. And obviously, I loved spending a couple months with campers who do anything from the most frustrating, to the strangest, to the most wholesome and wise things you've ever seen.”
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