A Typical Day at Camp
Everyone wakes up in a special way, cleans their cabins, showers (either morning or night), and moseys up to breakfast, prepared by a professional food service staff of nine people. All meals are hand prepared from scratch, whole foods, and not just thawed or warmed up or opened.
Campers choose four activities the prior evening, and after breakfast they go off to their first two choices. In the afternoon, they’ll do their other two choices for that day’s clinics. In a one-week session, campers choose 20 activities in total (out of over 140). In a two-week session, campers do more than double that amount.
After those lessons and experiences, campers join up with their cabin to do an activity that the group decided on their first day at camp. Campers are greeted with the envious question, “If you could do absolutely anything . . . anything you can imagine that isn’t a clinic activity already, what would you do?” The answer to that question is magic.
Following cabin activity time is lunch, a rest period, and then the whole camp gathers for the “Camp Augusta Playstation.” Nope, not Sony, and in fact is the opposite of it. A wide variety of non-clinic/skilled options are presented via skits, that are themselves delightful and playful. Campers listen/watch the usually very silly and enthusiastic skits and then run off to join whatever option tickled their fancy that day. Every day, the options presented change -- there are over 200 options possible, and scores more are added every summer.
A snack, usually watermelon, fruit, and popcorn comes next. A time for campers to chill with one another and play some games in the dining area if they are so inspired.
Following snack, campers begin their other two activity choices of the day.
A lovely dinner follows, some chill time, and then our evening activity, which the whole camp does together. Evening activities change every day and week, but they always include a couple of campfires, and the necessary camper-prepared S’mores. Outside of campfires, evening programs are adventures to behold!!
After a very full day, everyone retires to their cabin to get ready for bed -- brushing teeth, showers, and a little chill time. Then, the cabin does “Evening Embers,” which the counselor arranges. They may include a story, discussion, or quiet activity to close out the day. These special times are something families can do at home as well, and we hope to facilitate that with these resources.
Wait, wait! One more thing . . . cabins can exit the above daily schedule if they wish, for some or all of the day. Maybe they want to spend a long afternoon at the Yuba River, or go on an overnight backpacking trip, or do a larger CAPP (service) project, or spend some time at the lake, or whatever else they can dream up!