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CAMP TAUM SAUK - OVERVIEW
Camp Taum Sauk is a private co-ed overnight camp for kids 8-15 years old. Family owned and operated, we are dedicated to providing kids with an amazing summer camp experience, in a safe, nurturing, fun atmosphere. We offer a wide range of land and water activities, including; horseback riding, canoeing, rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding, ropes course, mountain biking, archery, caving, nature, arts and crafts, performing arts, and more!
WHO WORKS AT CAMP?
Our wonderful staff includes college students, teachers, health care professionals, artists, musicians, athletes, and skilled professionals, whom all share an appreciation for working with kids and the impact the camp experience provides. Our staff range in age from 18-65, with 19-20 as the average age of a counselor.
WHERE IS CAMP LOCATED?
Camp Taum Sauk is located 120 miles south of St. Louis, situated along the beautiful Black River in the heart of Missouri. The region is characterized by hilly scenic terrain, cool shady valleys, and crystal-clear spring-fed rivers. Many of Missouri's outstanding natural wonders are in close proximity to Taum Sauk, including Johnson Shut-in, Elephant Rocks, Big Springs, Mina Sauk Falls, and Taum Sauk Mountain which is the highest point in Missouri!
WHAT CLOTHES SHOULD I PACK?
The average temperature at camp during the summer is High: 88F/31C, Low: 68F/20C. People typically wear T shirts, shorts, tennis shoes, or water resistant sandals during the day, and jeans and sweat-shirts at night. Since we are located along the river, we suggest that you bring two or three swimming suits and closed toe water shoes for the river. Free laundry facilities are available for all staff, as well as laundry service for a small fee.
HOW MUCH WILL I GET PAID?
Base salary is $1900-$2000, depending on year in school. We will add to that base accordingly, depending on degree, experience, certifications and specialty training. Room and board for all staff is included. Additions to base pay will be provided for certifications and bonus.
DO I GET TIME OFF?
Absolutely! We realize working at camp can be tiring and we know our staff needs time to recharge and have some me time! We provide at least one scheduled free period everyday and time off during most evenings. Staff members receive one day off per week (10:00am-12:00pm) and a 24-hour day/night off during session breaks.
CAN I COMPLETE AN INTERNSHIP?
Yes, staff can complete internships for Education, Sports Management, Psychology, Business and other degrees. We will work with you and your college advisor to develop the appropriate internship plan. More and more schools are open to conversations about how to make this work for their individual programs.
CAN I USE MY CELL PHONE?
Camp Taum Sauk has a no internet policy that keeps technology out of the daily camp experience for campers. It is important that staff understand and support this core value, and are comfortable separating themselves from their cell phones. Staff members may only use personal cell phones and lap tops during their time off, away from campers (staff lounge, office, or off site). When start are on duty, cell phone are stored and charged in the staff office. Staff may not carry cell phones on them while on duty unless it is used for communication during out of camp trips.
TRANSPORTATION TO CAMP?
Staff members and campers fly into St. Louis Lambert International airport. We will arrange a pick up the airport and drive you to camp (approximately 2 hours). You are welcome to have your own transportation at camp. Staff can ride the scheduled charter bus that transports campers to and from St. Louis during session breaks. Car-pool rides are also encouraged.
ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, DRUG POLICY
Smoking is not permitted around campers at any time. The use of any controlled substance is absolutely prohibited at Camp Taum Sauk. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on camp property and no one is to return to camp under the influence.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?
7:30 - Wake up
8:00 - Breakfast
8:45 - Cabin cleanup
9:15-12:15 (4-45 minute) activity periods
12:30 - Lunch
1:30 - Rest Period
3:00-5:15 3-45 min. activity periods
5:30 - Dinner
6:15 - Sports and camper free-time
7:30 - Evening Program
8:45 - Treat & Song time
9:15 - Taps (Lights out)
10:00 - Staff free time (except if on night duty)
Camp Taum Sauk operates with each camper’s safety and well-being as its highest priority. The Smith family has owned and operated Camp Taum Sauk since 1958. We pride ourselves in providing a “family” atmosphere where kids can develop individual skills, build supportive relationships, and learn independence all in a nurturing and safe camp environment. Whether it’s their first time at camp or have been with us for many years, campers and staff are a part of our camp family, and we are committed to providing a quality summer camp experience, while creating “memories with a lifetime guarantee”!