2019 Postcards from camp

Since 1955, the Squam Lakes Association's (SLA) summer youth programs have introduced young people to the unique resources in the Squam Lakes region and beyond. Through paddling, hiking, swimming, sailing and environmental education campers develop a strong sense of self, community and place. Our Junior Squam Lakes Association (JSLA) and Community Youth Sailing Program (CYSP) provide healthy outdoor recreational activities designed to stimulate inquisitive minds, develop life-long friendships, and create lasting memories. 

Learn more about the SLA Summer Youth Programs here. 

To view past postcards from camp, click on the links below:


June 17, 2019- Sophie, JSLA Environmental Camp Leader

Hi everybody,
We had an amazing first week of training for camp!!! With three returning counselors and three new ones, we all got to connect via games and getting to know you ice breakers. We also went on a very windy campout with the members of SLA’s AmeriCorps team so we  have lots of familiar faces for this summer! We have learned a lot about the lake and it’s watershed, from Rebecca’s water quality tour of the lake to fish identification. We also learned about the land when we played nature games on a hike with Camp Hale’s counselors. The funniest thing that happened this week was on Friday, when we kayaked in kayaks that were too small for us and very tippy. We jumped into the cold lake to do a mock swim test, and just as we were about to start doing capsize tests and T rescues, I accidentally fell out of my kayak! It was ironically funny and we used it as a scenario to un-capsize my boat. As soon as I’d climbed back in-not a small feat- I was reaching for my paddle when splash! I fell in again. I felt very clumsy and slightly embarrassed but everyone got a good laugh out of it and lots of practice. I can already tell we have a great team this year and we cannot wait for the inevitable upcoming adventures we are going to have with the campers!

Sophie is stoked to be working at JSLA for a second summer and is from Virginia, but grew up coming to the lake every summer. Click here to read Sophie's bio. 


May 24, 2019

As the air and water begin to warm, the black flies buzz, and the robin works tirelessly catching worms, I am putting the final touches on the youth program leader training. I am excited to introduce this summer's leaders. Below you will find a bio and picture of the 2019 SLA summer youth program leaders!


2019 Summer Youth Program Staff Bios


Hi, I'm Carter! I am currently a senior at Plymouth Regional High School and live right down the road in Plymouth. I have been a JSLA and CYSP camper since I was 9 years old! Not only have I had the chance to sail on the lakes with all the wind shifting, but I have sailed on the ocean in Maine with my brother Sawyer. The outdoors is one of my most favorite places to be, whether I am hiking, sailing, or camping. And when I am not doing any of those, I am usually mountain biking, alpine skiing, playing lacrosse, or pursuing my biggest passion which is Nordic skiing. A fun fact about me is that I have had my head glued and stapled more times than you can count on one hand!




Hi! I'm Emma and I'm from Franklin, Massachusetts. I just finished my freshman year at Bates College where I plan on majoring in Environmental studies and minoring in education. I have spent every summer since I was a baby at my family’s house on nearby Lake Winnipesaukee and am so excited to spend another summer in New Hampshire! I like to spend as much time outdoors as possible, which is one of the reasons I'm on my schools rowing team. I've been rowing for 5 years and it is easily one of my favorite hobbies. Aside from just rowing, I also love to hike, read, and just spend time with friends.




My name is Jack Tyler. I am 19 years old and am from Purcellville, VA. I grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and attended a K-8 private school where my passion for the outdoors began. I spent my first two
years of high school at Middleburg Academy and finished my last two years at Loudoun Valley High School. I currently attend James Madison University and am studying Business Management. I love listening to any genre of music, I'm
a big DC sports fan (go Caps!), and I like almost any type of food and am always down to try something new.  Some of my interests include kayaking, skateboarding, going hiking with friends, swimming, and playing lacrosse.




Hello! My name is Maggie Grant, and I'm from Natick, Massachusetts (near Boston). I spend summers at my family’s house in Tamworth, New Hampshire. I
am a rising junior at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH where I can often be found in the ceramics studio, the science lab, the sugar shack, or the nursery school on campus. I am certified in lifeguarding, first aid, and CPR. Some of my favorite things to do are canoeing, skiing, reading, going for walks, and just spending time outside and on the water. I also love pizza, lemonade, baking cookies, watching movies, and hanging out with animals (especially my dog Tim). This will be my tenth year at JSLA, and I'm really excited to spend another summer (my fourth) as an Environmental Leader. Nothing compares to spending a summer adventuring and learning on Squam Lake!


Hi, my name is Sawyer. This will be my second summer as an Environmental Leader at JSLA. I am from Plymouth, New Hampshire. I am a sophomore at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. I am majoring in Civil Engineering. When I'm not in class I like to spend my time skiing, hiking,
sailing, and rock climbing. During the summer I sail in the Lightning Regatta on Squam. I have spent many years on Squam and hiking in the White Mountains with JSLA as a camper and on my own. I am very excited to spend another
summer at the SLA as an Environmental Leader.




My name is Raoul, and I am happy to be part of the SLA community!  I was born and raised in New York City, where the subways transported me to the Bronx High School of Science every day. I have been lucky enough to spend every summer of my life living here in New Hampshire. As a child, my family and I enjoyed the natural beauty of New Hampshire's mountains, rivers and lakes. I do not remember a time when I did not love sailing.  My first memorable experience of sailing was when I was about six years old, stuck in a storm on the Long Island Sound. I enjoy day sailing, cruising, and racing-- single-handed or as part of a crew. The serenity of sailing is matched only by teaching the skills for others to enjoy that visceral experience, too.  After attending Dartmouth College, where I studied physics and psychology, I found myself back in the city on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange trading derivatives. Following the events of September 11, 2001, I returned to NH with the desire for a simpler life. When I am not splitting wood, I freelance as an IT consultant and as a teacher of computer skills to small business and individuals.  I live here in the lovely lakes region.


Hi all! My name's Sophie, and I am so stoked to be working at JSLA for a second summer! I am from Virginia, but grew up coming to the lake every summer. The degree to which I treasure this area is indescribable. I'm a rising sophomore at Davidson College in North Carolina, hoping to major in Environmental Science and possibly minor in French. For fun, I like baking, doing crossword puzzles, playing tennis, reading, playing the ukulele (not well...) and anything related to the great outdoors! My favorite book is Lab Girl, and I am a fan of classic rock music. I'm looking forward to a fantastic summer ahead!




Hi I'm Tyler.  I'm from Cincinnati Ohio and currently a Junior at Xavier University. I'm majoring in education with a minor in English and plan to teach after graduation. I have just recently finished 6 years of service in the Air Force before enrolling back into school full time. In my free time I like training for triathlons, playing with my dog Luna, camping, and reading.