Summer Youth Programs

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. The SLA welcomes ALL campers regardless of sex, race, color, religion, national heritage, physical or mental handicaps, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression who are able to participate in normal daily activities. Our summer youth programs are open to everyone and membership in the SLA is not required. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Watch the 2018 Summer Youth Program Video for a glimpse into the summer FUN!

Click here to learn about JSLA virtual camp and ways to stay connected with your camp friends!


The SLA is sad to announce our decision to cancel the JSLA and CYSP 2020 Summer Youth Programs. 

After extensive review of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and proposed camp protocols, we have come to the conclusion that no amount of careful preparation and safety precautions can eliminate the risk of a possible outbreak in our camps this summer. We do not want to endanger the health of our campers, staff and the surrounding community.

When it becomes safe to do so, we hope to offer small group experiences, most likely for family groups. For now, however, we will continue to connect with the SLA community through our Share Learn Adventure program, which you can find on our Facebook, Instagram and SLA website pages. We hope that our posts will inspire you and your family to learn about and explore a variety of nature topics, and we hope to see you and your families on the trails and the lake this summer (practicing social distancing of course!). We ask that you please share your photos, questions, ideas and inspirations with us, using the hashtag #ShareLearnAdventure!

For those of you who have paid for your camp registration, we thank you for your support of our programs, and offer three options for disbursement of your funds. Click here to email Leigh Ann and let her know what option works best for you. 

1. Donate the registration fee and receive a tax deduction for the entire amount;

2. Apply the registration fee to next summer’s programs; or

3. Request a full refund of registration fee.

We thank you for all of your support and patience as we navigate these unchartered waters. We are already counting down the days to when we can resume our summer adventures with your children on our much beloved lake.

Wishing you all a safe & healthy summer!



JSLA is more than just a summer camp!  We take the best of the Squam Watershed and the White Mountains to provide an exciting Adventure Ecology experience! JSLA has gained a reputation for excellence in creating awareness and respect for the environment, outdoor recreation skills, self-confidence, cooperation and leadership in every child and young adult that comes through our program. Our goal is to help instill a strong conservation ethic and stewardship in all youth so that each generation may have the same opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors that we have! 

Learn more about JSLA by clicking here.



CYSP has inspired and prepared successful young sailors on Squam for close to two decades!  Our programs are taught to the level of each child and include all aspects from classroom instruction to hands-on water training and learning. By the end of the session, students are typically able to fully rig and sail the boats on their own. Our instructional fleet includes Optimist class boats for younger, less experienced sailors; and Club Junior and Lightning class boats for older, more experienced sailors along with a sunfish and JY boats to round out the fleet. This program is instructional - we encourage parents to fully discuss this with their children prior to enrollment. We do ask that participants have swimming ability All programs are open to the entire Squam Lakes community and surrounding area.

Learn more about CYSP here.


Learn more by downloading the JSLA Parents' Guide to Camp.

Learn more by downloading the CYSP Parents' Guide to Camp.

Medical & Legal Forms:  You must provide completed forms by June 1, 2020 Forms can be downloaded here. Each camper or sailor must have a current physical exam before his or her session begins. A healthy camp begins at home. We encourage all camp families to follow the suggestions from the Association of Camp Nursing by clicking here.

Equipment List: Please make sure campers and sailors are well prepared. Download equipment list for CYSP and JSLA

Parking:  Please park in the field located between the SLA Resource Center and the Fisher Family Barn and walk over the bridge to the barn. We ask that you do not park alongside the road of Route 3 to drop-off or pick-up campers.

Camp Discounts: SLA family memberships ($100 annually) include a 10% discount on camps. Become a member at the time of registration to help support SLA’s mission and receive your savings! Please contact our office with your membership ID number to receive your 10% discount code to use at time of Registration. Click here for more information about SLA membership.

Cancelation Policy: A $25 administration fee will be charged for all cancelations. If cancelation is made more than 30 days prior to the session, a full refund (minus $25 fee) will be given.  A 50% refund (minus the $25 dollar fee) will be given if made 14 – 30 days prior to programming. Cancelations made less than 14 days will not be refunded. Any cancelations due to COVID-19 will receive a FULL refund.

Scholarships: Each Squam Lakes Watershed school is offered three scholarships that are awarded to deserving students who could benefit from a week of summer fun. The watershed schools include: Ashland, Holderness, Inter-lakes, Moultonborough, Sandwich, and Plymouth. The MJ LaFoley Foundation generously donates one JSLA scholarship to a child from each school who exemplifies outstanding humanitarian qualities. Follow this link,, to learn more about the MJ LaFoley Foundation. Thanks to individual donations and the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction, the SLA is able to offer one JSLA and one CYSP scholarship to a child from each school who demonstrates good citizenship. If you are a NH resident and your child does not attend one of these schools there is a separate application process. 

Another scholarship opportunity is the Douglas DiCenzo Camp Fund that supports families by providing partial scholarships for kids to go to camps/programs/activities.

For more information about camps or if you have a question, please contact SLA Director of Education, Leigh Ann Reynolds. 

Have you completed one of our programs?  Let us hear your opinions - fill out a program evaluation form found here.