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!
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!
COMMUNITY YOUTH SAILING PROGRAM CANCELED for 2021
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.
For more information about camps or if you have a question, please contact SLA Director of Education, Leigh Ann Reynolds.