Summer Youth Programs

2018 Summer Youth Program Schedule

SLA's 2018 Summer Youth Programs run from June 25 through August 10

2018 Registration is now open! Click here to register.


Since 1955, the Junior Squam Lakes Association (JSLA) has introduced young people to the unique resources in the Squam Lakes region and beyond. Through paddling, hiking, swimming, environmental education campers develop a strong sense of self, community and place. JSLA fosters a life-long love and sense of stewardship for the natural world. As we build on the JSLA tradition we work to enhance the SLA Youth Program experience. All programs are open to the entire Squam Lakes community and surrounding area. Membership in the SLA is not required.

JSLA is more than just a summer camp!  We are all about taking the best of the Squam Watershed and the White Mountains and putting it into 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. JSLA programs provide healthy outdoor recreational activities designed to stimulate inquisitive minds, develop life-long friendships, and create lasting memories of each child's summer camp experience. 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. Membership in the SLA is not required.

Learn more about CYSP here.


Learn more by downloading the Parents' Guide to Camp.

Medical & Legal Forms:  You must provide completed forms on the first day of camp. Forms can be downloaded here. Each camper or sailor must have a current physical exam before his or her session begins.

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.  

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.

Scholarships: Scholarships may be available. For more information or if you know of someone who may benefit please contact us. 

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.