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.
July 6, 2018
Hey! I am psyched to be back for another summer of fun. We are two weeks into the summer and it is off to a great start! Each week at JSLA there are three camper groups divided by age. Discovery the youngest, Explorer the second youngest, and Expedition the oldest. Every week each group has two of the six JSLA counselors. This week my co-counselor and I were with Explorer. We had a group of ten campers and one leader in training and to beat the heat, we spent a lot of time on the lake. On Monday we canoed to Bowman Island and spent the day playing games, swimming, and identifying plants. On Tuesday we started the day at Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest and spent the day swimming and exploring the forest. Wednesday was the fourth of July and there was no camp, and Friday was Squam Olympics. Squam Olympics is a camp wide day full of contests and events that happens once or twice a year. This year we competed in a wide range of signature JSLA events such as raccoon races, gladiator, the frozen T-shirt contest, a finger jousting tournament, portrait drawing, plant identification, musical chairs, and canoe races, just to name a few. The day was a huge success, everyone was engaged and invested in the activities and even though everyone did not go home with gold everyone had a blast. We rapped up the day with freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and ice cream sundaes. This week was fantastic and I am pumped for Hiking Welsh and Dicky Mountain and spending an overnight on Hoag Island next week. Happy Summer!!
Maggie Grant is from Natick, Massachusetts (near Boston). She is currently a freshman at Colby-Sawyer College in New London New Hampshire. Click here to read Maggie's bio.