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 20, 2018
As we have officially passed the halfway point of CYSP (Community Youth Sailing Program) summer camp, operations both on and off of the water are running smoothly to accommodate each sailors want for fun and learning. Through hard work, cooperation, and efficiency, the sailing instructors have managed and excelled in leading weeks of full day, mixed boats (Optimist and CJ) courses and more compact half-days consisting of Optimists zipping around Pipers Cove in the mornings and CJs extending around Sunset Point along Perch Island in the afternoons. The joy it brings me each day to provide knowledge and experience to campers and put a smile on their faces cannot be matched and is the reason why I return to Squam Lakes Association each week to teach sailing. While I am extremely grateful to be able to facilitate the growth of campers’ characters and talents, moments like this past Monday, when a camper struggled with the capsize test, overcame their fear, and succeeded, are ones that allow me to see the real results of personal development. With future aspirations to consistently grow CYSP, I hope to be able to expand this plethora of fun and learning to dozens more children in the Squam Lakes Region for summers to come. I look forward to three more weeks of beautiful days on Squam Lake while simultaneously sharing my passion for sailing and maintaining my high expectations of safety and fun!
Morgan currently lives in Gilford, New Hampshire and is studying study business, finance, and entrepreneurship at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Click here to read Morgan's bio.