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.
June 17, 2019- Sophie, JSLA Environmental Camp Leader
We had an amazing first week of training for camp!!! With three returning counselors and three new ones, we all got to connect via games and getting to know you ice breakers. We also went on a very windy campout with the members of SLA’s AmeriCorps team so we have lots of familiar faces for this summer! We have learned a lot about the lake and it’s watershed, from Rebecca’s water quality tour of the lake to fish identification. We also learned about the land when we played nature games on a hike with Camp Hale’s counselors. The funniest thing that happened this week was on Friday, when we kayaked in kayaks that were too small for us and very tippy. We jumped into the cold lake to do a mock swim test, and just as we were about to start doing capsize tests and T rescues, I accidentally fell out of my kayak! It was ironically funny and we used it as a scenario to un-capsize my boat. As soon as I’d climbed back in-not a small feat- I was reaching for my paddle when splash! I fell in again. I felt very clumsy and slightly embarrassed but everyone got a good laugh out of it and lots of practice. I can already tell we have a great team this year and we cannot wait for the inevitable upcoming adventures we are going to have with the campers!
Sophie is stoked to be working at JSLA for a second summer and is from Virginia, but grew up coming to the lake every summer. Click here to read Sophie's bio.