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Summer Youth Programs

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, and environmental education campers develop a strong sense of self, community and place. 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!


Our Junior Squam Lakes Association (JSLA) provides healthy outdoor recreational activities designed to stimulate inquisitive minds, develop life-long friendships, and create lasting memories. 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! 

Discovery  / 

Spend your days exploring your natural surroundings while learning the basics of canoeing, teamwork and water navigation. 

  • For children entering grades 3 & 4
  • Cost:
    • $285 - 4 Day Camp Week (Week 2)
    • $355 - Weeks with no overnights (Weeks 3 & 5)
    • $365 - Weeks with one overnight (Weeks 1, 4, 6, 7)
  • 10% discounts for SLA members at the Family level
Explorer  / 

An intermediate program that builds on your foundations of water travel while diving deeper into understanding the natural world.

  • For children entering grades 5 & 6
  • Cost:
    • $285 - 4 Day Camp Week (Week 2)
    • $355 - Week with no overnight (Week 4)
    • $375 - Weeks with one overnight (Weeks 1, 3, 5, 6, 7)
  • 10% discounts for SLA members at the Family level
Expedition  / 

An advanced program that puts it all together. Spend time exploring from the shores of Squam to the White Mountains! Travel by kayak or hike into the backcountry. 

  • For children entering grades 7, 8 & 9
  • Cost:
    • $285 - 4 Day Camp Week (Week 2)
    • $355 - Weeks with no overnights (Week 3 & 5)
    • $385 - Weeks with one overnight (Weeks 2 & 7)
    • $395 - Weeks with two overnights (Week 4 Boys Only & Week 6 Girls Only)
  • 10% discounts for SLA members at the Family level
Leader In Training  / 

Work together with SLA’s Environmental Leaders as you engage and inspire a love of the outdoors in younger campers. Build leadership skills and learn how to plan the day’s activities while maintaining group safety. This is the perfect opportunity to prepare for the next stage of responsible leadership.

  • For children entering grades 10, 11 & 12. 
  • LITs are assigned a group (Discovery, Explorer or Expedition) on the first day of camp. 
  • Cost: $100/week and $80 for 4 day camp week in Week 2
  • 10% discounts for SLA members at the Family level


Learn more by reading the JSLA 2022 Guide to Camp and the JSLA Day Camp Frequently Asked Questions documents.

Registration Packet:  You must provide a completed packet by June 1, 2022 unless registered after June 1st they must be received (14) days prior to the start of camp week. Packet includes: Medical & Legal FormCovid Waiver, and Camp Policies & Procedure Agreement (last page only). Each camper must have a current physical exam before his or her session begins. A healthy camp begins at home. We encourage all camp families to follow the suggestions from the Association of Camp Nursing by clicking here.

Required at Home Health Screenings: By dropping of your camper off each day you are agreeing that the camper is feeling healthy (has no symptoms of Covid-19 or other illness) and is following all CDC Covid-19 travel & quarantine guidelines.

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.  

Refund Policy:  Registration and payment may be transferred to an alternative session at no additional cost if space allows. A $25 administration fee will be charged for all cancellations. If cancellation 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. Cancellations made less than 14 days prior will not be refunded. Day-of withdrawals and/or failure to attend a camp session will not be refunded unless a specific medical emergency has been documented. If SLA cancels a camp session participants who have pre-registered will receive a 100% refund. 

Scholarships: Each Squam Lakes Watershed school is offered scholarships that are awarded to deserving students who could benefit from a week of summer fun. The watershed schools include: Ashland, Holderness, Inter-lakes, Moultonborough, Sandwich, and Plymouth. The MJ LaFoley Foundation generously donates one JSLA scholarship to a child from each school who exemplifies outstanding humanitarian qualities. Follow this link,, to learn more about the MJ LaFoley Foundation. Thanks to individual donations and the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction, the SLA is able to offer one JSLA scholarship to a child from each school who demonstrates good citizenship. If you are a NH resident and your child does not attend one of these schools there is a separate application process. 

Another scholarship opportunity is the Douglas DiCenzo Camp Fund that supports families by providing partial scholarships for kids to go to camps, programs, and activities.

UPDATE to JSLA Covid Mitigation Strategies (June 16, 2022)

  • Staff and campers arriving to camp each day are agreeing that they are feeling healthy and are following CDC travel & quarantine guidelines(link is external)
  • Contactless daily sign-in/out
  • Staff and campers are required to wear masks or face coverings throughout the camp day if unable to physically distance
  • JSLA staff implement programming that promotes respectful social distancing and programming will be focused on outdoor activities with adequate space for campers to remain distant
  • Campers will take an at home covid test prior to overnights and will sleep head to toe in tents
  • Test to stay will be implemented if a camper in a group does test positive as long as campers are symptom free
Registration for Camp is Closed
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