May 25, 2021

Dear Camp Families & Friends,

Registration is filling up fast in our camps. When looking at the 2021 camp schedule you will notice that there are no overnights this summer and we will not be offering any sailing. You will also notice that we will not be using buses this summer so please be sure to note the remote drop-off/pick-up locations when choosing your weeks. Thank you all for only registering for two weeks to start which allowed as many children as possible to attend and experience the magic of Squam. Now that it's almost June you are welcome to register for more weeks!

If you plan to enroll a camper in this summer’s program, please be prepared to follow COVID guidelines and protocols outlined in the updated JSLA 2021 Guide to Camp Guide Covid-19 Response Policies & Procedures (updated May 25, 2021). If you do not think you or the camper can comply, please do not register for camp.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely, with the interests of our campers and families as our top priority. ​If we find we need to cancel any or all weeks of the program we will refund full payment of registered campers for the canceled weeks.

Given this dynamic situation, I will be in close communication with you and your family as I plan for the coming summer. Contact me — I am glad to answer your questions!

As always, a healthy camp starts at home. We encourage all camp families to follow the suggestions from the Association of Camp Nurses by clicking here.

Thank you for standing by us during these trying times and for your patience as we plan for a safe, FUN-filled summer. We look forward to a great summer full of paddles to islands, hikes up mountains, swims in the lake, and lots of laughter!

More hopeful than ever,

Leigh Ann Reynolds, SLA Director of Education

2021 JSLA Camp Registration Open


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! 

The JSLA runs for 7 one-week sessions between June 28 and August 13 for 2021.

Daily camp schedule is Monday-Friday 8:30-3:30 pm.

We offer programs for different ages groups:


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

  • For children entering grades 3 & 4
  • Cost: $355 per week
  • 10% discounts for SLA members at the Family level


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: $355 per week
  • 10% discounts for SLA members at the Family level


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: $355 per week
  • 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: $175
  • 10% discounts for SLA members at the Family level


Learn more by reading the JSLA 2021 Guide to Camp and the JSLA Day Camp Frequently Asked Questions documents.

Registration Packet:  You must provide a completed packet by June 1, 2021 unless registered after June 1st they must be received (14) days prior to the start of camp week. Packet includes: Medical & Legal Form, Covid Waiver, and Covid-19 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 Health Screenings: Campers are encouraged to complete a 10 Day Pre-Camp Health Screening Form. All campers must complete the online JSLA Daily Health Screening form prior to checking in to camp each day. (paper version is available upon request)

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, https://www.mjfoundation.org/, 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/activities.

For more information about camps or if you have a question, please contact SLA Director of Education, Leigh Ann Reynolds. 

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