JSLA

2018 Summer Youth Program Schedule

SLA's 2018 Summer Youth Programs run from June 25 through August 10

2018 Registration is now open! Click here to register.

JUNIOR SQUAM LAKES ASSOCIATION (JSLA)

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 26 and August 10 for 2018.  

Daily camp schedule is Monday -Thursday 8:30-3:30 pm and Friday pick up is at 2:30 pm.  Check schedule for overnights.

We offer programs for different ages groups:

Discovery

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

  • For children entering grades 3 & 4
  • Overnights scheduled on Thursday evenings for Weeks 1, 3, 4, & 6
  • View the 2018 Discovery schedule here.
  • Cost: $325 (Week 1 rate: $215)
  • 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.
  • Overnights scheduled for Thursday evenings
  • View the 2018 Explorer schedule here
  • Cost: $350 (Week 1 rate: $235)
  • 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.
  • Overnights range from 1-2 nights.
  • View the 2018 Expedition schedule here.
  • Cost: $375 (Week 1 rate: $250)
  • 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 1 rate: $65)
  • 10% discounts for SLA members at the Family level

Week 2: Special Schedule

We offer a special schedule during 4th of July Week. Get a feel for all of our youth programs. Sail and paddle your way around Squam ending with the Squam Olympics on Friday.

  • For children entering grades 3-9
  • No camp on July 4th
  • No overnight this week
  • Cost: $200
  • 10% discounts for SLA members at the Family level

IMPORTANT CAMPER INFORMATION:

Learn more by downloading the Parents' Guide to Camp.

Medical & Legal Forms:  You must provide completed forms on the first day of camp. Forms can be downloaded here. Each camper or sailor must have a current physical exam before his or her session begins.

Equipment List: Please make sure campers and sailors are well prepared. Download equipment list for JSLA here.

Parking:  Please park in the field located between the SLA Resource Center and the Fisher Family Barn and walk over the bridge to the barn.  We ask that you do not park alongside the road of Route 3 to drop-off or pick-up campers.

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.  

Cancelation Policy: A $25 administration fee will be charged for all cancelations. If cancelation 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. Cancelations made less than 14 days will not be refunded.

Scholarships: Scholarships may be available. For more information or if you know of someone who may benefit please contact us. 

For more information about camps or if you have a question, please contact SLA Director of Conservation Rebecca Hanson 

Have you completed one of our programs?  Let us hear your opinions - fill out a program evaluation form found here.