JSLA

The SLA is sad to announce our decision to cancel the JSLA 2020 Summer Youth Programs. 

After extensive review of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and proposed camp protocols, we have come to the conclusion that no amount of careful preparation and safety precautions can eliminate the risk of a possible outbreak in our camps this summer. We do not want to endanger the health of our campers, staff and the surrounding community.

When it becomes safe to do so, we hope to offer small group experiences, most likely for family groups. For now, however, we will continue to connect with the SLA community through our Share Learn Adventure program, which you can find on our Facebook, Instagram and SLA website pages. We hope that our posts will inspire you and your family to learn about and explore a variety of nature topics, and we hope to see you and your families on the trails and the lake this summer (practicing social distancing of course!). We ask that you please share your photos, questions, ideas and inspirations with us, using the hashtag #ShareLearnAdventure!

For those of you who have paid for your camp registration, we thank you for your support of our programs, and offer three options for disbursement of your funds. Click here to email Leigh Ann and let her know what option works best for you. 

1. Donate the registration fee and receive a tax deduction for the entire amount;

2. Apply the registration fee to next summer’s programs; or

3. Request a full refund of registration fee.

We thank you for all of your support and patience as we navigate these unchartered waters. We are already counting down the days to when we can resume our summer adventures with your children on our much beloved lake.

Wishing you all a safe & healthy summer!

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 22 and August 7 for 2020.

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

  • For children entering grades 3 & 4
  • Single overnights scheduled on Thursday evenings for Weeks 1, 4, 5, & 6
  • View the 2020 Discovery schedule here.
  • Cost: 
    • Week 1: $225
    • Week 2, 3, 7: $325
    • Weeks 4, 5, 6: $335
  • 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
  • Single overnights scheduled for Wednesday or Thursday evenings for Weeks 1, 2, 4, & 7
  • Double overnights scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday evenings for Weeks 3, 5, & 6
  • View the 2020 Explorer schedule here.
  • Cost: 
    • Week 1: $250
    • Week 2, 4, & 7: $350
    • Weeks 3, 5 & 6: $360
  • 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
  • Single overnights scheduled for Wednesday or Thursday evenings for Weeks 1, 2, & 7
  • Double overnights scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday evenings for Weeks 3 & 5
  • Triple overnights scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings for Week 4 (All GIRLS) and Week 6 (All BOYS)
  • View the 2020 Expedition schedule here.
  • Cost: 
    • Week 1: $275
    • Week 2 & 7: $375
    • Weeks 3 & 5: $385
    • Weeks 4 & 6: $395
  • 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

IMPORTANT CAMPER INFORMATION:

Learn more by downloading the Parents' Guide to Camp.

Medical & Legal Forms:  You must provide completed forms by June 1, 2020. Forms can be downloaded here. Each camper or sailor 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.

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.  

Cancellation Policy: 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. Any cancelations due to COVID-19 will receive a FULL refund.

Scholarships: Each Squam Lakes Watershed school is offered three 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 and one CYSP 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. 

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