Junior Squam Lakes Association

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Junior Squam Lakes Association

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! 

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.

The JSLA runs for 7 one-week sessions between June 26 and August 10 for 2017.  

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

We offer four distinct program areas:

Discovery -  grades 3 & 4 - : Spend your days exploring our natural surroundings while learning the basics of canoeing, teamwork and water navigation.  Ready for an overnight? Check out the schedule - we have four to choose from. 

Explorer -  grades 5 & 6 - : An intermediate program that builds on your foundations of water travel while diving deeper into understanding the natural world. Spend an overnight on Squam sharpening your camping skills!

Expedition -  grades 7, 8 & 9 - : 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. Overnights range from 1-2 nights.

Leader in Training -  grades 10, 11 & 12 - :  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. We allow three LITs a week and they will be assigned a group (Discovery, Explorer or Expedition) on the first day of camp. 

Weekly Summer Schedule 2017

Youth Programs 2017 Flyer

Parents Guide to Camp and FAQ



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

Equipment List: You can find the complete equipment list 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.

Directions for Remote Drop-Off: Do you know where you are going for a Remote Drop-off Day?  Click here for a complete set of directions.  We schedule one Remote Drop-off per week/per program.

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 our office here by email. 

Questions? For more information about camps or if you have a question, please contact Torey Lee, Interim Director of Education, or by phone at: 603-968-7336. 

Have you completed one of our programs?  Program Evaluation found here! 


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