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Junior Squam Lakes Association

Since 1955, the Squam Lakes Association's (SLA) Junior Squam Lakes Association (JSLA) summer camp has 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 JSLA 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. JSLA is open to everyone and membership in the SLA is not required. 

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! 

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Get a glimpse into JSLA camp life!
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:
    • $310 - 4 Day Camp Week and no overnight (Week 2)
    • $390 - Week with no overnight (Week 4)
    • $400 - Weeks with one overnight (Weeks 1, 3, 5, 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:
    • $310 - 4 Day Camp Week with no overnight (Week 2)
    • $410 - Weeks with one overnight (Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7)
    • $415 - Week with no overnight and mountain biking (Week 6)
    • $435 - Week with one overnight and mountain biking (Week 4)
  • 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:
    • $310 - 4 Day Camp Week with no overnight (Week 2)
    • $420 - Weeks with one overnight (Week 1, 5)
    • $425 - Week with mountain biking, rock climbing, and no overnight (Week 3)
    • $430 - Week with two overnights (Week 4 Girls Only and Week 6 Boys Only)
    • $430 - Week with one overnight and rock climbing (Week 7)
  • 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: $135/week and $110 for 4 day camp week in Week 2
  • 10% discounts for SLA members at the Family level


Learn more by reading the JSLA 2024 Guide to Camp and the JSLA Day Camp Frequently Asked Questions documents.

Registration Packet:  You must provide a completed packet by June 1, 2024 unless registered after June 1st they must be received (14) days prior to the start of camp week. Packet includes: Medical & Legal Form and 2024 Guide to 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 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.

For the third year in a row, the New Hampshire Department of Education is partnering with New Hampshire camps and school-age summer programs across the state to offer students the unique opportunity to move beyond COVID-19 and be a kid again through the ReKINDling CURIOSITY program. Students of all ages, backgrounds and abilities benefit from exposure to short-term summer enrichment programs, including in the areas of challenge, friend-making, positivity, and emotional safety.


Registration is now open!

Registration is now open!

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Please note: Registration is limited to two weeks per camper until May 1st.
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