Postcards from camp: Eric

Since 1955, the Squam Lakes Association's (SLA) summer youth programs have introduced young people to the unique resources in the Squam Lakes region and beyond. Through paddling, hiking, swimming, sailing and environmental education campers develop a strong sense of self, community and place. Our Junior Squam Lakes Association (JSLA) and Community Youth Sailing Program (CYSP) provide healthy outdoor recreational activities designed to stimulate inquisitive minds, develop life-long friendships, and create lasting memories. Learn more about the SLA Summer Youth Programs here.

June 29, 2018


When I looked at the training week schedule I was surprised to see that we would be having a day of training with Camp Hale, another summer camp sharing our beautiful lake. Despite living in the region for the better part of my adult life, I had never heard of it, which is not all too surprising considering the concentration of summer camps in the lakes region of New Hampshire. Rolling up that Thursday morning, I didn't’t know what to expect. What I got, however, was fantastic. I was impressed by Camp Hale's commitment to creating community with an emphasis on inclusiveness. At the start of the day, I knew none of their counselors, but by the end we were chatting and having fun like we had been friends for years. While there we ran through likely scenarios to prepare us for the camp sessions ahead, as well as having an intense game of freeze tag. Following a family style lunch, the JSLA staff shared environmental knowledge with the Camp Hale staff, passing on to them some fun ecological games/activities that they could use to educate their campers. At the close of the day we gathered around their campfire and sang songs together.  It was a fantastic close to the training week, and a great start to my summer.

Eric is from from Meredith, NH. He is currently enrolled in the Bates class of 2020, studying Economics and History. Click here to read Eric's bio.