Postcards from camp: Sawyer

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.

August 10, 2018


This year, on the double overnight at Mead Base camp, I had only four boys in the group. They were all very excited about the double overnight and ready to spend the day swimming in Bede Falls and hiking Mt. Israel. The first night it poured for about five hours. So all four campers and two leaders squeezed under a tarp and played games from dinner until it was time to go to bed. The enthusiasm that the campers had the entire first night of the campout kept the night from turning into a dreary, rainy Wednesday night. The great attitude carried over into the next day when we hiked Mt. Israel, and had a roaring fire with s’mores and banana boats for desert. It’s campouts like these that makes being a camp counselor the best way to spend a summer.

Sawyer is from Plymouth, NH and will be a freshmen, studying civil engineering, at Montana State University. Click here to read Sawyer's bio.