JSLA

2022 JSLA Camp Registration Info:

*As of May 3, 2022 all available camp spots are now open and folks are welcome to register for more than 2 weeks. Thanks to everyone for being patient and allowing as many different children as possible to get a week on Squam. We do have a waitlist for weeks that are full. Email Leigh Ann at lreynolds@squamlakes.org to be added to the waitlist.*

NEW this summer! On the schedule you will notice that beneath each camp group is a weekly nature topic. Throughout the camp week that topic will be explored through hands-on activities, fun games, art projects and on the ground discoveries. Below are brief descriptions of the seven topics for 2022.

  • Ecosystems- Explore a variety of Squam ecosystems (lake, pond, stream, swamp), learn how they are connected, and why each is so important.
  • Geology- Learn about NH rocks and the formation of Squam Lake.
  • Mini-Beasts- Marvel at mini-beast (invertebrates...think ladybugs, spiders, dragonfly nymphs, caterpillars...) found beneath rocks & logs, and in the lake.
  • NH Fish- Discover the variety of fish species found in Squam and even try your hand a catching them.
  • Plant Kingdom- Grow your knowledge about wildflowers, ferns, trees, and aquatic plants.
  • Water Science- Dive into the world of water and even collect important data that helps scientists track the health of Squam Lake.
  • Weather- Uncover the mysteries of weather, learn about clouds and how they can give us clues about the weather to come.

Click Here for the 2022 SLA Summer Youth Program Schedule

JSLA 2022 Guide to Camp

Be sure that you have the correct dates and camp group (based on the grade the camper will be entering after summer camp) and have read the 2022 guide to camp. See details below regarding camp groups and fees for changing/canceling registration.

2022 Camp Registration Page

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 27 and August 12 for 2022.

Daily camp schedule is Monday-Friday 8:30-3:30 pm.

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
  • Cost:
    • $285 - 4 Day Camp Week (Week 2)
    • $355 - Weeks with no overnights (Weeks 3 & 5)
    • $365 - Weeks with one overnight (Weeks 1, 4, 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:
    • $285 - 4 Day Camp Week (Week 2)
    • $355 - Week with no overnight (Week 4)
    • $375 - Weeks with one overnight (Weeks 1, 3, 5, 6, 7)
  • 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:
    • $285 - 4 Day Camp Week (Week 2)
    • $355 - Weeks with no overnights (Week 3 & 5)
    • $385 - Weeks with one overnight (Weeks 2 & 7)
    • $395 - Weeks with two overnights (Week 4 Boys Only & Week 6 Girls Only)
  • 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 and $80 for 4 day camp week in Week 2
  • 10% discounts for SLA members at the Family level

IMPORTANT CAMPER INFORMATION: 2022 Updates Coming Soon!

Learn more by reading the JSLA 2022 Guide to Camp and the JSLA Day Camp Frequently Asked Questions documents.

Registration Packet:  You must provide a completed packet by June 1, 2022 unless registered after June 1st they must be received (14) days prior to the start of camp week. Packet includes: Medical & Legal Form, Covid Waiver, and 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 travel & quarantine 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, 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 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. 

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