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Stanford Sierra Camp
Stanford Sierra Family Camp

Due to Stanford University guidelines regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, we have cancelled our Summer Family Camp program for 2020. The health and safety of our staff and guests is of the utmost importance to us and remains our top priority while making program decisions. We appreciate your patience and understanding during these difficult times.

Take a break from the everyday; grab your family and escape to Stanford Sierra Camp for fresh air, glistening blue water and the twinkling night sky. Your week in the magnificent Sierra Nevada will be filled with nonstop educational fun, new experiences and memories that will last your family a lifetime. Stanford Sierra Camp has been dishing up High Sierra splendor and Stanford tradition for over 50 years!

The summer 2021 application will be available here mid November. We appreciate your interest in Stanford Sierra Camp.

Sierra Camp spirit

Current Stanford students make up the majority of Camp staff, and they are positive role models for the children and helpful resources for every member of the family. From supervising kids' activities to serving meals, the staff contributes creativity, energy, enthusiasm and enrichment to every aspect of the Camp experience.

Camp activities for all ages
While the grown-ups have time to steal away for a host of exciting activities, the kids are grouped by age for daily explorations and adventures led by exceptional Stanford counselors.
Munchkins (3-4 years old) and Snoopers (5-6 years old)
Little ones can read stories, ride the pontoon boat, visit the firehouse and go on make-believe adventures to learn about the environment. Kids must be potty-trained to participate.
Menehunes (7-8 years old) and Yahoos (9-10 years old)
Menehunes and Yahoos learn about the environment and local history as they hike, canoe, play games, make crafts and participate in activities designed to enhance their self-esteem and sense of wonder.
Midorees (11-12 years old), Suaves (13-14 years old) and Teens (15 years old and up)
Midorees, Suaves and Teens can hone their teamwork skills as they explore the woods, spend time on the water and try their hands at improv. The Suave and Teen groups go backpacking overnight.
Adult guests
Adults can take their pick of outdoor adventure, water sports, art workshops, staff-led book discussions and more; there are plenty of opportunities to experience once-in-a-lifetime adventures alongside fellow Stanford alumni campers.
2020 Accommodations and rates
Picture yourself waking up to cobalt-blue water and the pristine forest in a cabin by the lake; gathering the family for a delicious buffet of food; and enjoying all that Camp has to offer with many of the comforts of home. Stanford Sierra Camp offers a variety of accommodations, meals and accessibility options that can meet your family’s needs.
Comfortable accommodations consist of charming, rustic cabins set in the forest beside the lake. Most units offer lake views and decks. All have full private baths. Each cabin has one queen bed and up to four twin beds (see Lodging Requests on the application form).

Here’s what to expect:
  • All linens provided
  • Phone booths, a coin-operated laundry room and a business center with desktop computers in the Main Lodge
  • WiFi throughout the property

Here’s what to remember:
  • Cabins do not have televisions, telephones, kitchen facilities or daily housekeeping
  • Cell phone reception is spotty due to the mountain topography
  • Smoking is prohibited in all Camp buildings
  • Sorry, pets are not allowed
Delicious meals are served buffet-style and provide a healthy, plentiful feast for all palates. Help yourself to a selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, salads, fresh-baked specialty breads, savory vegetarian and traditional entrees, irresistible desserts and plenty of kid-friendly fare. A bag-lunch sandwich bar is available daily for campers on the go.
Situated at an elevation of 6,377 feet, Camp encompasses twenty acres of pristine forest on the shores of Fallen Leaf Lake in the Lake Tahoe basin. With many activities spread out across this rugged mountain environment, it can be challenging for those using manual wheelchairs or those with difficulty walking to navigate the terrain. Upon request, Camp staff is happy to help transport individuals via Camp van or golf cart.The main lodge has two accessible guest rooms, several ramps, a lift for access between the first and second floors, and accessible public restrooms.
Rates include all meals and activities except for water skiing, store charges and staff gratuity. Rates cannot be adjusted for late arrival, early departure or missed meals.
Weeks 2–12

Lodge rooms

(1-2 people; maximum 4)

Mountain View


Lake View


Lake View with balcony


Lodge rooms can accommodate up to four guests. Parties larger than two pay additional guest fee(s).
Two-bedroom cabin
Accommodates up to six guests. Parties larger than four pay additional guest fee(s).
Three-bedroom cabin
Accommodates up to eight guests. Parties larger than five pay additional guest fee(s).
Additional guests (weeks 2-12)
When occupancy exceeds the standard cabin rate, surcharges are calculated and applied based on the age of the youngest member in the party.

Newborn to 11 months

No charge

Child, age 1–2 years


Additional guest, age 3 and above


Overnight guest


Microbopper Week (week 13)
Cabin rates are replaced by a per-person weekly rate during Microbopper Week. Three-bedroom cabins will be charged for a minimum of five people, excluding children under 9 months of age.
9 months and older
2020 Camp Calendar
For 12 weeks every summer (mid-June through early September), the shores of Fallen Leaf Lake are abuzz with nonstop educational fun and memorable family adventures during week-long programs that run from Saturday to Saturday.

Week 1:

Reserved for conferences

Week 2:

June 20–June 27

Week 3:

June 27–July 4

Week 4:

July 4–July 11

Week 5:

July 11–July 18

Week 6:

July 18–July 25

Week 7:

July 25–August 1

Week 8:

August 1–August 8

Week 9:

August 8–August 15

Week 10:

August 15–August 22

Week 11:

August 22–August 29

Week 12:

August 29–September 5

Week 13:

September 5–September 12

Special summer programs
Microbopper Week, September 5 - 12
Got kids under 6? Take a much-needed break while your kids from 9 months through 6 years participate in daily, age-appropriate programs. Your little ones will be in the capable hands of our Stanford student staffers for this special week so that you’re free to nap, kayak, read or simply decompress.

Tip: Fewer families apply for this week, so you could be at Camp in a snap!

Next steps for Camp applicants

New Camp applicants

Get started and apply >

Repeat waitlist applicants

See important dates and details >

Current reservation holders

Prepare for your stay >

Spend spring in the Sierra!

Stanford Sierra Camp is home to a variety of special alumni programs during the spring.
View spring programs >