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Stanford Sierra Programs continue to be significantly impacted by COVID-19. With the uncertainty of the times, we have made the difficult decision to not accept new or repeat applications for the Summer 2021 season. If you applied for the summer 2020 season, you will maintain your current waitlist status. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

As always, the health and safety of our staff and guests remain our top priority while making program decisions. There may be additional adjustments to our program schedule and Conference Center operations as we work to follow Stanford University guidelines. 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 a week in the magnificent Sierra Nevada filled with nonstop educational fun, new experiences and memories that will last your family a lifetime.

Camp staff is made up of many current Stanford students who 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. Stanford Sierra Camp has been dishing up High Sierra splendor and Stanford tradition for over 50 years.


Take your pick of camp activities suitable for all ages. When the grown-ups steal away for a host of exciting activities, the kids are grouped by age for daily explorations and adventures led by exceptional Stanford counselors.

A young boy and girl wading into the lake and standing on the beach

Ages 6 and under

Munchkins (3–4 years old) and Snoopers (5–6 years old) 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.

A large group of kids and adults posing for a group photo

Ages 7 to 10

Menehunes (7–8 years old) and Yahoos (9–10 years old) 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.

A group of young adults on a sailboat on a lake

Ages 11 and up

Midorees (11–12 years old), Suaves (13–14 years old) and Teens (15 years old and up) 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.


A group of adult men standing next to mountain bikes on a dirt path

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.