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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 comprises many current Stanford students who are positive role models for the children and helpful resources for every family member. 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.

The application deadline for the 2023 Stanford Sierra Camp Summer Season was Thursday, January 5, 2023. Applications are no longer being accepted.


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.

Two young children holding hands at Lake Tahoe

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 group of children standing outside at Sierra Camp

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.

Teens sailing on Lake Tahoe

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.

Adult guests on mountain bikes in front of a lake

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.