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Repeat waitlist applicants

Summer 2020 waitlist

You are considered a repeat waitlist applicant in one of two scenarios:

  1. If you applied for a spot at Sierra Camp for summer 2019, did not receive a permanent cabin assignment and intend to re-apply for a summer 2020 reservation.
  2. If you applied consecutively prior to summer 2019.

Application evaluation

Stanford Sierra Camp is a program of SAA-Sierra Programs, LLC., with application priority given to Stanford University alumni. Alumni applying to Camp must be current members of the Stanford Alumni Association. If not members already, alumni may join as life members. Non-alumni pay a $300 use fee if they received a cabin assignment. Applications from non-alumni and university affiliates are ranked below all alumni applicants, regardless of application submission date.

In mid-November, repeat waitlist applicants will receive a yellow “returning applicant” form and a letter from the reservations department with their consecutive years of application and flexibility credits. Applicants should return this form promptly, as a timely response will impact status in the 2020 waitlist lottery.* The deadline for repeat waitlist applicants to complete and submit their yellow “returning applicant” form is Monday, January, 6, 2020. If you did not receive a form or letter, please email us.

Flexible application credit

Applicants will receive a flexibility credit if they are available for at least eight weeks of the summer program, request all lodging options that will accommodate their immediate family and apply before the January deadline. To retain the flexibility credit, applicants must be available for each of their requests through March 31 of that year.


Applicants will be notified by mail of cabin assignments or waitlist statuses after February 17, 2020. Families on the waitlist will be notified as cancellations occur. Payment in full is due by March 1, 2020, for weeks 2–7, and March 15, 2020, for weeks 8–13.


Reservations will be cancelled if full payment is not received by the due date. Payments are refundable only if written notification is received at least 30 days prior to the guest’s scheduled arrival, and cancellations are subject to a $500 cancellation fee. Credit card payments are not accepted for Stanford Sierra Camp.

*Applicants maintain their waitlist ranking if they held a fill-in cabin that became available because a returning camper “stopped out” for a year.

Questions about your waitlist status?

For questions about your waitlist status, or if you have not received your “returning applicant” form, please contact us.