JUN 8 - JUN 11


Registration is closed. Thanks to all who came and made memories with us at this year's SMAA Sierra Camp Weekend at Fallen Leaf Lake.


About Camp

Camp cabins and lodge rooms provide comfortable accommodations each with private bath. Internet access is available throughout Camp, however mobile phone reception can be limited. Public phones, fax and message service are available in the main lodge.

Rates include three nights' lodging, meals from Thursday dinner to Sunday brunch and activities. Children age two and under stay free. Applicable taxes, personal expenses and staff gratuities are not included.

2017 Pricing

Adult (ages 13 and up): $560.00

Recent Grad - Adult (Grad years - '07-'17): $450.00

Child (ages 5-12 years old): $215.00

Toddler (ages 3-4 years old): $110.00

Infant (ages 2 and under): No Charge

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2017 Activities

*Activities marked with an asterisk require advanced sign-up due to limited space. 

Preliminary preferences have been pre-assigned based upon online registration requests. Remaining slots will be filled on Thursday evening during sign-ups in the main lodge living room after dinner.



Thursday, 7:45 pm – 8:30 pm

Featured Speaker: Laura Jones, Phd, Director of Heritage Services and University Archeaologist, Stanford

Dr. Laura Jones is  responsible for stewardship of Stanford University’s nearly 100 archaeological sites and 200 historic buildings.   She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at San Diego in 1983 and a Master’s Degree (1985) and Doctor of Philosophy (1990) from Stanford University. Her archaeological experience includes serving as director of a number of major excavations of prehistoric occupation and cemetery sites in the San Francisco Bay Area where she works closely with the indigenous Muwekma Ohlone Tribe.  She has also conducted several historical archaeology projects and is currently leading the excavation of the monumental Men’s Gymnasium ruin, a site created by the Great Earthquake of 1906. She is also currently the presiendt of the Stanford historical Society. Laura will share with us about the history and preservation of Stanford's many building and land heritage.


Friday, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Featured Speaker: Joel Simon, photographer

Since 1981, Joel Simon has been a free-lance travel writer and photographer. He has also worked in the travel industry in multi-faceted capacities that include itinerary design and implementation, and tour management. As a frequent staff member on group programs lecturing on travel writing and photography, he has participated in over 100 land, ship, train and plane based programs with Zegrahms, Smithsonian, World Wildlife Fund, Abercrombie & Kent, Travel Dynamics, High Country Passage, Harvard Museum of Cultural and Natural History, and the Stanford Alumni Association Travel/Study programs, among others. His portfolio of Stanford photography, including Sierra Camp can and be viewed here http://www.joelsimonimages.com/portfolio/stanford/index.htm


*Guided Hike – EASY

Friday, 9:15 am – 11:45 am

Hike to Glen Alpine Falls (2 miles) with hike leaders, weather permitting. Easy difficulty. Ages 10 and up. Limit 25.

*Field Photography Session

Saturday morning, 5:00 am – 8:00 am

Klaus Porzig, ’69, MD ’73 leads an unstructured, early morning hike and dawn photography session to Glen Alpine Falls. Limit 25.

*Guided Hike – MODERATE

Saturday, 9:15 am – 11:45 am

Hike to Angora Ridge (4 miles) with hike leaders, weather permitting. Moderate difficulty. Age 12 and up. Limit 25.

*Fitness Walk

Sunday, 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Get your heart pumping with this fast-paced cardio walk with staff guides. Limit 25.

Wilderness Preserve

Individuals who wish to hike in the Wilderness preserve must get passes from the reception desk.

OTHER ACTIVITIES (in alphabetical order)

*Acrylic Painting

Friday 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Jane Lombard, MD ’83 and Nancy Hillis, Resident ’93 have agreed to an encore session of their annual acrylic workshop. Learn to paint with acrylics and explore your creative side. No previous art experience necessary but you must be 13 years of age or older. Limit 25.


Saturday, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm and 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Learn to target shoot a bow and arrow. Age limit 13 and up. Limit 16 per session.

Ball Sports

Daylight Hours

You can play basketball, volleyball, tennis (you need to bring your own racket), or ping pong on the Camp’s courts. Courts are open throughout daylight hours and equipment can be requested from any camp staffer.

Saturday afternoon is often the alumni/student Smackdown where our sponsored student guests challenge the alumni guests to a sports challenge.


Daylight Hours

The boat dock is open throughout the day. Campers can paddleboat, canoe, kayak, or sail on Fallen Leaf Lake. Camp staff is at the dock to provide basic instruction as needed.

Disco Bingo

Saturday, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Indescribable, but always the favorite activity of the weekend. All are welcome.

Family Games

Saturday, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Family fun on Baby Beach with relay races, egg toss, and more. All ages.

*Massage Sessions

Friday and Saturday, All Day

Relax with a total body experience. Our yoga instructor is also licensed masseur and will offer private one hour massage sessions. Cost of massage and gratuity is the responsibility of the participant. On site sign-ups only. $100/hour.

*Pontoon Boat Cruise

Friday, 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm; Saturday, 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm & 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Cruise Fallen Leaf Lake on our Stanford Pontoon and enjoy the shoreline scenery. Learn about the origins of Stanford Sierra Camp and local history including the Angora Ridge forest fire and how the area’s lakes were formed. Limit 22.

*Stargazing Cruises – From A to Z: Astronomy to the Zodiac

Thursday, 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm; Friday and Saturday, 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

This is a pontoon ride to the center of the lake where the night sky and constellations will be in full view. Listen while our camp guide identifies the many stars and planets enhanced by the pristine darkness and altitude of Fallen Leaf Lake’s location. Our guide will provide a fascinating look at the planets and stars, the stories behind the signs of the zodiac, and the many myths associated with the constellations. Weather permitting (no clouds). Dress warmly, blankets and hot chocolate provided. Limit 22. 

*Wine Tasting – Lecture and Tasting

Friday, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Learn what goes into each wine and the subtle art of tasting ingredients and flavors. All participants must be over 21 years of age. Limit 40.


Friday and Saturday, 7:00 am – 8:00 am

Find your inner peace among the pines. Our local yoga expert will conduct a morning class for all levels.