Thu - Sun
Sierra Camp 2024
Join us for the 16th annual Stanford Medical Alumni Association week-end at Stanford's Sierra Camp at Fallen Leaf Lake! Camp is always a very special weekend full of relaxation, great food, and outstanding activities for the whole family! Everything from hiking, star gazing, swimming, boating, photography, art, nature walks, to wonderful talks and discussions with fellow alumni and friends.
When is Sierra Camp 2024?
Thursday, June 6 (3:00 pm) – Sunday, June 9, 2024 (noon)
Who is eligible to attend?
Any Stanford Medicine Alumnus is eligible to submit their name into the lottery. A Stanford Medicine Alumnus is one who finished at least three quarters of a degree-granting program (MD, PhD, MS, BS, etc.) at the School of Medicine and all former Stanford Medicine postdocs, residents, interns, and fellows.
How much would it cost for me and my guests to attend?
· Adult (age 13 and up) - $575
· Child (ages 5-12) - $220
· Toddler (ages 3-4) - $110
· Infant (ages 2 and under) - No charge
Is there a maximum number of med alumni that can attend Sierra Camp weekend?
Yes. Attendance is fixed at 180, there are no options for expanding that size, or adding a second session in the Fall. If our dates are not convenient or if you do not secure a space, alumni are encouraged to seek out other Stanford alumni week-end programs or apply for the full week-long summer session. See https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/sierra.
How do I sign up?
This year we will have a two-step process. You MUST register for the Pre-Registration Lottery from January 16 - February 23, 2024. All groups in the lottery will be assigned a lottery priority number through a random numbering process which will be used to assign available spaces. If you are among those who secure a space, you will be informed on Friday, March 1st, and then will have until Friday March 22nd to complete your online registration and pay your fees and thus confirm your attendance. If you have not completed your registration by end of business on March 25th, your space will be forfeited and offered for open registration by another group.
Why must I enter my name into a lottery instead of just registering on a first-come, first-served basis?
The Stanford Medicine alumni week-end is our most popular activity for alumni and their families; it consistently sells out. Over the years, we have reached capacity in a matter of weeks, days, and even minutes. It was clear that if you were not on the computer the minute registration opened, you may not secure a space. As many of our alumni live in different time zones across the US, or have a variety of work schedules, this “concert ticket” model did not give everyone the same opportunity to register. With a lottery system, any alumnus who is interested can have an equal chance at securing a space.
How does the lottery work?
All interested families will register their name(s) and size of party between January 16- February 23, 2024. IF YOU HAVE NOT REGISTERED FOR THE PRE-REGISTRATION LOTTERY, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SECURE A SPACE. Once the lottery registration is complete, all groups will be assigned a random number via a “blind” computer generated process. The lowest number will be assigned camp spaces corresponding to group size, then the group with the next number in the sequence will be added, etc. until all 180 spaces have been filled. On Friday, March 1st, each group will be notified if they have obtained a reserved spot and must confirm that reservation via payment (at that time they will also state any diet restrictions, cabin preferences, and activity choices as has been the registration process in the past) by Friday, March 22nd. Any group not assigned in this process will be informed that they are on the wait list. If an assigned family chooses not to attend camp this year, their space will be made available to for open registration by the remaining lottery participant groups (date to be announced).
What are my chances of getting in?
Given the number of families who have applied for camp in the past, we believe that in this first year about 70% or more of lottery registrations will secure a place at camp for 2024.
When can I sign up for the lottery?
The date to sign-up for the lottery begins on Tuesday, January 16. We will distribute an email to all names in our database and include a link to the lottery sign-up. Or you can visit the Stanford Medicine Alumni website at med.stanford.edu/alumni. We will have a link available on the main web page.
How many guests can I bring with me to camp?
Maximum guests per alumnus is 5 family members (plus alum = 6 total)
What should I know before I sign-up for the lottery?
The names of those who will be attending in your party and ages for children under 13. Names of each guest must be known before submission. Submissions with any incomplete information (Name unknown or TBD) will be ineligible to enter the lottery.
Once I submit my name and my guest’s name, what should I expect?
Once you submit your name and guests names, you will receive a confirmation that you are entered in the lottery. On Friday, March 1, you will be notified via email if you have secured a space. You have 3 weeks to confirm that space with your deposit. If we have not heard from you within the one week, we will offer your space in a second chance open registration for the remaining lottery participants.
How many times can I submit my name into the lottery?
One entry is allowed for each Stanford Medicine alumnus family group. You cannot be entered in the lottery more than once.
My spouse is also an alum. Can they submit their name into the lottery?
Yes, if your immediate family group is larger than 6, your spouse may draw as well. However, if you want to draw together for a larger family group, you must indicate that on your initial registration and you will draw as ONE family. You will only get one space allotment for the total number of people in your combined group. You and your spouse cannot draw separately, and then combine your placement later. If you and your spouse draw separately there is the possibility that one of you would obtain a space for your group and the other would not.
I want to ensure that both my family and my alumnus buddy’s family both will be at camp. Can we draw together?
Yes, a maximum of TWO families (or two alums within one family) can enter the lottery as one group. This group must still meet the requirement of no more than 5 family members per one alum. The combined group will enter the lottery as one large group. Note that both groups must be in agreement before registering that they are a partner pair, and must put each other’s names down on the lottery form. Please coordinate this with your “buddy” family before you each register. Caution: If attending camp is important to you, we recommend you go into the lottery with a single family group as your chances of getting in will be better than trying to accommodate a large combined group. (for example, Family X has 5 people and Family Y has 4 people, and they want to draw together. They have 9 people in their combined group. When their number comes up there are only 5 spots left at camp. Even though we could fit one or the other family, the whole group would be eliminated.
When is the last day I can submit my name into the lottery?
Last day to submit names into the lottery is Friday, February 23, 2024.
When will I know if my name was chosen to register?
We will let the primary Stanford Medicine alum know by email on Friday, March 1, 2024.
If my name was not chosen will my wait list status be carried over to the next year?
No, once camp has occurred, all wait lists will become void.
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.
Adult (ages 13 and up): $575.00
Child (ages 5-12 years old): $220.00
Toddler (ages 3-4 years old): $110.00
Infant (ages 2 and under): No Charge
*Activities marked with an asterisk require advanced sign-up due to limited space.
Activities are subject to change. Preliminary preferences will be pre-assigned based upon online survey requests. You will receive activity assignments on-site. Remaining slots will be filled on Thursday evening during sign-ups in the main lodge living room after dinner.
*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, 5:00 am – 8:00 am
David Walter, Post Doc ‘01 leads an unstructured, early morning hike and dawn photography session to Glen Alpine Falls and Lily Lake. 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.
Individuals who wish to hike in the Wilderness preserve must get passes from the reception desk.
OTHER ACTIVITIES (in alphabetical order)
Friday, 1:00- 3:00 pm
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 12 years of age or older. Limit 25.
Art for Kids
Friday 1:00-3:00 pm
Camp staff will provide creative art projects for kids aged 5-12. Parents welcomed. No limit.
You can play basketball, volleyball, tennis (you need to bring your own balls and racket), or ping pong on the camp’s courts. Courts are open throughout daylight hours and equipment can be requested from any camp staffer.
Friday, 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Express yourself with paint/glaze on your choice of bisqueware pottery (already fired once). After painting, the items will go into the kiln again for baking the colors and emerge on Sunday for you to take home. 10 yrs. and older. Limit 25.
The boat dock is open throughout the day, including Sunday morning. Campers can paddleboat, canoe, kayak, or sail on Fallen Leaf Lake. Camp staff is at the dock to provide basic instruction as needed.
Bonfire and S’mores
Friday, 8:30-9:30 pm
Saturday, 8:30- 9:30 pm
Gather around the outside firepit for great conversations, and all the fixins for making s’mores. You may even find some of the local creatures will try to join in the fun!
* Camp Crafts -
Saturday, 10:30am -12:00 pm
Participants will participate in a variety of hand crafts, Details to be announced on-site. 8 and up. Limit 30.
Saturday, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Indescribable, but always the favorite activity of the weekend. Disco costumes are encouraged, or borrow some props from our staff. All are welcome.
Saturday, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Family fun on Baby Beach with relay races, egg toss, and more. Activities led by camp staff. All ages.
Thursday, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Friday, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
We will show a family-themed movie chosen from recent releases. Feature to be announced on-site. Additional shows if weather is poor. All Ages (children 6 and under must have adult supervision). Open capacity.
*Massage Sessions- Friday and Saturday throughout the day - sign ups at SMAA table. $XX /hour.
Friday, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Learn how to be part of a team canoeing across the lake. Approximately 30 minutes of instruction followed by a fun adventure across the lake. Must be at least 10 years old. Limit 10 per session.
*Pontoon Boat Cruise
Friday, 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm, OR
Saturday, 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm, OR
Saturday, 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, 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
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.
Saturday 2:30-4:00 pm
Joins us as the current students challenge the alumni to this annual friendly competition. Students choose the sport in which all compete (basketball, volleyball, bean bag toss, etc.).
Sunrise Field Photography
Saturday 5:00 AM – 7:00 AM
Join David Walter, PostDoc ‘01 for a short hike up to Lily Lake to catch the sunrise and emerging day for fantastic photo opportunities. Meet at the coffee bar in the main lobby.
Friday, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
“One Grape-Many Wines: Northern Italy’s Nebbiolo Grape”
If you like your wines big, bold, and red, Nebbiolo needs to be on your radar. Hailing from Northern Italy’s Piedmont region, this grape is known for producing powerful, full-bodied, and mercilessly tannic wines—all while looking as pale as Pinot Noir! Most famously, it’s the grape that goes into Barolo and Barbaresco, two of the world’s most revered (and more expensive) wines. Though as you’ll soon find out, Nebbiolo is also in a number of more affordable, entry-level styles of wine from Italy. Join us for some basics about wine tasting and learn about this unique Italian grape.
Must be over 21 to participate. Limit 35.
Friday, 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Saturday, 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Sunday, 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.
CHECK OUT IS SUNDAY, 10:00 AM.
BOAT DOCK WILL BE OPEN UNTIL 11:00 AM ON SUNDAY.