2019 Sierra Camp Weekend Retreat

Mark your calendars for September 12-15 for the GSB 2019 Weekend Retreat!

At Stanford Sierra Camp, GSB alumni are invited to become part of a Stanford tradition that university alumni and their families have enjoyed for more than 50 years.

Just south of Lake Tahoe, Stanford’s exclusive Sierra Camp designates one autumn weekend to Stanford GSB alumni, friends, and family for a relaxing, nature-filled getaway!

The area’s beauty and adventure attract so many that its summer camp program has been sold out every year since 1988, leaving hundreds of alumni on a waiting list. You have a rare opportunity to see firsthand what all the fuss is about every fall with this special weekend just for GSB alumni.

About Stanford Sierra Camp

Accommodations and Meals

Comfortable accommodations consist of charming, rustic cabins set in the forest beside the pristine lake. Most units offer lake views and private decks, and all have full private baths. Each cabin has one queen bed, plus up to four twin beds depending on cabin size. All linens are provided. Cabins do not have televisions, telephones, kitchen facilities or daily housekeeping. Smoking is prohibited in all camp buildings. Sorry, pets are not allowed.

Camp’s hilly and rugged mountain environment may be challenging to navigate for people using manual wheelchairs or those who have difficulty walking. The main lodge has two accessible guest rooms, several ramps and a lift for access between the first and second floors, as well as accessible public restrooms. With twenty acres of beach and forest, camp activities tend to be spread out. Wheeled vehicles can access most activities. On request, our staff is happy to help transport individuals in one of camp’s golf-carts or vans.

Delicious meals are served buffet-style and provide a healthy, plentiful feast for the heartiest of appetites! Select from fresh fruit and vegetables, salads, fresh-baked specialty breads, savory vegetarian and traditional entrees, an appealing kids’ selection and irresistible desserts. A bag-lunch sandwich bar is available daily for hikers and other adventurers. Please let us know ahead of time about food allergies and special dietary restrictions. We will do our best to accommodate your nutritional needs!


The weekend provides great opportunities to spend quality time with your family and friends. See below and visit the Sierra Camp website for a robust list of activities you can enjoy. You can also view the 2018 “Whatzhappening” to get a sense for the weekend schedule.

  • Explore during a guided hike into Desolation Wilderness
  • Sail, kayak, or paddle across Fallen Leaf Lake
  • Play tennis, volleyball, or basketball
  • Family fun night: An entertaining, interactive evening of games and music
  • Wine and cheese social: Catch up with old classmates and network with new friends Campfire: The whole family can come together to roast marshmallows, enjoy s’mores, and tell stories
  • Take in the fresh air and a good book by the lake
  • Indoor and outdoor games
  • Adventurous nature hikes
  • Family programs that get everyone involved
  • Boat cruises
Kids Camp

Children will enjoy creative, educational, and fun-filled programs for ages 6 - 13. And once again, we will have “Pam’s Camp” for 3- to 5-year-olds.

* Each child will receive their very own Sierra Camp Kids Camp t-shirt when they check-in to camp. Kids camp is provided Friday through Sunday from 9 am - 12 pm.

*Please note that children must be at least 3 years old AND toilet trained (no diapers) in order to attend “Pam’s Camp.”

Travel Arrangements

Stanford Sierra Camp is located at 130 Fallen Leaf Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Visit the SSC website for instructions on how to travel by air or car to camp. There is a complimentary shuttle between South Lake Tahoe and Camp. Visit the website for details or contact Sierra Camp directly (+1 (530) 541-1244 if you have any questions.

What to Bring

Suggested Packing Items:

  • Casual clothes
  • Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Water bottle - please note that bottled water is not sold at camp but there are multiple filtered water stations to refill your bottle.
  • Rain gear
  • Hat and gloves
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Day pack
  • Hiking boots
  • Fishing gear
  • Tennis shoes and racquet
  • Swimwear
  • Warm jacket
  • Dress-up disco gear
  • Cash for lattes or massage or Sierra Camp gear
  • Kids bikes optional - there is a short main road for bikes or scooters but not not much pavement outside of that.
  • Adult bikes optional - there are several mountain biking paths near camp if you want to bring your own. Often a guided biking trip is organized with bike rental options.