- The Program

The Program

Led by mature and upbeat youth leaders, this close-to-nature program is fun while encouraging self-reliance. Emphasis is placed on the enjoyment of experiencing new things. We offer campers many outdoor activities.

Our enrollment is limited to 70 campers and 8 CITs. This number is big enough for fun and excitement, yet allows us to be very attentive and take very good care of the campers entrusted to us.


Our camp is located in the majestic Sierra National Forest on the shore of Bass Lake. Approximately 48 miles north of Fresno, California, and near the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park, the 3 1/2-mile long lake is laden with beautiful coves, beaches and a waterfall inlet.


The 3,500-foot elevation of Bass Lake shares the beautiful Ponderosa Pines & Cedars of other High Sierra elevated lakes, yet has much warmer water (summer temperature may reach 80). This allows us great enjoyment of our many water sports. Daytime temperatures range from the mid-80s - 90's; nighttime temperatures may range from the mid-40s to low 60s.

Tent Living

Campers experience the great outdoors with true camp living. Groups of 10 campers reside in large group tents with their Senior Leader. Most campers sleep outside the tent under the stars with a sleeping pad and sleeping bag. Individual modern bathroom facilities (with flushing toilets and running water) are on site. The overall ratio of campers to leaders is 6 to 1.

Health Services

Although we live in an outdoor manner, specific attention is paid to diet, sanitation, and the health and welfare of the individual camper. A full-service medical facility is located 8 miles away in the town of Oakhurst.

Food Service

Campers eat in our “outdoor dining hall” with tables situated in wide, open-air space under the pine trees. Fresh food is bought daily and deliciously prepared by our chefs. Salad and fruit is served with lunch and dinner.



We depart from our West Los Angeles meeting point in the morning and travel by deluxe air-conditioned camp vans/charter bus to Bass Lake.


We also have a Palm Desert Meet Point. For campers attending all 12-days, campers will be picked up and returned to the Palm Desert meet point. There is an additional transportation/accommodation fee. Campers will depart on Sunday, August 4th at 4:00 PM and stay one night in LA prior to departing for camp. Please contact the camp office for details.

For campers attending the 6-day session, campers will depart from Palm Desert on Sunday, August 4th and stay one night in LA prior to departing for camp. Campers will return on Saturday to the West LA meet point at 3:00 p.m. There is an additional fee. Please contact the camp office for details.

An alternate choice with no additional fee is to bring your child to the West LA meet point on Monday, August 5 between 9:15 - 9:45 AM.


Campers who live outside of Southern California and wish to attend the Sleep-Away should contact our camp office as campers will need to make arrangements to fly into Los Angeles Int’l Airport (LAX) and have arrangements to reach our meet point either by a parent or friend. Due to our small size, we do not have a service to pick-up/drop-off campers at LAX.

Sierra Sleep-Away operates under a U.S. Forest Service special use permit in the Sierra National Forest.

” The number of repeat campers speaks for itself!!”
- JoAnn B., parent
Los Angeles

For more information please call the camp office: 310.541.3664.


Sierra Sleep-Away:

August 9 – August 20

August 9 - August 14