Vallecito Conservation Camp #1


Contact Info

PH: 209-736-4922

CDCR Camp Staff

  • Lieutenant B. Loop, Camp Commander
  • Sergeant T. Orpurt, Assistant Camp Commander
  • M. Patino, Correctional Officer
  • W. Gregg, Correctional Officer
  • K. Dias, Correctional Officer
  • J. Roscelli, Correctional Officer
  • J. Van Benschoten, Correctional Officer
  • J. Wallace, Correctional Officer
  • M. White, Correctional Officer

CAL Fire Camp Staff

  • Charles Blankenheim, Division Chief
  • Ten Fire Crew Captains
  • One Water and Sewage Plant operator
  • One Office Technician.

2021 Camp Statistics

  • CDCR Staff: 9
  • Total number of inmates: 74
  • Total inmate capacity: 114

Camp Product

Cal Fire operates a Fire Hose testing and repair station for the Tuolumne-Calaveras Ranger Unit as well as for Fire departments within the two counties.

Community service projects


  • Hazardous Fuel Reduction
  • Hazardous Tree Removal
  • Watershed maintenance
  • Campground maintenance

Big Trees State Park:

  • Fuel breaks
  • Campground clean up
  • Hazard tree removal
  • Trail work
  • Control burning –

Army Corps of Engineers – New Hogan Lake:

  • Campground maintenance
  • Boundary line clearance
  • Maintaining fish habitat

East Bay Municipal Utilities District:

  • Trail work
  • Fence building
  • Debris burning
  • Hazard tree removal

United States Forest Service – Stanislaus National Forest:

  • Hiking Trail Construction/Maintenance
  • Construct fuel breaks
  • Assist with control burns
  • Campground maintenance

Calaveras County Fairgrounds “Frogtown”:

  • Grounds maintenance
  • Cement work
  • Painting
  • Construct Fire Prevention booth at fair
  • Assisting with setting up for major functions

Calaveras County Road Department and Calaveras Fire Safe Council:

  • Brush removal on county roads

Local water districts:

  • Facility maintenance
  • Fuel reduction
  • Flume rebuilding.

County Schools:

  • Grounds maintenance
  • Fuel reduction
  • Grounds/building maintenance/construction

County Parks:

  • Construction projects
  • Grounds maintenance County Cemeteries:
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Fuel reduction

Camp History

Vallecito Conservation Camp, CC#1, was constructed and opened in 1958. Vallecito Conservation Camp is under the administrative supervision of Sierra Conservation Center (SCC). The camp’s primary mission is to provide inmate firefighting crews for fire suppression and flood control activities in Calaveras and Tuolumne County areas as well as throughout the state of California. In addition to fire suppression and flood control, inmate fire crews provide a workforce for community service projects in the local area. The CAL FIRE in-camp project is fire hose pressure testing and repair. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) in-camp project is a large vegetable garden.

CDCR is responsible for the supervision, care and discipline of inmates. CDCR and CAL FIRE cooperatively maintain Vallecito camp. CAL FIRE supervises the inmate work crews on all community service projects. CAL FIRE is responsible for the safe custody of inmates while on their daily community service projects. Vallecito Camp maintains and operates a Food Dispensing Unit (FDU), which is dispatched to various emergencies throughout the unit and is capable of serving up to 350 meals in remote areas. CDCR and CAL FIRE share the responsibility of training and supervising the inmate crew necessary to support this operation.

Inmate Programs

Spiritual services are provided by community volunteers. The camp offers AA and NA programs weekly to the assigned inmates of the camp. There is currently a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) program and College Courses are available for the inmates during their non-work hours. CDCR also operates a Hobby Craft Program for a limited amount of qualified inmates. Inmates quickly learn that life at a conservation camp is more desirable than behind the walls of a prison and, therefore conduct themselves accordingly.