Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp

Main Phone: (209) 296-7581

Physical Location:

13630 Aqueduct-Volcano Road, Pine Grove, CA 95665

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1040, Pine Grove, CA 95665

Note: Program facility for males.

The Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) maintains a youth conservation camp at Pine Grove in Amador County. It screens and accepts youths from other DJJ facilities.

Training is provided by CAL Fire and youths are certified to engage in wildland firefighting operations. Fire crews from DJJ camps perform approximately 180,000 hours of fire suppression services in a “normal” year for the people of California.

Crews typically work in state and county parks performing stream clearance, wild land fire prevention tasks, and restoration work. During the fire season, youth crews are involved in wildland fire suppression throughout the state of California. Camp crews are also assigned to flood control activities. The major emphasis of the camp programs is to provide youths with employable skills and to develop within them a strong emphasis on solid work habits. In addition, youths receive leadership training within their crew structure.

The mission of DJJ is to provide opportunities for growth and change by identifying and responding to the unique needs of our youth. We do this through effective treatment, education, and interventions in order to encourage positive lifestyles, reduce recidivism, strengthen families, and protect our communities.

Youth that have not obtained a High School Diploma, passed an equivalency exam that is recognized by the California Department of Education, or completed a legally established program of completion from an accredited school will be enrolled in their facility’s high school. Special education and English Learner services are provided at all locations.

Youth may also access post-secondary education programs while in DJJ. College opportunities are available at all locations.

DJJ provides education and trauma informed treatment to California’s youthful offenders up to the age of 25 who have the most serious criminal backgrounds and most intense treatment needs. Most juvenile offenders today are committed to county facilities in their home communities where they can be closer to their families and local social services that are vital to rehabilitation.

The Integrated Behavior Treatment Model constitutes the framework for DJJ’s programs. It is designed to reduce institutional violence and future criminal behavior by teaching anti-criminal attitudes and providing youth with personal skills to better manage their environments. DJJ staff from every professional discipline work as a team to assess the unique needs of each youth and to develop an individualized treatment program to address them. Through collaboration with the youth, the team administers a case plan that takes advantage of each youth’s personal strengths to maximize treatment in other areas of their life and reduce their risk of re-offending.

DJJ provides academic and vocational education, medical care, and treatment programs that address violent, criminogenic, and sex offender behavior, as well as substance abuse and mental health needs while maintaining a safe and secure environment conducive to learning.

The Integrated Behavior Treatment Model constitutes the framework for DJJ’s programs. It is designed to reduce institutional violence and future criminal behavior by teaching anti-criminal attitudes and providing youth with personal skills to better manage their environments. DJJ staff from every professional discipline work as a team to assess the unique needs of each youth and to develop an individualized treatment program to address them. Through collaboration with the youth, the team administers a case plan that takes advantage of each youth’s personal strengths to maximize treatment in other areas of their life and reduce their risk of re-offending.

Michael Gomes is the Acting Superintendent at the Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp (PGYCC). Prior to this assignment, he served as Lieutenant and Sergeant at PGYCC from 2013 to 2021. Throughout his 20 years of service, he has worked in various capacities in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He served the Division of Adult Institutions as a Correctional Officer at Mule Creek State Prison from 2011 to 2013 and within the Division of Juvenile Justice and the former California Youth Authority at Preston Youth Correctional Facility as Sergeant, Youth Cor

Following a suspension since March 2020, visitation resumed at all DJJ facilities effective April 10, 2021. Visitors are required to schedule all visits via email using the same system we are using for video visits.  To ensure ample time for DJJ staff to schedule visits and notify families, the timeframe to request a weekend visit will begin Monday at 8:00 am and close down Tuesday at 5:00 pm. Visitation at Pine Grove is on Sundays only. For more information on scheduling a visit, go to https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/juvenile-justice/

You may be able to video visit with your loved one using Microsoft Teams. Visit this page for more details. (En Espanol) While in-person visitation has been suspended due to COVID-19, writing and phone calls are encouraged.

You may be able to video visit with your loved one using Microsoft Teams. Visit this page for more details. (En Espanol) While in-person visitation has been suspended due to COVID-19, writing and phone calls are encouraged.

For updated information about COVID-19 at the Division of Juvenile Justice, visit the web page https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/juvenile-justice/ .

We encourage everyone to stay safe and visit these sites often for updates.  https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/covid19/ and https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/covid19/covid-19-response-efforts/.