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

The Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) maintains a youth conservation camp at Pine Grove in Amador County. It screens and accepts low risk classification youths from other DJJ facilities. Training is provided by CAL Fire (formerly CDF) and youths are certified to engage in wild land 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 wild land 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 employability skills and to develop a strong emphasis on solid work habits. In addition, youths receive leadership training within their crew structure.

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.

Note: Conservation camp for males.