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

About the Facility

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 (formerly CDF) 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.

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.

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.

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.

Note: Conservation camp for males.