China Spring Youth Camp

Mission Statement

The China Spring Youth Camp is dedicated to helping male and female, mid-level offenders between the ages of 12 and 18 develop skills, knowledge and experience to promote health and resiliency, arrest progression of problems caused by delinquent behavior. Camp provides behavioral healthcare services, including services for co-occurring issues, to youth and their families.

Residents are placed in China Spring Youth Camp by Court Order. At this time we do not accept private placements. We have no bars on the windows or locks on the doors. We do have alarms and security policies, but our philosophy is one of honor, trust and accountability. We are dedicated to helping children define their values using the least restrictive means necessary. We provide structure and programs to help children become a productive member of their family and community.

Camp Staff

The camp employs forty-three staff, twenty-eight of which are youth counselors/mentors directly responsible for helping residents make positive behavioral changes. Three are case managers who oversee the residents’ treatment and programs. The case managers and mentors give residents an opportunity to work through problems and assist them in doing so. Counselors help residents with day-to-day activities, assignments and advancement preparations. The staff at our facility have a genuine concern for the welfare of residents. Their job is to teach residents to become more responsible people. We expect residents to act responsibly and will not accept excuses for irresponsible behavior. The China Spring Youth Camp uses the Youth Development System based upon psychological principles of adolescent growth. The Youth Development System is designed to help residents learn, grow, and experience progress.

Resident Life

Residents live in a dormitory setting, learning to live with those who are dealing with circumstances much like their own. Problems may develop with troubled youth living together so China Spring Youth Camp has established policies and rules to minimize the difficulties residents may encounter, and to assist them in learning tolerances they did not know they had.China Spring Youth Camp has a zero tolerance policy to protect the residents and employees from all forms of sexual harassment and sexual abuse.All youth receive free meals as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program.If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the camp. We will refer you to someone who can best answer your questions.


Aggression Replacement Training (ART) 
ART is a research-based, proven-effective approach for working with challenging youth. This revised and expanded edition is the culmination of over 30 years of use in schools, community agencies, juvenile institutions, and other settings.

The Council for Boys and Young Men
A strengths-based group approach to promote boys’ and young men’s safe and healthy passage through pre-teen and adolescent years. In this structured environment, boys and young men gain the vital opportunity to address masculine definitions and behaviors and build their capacities to find their innate value and create good lives – individually and collectively!

Girls Circle
A structured support group for girls from 9-18 years which integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training. Designed to increase positive connection, strengths, and competence in girls. Also offered under the model is Mother-Daughter Circle, for mothers or female caregivers and their daughters.

The Parent Project
This program is an activity based curriculum designed to empower parents with the skills necessary to transform adolescent destructive behavior and to teach behavior management techniques. There is no cost to parents to complete this program and all materials necessary to complete the course are provided.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

By Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

By Fax:
(202) 690-7442

By Email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, credo religioso, discapacidad, edad, creencias políticas, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o con discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] llamando al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en:  y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

(202) 690-7442

Correo Electrónico:

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

Contact China Spring Youth Camp

Wendy Garrison
Director of Juvenile Camp Services
Ph: (775) 265-5350
Fx: (775) 265-7159

Physical Address (Shipping for Fedex and UPS):
225 China Spring Rd.
Gardnerville, NV 89410

Mailing Address (USPS):
P.O. Box 218
Minden, NV 89423

24 Hour Facility