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China Spring / Aurora Pines
Wendy Garrison
Director of Juvenile Camp Services

225 China Spring Rd.
Gardnerville, NV 89410

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

Ph: (775) 265-5350
Fx: (775) 265-7159

24 Hour Facility
ATTENTION! The recent weather storms have affected our phone system. The China Spring Youth Camp phone number of 775 265-5350 is not available at this time. If you need to contact the Camp or specific Camp staff you may do so via email or our Camp cell phone, 775 267-7845.

Douglas County is currently working on a solution to restore the Camp phone system. We appreciate your patience.

Helping Our Youth
China Spring Youth Camp (CSYC) and Aurora Pines Girls Facility (APGF) is a treatment center dedicated to helping youth between the ages of 12 and 18 develop the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to promote health and resiliency, stop the progression of problems caused by delinquent behavior, and interpret and avoid high risk behavior patterns in an emotionally safe, comforting, challenging and nurturing environment.

Residents are placed in China Spring/Aurora Pines 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.

The camp employs thirty-eight staff, twenty-one 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 / Aurora Pines Girls Facility uses the Youth Development System based upon psychosocial principles of adolescent growth. The Youth Development System is designed to help residents learn, grow, and experience progress.

Residents live in a dormitory setting learning to live with those who are dealing with circumstances much like their own. Problems can develop with so many troubled youth living together for a lengthy period of time. China Spring Youth Camp / Aurora Pines Girls Facility has established residential policies and rules to minimize the difficulties residents may encounter and to assist them in learning tolerances they did not know they had.

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.

"In accordance with Federal law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.