July 12, 2024

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China Spring Youth Camp: Boy’s Program Closes Temporarily

According to an article in CarsonNow.org (https://www.carsonnow.org/story/06/10/2021/china-spring-youth-camp-boy-s-program-douglas-county-temporarily-closes?fbclid=IwAR2ZK4vRLLFmcMnlokEu6zikO-0tdMuwyGPp4ash1XkwrC650IGmsSuYGJ4)  Submitted by Jeff Munson on Thu, 06/10/2021 as a Douglas County news release:

“China Spring Youth Camp Boy’s program in Douglas County temporarily closes”

The reasons for this temporary closure are for financial and staffing challenges.

China Spring is located in a rural area of Douglas County.  It originally opened over 40 years ago accepting boys ages 12-17 years old who were adjudicated as  mid-range delinquent in Nevada and court ordered by a juvenile master or district court judge.

Later, another component was added to China Spring called “Aurora Pines” admitting girls ages 12-17 years old who were adjudicated as  mid-range delinquent in Nevada and court ordered by a juvenile court master or district court judge.

Leah Moore Wilkinson remembers: “During the time when I was a Juvenile Probation Officer for Lyon County from the mid 1980s to the mid 1990s, I would occasionally drive a juvenile boy up to China Spring to begin their rigorous rehabilitation program that centered on discipline (becoming self-disciplined) and on physical, mental, emotional & educational well-being. Some of these boys who attended the China Spring Youth Camp were from Mason Valley.”

“I recall the first time I took a young man to China Spring: a camp counselor immediately shaved off the young man’s hair. That caught my attention. The dorm of boys were busy doing push-ups. They all had to keep repeating sets each time one of the boys got distracted. After that the group started their daily 6 mile round-trip run.”

This article will be updated as new information is gathered.

~Leah Moore Wilkinson, reporting.