Spring Mountain Youth Camp (SMYC), a staff-secure correctional facility, houses male youth between the ages of 12 and 18 who have been adjudicated for delinquent acts by the Juvenile Court Judge. This division provides for the therapeutic, educational, social, medical and recreational needs of approximately 240 young men each year. SMYC is located at Angels Peak in the Mt. Charleston Recreational/Toiyabe National Forest Area. It sits at an elevation of 8,470 feet and has a capacity of 100 youth. The average length of stay is approximately six months and the average age is 15 1/2 years.
Spring Mountain School is operated by the Clark County School District. All youth are required to attend structured educational programming while at SMYC. Spring Mountain athletic teams compete against other schools of similar size. The "Spring Mountain Golden Eagles" participate in baseball, football, wrestling, track & field and basketball.
Youth placed at SMYC participate in a variety of programs, such as substance abuse, parenting and social skill development. The DJJS Mental Health Treatment Team provides group, individual and specialized counseling sessions.
The Mental Health Treatment Team offers educational classes in substance abuse through the Images in Truth project. Some of these young men have also had the opportunity to receive instruction in creative movement and learn various circus acts through a partnership with Cirque de Monde, which is an offshoot of Cirque de Soleil.
Forestry Program. For the past 40+ years, Spring Mountain Youth Camp (SMYC) and the United States Forest Service have been working together under a written agreement, the longest running collaborative effort between the Forest Service and any such program in the United States.
Through the SMYC Forestry Program, youths committed to the Camp perform a variety of services for the Forest Service, such as repair and maintenance of 61 miles of hiking trails in the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area, litter removal, sign construction and snow removal in the winter months. Many thousands of dollars in savings to tax payers are realized annually from the work performed by the youths involved in this program. The Forestry Program has also, in recent years, constructed and maintained new trails in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area.
The youths at SMYC are paid for work performed through a variety of sources, including an allowance program funded by Clark County, the Federally Funded Workforce Investment Act and from Grants. When youths owe restitution, their pay first goes to this debt.
The Spring Mountain Residential Center (SMRC) is a re-entry program that provides a residential structured setting in the community to 12 youth in a transitional stage between Spring Mountain Youth Camp and the home. Youth are taught independent living skills, attend school, have daily chores that must be completed and are provided counseling and other services as needed. This program operates in cooperation with, and is supported by, local law enforcement agencies, the Clark County School District and various state agencies. SMRC can be contacted by calling (702) 455-5196.
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2400 Angel Peak Place Las Vegas NV 89124 Tel (702) 455-5555