Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp
Pine Grove Conservation Camp is located in a small valley along Grass Valley Creek, two miles east of Pine Grove, Amador County, in the heart of the historic Mother Lode. Pine Grove was the first of six Youth Conservation Camps dedicated to the rehabilitation of our young men and the conservation of California’s natural resources. Pine Grove Camp opened in 1945 and is the oldest fire camp in continuous operation in the country. The camp is operated jointly by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE) and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Juvenile Justice (CDCR-DJJ) and presently houses 80 wards, ranging in age from 18 to 24 years old.