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Deer Valley Recreation and Activities

The boys get lots of exercise on the hills and trails of the Deer Valley Campus, walking from the cottages to the cafeteria, the school and other buildings and recreational areas several times a day.

In the afternoons, every group of boys has a certain amount of free time to relax, have fun and take a break from structured campus life.

The basketball court and the picnic area are popular places for the children to spend their free time. But often, the boys choose to take walks, play around the creeks that run through the campus or read in the cottages.

A group of five tents in the center of the campus provides the staff and kids with gathering places for fun activities or to hold outdoors life skills lessons.

In the spring and summer, the staff and children practice their gardening skills tending to flower beds and a vegetable garden. Most of the boys find they enjoy learning to plant, landscape and watch their flowers or crops grow.

Those boys who reach their behavioral goals and make progress on their treatment earn extra privileges, such as additional personal time in the evenings for reading, listening to music or doing other activities they enjoy.


Although admission requirements vary based on the individual program, primarily, we treat hard-to-help, hard-to-place children who have emotional and behavioral problems plus co-occurring medical issues and failed at numerous other programs.

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Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. We help more than 22,000 children and families each year from across the country. Our Evidentiary Family Restoration® approach involves intensive work with the child and family, a focus on measuring outcomes, keeping children in the community whenever safely possible, and providing accountability to families and funders. The EFR approach produces lasting success for children with success rates twice that of traditional services at one-third the cost of traditional care.
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