C.H.A.M.P.S. (Changing Habits and Making Positive Strides)

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C.H.A.M.P.S. is an incentive program based upon the behavior modification system, for detained youth or youth who are in a DJS residential treatment facility. Incentives for this program are offered through recreation, arts, athletics, and academic competitions. This program is developed to work in conjunction with the CHALLENGE Program within the behavior management system. C.H.A.M.P.S. is designed to challenge our youth to change any negative habits and choices that can prevent them from achieving the positive goals they set in life.

Youth may earn the opportunity to be a part of athletic teams such as: softball, volleyball, track and field, basketball, bowling, pickle ball, and soccer. They will also be able to learn intellectual challenges such as statewide spelling bees, math bowls, oratorical contests, chess clubs, and more. In order to participate, youth must currently be on a minimum specified level within the CHALLENGE behavior management system.

C.H.A.M.PS. collaborates with the Maryland State Department of Education/Juvenile​ Services Education to coordinate quarterly intellectual events. Students are given the opportunity to display their academic excellence in this area.

The goals of C.H.A.M.P.S. Intramurals, Arts, and Intellect are:​

  1. To challenge the youth of DJS to change any negative habits/ behaviors that can prevent them from achieving the positive goals they set in life.
  2. To encourage positive behavior in residential and detention facilities within the Department of Juvenile Services.
  3. To introduce and engage youth in social, athletic, artistic and cultural activities while preventing violence in detention and residential facilities.
  4. To encourage and build teamwork, trust, leadership and reward residents for positive behavior displayed for a specified period of time.

Reflections & Mountain Madness

Hidden away on the former campus of Meadow Mountain Youth Center, lies "Reflections", an amazing outdoor experience provided by trained Recreation Specialists certified in outdoor activity specialties. C.H.A.M.P.S. youth who are successfully completing their residential committed programming may receive the opportunity to participate in an overnight weekend camping adventure, including an off-grounds bike ride, zip-lining, ropes course, hikes, and even (seasonal) snow tubing.​

Contact Us

If you have any ideas or suggestions of ways to help our youth "Change Habits And Make Progressive Strides", please contact Lisa LaPrade​ at 410-218-9517. We are always looking for creative volunteers, programming, and innovative ideas to help coach our youth in the right direction.


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