Backbone Mountain Youth Center

​​Backbone Mountain Youth Center

In 1964, the General Assembly appropriated funds to establish a forestry camp near Backbone Mountain in Garrett County. The Backbone Mountain Forestry Camp for Boys opened in May 1966. The camp was renamed as the Backbone Mountain Youth Center (BMYC) in 1977.

Today, BMYC serves up to 48 male youth who have been ordered by the courts to receive treatment services. The treatment program serves male youth primarily between the ages of 14 and 18 and typically lasts for six to nine months. BMYC provides dietary, medical, educational, and counseling services as well as space for recreation. In addition to receiving services, youth residing at BMYC attend school in the facility year round, five days a week for six hours a day.

Historical content courtesy of the Maryland State Archives.


Contact Information

Superintendent: Todd Foote
Assistant Superintendent: S​ean Johnson

124 Camp 4 Road
Swanton, MD 21561
Phone: 301-359-9190




Updated Visitation Procedures:

In addition to regularly scheduled facility visitation, non-routine visitation requires a 24-hour RSVP to the Case Manager and cannot interfere with school.​​​


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