The success of the first boys' forestry camp at Green Ridge prompted the General Assembly to appropriate funds for additional facilities in 1956. As a result, Lonaconing Forestry Camp for Boys opened in December 1957 and was renamed Savage Mountain Youth Center (SMYC) in 1977. After closing in 1999, SMYC reopened in 2001. Beginning July 1, 2020, SMYC will now be known as Garrett Children's Center (GCC).
GCC provides a six- to nine-month treatment program for male youth primarily between the ages of 14 to 18 who have been ordered by a court to receive treatment services. GCC provides dietary, medical, educational and counseling services as well as space for recreation. In addition to receiving services, youth residing at GCC attend school in the facility year round, five days a week for six hours a day.
Superintendent: Walter Alston
164 Freedom Lane
Lonaconing, MD 21539
In addition to regularly scheduled facility visitation, non-routine visitation requires a 24-hour RSVP to the Case Manager and cannot interfere with school.
217 East Redwood Street Baltimore, MD 21202