China Spring Youth Camp Funding Fixing Receives Single Bill Douglas

The entrance to China Spring Youth Camp located south of Gardnerville in the Pinenut Mountains.
Photo by Kurt Hildebrand.

Douglas County will introduce its only bill in the 2023 Legislature to secure funding for the China Spring Youth Camp.

The camp serves 16 of Nevada’s 17 counties, each contributing to the operation of the camp. Clark County operates its own training camp at Spring Mountain.

A Nevada Counties Association task force prepared the bill for Douglas.

Under the new plan, counties would pay half based on the number of students they have at camp and the other half based on historical usage over time.

Assessment is based on each county’s student population, under state law.

Last year, the governor proposed cutting the state contribution by 71% as part of his executive budget. Lawmakers approved more modest cuts of 23.5% in 2022 and 47% this year.

As part of the negotiations, the counties agreed to engage in a working group to review the formula.

County Executive Patrick Cates said other counties had agreed to the new formula, which would ensure that each county would contribute to its support.

Washoe County is by far the largest user of the camp with 14,798 bed days in fiscal year 2018-19. Under the new formula, Washoe would be charged $1.098 million to support the camp, which would be a decrease.

Douglas is the second highest user in camp, accounting for 12.3% compared to 11.01% for Nye County.

In the case of Douglas County, the new assessment would increase from $82,629 to $186,450. Nye County would see a $111,971 increase in its assessment to $128,757.

“I think the counties that aren’t using the camp have expressed concern,” Cates told commissioners last week. “But the consensus of the group was that these counties were on board with this formula. It would save a lot of money for counties that don’t use it.

Five rural counties, Eureka, Esmeralda, Mineral, Lincoln and Storey, did not use the camp at all in 2018-19.

The Legislative Assembly opens February 6, 2023 in Carson City.