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Facility History

Camp Summit Boot Camp was established in 1995 by converting an existing Juvenile facility into a Boot Camp operation. The facility is situated on 60 acres in Northern LaPorte County between LaPorte and Michigan City. The facility Physical Plant is composed of one main building and five outer buildings that serve maintenance, training and educational purposes. The main building serves as the housing units and kitchen/dining functions with an attached administrative wing. The main structure of the facility was erected in 1953 and was used to house Trustee inmates from the Indiana State Prison, which operated a full service Farm until 1977 when the facility was converted to an adult male Work Release Center which had a capacity of 80 offenders. The facility’s mission changed once again in 1992 when it was modified to a level 2 Women’s facility which operated until 1993 and was converted to male juvenile facility.

The agency partnered with the North American Family Institute (NAFI) to develop curriculum based on the Maryland Juvenile Boot Camp system at the time.  In 1998, the facility underwent a major operational and programming change as a result of utilizing and implementation of the “Best Practices of Boot Camps” which was posited by the National Institute of Corrections at the time.  The program and operational changes emphasis a careful blend of Military discipline and programming designed to enhance the students’ opportunity for growth and change. This program orientation requires all the staff to not only serve as the positive role models but demonstrate leadership in the mentoring of the students under their charge.