Camp O'Neal

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Camp O'Neal was a behavior modification facility located in California, which closed down about 1990 after a tragic accident where several teenagers and rescuers died.

The owner - Bobbi Trott - did later open Crater Lake School in Oregon.

The targetgroup was male boys. They stayed at the facility between six and 18 months [1]

They were able to detain 50 teenagers [1]. Most of the boys were referred there by juvenile authorities in the San Joaquin Valley [1]

Program structure

The teenagers spent their days working in school and were assigned tasks away from the camp, including snow clearing and chopping wood in the winter [1]


The counsolors aided the teenagers with classroom studies as well as instruction in skilled trades, such as wood carving. It is not known how the program was accredited [1]


On Presidents day 1990 three teenagers fell through the ice on a lake. 4 persons - among them two counselors died while trying to rescue them. After an inquiry into the matter the license for the group home was revoked [2]

At the time of the closure there was also an investigation into claims of sexual abuse [3]

Later the consulting psychiatrist Dr. James H. White got his license temporarily suspended for actions not related to his work [4]. He was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison [5]

External Links

Info pages

  • Info: Google News search - there are several articles, which can be bought covering the incident that closed the facility.

Message boards


  1. 1,0 1,1 1,2 1,3 1,4 Camp O'Neal: Privately Owned Institution for Juveniles, Los Angeles Times, February 20, 1990
  2. Camp's License Revoked after downing probe, The Bulletin - Feb 27, 1991
  3. State closes Camp where seven died, Lodi News-Sentinel - March 16, 1990
  4. SANTA ANA Camp Psychiatrist Told Not to Practice, Los Angeles Times, April 17, 1990
  5. Psychiatrist sentenced for molesting adopted son Victim, now 30, says he feels justice served, San Antonio Express-News, January 11, 1991