Diakon Youth Services A Lutheran Family & Community Ministry

Diakon Youth Services

Diakon Child, Family & Community Ministries

Nurturing change and growth in children, families, and communities.

UPDATE: Diakon Youth Services’ community-based programs are maintaining operations, but doing so remotely in order to follow the governor’s order and CDC recommendations for social distancing. Programs operating from the Diakon Wilderness Center, as well as the Turning Point Day Program in Lancaster County, in alignment with school closures and government orders in relation to COVID-19 are not operating at this time, although Diakon staff members from these programs are maintaining regular contact with youths and supporting them to the extent possible or allowed. More information will be posted later. For Diakon’s overall response to the pandemic, please see this statement.


Diakon Youth Services has been transforming the lives of at-risk youths since the 1970s, through a range of community-based treatment, vocational training, counseling, and mentoring services. Diakon Youth Services prides itself on working with county agencies to create unique strategies to help young people, among them innovative day treatments, monitoring services, and an evening reporting center throughout Central and Eastern Pennsylvania.

Typically serving youths who have been adjudicated delinquent or dependent by county juvenile courts or children and youth services (but willing to consider private referrals) and more recently serving young adults ages 18 to 25 from the adult justice system, Diakon Youth Services offers a wide range of programs designed to help young people become productive, contributing members of society.

Part of Diakon Youth Services, the Diakon Wilderness Center has been a leader in providing specialized, outdoor-based services for youths from across Pennsylvania since the 1980s. Located on 170 mountainous acres near Boiling Springs, Pa., the center provides month-long wilderness challenge-based experiences, a weekend program designed to help young people avoid the temptations of their home environment Friday through Sunday, an alternative-education day treatment program along with community case management services

In addition, the center hosts the Flight Program, a unique mentoring and service initiative in which former students of the center and other young people who have aged out of other youth services voluntarily participate to enhance their opportunities for achieving responsibility and success.


Diakon Youth Services directly continues Diakon’s 150-year heritage of care and concern for children, youths, and families, begun by homes for children established in the 1800s. It’s a remarkable tradition that we uphold daily in our many programs.

We invite you to learn more about how we’re making a real difference in the lives of youths and their families.

Please review our updated information on water at the Diakon Wilderness Center.

Diakon Youth Services Scholarship Application …

Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries offers academic scholarships to current and former participants of any of its youth programs. If you are eligible, we invite you to apply or seek more information.

Diakon Youth Services
571 Mountain Road, P.O. Box 10, Boiling Springs, PA 17007-0010
Phone: (717) 960-6700 | Fax: (717) 258-9408
E-mail: brodej@diakon.org | Home: www.diakon.org/youth

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