Why Does Wilderness Adventure Therapy Work?

The sun is beginning to set over the ridge of the Appalachian Mountains. Hues of rose, saffron and magenta streak across the winter sky as the sun begins to set. The temperature is dropping and you know you need to set up your tent or you’ll have to face the natural consequences of your actions.
You can either sleep in the comfort of your tent, insulated from the elements or be exposed to what Mother Nature has in store – the choice is yours, and yours alone. Which do you pick?

The benefits of wilderness adventure therapy

In a snapshot, this is why wilderness adventure therapy is effective. In real time, teens will be put into situation where they need to make critical decisions. They aren’t forced to pitch their tent and hunker down, but if they don’t they will quickly see the natural consequences of their actions.
At Trails Carolina, we have found this approach to be especially effective in helping teens fully grasp how important their actions are. We also fully believe that wilderness adventure therapy is a way for teens to discover who they are, and what they are capable of.
Learning new hard skills such as bow drilling, loading your pack and building a shelter can go a long way for building confidence. Along with this, soft skills such as determination, planning and critical thinking are also developed.

Success includes family involvement & beyond

Your teen’s growth doesn’t stop in the wilderness, though. We believe that the ability to transfer these skills to the real world is just as important, which is why we offer a 5-day extended Family Camp program as a way for parents to better understand their child and to help ease the transition from wilderness adventure therapy to a residential treatment center or back home.
If you are interested in wilderness adventure therapy, or how we can help your teen at Trails Carolina, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 800-975-7303. We’re here for you, and look forward to your call.

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Trails saved my daughter’s life. Amanda is an amazing human and a brilliant therapist. I am so grateful to her, Science Steve, and the other wonderful people who could reach my daughter at a time when I could not.

Margot Lowman August 2022

Great life changing experience for our son. After becoming addicted to gaming during covid he was very depressed. At Trails he experienced the wilderness, Science Steve, learning survival skills and top notch therapy and support etc… I highly recommend! This gave our son and our family a renewed family bond full of love and excitement about his bright future.

Winnifred Wilson July 2022


Outstanding clinical work and superb staff! There’s a great culture at this company and it shows with how they engage with families/clients.

Kristin Brace June 2022


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