Troubled Youth Programs

Our Students Grow & Thrive

We Offer Wilderness Programs For Youth Ages 10-17

Trails Carolina's troubled youth programs include specialized wilderness therapy designed for pre-teen boys ages 10-13, preteen girls ages 10-13, adolescent boys ages 14-17, and adolescent girls 14-17.

Our team of licensed mental health professionals, certified educators, and dedicated wilderness staff are passionate about helping students overcome challenges and reach their full potential.

We acknowledge and celebrate the unique set of strengths, challenges, and needs that each of our students comes in with and develops throughout their time at Trails.

At Trails, our staff is committed to creating the most effective wilderness therapy programs possible so that all of our students and their families can thrive, heal, and grow. Our entire team is honored to dedicate their professional lives to empowering children and teens with the tools to be successful in life.

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Repairing Family Relationships

Our dedication to family involvement isn’t just a statement. We have a comprehensive family program including a dedicated family coach who helps guide parents and siblings through the healing process.


Education Beyond Academics

Unlike other programs, we don’t make you choose between outdoor coursework and accredited academics in a traditional classroom setting. Students experience multiple academic environments during their time at Trails.

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Proven To Produce Positive Results

In a eight-year independent study of families & students, Trails Carolina was proven to have a measurable and lasting positive impact on student behavior, emotional well being and family dynamics.

Our Groups

At Trails Carolina, we provide a safe, healthy environment for a variety of age groups to receive treatment. We offer wilderness therapy programs for preteen boys (10-13), preteen girls (10-13), teen girls (14-17), and teen boys (14-17).

Wilderness Therapy for Boys 10-13

Wilderness Therapy for Girls 10-13

Wilderness Therapy for Girls 14-17

Wilderness Therapy for Boys 14-17

We believe that segmenting groups by age and gender allows our team of mental health professionals, wilderness and adventure camp field instructors, and accredited education consultants to provide more focused and effective personalized care to each student. Additionally, evidence shows that using segmented peer groups helps students learn to build positive relationships among their own peers. This makes the transition back to traditional school settings easier for young people. And it helps our students learn how to interact and build healthy connections for life.

Trails Carolina’s Troubled Youth Programs are dedicated to helping adolescents and teens work through behavioral or emotional difficulties, build trusting relationships with their family and peers, and achieve academic success.

Using Trauma-Informed Methods To Help Students With Diverse Needs

At Trails, our expert mental health therapists and wellness professionals are experienced in implementing the latest evidence-based and trauma-informed practices with our students. Our therapists devise individualized treatment plans with a trauma-informed, holistic approach.

The therapeutic wilderness programs at Trails Carolina involve an initial assessment for better understanding of your child’s mindset upon arrival, weekly individual therapy with your child’s primary therapist to provide a personalized treatment plan, and the development and review of your child’s personal therapeutic plan with input from the entire Trails team of experts.


Our clinically proven methods work exceptionally well with students who are struggling with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Family conflict
  • Low self-esteem
  • Trauma
  • Social isolation
  • Self-harm
  • Suicide ideation
  • Adoption
  • Defiant behavior/Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Gaming and technology obsession
  • Substance use
  • Attachment issues
  • Manipulative behavior
  • Poor academic achievement
  • Learning differences
  • School refusal
  • ADHD
  • Mood dysregulation
  • Autism (high functioning)
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A Comprehensive Wilderness Therapy Program Combined With Residential Programming, Base Camp And Accredited Academics

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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