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.


"Trails is not designed for one type of person. It's for everybody. I just think everybody can benefit from it." ~ Trails Student Mentor

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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.

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We Use Trauma-Informed Methods To Help Students With Diverse Needs

At Trails, our expert mental health therapists, licensed clinicians, and wellness professionals are experienced in implementing the latest evidence-based and trauma-informed practices with our students.

We provide personalized, evidence-based therapeutic techniques to address a wide range of mental health and behavioral challenges faced by students who attend our wilderness-based at-risk youth programs.

Through a comprehensive and tailored approach, our experienced clinicians provide support to each student, helping them to achieve growth, well-being, and success that extends beyond Trails.

The individualized therapeutic process at Trails involves:

  • an initial assessment to help your child's primary therapist gain a better understanding of your child’s mindset upon arrival,
  • an individualized treatment plan developed in a collaborative effort between the primary therapist, your child, and you,
  • weekly individual therapy sessions between the student and their primary therapist that includes creative intervention strategies based on your child's 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:

Mental Health Disorders

Our experienced clinicians offer personalized, evidence-based therapies for a variety of mental health conditions and disorders, including depression, anxiety, and mood dysregulation.

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood dysregulation

Behavioral Concerns

We offer specialized treatment and experiential therapies for behavioral concerns, such as defiant behaviors, manipulative behaviors, aggression, and anger management.

Self-Image & Social Challenges

We focus on enhancing self-esteem and improving social skills, while addressing concerns such as social isolation, peer pressure, and bullying, using a variety of therapeutic techniques.

  • Low self-esteem
  • Social isolation
  • Bullying
  • Peer pressure

Family & Attachment Issues

Recognizing the importance of family dynamics and relationships in a child's development, we offer support for family conflict, adoption, and attachment issues through comprehensive parent support services and parallel family programming.

  • Family conflict
  • Adoption challenges
  • Attachment issues

Developmental Conditions

We use personalized therapeutic interventions to support students with developmental disorders such as high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD, promoting skill development, self-awareness, and social integration.

Academic & Learning Difficulties

Our integrated approach bridges therapy with education, addressing challenges like poor academic achievement, learning differences, and school refusal, and providing academic support tailored to each student's needs.

Trauma & Crisis

Our skilled therapists are trained to address and treat trauma, self-harm, and suicide ideation, employing trauma-informed therapeutic approaches to ensure student safety and resilience.

Behavioral Addictions

We recognize that behavioral addictions, such as gaming obsession, technology addiction, and excessive social media use, are serious issues and we strive to provide specialized support and treatment plans for students struggling with these challenges.

Family Education & Growth

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