Tailored To Meet The Developmental Needs Of Pre-Teen Girls
We offer the only single-gender program in the U.S. for students’ ages 10-13 years. This program is specifically designed to meet the demanding developmental needs of pre-teens in a wilderness camp environment filled with consistent routines, structure, and concrete experiences needed to create lasting behavior change.
These single-gender groups help to create the peer social environment that best facilitates therapy for students in this age group, and our Trails team also works hard to provide additional support to be sure each student feels safe and protected throughout their time with us.
Research has shown that pre-adolescents thrive in safe, predictable and structured environments like those in our youth wilderness therapy program, which has been carefully crafted to support the specific developmental needs of 10-13 year old girls.
Our goal is to break the cycle of troubling behaviors and teach the skills needed for students to make responsible decisions and create healthy relationships. Throughout your student’s time at Trails, we’ll help them find internal motivation for change leading to long-term success in the home environment.
Nature Immersion Free From Social Media
Technology and social media are part of this age group’s every waking moment, and young girls are bombarded with media telling them how they are supposed to be within their gender. However, their brains have not yet developed the cognitive abilities to compartmentalize these messages. With so many unfiltered influences, girls at this age often end up engaging in behavior of a much older teenager.
In the wilderness, girls do not have access to technology, mirrors, and makeup, or other distractions, which frees their minds to be vulnerable and live in the moment. This is an ideal time for our team of field instructors and therapists to engage with your child to support her as she develops courage and self-identity.
Curriculum In Tune With Student’s Abilities
Girls are typically more comfortable expressing their emotions than boys and thrive in an environment that allows for connection and support from their peers. Trails curriculum, promotes healthy expression and asks students to explore how certain situations make them feel and act.
Students participate in activities that require them to express emotions through creative modalities and teach social skills including expressive art, story writing, and improvisational skits. After each activity, the students discuss what can be learned from the group interactions throughout it.
The middle school girls also participate in all fundamental program elements including wilderness expeditions, primitive skills workshops, individual and group therapy, traditional classroom academics, experiential science classes and equine relational programming, all tailored to meet the individual needs of each student. During activities, therapists and staff help students set goals and stay on course, holding them accountable for their actions. Our staff is specially trained to let these students be kids while teaching them skills that will help them mature into their teenage and emerging adulthood.