School for Troubled Boys

Helping Your Son Get Back On Track

One of the Best Wilderness Programs for Your Child Age 10-17 and the Family

Is your son struggling with an emotional or behavioral challenge? Trails Carolina, a wilderness therapy program, is a great alternative to a school for troubled boys. With an accredited academic program and an evidence-based therapeutic approach, Trails Carolina has helped hundreds of teen boys find lasting success.

Our wilderness therapy program is dedicated to helping teens work through behavioral or emotional difficulties, build trusting relationships with their family and peers, and achieve academic success.  Like a school for troubled boys, Trails Carolina helps young people struggling with behavioral and emotional challenges such as defiance, depression, and anxiety.

As a wilderness therapy program, one of the benefits of our therapeutic process is a complete removal from a teen’s everyday setting. Teens do not have access to their smartphones or social media. Instead, they are out in nature, working with therapists and academic staff on their own personal growth. We have helped troubled teen boys from all over the country make lasting changes in their lives.

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Why Choose Trails Carolina as an Alternative to a School for Troubled Boys?

Trails Carolina has all of the benefits of a traditional school setting, but with an evidence-based therapeutic approach. Our program is considered an alternative to a school for troubled boys because:

  • We have an accredited academic program: Our accredited academic programming provides a personalized curriculum tailored to suit each of our student’s individualized academic needs.
  • We are family-focused: Our program includes integrated family programming which parallels the student’s progress and treatment throughout Trails. Family therapy sessions are also held on a regular basis.
  • Students learn in a variety of settings: At base camp, students have the opportunity to learn in a traditional classroom setting. However, they also get to learn in a variety of experiential settings. Our Nature Center provides hands-on learning. A student’s academic experience continues throughout expeditions, as well.
  • Students gain useful life skills: Throughout their time at our camp for troubled teens, students learn useful skills and experience personal growth. They learn teamwork, leadership, responsibility, and personal awareness.

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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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Building Resilience Through Wilderness Therapy

Our programming is designed around transitions and healing the entire family. We want your child to practice their newfound skills in a variety of challenging environments, building resilience that will allow them to easily carry these positive behaviors into the real world. At the same time, it’s important that you as a parent are empowered with new approaches to support your child’s success.

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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.

Family Education & Growth

Comprehensive wilderness therapy program combined with a residential treatment base camp and accredited academics