Berto is a 13 year old who came to Trails Carolina in the Spring of 2015 because he was struggling with anger and respect towards his parents.
Elaborating further, Berto commented, “I had some anger issues. I wasn’t communicating with my family very well, I was really rude.”
Through his time at Trails, Berto has been able to grow in a wilderness setting, and help to correct some of the problems he was struggling with. “Being out in the wilderness has really helped, being away from all of my distractions at home.”
Patrick is a 17 year old boy who was using marijuana to cope with deeper underlying issues such as depression, anxiety, and insecurities.
However, since coming to Trails, he feels like he is better equipped to handle those issues with the new skills he has learned.“Trails has given me a greater mindset to accomplish my goals in the future.”
Taylor is a 14 year-old teen girl from Nashville, Tennessee who came to Trails Carolina for a variety of issues. Some areas where she was struggling included behavioral issues with her family, inappropriate relationships with her peers, and self-harm.
Through her experiences at Trails, Taylor has been able to learn much about herself. “Just because you’ve done wrong doesn’t mean you are wrong”.
Jessica is a 15 year old girl from Dallas, Texas. She came to Trails Carolina in the Spring of 2015.
Some of the struggles that Jessica was facing before she came to Trails Carolina were depression, anxiety, and unhealthy relationships. Reflecting back, Jessica states, “I wasn’t appreciating myself like I should be.” Through her journey at Trails, Jessica has learned that it’s alright to make mistakes because those mistakes don’t define you.
“The staff, they really care. It’s just a really supportive place to be.”
Luna is a 16 year old girl who struggled with anxiety before coming to Trails Carolina.
She found the emphasis on nature at Trails to be helpful and provide peace that she didn’t get at home in the city. She was able to get to a better place through her time at the program.
“I was excited to go home and show everyone what I had learned in the program,” she reflects. While it may have been hard at times, Luna’s time at Trails Carolina was worth it. “Even if it seems rough right now, there’s a good outcome for it.”