Helping your child and family is our number one priority
Trails Carolina’s wilderness therapy program was founded with a singular goal – to help families reconnect, heal, and thrive. Over the years, our approach has been shown to produce lasting, positive outcomes, delivering on that mission.
Each child that enters our campus is unique and brings their own needs and challenges. Immediately, we get to work making sure they receive the support they need, starting by introducing them to their single-gender, age-appropriate group they’ll be growing with.
These groups are led by experienced, licensed therapists who specialize in working with youth who fit their group’s profile – and it shows. We also work to keep parents engaged along this powerful journey, empowering them to support and communicate effectively with their child when they return home.
Truly unique among wilderness therapy programs, we offer a comprehensive, accredited academic program. We understand that behavioral issues often carry over to the classroom, resulting in struggles that often undermine mental health progress. Our work here is focused around renewing confidence in the classroom and preparing students to return to their home schools as functional and critical learners.
Another aspect that makes Trails unique is the focus on transitions. We’ve designed a series of diverse environments to allow students the opportunity to practice, refine, and gain confidence in their skills before transitioning back to the home environment. This transition cycle includes a two-week backpacking expedition, returning to base camp for a week to participate in academics & equine therapy, and a week at our Sky Valley base camp to practice mindfulness, therapeutic yoga, and learn about whole body wellness.
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).
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.
Our Top Rated Wilderness Programs For Youth Offer Family Support & Integrated Academics For Your Child
As one of the leading wilderness therapy programs in the world, Trails includes an integrated Parent and Family Program that parallels the student’s progress.
You’ll have access to onsite workshops that allow you to immerse yourself into the curriculum, tools, and skills your child is learning. There is also an optional Family Reunification Experience – a five-day extended program following a student’s typical stay at Trails, which is designed to unite the family.
With the support of a therapist, families engage in a variety of activities designed for them to practice healthy new communication and family relational skills.
In addition, we also offer an integrated accredited academic program. Our certified teachers can help your student maintain their educational momentum, or develop new skills that will provide greater academic confidence.
We even offer transferable high school credits for their experiential work at Trails – setting it apart from other wilderness programs.
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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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