Life-changing Wilderness Therapy for Adolescents

At SUWS of the Carolinas, students work with experienced staff members in a supportive environment free from the stresses and distractions of everyday life. Since 1999, we have helped youth aged 10-17 who struggle with anger, defiance, ADHD, self-esteem, substance abuse, behavioral issues and autism spectrum related issues. Our highly supervised, structured and successful programs are respected and recommended highly by doctors and therapists across the nation.

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Our Programs

We offer four programs categorized by age and specific need.


Learn more about length of stay, tuition, admissions criteria, and the application process.


View our amazing campus and see students in the process of discovering success.


We are proud to offer a unique and highly effective series of family support programs.


At SUWS of the Carolinas, nothing is more important to us than your child’s safety.

Why Wilderness

Learn more about the proven effectiveness of wilderness programs.

A Message from our Director

A Message from our Director

"Welcome to our website, and thank you for taking a few moments to learn about SUWS of the Carolinas. As we explain in detail throughout this website, our goal is to provide a life-changing therapeutic wilderness experience for young people who are struggling with a range of self-defeating challenges." Read more

Our Philosophy

Our outdoor experience is designed to engage students’ deeply held passions and desire for purpose. Students are expertly guided through an experiential curriculum, which allows them to discover inner strengths while increasing self-awareness & self-esteem. We use a “search and rescue” metaphor to teach students character development and to assist in the identification of core values and guiding principles. Read more



"The maturity and growth that my son has developed and is exhibiting is exciting and so encouraging! For the first time in his life he is experiencing real personal success."