Help for Troubled Girls
Wilderness Way Girls’ Camp, located in the Upstate of South
Carolina, seeks to help girls who are struggling in their families, schools,
and communities. Past hurts and sometimes current instability have caused these
girls to doubt themselves, distrust adults, act out, and question God’s concern
for them. Within the camp setting,
girls experience success in life skills and relationships.
What is Therapeutic Camping?
In simple terms, camp is “friendship therapy” at work in a
small group setting. Groups of up to ten campers and two counselors learn the
values of living and working together toward common goals. Here girls caught in
a cycle of failure have the opportunity to experience positive values in
From the first day a camper is a partner in setting goals
that will impact her future. Working alongside each camper is the entire camp
staff, her family, and sometimes the referring agency. Together we develop a
vision for success. Cooperation among partners is an integral part of the
healing process. Families recognize that in order to help their campers
succeed, they often need to set goals and make changes as well.
Camping with a Goal
Girls come to camp with emotional and behavior patterns that
have created problems too big for them to handle at home. Many think, “I’m no
good”…and do their best to prove it.
In the freedom of a camp setting and the security of a small
group of “built in friends”, campers plan adventures that lead to the joy of