No, it is not. We simply believe that nature is a wonderful, enticing setting for reaching kids in trouble. We strive to nurture, restore, and grow healthy, happy girls. Respectful, kind relationships are a cornerstone of our program.
How long do campers stay in the program?
The average stay is 18-22 months and is by no means arbitrary. Typically, troubles do not develop overnight, nor are they solved in short order. We have found over the years that relearning takes time and is well worth doing right.
When do girls see their families?
Home visits are regularly scheduled every six weeks in order to practice new skills in family relationships. Family evaluation meetings occur every 3 to 4 months when parents meet with their camper and the staff to evaluate progress. Twice a year families visit for a camp-wide Families Day in the Spring and a parent/camper dinner in the Fall. In January we host a Father-Daughter Banquet as well.
Where are you located?
Camp is located on one hundred and eighty-three acres of rolling woodlands in western South Carolina. We are nearly halfway between Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA. in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.
What are the campís facilities like?
Our rustic dining hall and office are centrally located and in easy hiking distance of our shower house, warehouse, and group campsites. The campsites consist of room-sized tents with wooden or brick floors designed and built by the group. Woodstoves supply heat in the winter.
What are the criteria for enrollment?
We accept girls between the ages of 8 to 16 who are able to handle an active lifestyle. The girl must be intellectually capable of learning in a small group. A number of campers come with diagnoses of ODD, RAD, PTSD, OCD, and ADHD, as well as a variety of Special Ed. identifications, including Academically Gifted. Many other girls have no label at all but are in need of help. We often enroll girls who have not been successful in other programs.
Who are you affiliated with?
Wilderness Way Camp School, Inc. (our official name) was established in 1990 as a private Christian nonprofit therapeutic camping program. We are licensed by the South Carolina Department of Social Services as a child caring agency. We are a member of the Palmetto Association for Children and Families.
Our camp is a charter member of Wilderness Road Therapeutic Camping Association, Inc., organized in 1993 to preserve and promote the core principles of the original model of therapeutic camping as developed by Campbell Loughmiller and Buford McKenzie. Information about this association and other member programs may be found at www.therapeuticcamping.org.
What About cost?
As with any non-government sponsored program, we must have income to pay our bills. However, with the help of donations, fund raisers, thrift store operations, and much volunteer assistance, we are able to provide help to families at reduced rates based on a sliding fee scale.