SUWS of the Carolinas is a therapeutic camping program with a focus on clinical intervention and assessment. The program uses the outdoors as an alternative to conventional treatment environments, while engaging students using traditional therapeutic methods.
SUWS of the Carolinas has a flexible length of stay from 4 to 7 weeks at a cost of $410.00 per day with an $800 enrollment fee.
Payment in full is required upon enrollment. If you have health insurance and would like a statement of your child's SUWS placement, we will be happy to provide you with it. However, SUWS is unable to directly bill insurance companies and therefore requires parents to assume this responsibility independent of tuition payment.
Payment options include Visa or MasterCard, cashiers check or direct wire transfer.
When payment and application are submitted, a place is held for your child in that week's course. Should your child not attend as scheduled, tuition will be refunded. Please note that until we have received your complete application and any required documents, we cannot ensure your child a space for the week requested.
Sallie Mae offers low interest loans that may pay part or all of your child's tuition. Visit SallieMae.com to find out more.
More About Camp
Employing the successful therapeutic process of it's West Coast sister program, SUWS of the Carolinas incorporates the Search and Rescue metaphor in the serene beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. SUWS of the Carolinas has a flexible length-of-stay, typically between 4 and 7 weeks, with extended care options. SUWS of the Carolinas offers an expanded curriculum designed to address the needs of those families seeking solace for their struggling child, ages 14-18. Distinguished by its three-day parent program component, a clinical PhD on-staff, and licensed counselors, SUWS of the Carolinas offers hope.
From learning first aid, to basic orienteering and primitive living skills, students are personally challenged so they can be entrusted with someone else's life. And in the midst of giving of themselves, they find themselves. It is not our intent to train students to be search and rescue professionals, but rather to allow them to discover their inner value and strengths by becoming essential, functioning members of a team.
Living this metaphor throughout the program facilitates the process of searching for one's true self, and illuminates how best to stay true to this self-discovery upon completion of the program.
Students progress through a sophisticated level system designed to help them reach developmental benchmarks. At each step, adolescents complete an experiential curricula and individualized therapy assignments. Working through both set programming and individualized assignments allows them to address normal adolescent developmental stages and personal issues.
At SUWS of the Carolinas, we celebrate the growth of our students. As they progress through the program, the group marks each success with ceremonies designed to commemorate their achievement. Similar "rites of passage" once played a large role in the process of becoming an adult. These rituals marked important transitions and assisted our youth in understanding their role in society. Unfortunately, these traditions have become less and less meaningful in our modern culture. It is our belief, however, that such ceremony helps our students take pride in their accomplishments and become invested in their personal growth.
Activities & Features
Mountaineering Ropes Course Backpacking Hiking Rock Climbing
Swimming Canoeing Fishing Rowing
Leadership Training First Aid Training Orienteering Survival Training Primitive Living Skills Teamwork Training