The National Association of Therapeutic Wilderness Camps (NATWC) represents over 50 therapeutic wilderness programs for young people across the country. The organization is committed to upholding the best practices of the industry. NATWC serves as an unbiased reference for parents and professionals searching for appropriate programs.

The organization publishes the Journal of Therapeutic Wilderness Camping, documenting and sharing cutting-edge research and advancements within the field. And, they promote quality care of youth through providing training opportunities for all levels of therapeutic wilderness professionals, including an annual conference.

NATWC’s 15TH Annual Conference will be held September 21-23, 2008 at Villas by the Sea, Jekyll Island, Georgia. SafePassage Adolescent Services is proud to be a sponsor of this important industry conference. We hope to meet you there. Conference info is available at the NATWC website here.

NATWC also co-sponsors the Council on Accreditation (COA). The organization’s business and activities are overseen by a volunteer board of program directors and others directly involved in the field. The owner of SafePassage Adolescent Services, Holly Hunter, is a NATWC board member.


The primary purpose of NATWC is to support the establishment and continuation of therapeutic wilderness camping organizations; with the attendant responsibility to educate the public as to the existence of such organizations and their success in helping troubled young people change their lives for the better.

For additional information, visit the NATWC website and/or contact Holly Hunter of SafePassage.