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Pine Mountain Boys Academy

Gender: Boys
Age: 12-17
Location: Central Georgia
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The Georgia Adventure-Based Boarding School
Where Struggling Boys Excel

Pine Mountain Academy is a year-round boarding school that transforms and mentors adolescent boys (ages 12-17) struggling with life-impacting behaviors, rebellion, academic failure, or careless attitudes. We help every boy excel in every bit of the talent and potential that God gave him. The year-round, adventure-learning program features 24/7 care, coaching, and counseling, with the overall goal of helping each boy prepare in all areas of his life for a productive and fulfilling future. We use such activities as wilderness adventure, mission trips, recreation and sports, agriculture training, and other methods to impact young men’s lives. It’s our vision to develop self-awareness in those we serve. Through education and modeling, we teach how vital community and authentic relationships are to us all! Pine Mountain Academy is an excellent way to make an impact on your son for the better for a lifetime based on the time-tested Teen Challenge approach, which has helped teens and families for over a half-century.

The focus is on the development of healthy hobbies, the care of animals, and life skills.  Mentoring and education make a significant difference in the lives of the boys at Pine Mountain. While enrolled in Pine Mountain Boys Academy, the boys enjoy nature, and animals, and work on their education in our accredited private school. 

A Relational Atmosphere that Brings Growth

Pine Mountain Boys Academy centers on relationships and mentoring. We believe that faith in God has the power to heal and transform hurting lives. Our committed staff understands these young men’s situations, many from personal experience, and they love the boys like family. We help them to grow in their relationships with themselves and with each other and, in time, to heal broken relationships with their parents and families.

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Boys come to us typically with a careless attitude about life. Many have acquired dysfunctional routes, behaviors, and attitudes to satisfy primary needs of security and significance. We have seen that a proper focus on the future and a relationship with God will change their focus in life toward excitement for their future. 

Counseling here generally involves integrating principles from various psychological disciplines and with varying philosophical underpinnings. We embrace the appropriation of this information where it can facilitate discipleship. Most Christian therapists would state that any sound therapeutic process’s goal is life and spiritual mentoring, and discipleship.

Counseling to Promote Healthy Choices

Each boy is specially assigned to the caseload of a Pine Mountain Boys Academy on-site counselor. Along with individual and group counseling, this counselor is also responsible for ensuring the smooth delivery of all Pine Mountain Boys Academy’s services to the student and family. The counselor is the point of contact for the family, available to answer questions and update the student’s progress.

Group counseling occurs regularly, guided by the pastoral counselors on staff here at Pine Mountain Boys Academy. This time is utilized to allow students an opportunity to grapple with and resolve commonly faced issues. Students learn to constructively express their thoughts, ideas, and questions in an environment where each member is accepted and respected. Group counseling is not utilized to scrutinize individual members or glorify past poor decisions.

Our school curriculum is designed in such a way to emphasize introspective thinking and works hand-in-hand with our Christian counseling. Tailored for the individual student, the work required encourages our students to examine areas of their lives that need change, which comes through knowing God – His character and His word.

Each evening, we also hold Evening Devotions. This special time of sharing is staff-directed and designed to promote growth and unity in the dorm. Some of the topics that may be discussed include Positive Peer Influence, Accountability, Personal Responsibility, Peer Reconciliation and Conflict Resolution.

Therapeutic Activities

The first hour of each school day is devoted to a therapeutic focus and character development. Our therapeutic curriculum is designed in such a way to emphasize introspective thinking and works hand-in-hand with our Christian counseling. Tailored for the individual student, the work required encourages our students to examine areas of their lives that need change, which comes through knowing God – His character and His word. Students must complete 11 units before graduation from our program, which is accomplished by meeting daily and weekly goals.

Nature Therapy

We take a therapeutic approach that harnesses the healing and restorative power of God’s creation world to promote mental, emotional, and physical well-being. It involves immersing the boy in natural environments such as forests, parks, gardens, or other natural settings to improve one’s mental health and overall quality of life. Here are some key aspects of nature therapy:

  1. Outdoor Exposure: Nature therapy encourages individuals to spend time outdoors and connect with the natural world. This can include activities like hiking, camping, gardening, or simply sitting in a natural setting.

  2. Mindfulness and Presence: Practitioners of nature therapy often emphasize mindfulness and being fully present in the moment while in nature. This means paying close attention to sensory experiences, such as the sounds, scents, textures, and sights of the natural environment.

  3. Stress Reduction: Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress levels. Nature therapy can help lower cortisol (a stress hormone) levels, leading to increased relaxation and a sense of calm.

  4. Improved Mental Health: Nature therapy is often used as a complementary treatment for various mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, and stress-related disorders. It can promote emotional well-being and enhance mood.

  5. Physical Health Benefits: Being in nature can also have physical health benefits. It encourages physical activity, which can lead to improved fitness and cardiovascular health.

Overall, nature therapy recognizes the therapeutic potential of the natural world and encourages the boys to engage with it intentionally to enhance their well-being and connection to the environment. 

Our Aftercare Program

Pine Mountain Boys Academy is committed to the continued success of our students. Before completing the program, a Parent/Student contract will be developed by the counselor, student, and family. The contract’s goal will be to define and uphold the boundaries within the home. The contract topics include the re-establishment of trust, specific responsibilities, guidelines, conflict resolution, educational goals, and spiritual commitments. Pine Mountain Boys Academy will work with the student and family to set up a home support system before the student graduates from the program.

Upon graduation, we will periodically contact the graduate and welcome the graduate and family to contact their counselor for further help or guidance following the program’s closure.

A Second Chance at Education

Boys come to us with a wide variety of academic records, often with a history of failing grades and skipped classes. For many of our students, enrollment with Pine Mountain Boys Academy means a second chance at graduating high school, a possibility that their former lifestyle has nearly been destroyed. Our self-paced curriculum, along with one-on-one instruction from our teaching staff, allows boys to gain mastery of subjects and earn missed credits toward a high school diploma.

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God directed my steps and changed me at Pine Mountain Boys Academy, one step at a time. He healed all the anger and everything else in my life before. I figured out that I couldn’t do things on my own but that God was the only one who could direct my life.

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I decided to give God a chance and surrender everything to Him. At Pine Mountain Boys Academy, I finally realized all the things I’ve been going through didn’t have to be there anymore. Since then, my life has never been the same.