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Caribbean Mountain Academy – Summer Program

Summer School for Troubled Teens

Is summer approaching and you’re wondering how you’re going to manage your teen? Has yelling, crying, pleading, reasoning, grounding, taking away privileges, individual counseling, family counseling, pastoral counseling… not worked? Do you feel like you are talking to a brick wall? It’s time to consider our summer school for troubled teens.

Our 8-week summer program runs from June 15, 2018 – August 12, 2018. Applying for admission is your first step!

Summer Camp For Troubled Teens - Jarabacoa Dominican Republic Map

Until your struggling teen admits that they need to change and opens their heart to doing so, your efforts are going to continue to produce the same results you’ve been experiencing. The goal of our Teen Summer Program at Caribbean Mountain Academy, located in the Dominican Republic in the town of Jarabacoa, is to break down the walls and create opportunity for the change that you’ve been looking for. Many parents scour the internet looking for a positive solution for their teen’s summer break. At Crosswinds, we believe our Teen Summer Program at Caribbean Mountain Academy enables teens to authentically change, without using tactics normally associated with a military program or a teen boot camp. We provide brief, structured intervention for families who are in need of a therapeutic, faith-based program for their teen.

A summer of service at Caribbean Mountain Academy can be the perfect catalyst for change that will last a lifetime.  Our Christian boarding school environment not only removes your teen from the influence of friends for the summer, it offers a holistic approach to getting your troubled child back on the right path by working with our compassionate staff.

The Program dates are June 15 – August 12, 2018. Download our 2018 Caribbean Mountain Academy summer program flyer to learn more. For more information, please contact Crosswinds at

How does this change happen?

Change Through Service

Summer School Program Student - Crosswinds Caribbean Mountain Academy

We believe that helping others is transformative and is the key to opening the door to lasting change. Laughing and playing with kids who have grown up in poverty, letting them finally experience the joy of childhood… that’s revitalizing. Building a home for a family that’s been living in a rusty shack for years, seeing tears well up the first time they walk through the door— this is what changes hearts.

If your teen struggles with entitlement, summers at Caribbean Mountain Academy are packed with on- and off-campus service projects. During the summer, teens at Caribbean Mountain Academy spend their time serving those less fortunate than themselves, creating, working, and building with Dominicans to improve the lives of those in their community. Our goal is for teens to experience the joy the local communities feel even without many of what we consider “life’s luxuries”. Visiting mission teams also work alongside the students, adding life and energy to the campus and showing students what it means to serve others joyfully.

Summer service projects may include:

  • Refurbishing a local baseball field and basketball courts so neighborhood kids have a safe place to play.
  • Building an access road to a poor mountain village.
  • Working on the fish ponds and a green house.
  • Restoring dilapidated housing to provide a safer place for Dominican families to live.
  • Organizing sports and games for local children.
  • Building a local church.


Change Through New Experiences

Adventure Summer Therapy Program for Troubled Teens - Crosswinds Therapeutic Boarding School

The summer program is designed to have an excursion each weekend. Our goal is for the students to work hard through the week in treatment and in serving the community, and then be able to learn more about themselves on the weekends by experiencing some of God’s beautiful creations in the Dominican Republic. Has your teen ever been tubing down a jungle river? Swam in waterfalls and basked on tropical beaches? Hiked the tallest mountain in the country? Snorkeled in crystal blue water? Experiencing nature in these thrilling new ways can open a teen’s eyes to the beauty of the world they live in and be an important part of the changing process. Our Teen Summer Program is filled with exciting experiences for our students which allow them to work together as a team, develop leadership skills, and see first-hand the beauty of the world they live in.

Some of the excursions your teen might do this summer:

  • Pico Duarte – This 5-day hike is the longest and most difficult excursion, but also the most rewarding. Teens and staff hike together to the peak of Pico Duarte, which is the tallest mountain in the Dominican Republic, not to mention the whole Caribbean! It is a great physical challenge, complete with many team-building opportunities and amazing views of the Dominican Republic.
  • Lagoona Du Du – This freshwater inland lagoon is surrounded by 35-foot cliffs and has swings, a jumping area, and caving, all which provide physical challenge, a sense of accomplishment, team work, and a new appreciation for God’s Creation.
  • Monti Christi – Students will have fun, relax, and learn when they visit the historical sites of first colonies of the “New World”. Also enjoyed are treasure hunting activities and time spent at the beach.
  • Beach Camping Trip – Students work together as a team while “roughing” it on the beaches of the Dominican.
  • 27 Waterfalls – One of our most beautiful excursions provides students a fun and adventurous outing at the waterfalls. It is a unique climb through various terrain and tropical settings.
  • Rafting, repelling, camping and much more!


Healing for Families

Family Therapy & Prayer | Crosswinds Therapeutic Boarding School Summer Program for Teens

We know that parenting a troubled teen can be a painful experience for the whole family. We also realize that each family situation is unique and comes with a different set of needs. That’s why, while a teen is experiencing our summer program, the rest of the family will participate in confidential online counseling with a CMA therapist to begin the healing process and prepare for their teen’s return.

Don’t lose hope. Lasting change is not an impossible dream. It can begin this summer.

Contact us for more information at 877-594-9204 or

You can also text SUMMER to 260-238-8939 to connect with an admissions coordinator today.