Catching Waves in Costa Rica

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Surf the tropical waters of Costa Rica while giving back to a local community!

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About the Trip

Surf the tropical waters of Costa Rica while giving back to a local community! Earn 6 – 8 hours of Community Service.

*Update for 2018: course extended to TWO FULL WEEKS, based on feedback from Girl Scout participants!

“I definitely have seen the ‘pura vida’ lifestyle and how it’s so different from the materialistic lifestyle that people in the US live. Outward Bound is a really cool experience and I would love to do it again if I had the chance.”  ~Rebecca, Girl Scout, 2017

Catching Waves is the surf adventure of a lifetime. Experience a variety of water and beach-based activities against the backdrop of tropical Costa Rica. Learn about surf dynamics and philosophy as well as about the unique coastal ecology of the country’s Pacific Coast. Instructors will provide detailed and holistic instruction about how to read waves, tides, and currents. They will give group and personal instruction on surfing – from the first time you stand up on a board to when you catch your first wave.

While staying at your beach campsite, you will also participate in service projects that will benefit the local community. The project will depend on the current needs of the region, but activities may include painting, recycling, teaching English, or environmental restoration projects. When not surfing or volunteering, you’ll also participate in fun beach activities that may include playing volleyball, soccer, yoga, and jewelry making.

After your surf and service phase, enjoy adventure activities including a day of whitewater rafting, a day of zip lining on a rainforest canopy tour, and a visit to an artisan market in Costa Rica’s vibrant capital city of San Jose.

Since 2006, Outward Bound Costa Rica has inspired a lifetime of leadership, growth and a commitment to serve through our GSUSA Destinations courses. Leadership and character development is woven throughout your adventures facilitated by discussions and meetings woven into all course activities. Explore how the challenges you meet in and out of the Costa Rican or Panamanian wilderness help you confront the challenges that life presents.

“My daughter’s trip to Costa Rica was her first adventure alone and internationally. She was also traveling with a major medical condition which made her (and mom!) much more anxious about her experience. The team at OBCR were phenomenal about going out of their way to make sure we had what we needed for her participation. She had great adventures. Experienced wonderful new things and will have stories to share for her lifetime. When can she go back?!” ~Sharon, GS Mother, 2017

Learn about other adventure-filled Girl Scout Destinations with Outward Bound Costa Rica on our website.

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Where You Go

Costa Rica

What to Know

You must be 13-18 years old at the time of your trip

You must possess:

  • A sincere interest in surfing
  • The ability to swim at an advanced level
  • A strong physical stamina and core/upper body strength or the willingness to prepare yourself for that level
  • The desire to be a good team player

Costa Rica (Activities in San Jose, Guanacaste, and Puntarenas Provinces): Base camp is located in San Ramon de Tres Rios. Due to changing water and weather conditions, we cannot specify exactly which beaches and rivers your course will visit, but all of our surfing courses visit locations on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.

The Dates

June 30 - July 14, 2018




What to Bring

  • A packing list will be provided upon receipt of your deposit
  • A valid passport with an expiration date no less than 6 months past your day of departure from Costa Rica
  • A tetanus vaccination is required before your arrival in Costa Rica
  • Surfboards are provided, but you may bring your own if you would like

The Cost

Program Fee: $2,330

Program Fee does not include airfare. You will be responsible for providing your own round-trip airfare to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO airport), as well as bringing your own spending money (recommended $200 per 2-week course.)

A $200 deposit will be due immediately upon acceptance. (It's part of the Program Fee, not in addition to it). The balance is due 30 days prior to the start of the course.

Download Application Forms
Destinations Application 2018-2019
Contact Information

Girl Scout Liaison
GirlScouts@OutwardBoundCR.org