Catching Waves in Costa Rica

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Love beach hair, the ocean, and adventure? Then surfing the tropical Pacific beach breaks is for you! Learn the basics of popping up on the board, perfecting your stance, reading surf conditions, and how to steer clear of rips. Explore hidden waterfalls and earn 3-6 hours of service working alongside local communities on conservation & recycling projects!

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About the Trip

“The entire experience made me a new person with a fresh perspective on life. I learned so much about confidence, my Spanish skills and pushing my physical limits.” —Jamie W., Girl Scout Alum

  Perfect your surfing skills in the warm, tropical waters of Costa Rica while making friendships that will last a lifetime!


On the famous Pacific Coast beaches of Costa Rica, instructors will provide detailed and holistic instruction on 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, to carving like a pro.


While staying at your beach campsite, you will earn 3 – 6 hours of community service by participating in service projects that will benefit the local community. The project will depend on the current needs of the region, but volunteer opportunities may include language exchanges with local schools, painting, beach cleanups, building new recycling systems, or environmental restoration projects.

Additional Activities

When not surfing or serving, you’ll be able to play beach activities like volleyball, soccer, yoga, and jewelry making. You will also enjoy a day of whitewater rafting, ziplining through a rainforest canopy tour.

Through your experience, group discussions, and adventure activities you will discover more about yourself and the world around you. So, get ready for the experience of a lifetime!

About Outward Bound Costa Rica (OBCR)

OBCR has partnered with GSUSA for nearly 15 years to provide Girl Scout Destination courses that uniquely get Girl Scouts outside of their comfort zone, expand their knowledge of other cultures, become stronger leaders, and make lasting friendships from across the world.

Hear From the Alum

“One night all of us talked for a while—that really made us close. I feel like I’ve known these girls forever. Everything about this trip was perfect.” -Tori B., Girl Scout Alum

“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


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

Where You Go

Costa Rica

What to Know

You must be 13–18 years old at the time of the trip. No Spanish language experience is required.

You must possess:

  • A sincere interest in community service and cultural exchange
  • The readiness for a physical challenge
  • The ability to be a good team player
  • An open mind to experience an eye-opening adventure

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 25 - July 9, 2022

You must be entering 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade – or have just graduated – to participate.

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
  • Visa will be issued upon arrival into Costa Rica for U.S. and UK citizens. No forms or fees are needed.
  • Surfboards are provided, but you may bring your own if you would like

The Cost

Program Fee: $2,490

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

Program Fee includes food, lodging, in-country transportation, pick-up and drop-off to the airport, and all advanced gear for adventure activities. 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) for the artisan market visit and baggage fees.

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Contact Information

Girl Scout Liaison