Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure

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Dive into the tropical waters of Panama and help protect the leatherback sea turtle population!

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About the Trip

Spend 14 days exploring the diverse marine life and unique culture of Panama while working to protect its most endangered and beloved marine life.

 “Outward Bound Costa Rica has been a wonderful experience that has opened my eyes to both the world and myself.”

 - Brianna, 2014 Girl Scout

This course will spark your sense of adventure and passion for learning as you discover new depths and gain compassion for the marine life that inhabits the tropical waters of Panama. You will not only explore the crystal clear Caribbean Ocean while learning to scuba dive but will also dedicate time to protecting and learning about the region’s diverse marine life through a meaningful conservation project.

You and your fellow Girl Scouts will spend the majority of your time exploring the beautiful archipelago of Bocas del Toro in northern Panama. From your island basecamp, become scuba certified in the tropical waters and wakeboard & snorkel among colorful reefs. On land, gain another unforgettable perspective of Panama with a zipline canopy tour and ropes course where you will not only soar through the trees but help cheer your group on through exciting obstacles. Additional activities may also include sailing on a catamaran, a bike tour of one of the local islands, and a limestone cave exploration.

Learn about Panama’s exotic wildlife and diverse coastal ecology while assisting with sea turtle conservation efforts that include nightly patrols, cataloging nests, habitat creation, and (hopefully!) releasing newly hatched baby turtles into the wild. You may also participate in additional service projects that include beach clean-ups and/or trail preservation.

Since 2006, Outward Bound Costa Rica has been hosting Girl Scouts from across the nation, honing its approach to experiential education for this unique program. Girl Scouts will be exposed to Outward Bound Costa Rica’s focus on both leadership and personal development throughout their adventure, facilitated by discussions and meetings woven into all course activities. Explore how the challenges you meet in and out of the tropical waters help you confront challenges that life presents.

“My daughter came home and said that she could only describe her experience in Panama as ‘surreal’. She learned so much on her trip. Not only did she learn to scuba dive, but she helped rescue sea turtles. This work, along with the community service project, gave her a sense of connection to both the local community as well as the world. She truly felt she was making a difference. I have seen tremendous growth in my daughter as a result of this program and would highly recommend it!”

- Lisa, 2014 Girl Scout Mom

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

Where You Go

Bocas del Toro, Panama, Costa Rica

What to Know

You must be 13 – 18 years old at the time of the trip. Participants under 14 will be eligible for junior scuba diver certifications.

You should be in good physical condition

Interested in service and cultural exchange

An intermediate-level swimmer who is comfortable in the water

A good team player!

Girl Scouts will spend the majority of their time in the Bocas del Toro Province of Panama; Costa Base Camp is located in San Ramon de Tres Rios in Cartago Province, Costa Rica; City tour in San Jose Province, Costa Rica.

The Dates

Session 1: June 20, 2015–July 4, 2015

Session 2: July 4, 2015 – July 18, 2015

Session 3: July 18, 2015–August 1, 2015

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

What to Bring

A packing list will be provided

You will need a valid current passport

You will be asked to provide documentation of return flight itinerary

Tetanus vaccination will be required before arrival

Additional medical information may be required. Restrictions for course participation may exist (i.e. asthma, inner ear issues, etc.).

The Cost

Program Fee: $2,200.

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 for a visit to the local market.

A $200 deposit will be due immediately upon acceptance. (It's part of the Program Fee, not in addition to it.)

Girls may be eligible for a $500 scholarship made possible by the Elliott Wildlife Values Project. Contact Costa Rica Rainforest Outward Bound for more information, or download the form from the travel resources page of this website.

Download Application Forms
Destinations Girl Application 2015 - PDF Destinations Girl Application 2015 - Word
Costa Rica Rainforest Outward Bound / Elliot Wildlife Scholarship Form
Contact Information

Girl Scout Liaison