Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure

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

Ages 12-14 Ages 15-18 International Outdoors
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.

“I learned that even though a challenge may seem impossible; with a little bit of determination anything can be done. This trip has truly made me a stronger person physically and mentally.”

 - Bridget, 2013

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’ll not only explore the crystal clear Caribbean Ocean while scuba diving 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 beautiful archipelago of Bocas del Toro in northern Panama. In the Caribbean waters, you will have the opportunity to become scuba certified, learn about the diverse coastal ecology, snorkel with colorful reef life, and wakeboard and kneeboard. Additional activities may include sailing on a catamaran, a bike tour of one of the local islands, and limestone cave exploring.

Learn about Panama’s exotic wildlife and ecosystems while assisting with conservation efforts including 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.

Begin and end your adventure in beautiful Costa Rica, where you’ll see the sights during an unforgettable canopy tour ziplining from tree to tree in the mountains of the Central Valley region.

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.

“This was a true growing experience for my daughter. I look forward to discovering more ways that OBCR has helped my daughter expand her thinking and understanding of the world around her which is so much bigger thanks to this awesome experience!”

- Nanette, 2013 Girl Scout Mom

Where You Go

Bocas del Toro, Panama, Costa Rica

What to Know

In good physical condition

Interest in service and cultural exchange

Intermediate-level swimmer who is comfortable in the water

Good team player

Participants under 14 will be eligible for junior scuba diver certifications

The Dates

Session 1; June 21, 2014–July 5, 2014; $2,050
Must be 13–18 years old at the time of the event.

Session 2; July 5, 2014 – July 19, 2014; $2,050
Must be 13–18 years old at the time of the event.

Session 3; July 19, 2014–August 2, 2014; $2,050
Must be 13–18 years old at the time of the event.

What to Bring

Packing list will be provided

Valid current passport

Students 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

$2,050. 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.

Girls may be eligible for a $500 scholarship made possible by the Elliott Wildlife Values Project. Contact Costa Rica Rainforest Outward Bound School for more information and other Costa Rica Rainforest Outward Bound School scholarship opportunities.

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

Please be aware that Outward Bound Costa Rica’s offices are located in Costa Rica. Your application will be forwarded from our Miami post office box. You will receive an email from Outward Bound Costa Rica once your application has been received. Therefore, do not send a self-addressed stamped postcard with your application.

Download Application Forms
Destinations Girl Application 2014 PDF Destinations Girl Application 2014 DOC
Outward Bound Costa Rica Scholarship Form
Contact Information

Girl Scout Liaison