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

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

 “My best memories of course were letting the baby sea turtles go and scuba diving for the first time. I not only learned more about the culture [of Panama], but I also learned more about myself. It opened my eyes up to a greater perspective of the world.”

-Maria, 2015 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, now and in the future.

“My daughter had a great time and highly recommends other Girl Scouts to take this course. My daughter has not stopped talking about this trip since we picked her up from the airport. She made new friends, experienced a different culture, and faced and conquered new challenges each day. This is what it means to be a Girl Scout.”

- Wendy, 2015 Girl Scout Mom

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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

Sincerely interested in service and cultural exchange

An intermediate-level swimmer who is comfortable in the water

The ability to be 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.

Please be sure to specify which session(s) you are applying for when filling out your application.

The Dates

Session 1: June 18, 2016–July 2, 2016

Session 2: July 2, 2016 – July 16, 2016

Session 3: July 16, 2016 - July 30, 2016

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

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
  • Tetanus vaccination will be required before arrival


The Cost

Program Fee: $2,300.

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.

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 this page. (Scholarship form and application will be posted by September 1, 2015.)

Download Application Forms
Destinations 2016 Application
Contact Information

Girl Scout Liaison