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

Scholarships are available for this Destination! See application form below. 

Dive into the tropical waters of Panama and help protect the leatherback sea turtle population! Earn 12 – 14 hours of Community Service.

“I’ve learned to not let fear stop me from doing the things I want to do in life. I would say I’ve personally matured more throughout this trip and I also learned some valuable lessons about people and culture.”  ~Sophia, Girl Scout, 2017

This course will spark your sense of adventure and passion for learning as you discover new worlds and gain knowledge of the marine life that inhabits the tropical waters of Panama. You will explore the crystal clear Caribbean Ocean while learning to scuba dive and dedicate time to protecting and learning about the region’s diverse marine life through a meaningful conservation project with Leatherback sea turtles.

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 possibly releasing newly hatched baby turtles into the wild. You may also participate in additional service projects that include beach cleanups, securing and providing food for the newly returned manatee population and/or trail preservation.

In Panama, 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 and snorkel among colorful reefs. Gain a different perspective of Panama with a zip line canopy tour and shopping in Bocas Town. Additional activities may also include sailing on a catamaran, a bike tour of one of the local islands, and a limestone cave exploration.

Once SCUBA certified, 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 possibly releasing newly hatched baby turtles into the wild. You may also participate in additional service projects that include beach cleanups, securing and providing food for the newly returned manatee population and/or trail preservation.

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.

“I highly recommend Outward Bound Costa Rica. My daughter is 15 years old and it was her first time out of the country without her family. The first couple days were a little rough and she might have felt a little homesick but by the time she got back she had amazing experiences to share. She learned so much, bonded with others, she felt like she made a difference by helping the sea turtles, her appreciation grew for the beautiful world we live in, and she came back with memories and skills that will last her a lifetime.”  ~Renata -  GS Mother, 2017

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Where You Go

Bocas del Toro, Panama

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
  • SCUBA certification is NAUI

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

 

The Dates

Session 1: June 16, 2018 – June 30, 2018

Session 2: June 30, 2018 – July 14, 2018

Session 3: July 14, 2018 - July 28, 2018

Session 4: July 28, 2018 - August 11, 2018

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

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: $2,400.

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. Download the application form on the right or contact Costa Rica Rainforest Outward Bound for more information on how to apply.

Download Application Forms
Destinations Application 2018-2019 Scholarship Form
Contact Information

Girl Scout Liaison
GirlScouts@OutwardBoundCR.org