Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure

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Scuba dive through the tropical waters of Panama and help protect the leatherback sea turtle population! Earn 18-24 hours of community service.

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About the Trip

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

Scuba dive through the tropical waters of Panama and help protect the leatherback sea turtle population! Earn 18 – 24 hours of Community Service.

“I loved helping release baby leatherback sea turtles into the ocean because I knew I was making a positive impact on the world while having fun!  Also, scuba diving was incredible and I saw a sloth!” —Sarah M., Girl Scout, 2018

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.

Since 2006, Outward Bound Costa Rica has inspired a lifetime of leadership, growth and a commitment to serve through our Girl Scout Destinations courses. Leadership and character development is woven into your adventures through discussions and nightly meetings after course activities. Discover how the challenges and lessons of the Costa Rican and Panamanian wilderness will help you thrive and triumph over challenges in your own life.

“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

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

Read the details below & apply here!

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 15, 2019 – June 29, 2019

Session 2: June 29, 2019 – July 13, 2019

Session 3: July 13, 2019 - July 27, 2019

Session 4: July 27, 2019 - August 10, 2019

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: $2,445

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 Worksheet Elliott Wildlife Values Scholarship Form
Contact Information

Girl Scout Liaison