Sea Turtle Retreat – 2022

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Have a passion for wildlife conservation? Start the New Year by helping endangered sea turtle populations, learning about environmental protection, meeting other Girl Scouts from across the United States, and exploring the rainforests, beaches and volcanoes of Costa Rica. Earn 10-15 hours of community service.

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About the Trip

“I really loved the Sea Turtle Retreat. I’ve never seen so many turtles or felt so involved in a project. I loved the team work and positivity that surrounded me the whole time.”

-Katherine, Girl Scout Alum


In tropical Costa Rica you will work to protect endangered sea turtles at one of the world’s most important nesting sites for Olive Ridley sea turtles! Earn 10-15 hours of community service.


Sea Turtle Conservation

Start your journey with a multi-day service project at the Sea Turtle Wildlife Reserve along the Pacific Coast. This protected beach and nesting site welcomes thousands of mother sea turtles every season. Fulfill your commitment to service by participating in some of the following activities: conducting nightly sea turtle patrols, performing data collection by counting the number of mother sea turtles on shore, and ensuring the safety of nesting turtles and hatchlings as they make their way to and from the ocean. The nesting and hatching season fluctuates year-to-year, which may change your direct involvement in the conservation efforts. While staying at the community center, additional service opportunities may include beach cleanups, trail preservation projects and playing soccer with the local school children.

Additional Activities

After completing your sea turtle service phase, participate in exciting adventure activities that may include a technical tree climb, a hike to the summit of a volcano crater, and/or a visit to the famed Cartago Basilica and other historic sites. Finish your course with an exciting zipline canopy tour, and explore an artisan market in Costa Rica’s vibrant capital city of San José.

About Outward Bound Costa Rica (OBCR)

OBCR has partnered with GSUSA for nearly 15 years to provide Girl Scout Destination courses that uniquely get Girl Scouts outside of their comfort zone, expand their knowledge of other cultures, become stronger leaders, and make lasting friendships from across the world.

Hear From the Alum

“I would highly recommend the Sea Turtle Retreat to any Girl Scout! It was a great experience for my daughter to be involved hands-on with helping the endangered turtles to lay their eggs in safety. She also enjoyed trying new fruits and other foods, helping to refurbish the sleeping location for future participants, meeting new friends from all over the country, and becoming more aware of the world we live in and need to protect.” -Valerie, GS Mother

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

Where You Go

San Jose, Costa Rica

What to Know

You must be 13–18 years old at the time of the trip. No Spanish language experience is required.

You must possess:

  • A sincere interest in community service and cultural exchange
  • The readiness for a physical challenge
  • The ability to be a good team player
  • An open mind to experience an eye-opening adventure

Girl Scouts will spend the majority of their time at  Playa Ostional in Costa Rica.

The Dates

December 27, 2022 - January 5, 2023 ($2,070)

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
  • Visa will be issued upon arrival into Costa Rica for U.S. and UK citizens. No forms or fees are needed.

The Cost

Program Fee: $1,950

A $200 deposit will be due immediately upon acceptance to this course (this is part of the Program Fee, not in addition to it). The balance is due 30 days prior to the start of the course.

Program Fee includes food, lodging, in-country transportation, pick-up and drop-off to the airport, and all advanced gear for adventure activities. 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) for the artisan market visit and baggage fees.

Download Application Forms
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Contact Information

Girl Scout Liaison