Catching Waves is the surf adventure of a lifetime! Experience a variety of water and beach-based activities against the backdrop of Costa Rica’s tropical beauty. Learn about surf dynamics and philosophy as well as about the unique coastal ecology of the country’s Pacific Coast.
Instructors will provide detailed and holistic instruction about how to read waves, tides, and currents. They will give group and personal instruction on surfing – from the first time you stand up on a board to when you catch your first wave. When not surfing, you’ll participate in fun beach activities that may include playing volleyball, soccer, yoga, and jewelry making.
While staying at your beach campsite, you will also participate in a service project that will benefit the local community. The project will depend on the current needs of the region, but activities may include painting, recycling, teaching English, or environmental restoration projects.
Enjoy adventure activities including a day of whitewater rafting, a day of ziplining on a canopy tour, and a chance to visit an artisan market in Costa Rica’s vibrant capital city of San Jose.
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 Costa Rican waves help you confront the challenges that life presents.
Session 1: 6/21 – 7/1
Session 2: 7/19 – 7/29
This course is open only to current members of Girl Scouts of the USA. Tetanus vaccination and valid passport required before arrival.
Outward Bound Costa Rica provides all meals, safety gear and camping equipment. Students will be provided a detailed packing list for clothing, toiletries and personal gear. All students are asked to bring personal spending money, as souvenirs and incidental expenses are the responsibility of the student. Please see the packing list for information regarding items not allowed on course.
Students will be camping or staying as a group in student dorms (bedding provided).
Surfboards are provided, but you may bring your own if you would like.
Airfare to and from San Jose, Costa Rica is not included in course tuition. All international travelers are required to pay a US$28 exit tax prior to departure; this is the responsibility of the student.
All students are met at the airport by Outward Bound Costa Rica and transported to our main base facility outside of San Jose. Outward Bound Costa Rica provides all transportation throughout the duration of the course, including transfer to Juan Santamaria International Airport on the final day of course. Airport regulations do not allow us to accompany students into the airport unless they travel as an Unaccompanied Minor (a paid service provided by each airline).
Because safety is paramount, all itineraries may change on account of weather and water conditions. All of our instructors have internationally recognized safety certifications relevant to their specialties. A minimum of two instructors accompany groups at all times.
To participate, girl scouts must complete the following steps:
1. Download and fill out the Girl Scouts Destinations application and reference forms. Submit your completed application to your girl scouts council. Specify which session(s) you are applying for when filling out your application. If you are applying for more than one destination with Outward Bound Costa Rica, please rank your preferences (1 being your top choice). You will only be accepted to one summer destination with Outward Bound Costa Rica.
For early applications (deadline: December 1, 2013): All acceptance notices will be emailed by January 16, 2014. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we will be unable to answer any questions related to your acceptance status before this date. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Late applicants welcome on a space available basis! Ask your council contact to fax or email your application to ensure its timely arrival.
2. If accepted, follow the instructions in your acceptance email to reserve your place on course. You will be asked to complete a detailed enrollment form as well as submit a $200 USD nonrefundable deposit towards the full course tuition. Deposits can be paid with a Visa credit card, wire transfer or by personal check. Please see our Payment Information page for more details.
Note: Deposits for early application acceptances are due no later than February 1, 2014.