Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure offers the ultimate blend of ocean, land and culture. On course, you will explore marine and coastal life along the beautiful Caribbean archipelago of Bocas del Toro, Panama.
You will earn your scuba diving certification, meet girl scouts from all parts of the U.S., preserve the sea turtle population and develop your leadership skills. Although you will be spending most of your time in Panama, you will also experience a taste of Costa Rica while ziplining through the cloud forest canopy!
This 14-day 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’ll not only explore the crystal clear Caribbean Ocean while scuba diving 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 beautiful archipelago of Bocas del Toro in northern Panama. In the Caribbean waters, you will have the opportunity to become scuba certified, learn about the diverse coastal ecology, snorkel with colorful reef life, and wakeboard and kneeboard. Additional activities may include sailing on a catamaran, a bike tour of one of the local islands, and limestone cave exploring.
Learn about Panama’s exotic wildlife and ecosystems while assisting with conservation efforts including 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.
Begin and end your adventure in beautiful Costa Rica, where you’ll see the sights during an unforgettable canopy tour ziplining from tree to tree in the mountains of the Central Valley region.
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.
15 scholarships worth $500 of financial assistance, available to select participants.
Download your application here.
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, surfboards, and camping and hiking equipment (including backpacks). 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 family homestays or student dorms (bedding provided).
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, 2013. 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.