GIRL SCOUT DESTINATIONS

Our 2016 Destinations

Rainforest, River, & Reef

Rainforest, River, & Reef

Combine unforgettable adventure with true cultural immersion in the jungles of Costa Rica. Whether you’re trekking through the lush cloud and rainforests, rafting down whitewater rivers, or zipping through the canopy, you will discover your strengths on this unforgettable adventure! On our Rainforest, River, & Reef course, you will immerse yourself in the culture with traditional family homestays, give back with a day of service in a local nature reserve, and experience everything from exploring a world-renowned beach to visiting the vibrant, bustling artisan market of San Jose.

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Costa Rica & Panama Service Challenge

Costa Rica & Panama Service Challenge

Our Costa Rica & Panama Service Challenge gives you an exciting opportunity to experience new cultures through service projects and adventure activities. On this 14-day course, you will dedicate your time to assisting with community projects in an indigenous village in Costa Rica and to protecting the unique and fragile ecosystem of Panama. Meet other Girl Scouts, expand your cultural awareness, and leave Costa Rica and Panama better than you found it.

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Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure

Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure

Our Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure 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 will not only explore the crystal clear Caribbean Ocean while learning to scuba dive but will also dedicate time to protecting and learning about the region’s diverse marine life through a meaningful conservation project.

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Catching Waves

Catching Waves

Catching Waves is the surf and service adventure of a lifetime! For ten days, experience a variety of water and beach-based activities against the backdrop of tropical Costa Rica. Learn about surf dynamics and philosophy as well as about the unique coastal ecology of the country’s Pacific Coast. Our 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.

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Sea Turtle Retreat (Winter 2016)

Sea Turtle Retreat (Winter 2016)

If you are looking to spend your winter break making a difference in wildlife conservation in an exciting location, the Sea Turtle Retreat course for you! During your time in tropical Costa Rica you will work to protect endangered sea turtles at Playa Ostional, one of the world’s most important nesting sites for olive ridley sea turtles.

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Experience an unforgettable adventure with fellow Girl Scouts from across the nation! Our destinations courses in Costa Rica and Panama will give you an opportunity to visit remote rainforest villages with family homestays, serve indigenous communities, scuba dive among the colorful coral reefs of the Caribbean Ocean, protect the region’s fragile ecosystem, and catch waves on famous warm water breaks. Immerse yourself in a new language and culture while discovering your inner strengths and creating life-long friendships.

Our destinations courses are open to current members of Girl Scouts of the USA. Girl Scouts must apply to participate through the GSUSA Destinations program and be between 13-18 years old at the time of course.

LOOKING FOR A LIFE-CHANGING ADVENTURE WITH YOUR GIRL SCOUT TROOP?

Beyond our destinations program, Outward Bound Costa Rica has welcomed Girl Scouts troops from across the nation on customized courses to meet their group objectives. From sea turtle conservation projects, to cultural family homestays, to learning how to surf, we can collaborate with you to build a memorable and unique troop experience in Costa Rica or Panama.

Contact our Group Programs & Partnerships Manager for more information on how to design a troop course.

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Girl Scouts must first submit a completed application to be considered for our destinations program.

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For early applications (deadline to be received by Outward Bound Costa Rica: December 5, 2015): All acceptance notices will be emailed by January 16, 2016. 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.

Note: Deposits for early application acceptances are due no later than February 1, 2016.

New applicants welcome on a rolling basis! Once first round acceptances are announced, we accept Girl Scouts for our upcoming destinations on a space available basis. Contact our Girl Scout Coordinator to learn more about course availability and how to submit your application. Please note that late applications must be sent via fax or email to ensure a timely arrival.


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SAFETY

For over 70 years, Outward Bound worldwide has provided high impact, life skill, and leadership development adventures. We are the industry leader in identifying risk and managing risk in wilderness areas. Risk is part of everyday life, but with our exceptional risk management systems and well-trained professional staff, we continue to be the industry leader.

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HEALTH & MEDICATIONS

We only require an up to date tetanus vaccination for course participation. There are no required inoculations to enter Costa Rica, but, we encourage students to check with their physician for recommendations of optional inoculations and health precautions. Most young people in normal health and physical condition can successfully complete an Outward Bound Costa Rica course.

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FOOD, WATER & SPECIAL DIETS

We are able to accommodate a variety of dietary requirements including vegetarian, gluten-free, lactose intolerance and nut allergies. In most areas of Costa Rica, it safe to drink water directly from the tap. While on course, students are directed to safe water sources by their instructors. Some students opt to treat all water during international travel.

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PACKING

We have compiled comprehensive packing lists for each course, which are listed under the course description and also emailed to a student once he/she has enrolled. A common misconception about Costa Rica is that it is always hot. Many course regions are almost one mile above sea level, where it can get quite chilly at night. Students will likely encounter rain showers while on course, even during Costa Rica’s dry season.

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TUITION & FEES

Tuition includes all room and board, technical gear, course activities, and in-country transportation. Airfare to/from Costa Rica is not included in the listed tuition cost, nor are personal supplies and equipment (including surfboards for advanced surfers).

We accept tuition payments by credit card, check, or wire transfer. Full payment is due 30 days prior to course start.

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TRAVELING TO COSTA RICA

Students must book travel dates to coincide with the start and end dates listed for their course session(s) and fly into Juan Santamaria International Airport (Airport Code: SJO). We recommend scheduling an arrival time prior to 2pm as course activities usually begin early the following day.

Our staff welcome students upon arrival. We use our own private transportation to shuttle to and from the airport on arrival and departure days.

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