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Local Girl Scout Aids in Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica


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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – January 14, 2016

Rebecca Shanks, a 15–year-old Girl Scout from the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona Council, completed Outward Bound Costa Rica’s Sea Turtle Retreat Destination. On this 10-day course, she volunteered in Costa Rica in conservation efforts to protect endangered sea turtles and pushed her limits with unique adventure activities in the outdoors.

“Outward Bound was an exciting way to experience the beauty and culture of the inexplicably awe-inspiring country [of Costa Rica],” said Rebecca.

On the shores of Playa Ostional, a beach on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast in the Guanacaste Region, Rebecca and her fellow Girl Scouts participated in a multi-day service project focused on protecting the sea turtle population.

Ostional is one of the world’s most important nesting sites for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. During their time in the area the group got the rare opportunity to witness an arribada, the mass nesting of hundreds of sea turtles as they lay their eggs.

Rebecca and her group also gave back to the local community by painting a community center. The group learned about Costa Rican culture first hand while practicing their Spanish and playing soccer with children and families in the region.

After returning to Outward Bound’s rainforest base in Costa Rica, the group stepped out of their comfort zone on a rainforest hike and toured nearby volcano Irazu and historic sites in Cartago. To finish up their adventure, the group ziplined through jungle canopies and visited the vibrant artisan market of San Jose.

“Outward Bound Costa Rica’s programs, like the one Rebecca participated in, create environments that allow for personal and leadership development through challenges, group effort and cross-cultural understanding,” said Jim Rowe, Executive Director of Outward Bound Costa Rica.

Since 2006, Outward Bound Costa Rica has been partnered with Girl Scouts of the USA to offer unique and exciting Girl Scouts Destinations trips in Costa Rica and Panama. These trips provide young girls the opportunity to see the world, meet fellow Girl Scouts from across the nation and challenge themselves through adventure in unfamiliar settings.

About Outward Bound Costa Rica

Founded in 1991, Outward Bound Costa Rica inspires leadership, compassion, and responsibility through adventure-based wilderness experiences. Activities include backpacking, rafting, kayaking, surfing, rappelling, and scuba diving as well as cultural experiences such as homestays with local families. For more information, visit www.outwardboundcostarica.org.

Click here for more information on Girl Scout Destinations.