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Your adventure in Costa Rica and Panama awaits

Submitted by Helen Kidwell, Outward Bound Costa Rica

Each summer, more than 100 Girl Scouts from across the country travel to Costa Rica and Panama to participate in the Girl Scout Destinations program with Outward Bound Costa Rica.

Journey through some of the most spectacular landscapes that Central America has to offer, while building lifelong friendships along the way. From scuba diving along coral reefs in Panama to trekking through the rainforest in Costa Rica, each Girl Scout Destination course is packed with adventure.

These unforgettable trips will introduce you to exciting new challenges that will develop your leadership skills and help you discover hidden inner strengths.

It was a crazy experience to open your eyes to look within yourself and at the world around you. Before I was stuck in my comfort zone, and now I feel stronger and braver.” —Annika, Girl Scout Alum

There are also opportunities to give back by working on impactful volunteer projects. Girl Scouts visit indigenous communities and bring much needed restoration to schools and other important community buildings. Those with a passion for conservation can help protect endangered sea turtle populations and play a key role in rainforest reforestation projects.

These service projects are also the perfect chance to develop your language skills and expand your cultural awareness.

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, Girl Scout mom

Multiple Girl Scout Destination sessions and dates with Outward Bound Costa Rica are now available for Summer 2020!

Courses are open to current members of Girl Scouts of the USA who are between 13 and 18-years-old at the time of course.

To apply, visit the Girl Scouts Destination application page and get ready to start your once-in-a-lifetime trip to Costa Rica and Panama.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Travel opportunities: GSUSA Convention in Florida and Panama

Submitted by Jody Clair

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Our troop is planning a trip to Florida in October of 2020 to include the Girl Scouts of the USA’s National Convention, along with other fun stuff, such as a visit with Mickey and Harry Potter! You must have completed fifth grade to attend.

A Panama trip is also being planned for those who will be in sixth – twelfth grade. As soon as I have a new date in 2020, I will let you know ASAP!This will include Panama City and learning about the locks and channel as well as working with the Floating Doctors!

At this time, these are Girl Scout trips and I will only be taking names for adults on a first come, first travel basis based on the need for ratios. They are not family trips.

To be added to my email list for either of these trips or if you would like to ask further questions, please email girlscoutjody@gmail.com the following:

  • Girl Scout name
  • Grade now
  • Adult contact email

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

“Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship: Costa Rica & Panama Service Challenge

Submitted by Margaux,  2018 recipient of the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

While on this life-changing experience to Costa Rica and Panama, I was able to have an eye-opening two weeks with some of the best people ever. Not only, the people on the trip with me, but all the kind and inspirational people we met along the way. I was able to put myself in a whole other world while on this trip. I was able to not just learn about other cultures, but be able to live in it. Cultures that consisted of fresh plantain mornings, soccer afternoons, and rice and bean nights.

When in Talamanca, I feel I became a completely different person. I became part of the Bri Bri’s community and everyday lives. What I found the most different from my hometown was the feeling of community in being able to work, welcome, and entertain with one another. They didn’t even ask if we wanted their help, they automatically rolled up their sleeves and assisted. Every morning, we would start our service, weather it be painting, more painting, or carrying sand to make new stairs, the Bri Bri helped. They welcomed us with open arms and not just in letting us in, but having us join their family. We were complete strangers to them, but without any hesitation they lended a hand. That and they had no hesitation in kicking our butts in soccer.

It was also crazy to see how happy the Bri Bri were. They had practically nothing, but were always smiling. Before we were even ready for breakfast, the school kids would be outside playing soccer. So different from the United States, we will wake up, do our own things, and possibly meet up with people later, sometimes through a screen. That is what we call being a community. In Talamanca, the first thing they do is saying hi to, not just their community, but their family.

In the United States, we have the ability to have everything we want, but we are always still so downcast. Going to Talamanca made all of us so happy. We knew that the work we were doing wasn’t self beneficial. We had a cause that wasn’t going to be spent the next day. It was earned in the work, the smiles, the laughs. Knowing that we were changing the lives of people that didn’t even know our names. It’s impossible to learn what people like the Bri Bri lives are like, you have to experience it. Thank you so much Look Wider for helping me in opening my eyes, and looking wider.

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“Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships are made possible by the Rae Ann and Richard Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund Endowment at Rose Community Foundation. Thanks to this generous commitment, Girl Scouts of Colorado will award scholarships to girls every year.

Learn more about Girl Scout destinations and other international travel at forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel. Applications for destinations travel are due before Thanksgiving each fall. The application for the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship is available from November through February and is meant for individual girl travel. Read more about Global Girl Scouting and how to get involved at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/global-girl-scouting.

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“Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship: Costa Rica and Panama Service Challenge

Submitted by Lucy,  2018 recipient of the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

The summer of 2018 I had the opportunity to go on a life-changing trip to Costa Rica and Panama for a service challenge. I was able to go on this trip thanks to the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship. As a 13-year-old Girl Scout, this trip was a big deal to me and has changed my life and understanding of the world in many ways.

I am from Steamboat Springs, which is a small town with not a lot of diversity. This trip was a big deal for me because I got to experience so many different cultures from all around the world. Not just from the people who lived there, but the people who went to the same course I did. That was many of the great things I learned during my trip to Costa Rica and Panama.

One of the other great things I learned on my trip was about food. We got to try different dishes that I have never eaten. It was another way we got to experience their culture. In addition to eating local foods, we got to learn how to cook them. We got to help in the kitchen and learn new ways to cook things. For example, over a fire or with different ingredients than we would normally use.  It was very educational.

One of the most memorable things I remember learning is about all of the biodiversity in Costa Rica and Panama. They had many different types of wildlife from little frogs and lizards to manatees and leatherback sea turtles. As a part of trying to save the sea turtles, we got to learn about them, their life cycle, and many other facts about them. We also got to learn a lot about manatees which was also very educational.

On Outward Bound Costa Rica and Panama Service Challenge, I learned and experienced many things that many people can’t in their lifetime. This trip was very life-changing and I know I will remember it for the rest of my life. Thank you “Look Wider” for for the scholarship, which helped me go on this life-changing trip.

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“Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships are made possible by the Rae Ann and Richard Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund Endowment at Rose Community Foundation. Thanks to this generous commitment, Girl Scouts of Colorado will award scholarships to girls every year.

Learn more about Girl Scout destinations and other international travel at forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel. Applications for destinations travel are due before Thanksgiving each fall. The application for the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship is available from November through February and is meant for individual girl travel. Read more about Global Girl Scouting and how to get involved at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/global-girl-scouting.

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