Katie Coates of Moraga, a 17-year-old Girl Scout, recently took part in the Outward Bound Costa Rica's "Catching Waves" program, a 10-day course that provided her and other girls with service projects, physical and mental challenges and the chance to learn to surf on world-famous surf breaks.
Coates (Troop 30273) and her group spent the majority of their time at Outward Bound Costa Rica's base camp at Avellanas Beach in the Guanacaste Province. Instructors taught them how to read and catch waves, pop-up and ride them in. Coates' favorite parts of course were, "laughing with the girls and being a part of the community while doing the service project."
When they weren't surfing, Coates and the rest of the Girl Scouts volunteered at a local school where they repainted the exterior. They also had the opportunity to spend time with a local turtle conservationist, learning and assisting conservation efforts. They even got to see a group of sea turtles hatch and help deliver them to the beach where they swam off into the ocean.
The group also tackled Class II and III rapids on the Sarapiqui River, ziplined through the tree canopies, and visited the vibrant artisan market of San Jose where they practiced Spanish and finished up their adventure.
Since 2006, Outward Bound Costa Rica has been partnered with Girl Scout of the USA to offer unique and exciting Girl Scouts Destinations trips in Costa Rica and Panama.