Village of Menomonee Falls - Caroline Adams, a 14-year-old Girl Scout from the Girl Scouts of Menomonee Falls, completed Outward Bound Costa Rica's Scuba and Sea Turtle Adventure Destination.
During the 14-day course, Adams volunteered in Panama to protect endangered sea turtles, explored the coral reefs and learned to scuba dive. Specifically, Adams helped the endangered leatherback sea turtle population in a multi-day service project on the Caribbean coast of Panama.
"Outward Bound Costa Rica's programs, like the one Caroline 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.
Adams and her group traveled to the remote island of Solarte, where they scuba dived and learned about the local ecology and marine life. When she passed the NAUI Open Water Certification training, she became a certified scuba diver.
"I enjoyed bonding with the girls on my course and making new friends," Adams said.
After returning to Outward Bound's rain forest base in Costa Rica, Adams and her peers tackled rapids on the Pejibaje River, and ziplined through the canopies. To wrap up their adventure, the group visited the artisan markets in San Jose.
Outward Bound Costa Rica was founded in 1991, and has been a partner of the Girls Scouts of the United States since 2006.