The 1996/1997 Trip

From December 23, 1996 to January 6, 1997, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from the midwest participated in the Costa Rica/United States Exchange Program. This was the 8th year in which midwest scouts visit Costa Rica in the winter and Costa Rican scouts visit the U.S. in the summer.

While in Costa Rica, scouts stayed with host families over Christmas and New Years. Scouts also participated in service projects and worked with the sea turtles at Playa Ostional.

A Olive Ridley Sea Turtle leaving her nest at Playa Ostional.

The town people of Ostional harvesting the turtle eggs. This is the only legal harvesting of sea turtle eggs in the world.

Scouts also got to experience the many natural wonders of Costa Rica. The scouts went into the rain forest and took an tram ride through the canopy. Scouts also got to visit two Volcanos.

A rain forest in Central Costa Rica.

The crater of the Irazu Volcano. The crater is filled with sulfer.

What scouts remember most are the activities with the Costa Rican scouts and the new friendships made.

Introduction games at Colegio Calasanz when we first arrived.

Scouts at the University of Peace. Costa Rican and U.S. scouts planted trees together.

U.S. scouts participating in a skit at the closing campfire.

The group at Colegio Calasanz, getting ready to return home.

In late July, a group of Costa Rican scouts will come to Minnesota. They will participate in scout summer camp, service projects, and our experience our culture.

In the summer of 1995, Costa Rican scouts met with Senator Bob Dole outside the Minnesota State Capital.