Five girls from Girl Scout Troop 2122 recently completed a 10-day course through Outward Bound in Costa Rica that was made possible by generous donations during their two-year fundraising efforts. They came back just slightly older in time, but stronger and wiser for their adventures.

Courtney Gautreau, Anna Gambell, Grace Hayward, Kate Rich and Kaitlyn York, along with troop leaders Jennifer York and Jessena Hayward, hiked and camped through the rain forest, learning from native guides about the country and ecology. They participated in a waterfall rappel, zip-line canopy tour and visit to San Jose, and went whitewater rafting. One of the most significant aspects of their trip was the home stay portion, when they stayed with different families and participated in their daily life — from making tortillas to milking cows.

They are grateful to the many businesses and individuals who helped to make the trip possible by contributing to their fundraising efforts, including babysitting nights, bake sales, selling note cards from Costa Rica, a lasagna dinner, bottle redemption, car washes and much more. Thanks to The Seaton School, Key Bank, Girl Scout Troops 2333 and 2118, Karl Gerstenburger, Pam Elliott, the Camden Snow Bowl, Mainley Pottery, the Camden Hospital for Animals, Down East Enterprises, Mount Pleasant Dental Care, Alfred Osgood, Clean Bee Laundry, Kathleen Henderson, Mikado’s, the Inns at Blackberry Commons, Captain Swift Inn, Hartstone Inn, Camden Windward House, Hawthorne Inn, Abigail’s Inn, and the Blue Harbor House.