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Summer Camp Leadership in Costa Rica

Summer Camp Leadership in Costa Rica

Gain valuable leadership and collaboration skills, and help enrich the lives of local community members as you develop a summer camp in La Fortuna. Start your journey with an exhilarating rafting trip followed by the start of your camp planning. Design a six-day summer camp in small teams, then meet the children you’ll lead in sports, arts, and other recreational activities throughout the week. Zip line, kayak, soak in natural hot springs, and boat along the picturesque Costa Rican coastline.

Students love our programs in Costa Rica!
Departure Dates
  1. June 09 - June 24, 2020

  2. June 16 - July 01, 2020

  3. June 23 - July 08, 2020

    Very Limited
  4. June 30 - July 15, 2020

  5. July 07 - July 22, 2020

  6. July 14 - July 29, 2020

  7. July 21 - August 05, 2020

  8. July 28 - August 12, 2020

Program Profile
Program Profile

Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:

Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing long shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.

Rustic Gear. Want to get all your shopping done for your program in one place? We’ve got you covered. Check out Rustic Gear and get all the essentials sent right to your door.

A school backpack or similar sized bag is ideal.

  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Wallet/money
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • Change of clothes
  • Water bottle
  • Medication
  • Additional community service forms
  • Visa documentation (if applicable)
  • Consent to Travel form
  • Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
Check Luggage

A 50-70 Liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.


  • Socks (5-8)
  • Underwear (6-8)
  • Pants/capris (3-4)
  • Service shorts (3-4) (Must be appropriate to work with children)
  • Tank Tops (3-4)
  • T-shirts (5-7)
  • Long sleeved shirt (2-4)
  • Fleece/hoodie
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit
  • Quick dry towel
  • Beach towel/sarong
  • Rain jacket
  • Sandals
  • Water shoes that strap on (like Tevas, Chacos, or close toed water shoes. Must attach to foot!)
  • Sneakers/ Hiking boots (Closed-toe comfortable shoes)
  • Sun glasses
  • Hat (for sun)


(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Tooth paste
  • Oxybenzone-free sunscreen (reef-safe)
  • Bug spray
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Contacts
  • Contact solution
  • Foam ear plugs
  • Personal med kit
  • Deodorant
  • Wet Wipes
  • Razor/shaving cream


  • Portable games (Bananagrams, cards, etc.)
Important Reminders
  • *Community Service Appropriate Attire includes T-shirts and tank tops with no visible undergarments and long shorts that go to the knee.
  • Don’t forget the Big Five: Water bottle, Sunscreen, Bug spray, Rain jacket, Closed-toe shoes.
  • Students will have a chance to do laundry on this trip.

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