Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Costa Rica Teen Summer Camp

Costa Rican Resource is offering a Eco-Adventure Teen Summer Camp for young adults that want to get out and be surrounded by nature and around some of the top teaching professionals in their field. This camp will be offered with CRR staff members on hand 24 - 7. It is a 16 day course. The campers will receive instruction in Wilderness First Aid and Vertical Rescue and will be certified under the Rescue 3 Certificates which is an internationally qualified adventure course teaching program. All campers will have a written and a practical tests if they interested in receiving the certificate.

These certificates of WFA (Wilderness First Aid) and Vertical Rescue Course (Rappeling Course) will be excellent on a college application. Note: The rafting course will be given but will not be certified by Rescue 3 this is just to give the kids some experience on the different events of rafting and also make it fun and more time to concentrate on the eco-side of this camp with our time at the river campsite.

Our goal of this camp is to not just give the kids a vacation but a chance to accomplish through hard work knowledge, certificates, and a love for nature by getting the kids out into nature and surround them with it, teach them about it, and then teach them the importance of living simply and conscience of how to live your day to day life with regards to thinking of the beauties of nature even though back home they might not be surrounded by nature to have that reminder. 

There will be different Eco-educational activities and 6 evening lectures educating the kids on the environment and ways they can help. 

Requirements for Campers:

* Must abide by CRR Camper Code of Conduct
* Must be able to swim
* Must have the ablility to hike 1 mile of incline
* Age limit must be in high school 

La Fortuna Falls
Day 1: June 25th ------------- Arrival Day and Teens Arrive to CRR Base Camp (CRR Base Camp)

Today members of the camp will be met at the airport by one of their full time adventure guides who will transport them to the CRR Base Camp where staff members will welcome them. Arrival needs to be to the San Jose airport for this camp. Our Base Camp is located at the beautiful Arenal Volcano. We have beautiful cabins with amazing views of the volcano. (Meals: Dinner)

Day 2: June 26th ------------- Arrivals and Orientation at CRR Base Camp (CRR Base Camp)

Today is a second day of arrival and if you use this day for arrival we ask that you try and come on an early flight. We will begin orientation after lunch today using the afternoon for the kids to get to know each other and get an idea of how the camp will run. We'll go over rules and regulations, student code of conduct, and the goals we hope to reach during this eco-adventure camp for teens. Those that arrived on day 1 can visit the La Fortuna Falls for a morning activity with a CRR guide.  (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
Arenal Volcano

Day 3: June 27th ------------- Begin Wilderness First Aid Courses (CRR Base Camp)

Today we will wake up early and begin the WFA class. This is an internationally certified WFA class. WFA stands for Wilderness First Aid and it is the basic instructions of how to treat injuries in the wilderness. This is a great course for anyone to have and also goes great on a college resume. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 4: June 28th ------------- Wilderness First Aid Course (CRR Base Camp)

Today the course continues with the more instruction on the subject of WFA. During the course the days will be broken up with snacks, nice meals, and evening of fun and games to take the mind off the studying. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 5: June 29th ------------- Wilderness First Aid Course (CRR Base Camp)

Learn to bottom belay in Vertical Rescue Course
Today the kids will continue to study the Wilderness First Aid and they should begin to become experts on the subjects. 

Day 6: June 30th ------------- Finish Wilderness First Aid Course (CRR Base Camp)

Today we will finish the Wilderness First Aid course. This will be the day of the exam and certificates certified by Rescue 3 will be awarded to students. We plan on celebrating in the evening with a little party as we will have come to the completion of their first course. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 7: July 1st ----------------  Drive to Turrialba & Visit Village (Turrialba River Lodge)

During Vertical Rescue Course Sleep in the Cavern 
Today we will travel to Turrialba. We will not get an early start as we want the kids to get a good night sleep. When we drive to the river lodge we will be stopping by a local village where we plan on having lunch and watching the local village put on a show for us. In this village we are going to show how the locals have used recycled goods in many of their everyday lives and the amazing mix of simplicity with happiness.  This is a real treat and a chance to enjoy the culture. We will spend the night in a lodge near the river and get ready for our rafting adventure. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 8: July 2nd --------------- Enter River Pacuare (Pacuare Camp)

Today we enter what National Geographic has listed as one of the top five rivers in the world. While in the Pacuare area we'll be learning about the rainforest and the bio-diversity of Costa Rica. We will enjoy a river lunch with the kids and go over the basics of rafting. We will raft to the first camp and arrive after lunch in the afternoon and have time to show up and enjoy dinner and games. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Pacuare River
Day 9: July 3rd ---------------- Rafting Intro-Course (Pacuare Camp)

Today we will put our lifevest and helmets back on and then head out to the river which they had the chance to listen to all night. The kids will learn today everything they need to know to be safe in the river. What to do and what not to do. They will also be put to the test in some small rapids. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 10: July 4th ------------- Morning Rafting and Afternoon Education on Rainforest (Pacuare Camp)

In the morning it is back to the river. We plan on doing some more advanced river rescue. In the afternoon we'll be learning more about the rainforest and the purpose it serves in the world. This will also involve a lecture on the importance of trying to live more green in our everyday lives and ways to make it easy. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 11: July 5th --------- Raft to Second Camp Site & Hike to Waterfalls (Pacuare Second Camp)
Pacuare Camp

Today we will raft through a beautiful canyon to our second campsite. Before we get to the second camp we will stop the rafts and take a hike up through the rainforest to visit some of the most pristine waterfalls in all of Costa Rica. This is a great area for the kids to enjoy the jungle and  just relax. We want the kids to be completely immersed in nature today as they will be the entire week but also with not much else on their minds. Today is a no study day, no lecture day, just nature! (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 12: July 6th ------------- Raft Pacuare to take-out (Lodge in Mountains)

Today we will raft out of the Pacuare and take on some of it's best class IV rapids. This is about two hours of rafting today and when we get to the take out we will take a drive over Costa Rica's Talamanca Mountain range. Here we'll stay in a lodge that is at an elevation of around 11,000ft. This is a great experience and the kids can enjoy the fire for the evening. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Pacuare Camp
Day 13: July 7th ------------- Enter Cave and start Vertical Rescue Course (The Cavern)

Today we will enter the cavern and begin our Vertical Rescue Course. This will just be an intro to the course as we will be spending most of our day hiking into the cavern. This is an amazing hike and well worth the effort. When we arrive we will have an nice big meal waiting for us right in the cave. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 14: July 8th ------------- Vertical Rescue Course (The Cavern)

Today is a full day of Vertical Rescue Course. We plan on doing rappels off the many different waterfalls in the area and the kids will have to learn a number of different knots for the course. This again is a certified Rescue 3 course and the kids will have certifications that are recognized internationally. Also looks great on a college resume. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Philip Perez (Rescue 3 Certifier)
Day 15: July 9th ------------- Vertical Rescue Course (The Cavern)

Today the kids will continue their course on vertical rescue and also enjoy some hikes to the pools in the area. When they visit the pools in the area. The course today will get intense also as the kid have to be able to set up their rappel, check equipment, put on harnass, connect themselves, and make the rappel. We will go over a number of different ways for the rappel during this day. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 16: July 10th ------ Finish Course and Travel to CRR Base Camp near airport (Airport Hotel)
Tom Ranieri (Camp Director)  

We will hike out of the cave today and return to the Central Valley via the Pacific coastline. The kids will have an hour or so to put their feet in the Pacific. put us close to the airport for San Jose depatures. All the campers will leave with their certifications and be listed in the Rescue  3 directory as being certified technicians. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 17: July 11th ----- Fly Home!

After a celebration of being in nature for two weeks we will say our good byes and wish everyone the best of luck with all their new skills.

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