Wilton Girl Scout helps endangered sea turtles

Girl Scout Elizabeth Myles, of Wilton, was one of several Scouts who volunteered in conservation efforts to protect endangered sea turtles in Panama this summer through Outward Bound Costa Rica’s Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure program.

The Scouts participated in a multi-day project at San San Pond Sak Wetlands on Panama’s Caribbean coast and dedicated their time to protecting the endangered leatherback sea turtle population.

Elizabeth and her group spent the second half of their time on the remote island of Solarte in Panama’s Bocas del Toro Providence.

On the island, the Scouts learned about the local ecology and marine life, while learning how to scuba dive. Elizabeth and her group passed the NAUI Open Water Certification training and are now all certified in scuba diving.

The Scouts then returned to Outward Bound’s rain forest base in Costa Rica, where they tackled Class II and III rapids on the Pejibaye River, zip-lined through the canopies, and visited San Jose’s artisan market.

Elizabeth said she is glad she had the opportunity to participate in the 14-day program.

“I am more independent and have more confidence in myself,” she said, adding that the experience helped her prepare for college next year.

“I gained lifelong friends while learning valuable life lessons.”