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Children's Camp

A youth missions trip for groups of 6-18 people to support The Nest's children's camps

At a Glance

Length of trip

One Week (7 days and 6 nights) Wednesday to Tuesday.

Ages for Youth

16-21. (An adult chaperone for every 6 youths is required.)

What you are Sponsoring

A children’s camp, either 8-13 or 13-17, or both. This is hands-on missionary work.



(does not include round trip airfare from your home to San Jose, Costa Rica)

Size of group

6 Minimum, Maximum 18

The group must identify a leader, or co-leaders as a point of contact.

Physical Activity Level

Hike up to 2 miles per day, including some steep terrain, and be able to carry personal luggage.

The Basics

The Nest is in Talamanca, Costa Rica, on approximately 5 acres. It is a beautiful setting nestled on the BriBri, indigenous reservation.


You will experience the food and food preparation practices of the BriBris, learn about the organic farming methods, see the melipona bees in action and serve the BriBri children and youth with fun activities and meaningful spiritual talks about Jesus.


In your accommodations, you will sleep humbly inside one of our huts, shower and drink from our artesian well, eat healthy and balanced foods, sleep in the quietness and awaken with the sounds of the jungle. 


The Nest is not a tourist destination and will never be. The Nest invites those who are willing to serve with a humble heart, leaving behind the comfort of one’s life, and in faith follow Jesus into a pioneering mission inside the jungle of southern Costa Rica.



Pick up at the airport 

Lodging for 6 days

1 night at the Tarpirus Lodge in Aguiles

3 nights at The Nest

1 night in Puerto Viejo

1 night in San Jose

3 meals a day, except 1 lunch in Puerto Viejo

All transportation, except for local transportation in Puerto Viejo

A National Missionary Guide throughout the visit

A Cultural tour of The Nest

The Daily Schedule
(subject to adjustments)

Wednesday - Day 1

  • Arrive in San Jose – 

  • Pick up at the airport in an air-conditioned bus/van to Tapirus Lodge, a rainforest adventure park, for an overnight stay. Select either a cable car ride or a zipline excursion. 

Thursday – Day 2 

  • Breakfast at Tapirus Lodge. 

  • Proceed in an air-conditioned bus/van to the BriBri reservation.

  • Continue to The Nest, first in a motorized canoe, then a 2-mile walk. You will only have to carry your luggage for ½ mile.

  • Lunch will be served at The Nest when you arrive.

  • In the afternoon, take a tour of The Nest village, learn about the BriBri culture and prepare for the children/youth program beginning the next day.

Friday – Day 3

  • Breakfast at 7:00am

  • The Children’s Program begins at 9:00am – The Children’s program should include crafts, soccer (a soccer field is available), other physical activity, such as dance, exercise, relays, etc., and Bible lessons, including the gospel message. The evening will include a movie, popcorn, smores and campfire.

  • Lunch is served at 12:00pm

  • Rest time for everyone from 12:45-1:45.

  • Afternoon Children’s Program until 4:00pm.

  • Dinner is served at 5:30

  • After dinner more activities until 8:00  - In the evenings a movie night will be included with popcorn, smores, a campfire, etc.

  • Prepare for bed from 8:00-9:00

  • 9:00 Lights Out. 

Saturday – Day 4

  • Children’s program – Is the same schedule as Day 3. Breakfast starts 7:00 

Sunday - Day 5

  • Children’s program – Is the same schedule as Day 3, but the Program ends at 2:00 after lunch.

  • After 2:00 – Hike out of the Nest, take the motorized canoe across the river, and board an air-conditioned bus/van for Puerto Viejo.

  • Spend the afternoon at the beach or in Puerto Viejo for exploring and shopping.

  • Dinner will be served at 6:30.

  • 8:00 debrief about The Nest experience will begin.

Monday, Day 6

  • Spend a half day in Puerto Viejo

  • Lunch on your own.

  • Air-conditioned bus/van leaves at 2:00 for San Jose Hotel

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Stay overnight in San Jose


Day 7 – Fly Home.


Booking: Once a date has been agreed upon for your trip you will be responsible for booking your flight to and from San Jose. The Nest team will book hotels and transport for you from there. 

Payment: A deposit of $300/person will be due upon trip booking to guarantee your spot. The remainder of the program fees will be due 2 weeks before your arrival date. 

As the local team will be booking transport, buying food and supplies, and paying staff costs necessary for your trip, our deadline for refunds upon cancelation is 2 weeks before your arrival date. 

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Interested? Get in touch to find out more

If this kind of short-term missions trip is something that you or your church might be interested in participating in please just send us an email at:

We will send you more details asap.

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