The 65 Girl Scouts who got together for lunch at a restaurant in Fullerton recently didn't know they were having an educational, "cross-cultural" experience--they just thought they were having a good time.
Forty-two of those scouts--ages 5 to 16--were daughters of economically disadvantaged, primarily one-parent black and Latino families from northeast Pasadena. Joining them for an afternoon of feasting and camaraderie were 23 Scouts from the Fullerton area--most from Pacific Drive Elementary School.
For the Pasadena Scouts, the outing included an RTD bus ride to the downtown Los Angeles Union Station, an Amtrak train ride (the first ever for most of the Scouts) to Fullerton and a bus ride back.
Sandi Hambric, a field director for the Girl Scout Council of Orange County, called the event a "cross-county experience."
"The Scouts are from very different areas, economically and culturally," Hambric said. "It's educational--it adds to the kids' awareness that everybody's not so different after all."