The Cambrian

Cambria Girl Scouts spring into action with cookie sales, activities

Girl Scout Cadette Annika Wharton catches some shut-eye with a box of Thin Mints as a pillow. Cambria's Girl Scout troop ordered 195 cases, or 2340 boxes of cookies this year.
Girl Scout Cadette Annika Wharton catches some shut-eye with a box of Thin Mints as a pillow. Cambria's Girl Scout troop ordered 195 cases, or 2340 boxes of cookies this year.

Got a hankering for Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs, Caramel deLites and Shortbread Trefoils? 

Hanker no more. Local Girl Scout Troop No. 40651 has the yearned-for cookies, and the vest-wearing, badge-bedecked girls plan to be in full sales mode at Cambria’s Friday farmers market on March 20. 

The cookies also are available at the Cambria General Store, 850 Main St. 

The troop has 20 members ranging in age from 7 to 13, according to Robin Cloward, who has been a troop leader since 2007. Jennifer Ehlers is the other leader.

Cloward said she is looking toward “passing the torch soon, since I am running a business.” The leaders also are always searching for “interested parents to start a Brownie troop or take over our Junior/ Cadette troop. We have funds to help any interested party to start one up.”

She said, “There is a sweet thing that happens in our meetings. Kids who wouldn’t normally interact on the school playground get along famously in the troop. It has a life of its own. I’m proud to be a part of it.”

The troop meets for an hour on Mondays starting at 3:30 p.m. in Room 11 of the Old Grammar School, Cloward wrote in an email interview. “I’ve arranged it so the kids can catch the school bus and are dropped off directly at the meeting.”

Local artisans, craftspeople, professionals and retirees with skills to share are welcome (even bribed occasionally, according to Cloward) to come to the meetings to “enhance the badge requirements.”

The scouts are working on a service project to benefit the Homeless Animal Rescue Team. They also take on community tasks, such as helping to clean up the coast and cemeteries. “We also walk in the Pinedorado parade,” Cloward continued, “and usually have a float with the Boy Scouts.”

Troop members, parents and leaders also are preparing for Kaleidoscope 2015, “an 1,800-person camp-out in Santa Ynez,” she said. “The girls will be competing in challenges such as first aid, survival, compass skills and camp fire safety. They are extremely excited and the Cambria Community Council generously granted us $1,000 to fund the trip.”

Cloward knows, however that the troop’s “bottom line is that these girls are stellar human beings. They really grasp the concept of being Girl Scouts, and it is a thrill to see them self-govern their troop and selves with the values they are learning. Our goal is to have a girl-led troop.”

For troop details, or to stock up on those Thin Mints, call Cloward at 835-2570.

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