A group of Girls Scouts from Chiba, Japan joined their counterparts from three Canton troops Thursday morning as they toured and learned about the restaurant and its philosophy. The also had the chance to help prepare their own lunches.
While the Japanese and local scouts from Canton Troops 66810, 66283 and 66397 listened, Flatbread manager Erich Kronschnabel talked about using local ingredients, building a restaurant with recycled and reused products and burning kiln-dried wood in an clay oven.
The girls then had some fun stretching dough and helping make some flatbreads before enjoying them for lunch.
Kronschnabel said his family and the restaurant have hosted many exchange students. The great thing about Canton is the ability to showcase more than the large cities, he said.
“It’s nice to show a little slice of small-town America,” he said.
The trip to Flatbread was one of several activities in which the group will participate while the six girls and three adult visitors are in the United States.
Today the girls will spend a day in New York City.
Saturday, the group will visit Collinsville and have lunch at , visit the and possibly the before heading back to a Canton home for an evening picnic and some fun, easy Olympic-themed games.
The trip will culminate next week in a Girl Scouts of International Girl Scout Camporee at Camp Laurel in Lebanon, CT.
In addition to Japan, scouts from such places as Canada, Australia and Ghana will attend, along with many from Connecticut.
The Camporee is just one event that is being held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts.