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Operation Thin Mint

Celebrating 20 years

Operation Thin Mint℠ (OTM) is a local Girl Scout service project that originated in San Diego in 2002. Since then, our Girl Scout troops and their generous cookie customers have sent over 3.25 million packages of America's favorite cookies and countless notes of support to deployed troops serving around the world, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa, Japan, Korea, and the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean.

Check out how we celebrated the 20th Anniversary of OTM and see feedback from the military troops.

Help us send 200,000 notes!

Print blank OTM notecards, decorate, and return to any Girl Scouts San Diego office or resource center so we can send "notes to show we care" to deployed troops and veterans with shipments of OTM cookies. We collect notes year-round. 

OTM 2021 Goal

Earn this exclusive fun patch by submitting 20 OTM Notes to Show We Care cards to our Balboa Shop. GSSD goal to collect and send off 200,000 to celebrate the 20th anniversary. Quantities limited, while supplies last. 

OTM 2021 Goal

Show your Girl Scout pride with this exclusive super soft OTM 20th Anniversary shirt. Black short sleeve crew neck tee. Ladies Fit, Unisex, and Youth sizes available for $19.95. Supplies are limited, please email the store at for availability.

"Grown men do cry! The Operation Thin Mint cookies brought back memories of home. With all our hearts, thank you for thinking of us."

Deanna Moore, Supply Officer, USNS PATHFINDER (T-AGS-60)

"Thank you for the cookies. It just feels like a little piece of home was delivered to us!"

LS1(SW/AW) Jennifer Workman, USN, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)

"Two things Marines overseas look forward to are letters from family and Girl Scout cookies. So believe me when I say we are thankful for your support and thoughtfulness."

SGT J.T. Drake, USMC; U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia

"We have just received a shipment of Girl Scout cookies out here in Djibouti (Horn of Africa). We are very thankful!"

PO3 Tiffany Woodruff, USN; U.S. Central Command

"The Girl Scout Cookies were such a morale booster! Thank you for keeping our soldiers in your thoughts."

First Sergeant Kerry Wood, USA; Camp Humphreys, Korea