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OTM Sendoff and Family Festival

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the OTM Sendoff and Family Festival on Saturday, May 14, 2022, which marked 17 years of partnering with the USS Midway Museum. Girl Scouts San Diego was thrilled to welcome more than 1,100 attendees aboard one of San Diego’s most popular visitor attractions! 

With an exciting program led by Heather Lake from FOX 5 San Diego and our very own CEO Carol Dedrich, we honored 59 Elite Entrepreneur Girl Scouts (those who sold 2,022+ packages) and 10 OTM Superstars. Girl Scouts San Diego revealed that this year's cookie customers donated more than 170,000 packages of cookies to deployed US military troops.

Special shout out to Troop 5912, led by Irene Barajas, who held a color guard presentation by Lila F. (caller), Leilany R. (American flag), Gioselyn G., Azul R., Emylee N., Belany N., and Citlali G.

Attendees personally thanked military troops for their service by writing messages of support to accompany the cookies at our “Notes From Home” booth. All guests had an opportunity to shop the Girl Scouts Pop-up Store and participate in hands-on activities, hosted by our community partners and event sponsors.

An epic sendoff party requires some time to boogie! Girl Scouts and their families finished the night with a dance party led by DJ De’Ondre, who kept the party rockin’!

Since 2002, Girl Scouts have participated in collecting cookie packages for Operation Thin Mint, a local Girl Scout service project that originated in San Diego. This year with support from the community, Girl Scouts are on track to hit an impressive milestone of reaching a cumulative 4 million packages of America's favorite cookies and countless notes of support to deployed troops serving around the world. At the end of each cookie season, Girl Scouts come together to celebrate sending off the cookies to our military service members.

The 2023 Cookie Program and OTM Sendoff & Family Festival will be Friday, April 14.

USS Midway Museum

A special thank you for 17 years of support and Midway magic!

2022 Sponsors
5-Star Partner
Carole J. Larson
4-Star Partners
  • Mission Fed
  • RJS Law
  • San Diego Padres
  • Sharp Health Plan
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Viasat
2021 OTM Sendoff Recap

Celebrating 20 Years

This year, Girl Scouts celebrated 20 years of Operation Thin Mint. Watch the Facebook Live recording for a tour of the pop-up exhibit, the ceremony introducing the three Girl Scouts who had the most OTM donations as of Sunday, March 28, and celebrating April as the Month of the Military Child. 

2020 OTM Sendoff Recap

Unfortunately OTM Sendoff 2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19.

2019 OTM Sendoff Recap
It Rained…We Shined!

Thank you to all who participated in our 18th annual Operation Thin Mint Sendoff Family Festival on May 10 (photos). This was our 15th consecutive year of partnering with USS Midway! A cheering crowd of nearly 2,000 gathered in the historic ship’s hangar bay (moved indoors due to the rain forecast) as Girl Scouts revealed that San Diegans donated over 165,000 boxes of cookies this year for deployed U.S. military troops.

News 8 This Morning’s Jenny Milkowski emceed the event where attendees had the opportunity to personally thank military troops for their service to the U.S. and to write messages of support to accompany the cookies at the “Notes From Home” booth. 

Troop 5912 presented the colors, and Dawn Kubik and Girl Scout Ellie O’Connel brought the house down with trumpet and vocals for Taps. Elite entrepreneurs (2019+ packages) were honored, and Superstars (100+ OTM package donations) received a special gift. There was even a surprise visit by Nina De Burgh, the great–great-niece of Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon Low!

DJ Jeremy kept the party rockin’, Millie the Bear debuted at the OTM mobile store, and community partners offered hands-on activities throughout the event.

  • Cabrillo National Monument
  • Center Stage Productions
  • Code With Her
  • Flower Girl World
  • Girl Advisory Board
  • Great Wolf Lodge
  • Inspire School of Ballet
  • Living Coast Discovery Center
  • Mission Federal Credit Union
  • National Marine Mammal Foundation
  • SDG&E
  • Seven Spears Martial Arts Academy



Sponsorships: Desiree Perez, 619-610-0801
Event information: Dayana Silva-James, 619-610-0737
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