Neighborhood Girl Scouts are wrapping up the cookie season and gearing up to invest their earnings. Solana Beach resident Zoey and other Brownies from Troop 1814 use cookie proceeds for badge activities, community service projects, and camp and cultural arts experiences. Last year, they attended a pottery workshop and performances of Wicked and The Nutcracker. They also donated funds to the India Phillips Foundation, and will do so again this spring. The nonprofit is named after a little girl from Solana Beach whose kidney donation helped save a life after she lost her own.

Through the cookie program Girl Scouts also help serve the military by inviting customers to donate cookies to Operation Thin Mint (OTM). This year San Diegans will send the 2.5 millionth box of OTM cookies to deployed military personnel.

Girl Scout Troop 1814 has members from Del Mar, Encinitas, and Solana Beach. They are among the 2,500 plus members that live in the area. For more information visit www.sdgirlscouts.org.