Girl Scout Cadette Michaela of Rancho Peñasquitos is gladly helping stock neighborhood pantries with America’s iconic confection – Girl Scout cookies! She’s among the thousands of Girl Scouts in San Diego and Imperial counties participating in this year’s Girl Scout Cookie Program. Girls develop key skills like goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. They also help serve the military by inviting customers to donate cookies to Operation Thin Mint. This year offerings include two brand new varieties – Rah-Rah Raisins and gluten-free Toffee-tastics – and returning favorites Thin Mints, Samoas, Do-si-dos, Trefoils, and Tagalongs.

Rancho Peñasquitos is home to more than 500 Girl Scout members dedicated to making the world a better place. Cookies are $5 per box; all proceeds stay local to help fund Girl Scouting activities and programs. Michaela plans to use her cookie earnings to attend Girl Scout camp this summer, save up for a group trip to London, and to serve her community. The cookie program ends on Sunday, March 8. For details visit the Girl Scouts San Diego website www.sdgirlscouts.org.