It is the middle of a Thursday afternoon, and the Girl Scouts headquarters in Tamuning sounds like a wishing well. In the back, half-walled in by a cardboard castle of cookie boxes, two troop leaders are counting nickels. They each have a plastic tub filled to the brim with silver coins and, two dollars at a time, they are wrapping them in tubes of bank paper.
The weekend before, troops celebrated World Thinking Day, creating displays, costumes, and treats to represent more than two-dozen countries. As the girls and their families explored the world’s fair set up in the University of Guam Field House, they paid a nickel for each attraction. At the end of the day, Girl Scouts Guam Executive Director Melissa Lamorena Fernandez estimates the troops raised more than $700.