Mike, I am envious of your optimism and your outlook of the future. I sincerely hope that you are right. However, in my time as a paid Scouter, I got to see corruption, theft and personal "pocket lining" by many of the managers. When I took a stand and objected to it, they "downsized" me. My only hope for Scouting is that the paid staff part of the organization collapses and the volunteers again get to drive it forward. Scouting is and has been a wonderful part of N American society. It is painful to watch it become insignificant due to the short term, self serving goals of a few senior staff. They initiate programs such as popcorn and hot chocolate just to keep the money coming in to supply them with wages and benefits that are outrageous in today's market. They strike a budget and then tell the regions "you will pay us $X per member" and then supply very little in return. When the volunteers get smart and fire the whole paid staff and go back to a volunteer organization, they will be on the first step of revitalization. With the size of Scouting in Canada now, they need one ED with a secretary to look after legal and insurance stuff. But because they have a hundred staff, an office in Ottawa to maintain, etc....they want to keep that hill and make the kids pay for it. That shows that their goal is not to help develop kids. Their goal is to keep money coming into their pockets. Fire them all and hire an ED for 40G an year to look after the business end, instead of paying 60G for an ED and another "who knows how may thousands" for a staff that adds nothing that the volunteers could not do. Get a copy of the annual financials from national and you will be appalled at the expenses at that level for an organization of this size.
Sorry about the rant Mike. Since I left, I planned to ignore and forget what I saw. However, I love Scouting and hate to see it run into the ground by staff that just want to maintain their position and paycheck.