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    • I think this is a bit unfair for us to generalize.  We're making statements about who DEs are and what their motivation are.  We all have different experiences.  I know mine well and he was a guy who was a dedicated scout and later volunteer.  He decided he wanted to make a living out of it.  Yes, he worries about money and membership because he has to.  But he's also first to be concerned about program too.    
    • Possibly, but not really.  I was a DE for a while.  Key thing was membership numbers and money.  Quality program never enters the conversation
    • I think you are almost certainly correct. I mention it more as a general reminder to all of us who occasionally get caught up in questions of recognition like this one. On either side of the issue.
    • The economist in me smiles at this statement. This truth applies to almost anything we do. That said, and I'm not trying to defend some of the boneheaded things coming out of Texas, the great U.S of A. is a VERY big place. It's sometimes hard to remember that what's "natural" or "apparent" to us locally doesn't apply or have the same meaning to someone across town, across a District, or across a Council, much less across a country as big as ours. A Scouter's experience growing up in a local Pack, bridging over to an attached Troop and eventually finding a home as a Scouter all with an involved CO in a small community is/can be very different from the experience of a Scouter who's experience is in a larger community with multiple CO's, both religious & community based, who are very "hands off".  For me locally, I know our DE works her butt off. But I'm still not convinced there's much "value added" to my Cub Scout Pack. After all the money that comes out of my personal pocket (much like classroom teachers) for this & that in our Pack, the popcorn sales, the registration fees and the many hours a month that I volunteer, FOS solicitations kind of feel insulting to me. Just my 2¢, YMMV.
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