I bet if they were willing to talk you would find out how disenfranchised many of the leaders feel. I think it's difficult for those who have a passion for scouts (and are heavily involved like the OP) to see it from the standard volunteer's POV.
I used to attend every leader meeting when I first got involved. Not because I had to, but because I was hoping for some guidance on what to do. The training offered by Council was really not helpful. The programming offered was dull (my girls never enjoyed it), so I was looking for help from other leaders to find brainstorm and get ideas from.
The leader meetings were more disappointing than the "training". It was a bunch of people reading us memos from council, telling us all the things we couldn't do, and trying to make us play team building games. meanwhile, I was missing dinner and time with my family.
So, last year, when the broke our SU into 3 new SU, the leader meeting was moved to the same night as my troop meetings. I approached the SU leader and her solution was, oh, we'll cant you change your meeting night? Nope. My troop had established its meeting night years ago. My parents planned their daughters activities knowing that GS would always be on that night. So, I stopped attending.
When I signed up to be a leader I was assured that I would have control of my troop and support from my SU and council. The reality is, I'm getting CONSTANT pressure from my SU to add more girls to my troop. We're very happy with our small group of girls. We're able to do more because I only have to plan for 10 instead if trying to get enough materials and meeting space for the 20 or 30 they think I should have. When I suggest they get another parent to lead another troop (if tere is that much interest), I'm told they cannot find anyone to volunteer. I wonder why?
I've had two serious issues pop up over the 5 years and I turned to my SU for help. They directed me to council who agreed it was a big deal, but then NEVER contacted me with the promised help or a solution. So, I ended up having to deal with it myself.
After all that, I have as little interaction with GS outside my troop as possible. I turn in my paperwork on time, I follow the rules, but I do my own thing. My parents are happy, my girls are happy, and I avoid the drama that comes from higher up the food chain.
Oh, and don't get me started on the "exciting new changes" to the cookie program next year.
. My cookie Mom and I are already discussing how we're going to deal with that one.