I get confuse a lot, but isn't the role of Unit Commissioner to help the unit across a myriad of issues? The DE is just the admin person you'd go to in an effort expedite process, etc. No?
It's a big country, and I bet these relationships vary.
For @Phrogger, a UC might help identify an issue within the unit that, if addressed, could make the scout feel more welcome in his troop.
The UC may serve one or two other units, but I'm not entirely sure that helps the boy. Those units may be a bad fit as well.
The DE should have a comprehensive list of the units. So, that's where you'd get the numbers of SMs to call.
A seasoned DC (district commissioner, not den chief ) probably would know everyone in every unit.
But, not every district has a seasoned commish.
The problem with all of these positions is that they are far removed from the scout. (Well at least in large districts. Where I grew up, on the other hand, I was friends with the DE's kids.) And, often the parent has specific questions, while these folks can at best give general answers.
Edited by qwazse, 17 May 2017 - 10:32 AM.