I guess it's all in the view of the unit. My pack's late UC was a "a friend, counselor, teacher, or doctor to the unit." While the leadership didn't specifically ask for him, The District Commissioner appointed him to us because he was a member of the CO, had tons of Scouting experience as an ASM, SM, district committee member and chairman, and served on the council executive board, he a great help to the pack when we needed him. Not only that, he was active in that he would visit us 1-2 times a month, attend Blue and Gold and Crossovers, etc. It was a great loss to the units he served, and Scouting when he passed away.
My Troop's CO is also a friend, counselor, teacher, and doctor. Again he was appointed to us, but he did have a relationship with our troop. When he was getting started with a brand new troop, my troop helped him out, got the leaders trained etc. Heck the two troops even camped together on occasion. Sadly my troop folded, and his grew. Then my troop was reborn, and his troop folded. He is returning the favor.
And in my neck of the woods, units can choose their UCs and vice versa. When the pack's UC, who also served as the troop and crew's UC from the CO, passed away, the district commissioner tried to get someone with a relationship to the Troop and Crew to be UC. I was the acting UC for the troop because I helped start the troop back in the day, knew the leaders having helped trained some of them, and I was in the feeder pack.
I guess I was considered a "toady" and "not the friend of the unit...only interested in pleasing the council and promoting the council's agenda, which is usually not in the best interest of the unit" because I tried to help the new SM and the troop when they began to hemorrhage Scouts. When I was told, "I don't know what I'm talking about," and "Scouting needs to change with the times," I asked to be relieved. Thankfully one of the original MCs of the troop moved back to the area and became UC for the CO's units because she too had a relationship with all three units and was a member of the CO. I guess she too was considered a "toady" and "not the friend of the unit...only interested in pleasing the council and promoting the council's agenda, which is usually not in the best interest of the unit" because when she saw the unit that she gave blood, sweat, tears, and treasure to get started turn 180 degrees from the way a troop is suppose to be run and being told she doesn't know anything and Scouting needs to change with the times, she requested not to be the UC for the troop too.
I guess the troop is now glad they no longer have a UC assigned to them after chasing off 3 or 4 UCs. I guess they didn't like having a "toady" who was "not the friend of the unit...only interested in pleasing the council and promoting the council's agenda, which is usually not in the best interest of the unit" being around. Unfortunately the way the troop is going, I do not think the troop will be around much longer. They do not camp on a regular basis. The SM appoints leaders. They have had a total of 3 new Scouts join the troop AND remain in the past 3 years.
EDITED: And no, I do not want to see the troop fold. While I didn't invest as much as the UC that followed me, I did help get the troop started by being a trainer and mentor to the original SM. And I do regret a little not taking over as SM when I was offered. But the last person I thought would be able to help turn the troop around, his son was so disgusted with the troop, the son quit. So he had no reason to stay. There is now another leader that I hope will stay and help turn it around, especially since he has been friends with the SM for ages. But now son is leaning towards going to another troop.
Edited by Eagle94-A1, 08 November 2016 - 01:08 PM.