So, we moved to our village 13 years ago, and MrsMC enquired about being a leader with the village Guide unit, and was politely declined, so she took over a struggling unit in a poorer corner of a nearby town, but still within the same District.
Roll on a few years, and LittleMissMC comes on the scene, and her name goes down for the village Rainbow unit from birth, as we'd been warned there was a long list. She got in quite promptly when she reached the right age, and loved it, and couldn't wait to get old enough to move on to Brownies.
In the meantime, we discovered that the village units didn't automatically move girls up through Rainbows/Brownies/Guides as most other units (and Scout groups)do - you have to apply for each stage in turn and sit on the waiting list.
We also discovered that the village Rainbow unit didn't offer the girls the opportunity to take part in wider District activities and trips because "the parents wouldn't want to travel", according to the Rainbow leader in a District meeting. Which was rather exploded when MrsMC pointed out to the meeting that the parents weren't even offered the chance. And further exploded when LittleMissMC went on some of the trips with the unit attached to my wife's Guide unit.
So the time came for LittleMissMC to leave Rainbows and hopefully go to Brownies, apparently celebrated with a special party the girls plan themselves. Except hers was cancelled at the last minute, and her plans were left in tatters - and tears.
So we left messages with the Brownie leader to find out where she was on their waiting list, and when she might get a place. Tick followed tock. Polite reminders were sent. Still no response.
MrsMC then asked the District Commissioner (apologies for the Scout term) what normal procedure was locally, as this didn't seem right. The DC looked into it through the official records, which established that there were enough spaces for our daughter and a couple of her friends also on the waiting list.
Today we have found out that a couple of the other girls behind her on the waiting list have been given places in the Brownie pack ahead of her. MrsMC is spitting feathers, as is the DC who will be taking action if we don't get an offer of a place by the end of the weekend.
Utterly disgusted by the way a small group of cronies can take out their spite on a ahppy and hard working 7 year old girl, breaking several procedural rules of the Guides, let alone the spirit and principles of the movement. Bitches. If I had the power I'd take away their warrant cards and kick them out the movement.
So now we have to consider putting her in a different unit in the village which none of her friends go to, and doesn't have a Guide unit for her to move on to, or put her with the Brownies attached to my wife's Guides, which is a bit of logistical nightmare, also has none of her friends there, and then leaves the delicate problem of her moving on to her mum's Guide unit, which may be interesting in the coming teenage years!
Apologies for the rambling waste of your time, thank you for listening