Name: Gavin Darby
First got involved with WRG: 2009
When did you first get involved with WRG?
I can't quite recall. I had a boat for a few years and think happily cruised through a wrg site. Later I joined the IWA and worked out the link. My first camp was Basingstoke - with my daughter for her DoE residential .
How did you get involved with leading on Canal Camps?
I had a few camps and found I was interested in the whole camp. I always seem to end up with the leaders - discussing the work, the site, etc. Martin and I tended to be pro-active looking for tasks. A mix of positive and negative experiences over about four years made me stick my hand up and assist. I discovered I had passed and a discussion with Mk2 took me on to Cromford.
What do you enjoy most about the experience?
I take huge pride in the work the group has carried out.
What piece of advise would you give to someone who wants to get involved with leading/assisting or cooking?
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