The concept of the HGC sprang from the GuidingUK e-group. This group (now almost 1,000 strong) is for Guide leaders in the UK, plus a few Guide and Girl Scout leaders from other parts of the world, and allows us to exchange ideas and experience. Correspondence about "basic" Guide techniques and traditions prompted the plea "I must be a hopeless Guider, I don't know how to ...." and so the first Hopeless Guiders' camp was held, in August 2001, to teach the basics of traditional Guide camping to inexperienced Guiders.A second "HGC" (Hopeless Guiders' Camp) was also held on the same weekend, for those unable to travel to the Deep South (Oxfordshire!) and this was swiftly dubbed HGC(N) : in March 2002 HGC2(B) - Hopeless Guiders' Camp 2 (Berkshire) was held at Thirtover Place, although there were some who wanted to rename it HopeFUL Guiders, but we knew better......
The idea for a Hopeless Guiders' Cruise stemmed from a promise of a luxury cruise on the QE2 "if we win the Lottery;" as this was unlikely to happen, and the Audrey much more fun anyway, after initially checking the level of interest in such a "cruise," I decided to go ahead and book
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