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Activities for Woodcraft Folk Venturer groups

Click the link below to download the full 'Activities for Woodcraft Folk Venturer groups' booklet produced in 2011 to update our resources for the Venturer age group and incorporate loads of favourite and innovative activities shared by group leaders at VCamp 2010.

To request a free printed copy of the booklet, please contact info@woodcraft.org.uk with details of your group and address.

Cartoon Photo Story - Woodcraft Folk History

Duration: 60 minutes 

What you need: Paper, coloured pens
Participants need to be split into groups of 3 or 4. 
 
This activity can be run to make Elfins and Pioneers aware of how Woodcraft came into existence as well as to show them the impact the organisation had over the years, emphasising events of great significance. This will make participants feel more familiar with Woodcraft Folk and will get them thinking about what can be achieved with passion and cooperation.
 
Our EVS volunteer, Josi, made a short cartoon photo story of Woodcraft Folk’s history.
After reading Josi’s story, groups can choose to:
  • Make a similar story with drawings and writings of what they believe are the most important events in Woodcraft’s history
  • Make a similar story with the history of their group (how and when the group started, important events and highlights etc)
  • Make a drama play by using the story as a script
The cartoon photo story is attached. 
 

How Trade Unions were created

Waltham Forest Woodcraft Folk use the stories of the Tolpuddle Martyrs and other workers to learn about how trade unions were created. The document attached below includes the stories so you can act them out, and an activity plan on the final page to help you explore the history and reasons why workers establish trade unions.

Case study: Ealing Venturers dance project

Ealing Venturers spotted an issue they wanted to change in their community, and took action. Download the PDF below to find out how they addressed the relationships between adults and young people in their borough, which they felt needed improving. 

If your Woodcraft group would like to start a project led by young people, that aims to make change in your community, why not make it into an Action Project and apply for funding and support from Woodcraft Folk? 

Women's Liberation Workshop

Women’s Liberation group night activity

This activity is relevant all year round, but was created for the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day.

It deals with the history of the Feminist and women's moments and the discrimination that many women continue to face in today's societies.

This is a taster for a larger pack that is being created and if you are inspired or wish for further materials get in contact with open.accessable@woodcraft.org.uk

FACTS (as of 2010)

Werewolves (also known as Mafia)

This is a game where two teams - the villagers and the werewolves - use teamwork to develop stratagies and outwit each other. The werewolves (who keep their identity secret – and can lie if suspected) try to 'kill' all of the villagers (one each ‘night’), before the villagers can work out who the werewolves are and imprison or 'kill' them (during the ‘daytime’). The game alternates between days and nights until the last person or a team succeeds.  The villagers' aim is to have a villager as the last person standing; the werewolves' aim is that a werewolf survives to the end.

The game works best with 10-20 people plus a narrator who facilitates the game and tells the story. It can be played just sitting in a circle or around a campfire and usually takes about 30 minutes or so.

Pioneer Peace Pack activity 2 - Conflict Resolution

Aim of the activity:

Pioneers will learn:

That conflicts between people are normal.
How to prevent minor disagreements from escalating into serious fights.
Steps for working out conflicts fairly and peacefully.

Cocoa farmer

Aim: To understand why consumers should pay a fair price for cocoa.
You will need: Props (optional).
Duration: 30 minutes

As a group you will role play two scenarios. One is set in Ghana, the other in the UK. Each group will be performing their scenes at the same time.

Debt drama

Aim: To think about debt at different levels.
You will need: Props (optional), a group of people.
Duration: 30 minutes

Divide into groups, and each choose a different sketch to act out. In each situation there is someone owing money, and someone who wants to collect the money. The borrowers are all having difficulties in repaying the money. You can add in other characters to the scenes.

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