New groups

Justine’s story: starting a new Woodcraft group in the Midlands

Justine, Lucy and Jessica started Bournville Elfins after Jessica completed Forest Schools training and wanted to do something complementary. Justine says:

“Although we had never heard of Woodcraft Folk, we jumped at the chance! We all came from different areas and so sat down with a map and looked at where we could all get to by 5.45pm on a Wednesday and Bournville came out tops!

Starting a new group

If you are interested in setting up a new group, the first thing you should do is find some friends willing to work with you. Once you have a small band of committed volunteers (at least 4), it is best to make contact folk office for support. The team will be able to offer advice, factsheets and may be able to link you up with a new group buddy.

You can also check out the resources in the yellow box to the right. These will take you through the process of setting up a new group in more detail. 

How do I register a new group?

All Woodcraft Folk groups are required to register. This ensures that they are recognised by the national movement and have access to support, guidance and insurance cover.

What should a Woodcraft group try to achieve?

Local Woodcraft Folk groups should seek to have enough adult volunteers to engage a group of children or young people in fun and exciting activities based on Woodcraft Folks aims and principles, which include:

FAQs for new Woodcraft groups

These FAQs have been developed to support new groups, but may be of interest to any new member. Click on the question to visit the page with the answer.

Don't forget the related resources in the yellow box to the right. 

Ealing WCF flyer for schools

This is the flyer that Ealing Woodcraft Folk distributed at local schools to recruit children to their new Woodchip and Elfin groups. It worked!

New Group Buddy

The Woodcraft Folk has always prided itself on the interaction between members; skills sharing and spanning the world with friendship at the same time. It’s this strength that we can use to help build and further our movement, through a new buddy system to support fledgling groups.

Are you a new group? 

Contact Folk Office to request a buddy

 

Do you have some experience to share? 

New Group Registration Form

All new groups before opening need to submit a new group registration form to head office. The form needs to be signed by two full members of the Woodcraft. So if you are not already a member please return your membership form & DBS with the group reg form.

There is no need to send registration fee as the first 6 months are FREE for all groups.

Once completed return form to head office at the address below. Confirmation of receipt will be provided.

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