News and stories
This was the first real bushcraft camp to be held in the newly created bushcraft area in the woods at our very own camp site at Lurgashall, West Sussex.
The camp brought together 33 members from Portsmouth, Knaphill, Waltham Abbey, Spelthorne and Walton Districts. All the children and leaders worked really well together and we all had a great time. We were also joined for meals, in the evening, and at the final circle by members of the Woodcraft Park Farm young volunteers group including Josi, the new volunteer from IFM-SEI who will be with us for the next year.
Was Venturer Camp
Over the last four and a half years, Woodcraft Folk has been running a national development programme called TREE. Just to remind everyone, TREE stands for Training, Representation, Equality and Engagement. We’ve provided a wide range of activities for children, young people and volunteers and developed lots of new resources. Some of the main elements of the programme can be found at www.woodcraft.org.uk/tree.
Earlier this year we sent out a request to all groups asking them to submit designs for the 2014 membership badge.
We’re encouraging all members to get involved and design a badge around the ‘Burston School Strike’. Its great activity for group night and an opportunity to inspire interesting conversation.
Young Woodcraft Folk from Pioneer age upwards are warmly invited to become Youth Participation Ambassadors by attending a jam-packed, free training weekend in October. It's a hugely important event to make sure that the voice of young Woodcraft Folk can continue to thrive, within the movement and outside it.
Two months until Development Conference (2nd & 3rd November 2013)
This year’s Development Conference will focus on the sustainability of existing groups and Districts – one of the 3 priorities of the new strategic plan Bigger & Better.
Previous Development Conferences have produced:
1. Woodcraft Folk’s Volunteers Guide
2. New and reviewed policies
3. New leader recruitment postcards
4. Factsheets for new groups
5. Motions to Annual Gathering
6. Volunteer Toolkit
As the summer drifts towards its final conclusion, holidays and camps behind us, Woodcraft's Fundraising Group has positive news.
We are proud to announce the launch of a splendid new leaflet for Leaving a Gift In Memory to Woodcraft Folk. It is aimed at people who are mourning a loved friend or member of the family, giving them an alternative to buying flowers.
In 2011 Hornsey Woodcraft Folk received £7,700 from Awards for All, the Big Lottery fund, to carry out a project 'Outdoor Bushcraft Education for Young People'.
This is the question asked by Red Pepper in their Young Writers' Competition. All members of Woodcraft Folk aged 16 - 25 are invited to submit an article in response, for the chance to win £100 and have their article published in Red Pepper magazine.
Last month Woodcraft Folk’s outdoor activity centre Lockerbrook Farm hosted the first residential meeting of The Co-operative Young Members Board. The Co-operative recently recruited 15 young people from over 300 applicants to sit on this new board. Its aim is to make sure young people have their say in how The Co-operative is run.
Some Woodcraft Folk trainers attended and facilitated discussions and activities on topics including: consensus, shared values, youth participation in democratic structures as well as various teambuilding activities.