Motion 3: Reduce adult and DF membership fees

This Annual Conference agrees to replace adult and DF membership fees with a minimum donation to the Woodcraft Folk of £1.

Proposed and Seconded by: Brighton Hill Fort District

Supporting Information:

At present, The Woodcraft Folk has a problem with a large number of volunteers working with children and young people without a CRB disclosure. We recognise that asking volunteers to pay membership fees, in order to sacrifice their time and effort to volunteer with the organisation is not acceptable. This is the process that one must take in order to obtain a CRB check. We recognise that safeguarding our children and young people is more important than the income that the central organisation generates from membership. The income that The Woodcraft Folk generates from membership is a relatively small amount. Furthermore, by January 2012, there will be an online donations and membership system, including the possibility to set up direct debits, thus encouraging members to make regular donations to the organisation. The membership will greatly increase through this revised membership system and The Woodcraft Folk communications and press will reach a greater number of people than present. The revised adult and DF membership system will further allow Folk Office to monitor more accurately how many members The Woodcraft Folk has.