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The TREE Programme

TREE stands for Training, Representation, Equality and Engagement.These are all things Woodcraft Folk aims to give young members. The more fully young people can participate in the organisation, the stronger our future will be.

The TREE Programme was funded by the Big Lottery over a period of five years (2009 – 2014) with the task of developing youth participation at all levels of Woodcraft Folk throughout England. We focused on making sure young people's experience of Woodcraft Folk - from playing games at a weekly group night to sitting on our national trustee board - was as good as possible, and that they could act on the issues that are important to them within the movement and outside of it.  

Woodcraft Folk has always brought children, young people and adults together to learn about and act on social issues, since we were established in 1925 by 19 year-old Leslie Paul. At local and national level, we try to create an atmosphere of equality and co-operation where people of any age can get involved in making decisions, running activities and influencing the movement.

How to apply for Action Project funding

Download the form

Applications are now open for projects starting in Spring 2014 so download the simple form at the foot of this page and fill it with your ideas over the winter. Make the most of your cold winters instead together and plan exciting stuff for the coming year.

Possible Action Project ideas

Here is a few possible ideas to get you thinking:

The Big Plan

Members of Woodcraft Folk decided on five main ambitions that the organisation should work towards, locally and nationally, between 2008 and 2013. Four cross cutting ambitions were also decided, which will help us achieve the main seven. Two more main ambitions were added in 2010. 

You can download the full Big Plan from the foot of this page, and read more about the groups working towards the ambitions on the Working Groups page.

Woodcraft Aims, Principles and Programme

Woodcraft Folk has nine Aims and Principles, listed below. These are shared by all members of the movement and inform all our varied activities. 

A Right to Refuge


Woodcraft Folk’s campaign for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK

Latest news:

Refugee Week (every year in June) is the ideal time to take action in support of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. Your group could:

Read about the impact Right to Refuge activities had in one Woodcraft District here.

Contact campaign@woodcraft.org.uk for more support.

Can I Come In?

You will need: Copies of the three role cards ‘Refugees’, ‘Immigration Officers’ and ‘Observers’. Copies of the information sheet ‘The right to asylum – international law’. Download these from the bottom of this page. 

This is a role play exploring the experience and rights of refugees seeking sanctuary in another country.

Divide everyone into three groups (they don’t have to be the same size),

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