Advice and Guidance

Group Sustainability & Growth

Sustaining existing groups & helping them to grow is one of Woodcraft Folk’s strategic priorities and we want to give our groups as much support as possible to ensure they continue to provide Folk activities for children and young people in their local area.

Transgender Inclusion

Woodcraft Folk's Inclusion Statement on supporting members who identify as Trans, and encouraging groups to challenge gender sterotypes, was adopted by General Council in March 2017. The document also contains background information and practical advice for group leaders, covering: - definitions of key terms - use of appropriate and inclusive language - supporting adult volunteers who are Trans - running successful camps and residentials Further guidance can be sought through Folk Office, or from the specialist organisations listed on the final page of the document.

Treasurer's Handbook

 The current Treasurer's Handbook can be downloaded below.

What commitment is expected of volunteers and parents?

Volunteers

As a minimum, we expect you to uphold our aims & principles and safeguard our children & young people.

Anyone who does help out should familiarise themselves with the policies and proceedures that ensure Woodcraft Folk is a fun and safe environment for all. 

What costs do we need to cover?

As a group, you will need to cover the following:

Do parents have to stay with their children?

If you're going to a Woodchip group, parents are almost always required to stay. 

Parents are not usually required to stay in other groups. In fact, many groups discourage parents from staying if they are not helping out with the group. Having an 'audience' of parents can be distracting for both children and leaders. That said, most groups rely on some parental involvement, so parents may need to volunteer to stick around sometimes to keep the group running. 

 

What's the point of recruiting more children if we already have enough in the group?

  • Children will move on to older age groups, or leave the group for other reasons.

Do children need to buy a uniform?

No. There isn’t a compulsory uniform, but many groups do encourage children to wear a t-shirt, folk shirt or hoodie.

Folk costume is a great way to help children and young people feel a part of Woodcraft Folk. If you are working through badges, these can be sewn on to personalise the clothing. 

Is training accredited or transferable?

Woodcraft Folk training is not currently accredited, but many skills you will learn are transferable.

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