Advice and Guidance

Training Opportunities

A willingness to take part in learning and development activities is one of the essential requirements for all leaders outlined in Woodcraft Folk’s Leader Standards. Woodcraft Folk provides a variety of different opportunities for leaders to participate in training to help them develop skills and knowledge that will help them in their role.

Weekly Tasks

There are lots of things that a successful group will need to ensure are completed or monitored on a regular basis. Depending how your group works it may be that these are always done by the same person or by different people on a rota basis.

Managing volunteer teams

Managing the input of volunteers into the running of the group can be a demanding task. It is important that you think about whose role it is in your group to make sure that people are working together effectively and that people have the support they need to do what they have agreed to deliver.

Termly Tasks

It is good practice to make sure that everyone involved with the running of the group comes together regularly to review how things are going, resolve any issues or queries that have come up, and plan for the period ahead. Coming together for a meeting at the start or end of every term is a good way to make sure that this happens.
Programme Planning


From time to time, even the most effectively run group will need some input to ensure that it continues to thrive.

Next Steps

These support materials have focused mainly on running group night activities, and on supporting the smooth administration of a Woodcraft Folk group. However, camping trips and international exchanges provide immense scope for young people to put what they have learned into practice.

Staying Safe

Membership of Woodcraft Folk is open to everyone who supports the organisation’s aims, from birth to adult. However, we are principally an organisation for children and young people, and every leader has a responsibility to put the needs of our young members first.
Volunteers have a legal responsibility to protect the safety and welfare of the young people they come into contact with.

Grant Funding Opportunities for Districts & Groups

This page provides information to help Districts and Groups get grants. (You may also want to check out this guidance on sources of funding produced by the New Groups Project in 2015.)

Group and district annual financial return webinar (Jan 2019)

If you've any questions regarding your financial return or you need additional support in your role as the Group or District Treasurer please email

Behaviour Management Guidance

Please find below Woodcraft Folk's Behaviour Management Guidance.
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