Advice and Guidance

Can I visit a nearby group?

Yes of course you can! In fact we highly recommend that you do. It is often invaluable to make local links and see Woodcraft Folk in practice. Local groups can also be a source of camping equipment, joint events, funding, training and much more.

Starting a new group

If you are interested in setting up a new group, the first thing you should do is find some friends willing to work with you. Once you have a small band of committed volunteers (at least 4), it is best to make contact folk office for support. The team will be able to offer advice, factsheets and may be able to link you up with a new group buddy.

You can also check out the resources in the yellow box to the right. These will take you through the process of setting up a new group in more detail. 

How do I register a new group?

All Woodcraft Folk groups are required to register. This ensures that they are recognised by the national movement and have access to support, guidance and insurance cover.

What should a Woodcraft group try to achieve?

Local Woodcraft Folk groups should seek to have enough adult volunteers to engage a group of children or young people in fun and exciting activities based on Woodcraft Folks aims and principles, which include:

What is a typical group night?

A typical group night varies depending on the age of the children attending but most would normally involve collecting subs on arrival, whilst there was a drop-in game or activity taking place whilst waiting for everyone to arrive.

What do you do in a group?

The group is the bedrock or foundation of Woodcraft Folk, meeting once a week for 60 or 90 minutes at the same time, same place.

FAQs for new Woodcraft groups

These FAQs have been developed to support new groups, but may be of interest to any new member. Click on the question to visit the page with the answer.

Don't forget the related resources in the yellow box to the right. 

Young Woodcraft Folk at the British Youth Council

"At the end of the day, we were faced with what was possibly the world’s biggest ballot paper..." 

Ruth, who is on Woodcraft Folk's Venturer Committee, represented Woodcraft Folk at the British Youth Council's Annual Council Meeting, where lots of youth organisations get together to vote on the issues young people believe are important to tackle in the coming year. 

Case study: Ealing Venturers dance project

Ealing Venturers spotted an issue they wanted to change in their community, and took action. Download the PDF below to find out how they addressed the relationships between adults and young people in their borough, which they felt needed improving. 

If your Woodcraft group would like to start a project led by young people, that aims to make change in your community, why not make it into an Action Project and apply for funding and support from Woodcraft Folk? 

Running a centre at a camp

Have you ever wanted to take an activity you're passionate about to a Woodcraft event or camp - or even to another organisation's event - to share it with others? Tents offering weird, wonderful and inspiring activities often spring up at Venturer Camp and International Camps, from the culinary to the political (and sometimes both! Venturer Camp 2010 offered political baking sessions which were really popular).

Kate loves sustainable costume-making, and shared her skills and enthusiasm for it with the Dressing Up Box at Venturer Camp. Download her story below.

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