Advice and Guidance

Case study: Being a Young Trainer and running Leading for the Future activities

Alice’s journey through Woodcraft Folk and into youth work is a brilliant example of youth leadership and the opportunities Woodcraft Folk gives: having grown up in the Folk, Alice came back as an Elfin and Pioneer leader, then trained as a Young Trainer to use her facilitation skills more widely around Woodcraft. Now she’s doing a youth work MA and running Woodcraft’s Leading for the Future programme with a group of young carers.

Case study: Pioneer-led tentipi camping

The Outback Pioneers from Chanctonbury Ring Woodcraft Folk spent a wintry weekend camping at Cudham in their new tentipis (a cross between a small tipi and a large tent). They organised the trip themselves, and hoped that the combination of advanced tents with heating equipment and lots of people in each tent would provide plenty of warmth. 

Below is their report, in which you'll see that it's essential to check what language your heater's instructions are in if you want to be able to warm your tent with it...

Web tutorials: how to publish content

If you'd like to edit your Woodcraft Folk group's page on this website (see Glasgow Southside Elfins for a lovely example) or you have photos or news you'd like to publish to the main gallery or news listing of the site, watch these videos for a step-by-step guide.

Right to Play: guide to running the project

Below you can download all the advice and ideas you need to run the Right to Play project, Woodcraft's successful outreach activities that have so far been hugely popular at Glastonbury festival.

The guidance contains information on:

• About the Project
• Communication
• Glastonbury
• Welfare
• Safeguarding & Risk Assessments
• Training
• Roles
• Rules
• Budget
• Equipment
• Ideas
• Issues
• Timeline
• Useful Contacts

Woodcraft Leadership Standards

General Council, Woodcraft Folk's trustee board, adopted a set of core standards for leadership in 2008. These are the minimum requirements of any Group Leader in Woodcraft Folk.

Case study: transition at Pioneer age

Studies in transition and youth leadership – how Woodcraft Folk Districts support young people to move through the age groups and take on leadership roles as they develop.

Expenses Policy (including Travel Guidance)

Below is Woodcraft Folk's Expenses Policy (including guidance about travelling on Woodcraft Folk business). If you have any queries about this document, please contact the Woodcraft Folk office on 020 7703 4173 or info@woodcraft.org.uk.

Case study: starting a new group

Margaret O'Byrne from Norwich Thorpe Hamlet talks us through the evolution of her group and what it's like to start a new one.

About 9 years ago I started a Venturer group with a friend. Initially someone just approached me and asked if i would like to bring my daughter to a group and possibly help run the group. At the beginning we met in someone's house and it was all very girly and craft based. Later we transferred to my house and soon the group was too big and we moved on to a local school. As we grew my eldest daughter stopped attending but my youngest continued and so i kept attending as a leader. Over the years the group has also changed and we developed Elfin and Pioneer sections.

Trade Union Affiliation Advice to Members

This advice is aimed mostly at Woodcraft members who are Trade Union members but who don't usually attend their branch, or those who have never put an affiliation motion forward..

Learn to Lead: Woodcraft training videos

This is a great set of short videos featuring Woodcraft volunteers. They explain all the important aspects of running a group and District, in a really clear and friendly way.
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