Advice and Guidance

Case studies: Volunteer recruitment

How do you recruit new volunteers to work with your Woodcraft Folk group? Would you like some more ideas on what works and what doesn't? Woodcraft Folk and Change Agents UK have looked at how several different Woodcraft Folk Districts recruit new volunteers, and compiled their stories into 4 useful case studies which you can download below.

YHA Partner Organisations

Woodcraft Folk has a long history with the Youth Hostel Association and membership of the Woodcraft Folk also means that you become an affiliate member of the Youth Hostel Association.

Both organisations share a common history of self help, working class people wanting to get away from the cities and giving young people the change to explore the wilderness.

Motions Passed at Annual Gathering 2012

Becoming a Young Trainer - by Alice

Alice is a Young Trainer in Woodcraft Folk. Here's how it happened:

My Woodcraft background

I've grown up with woodcraft as a strong part of my life. In the past I've attended regional camps, international camps, protests against pretty much everything, played fiddle at Hamsterly's 10th birthday (such a long time ago now!), hostel weekends and bivvis. During uni I drifted away from woodcraft temporarily. But after volunteering in India for 10 weeks, I realised that global issues, helping others and all the Woodcraft morals are still really close to my heart. So I'm now an Elfin and Pioneer leader, running local group nights and providing experiences that I had growing up as a child with Woodcraft.

Justine’s story: starting a new Woodcraft group in the Midlands

Justine, Lucy and Jessica started Bournville Elfins after Jessica completed Forest Schools training and wanted to do something complementary. Justine says:

“Although we had never heard of Woodcraft Folk, we jumped at the chance! We all came from different areas and so sat down with a map and looked at where we could all get to by 5.45pm on a Wednesday and Bournville came out tops!

What other groups are around?

To locate your nearest Woodcraft Folk groups, visit the online map.

How to manage behaviour at group nights

Check out the managing behaviour web area for advice, guidance, webinars and session plans

Back to FAQs for new groups.


How groups fit into the wider movement

Every Woodcraft Folk group is a recognised branch of the UK charity. Most groups belong to a District, which operate across a geographical area (possibly county, borough or city-wide) supporting a network of groups. Visit the online map to see where Woodcraft groups are.

Do I need to do any training before I start?

At present, none of our training courses are compulsory, however experience shows you will have more confidence and will get more out of your volunteering experience if you do attend the training we offer. 

Woodcraft Folk groups are designed to be co-operative, and this includes benefiting from the skills and experience of the whole group – every volunteer is not expected to be an expert in everything, collectively it is important that you have the necessary skills across your group.

Please see the training page for all the options available. You will see that there is a lot of flexibility in what is on offer: online modules and webinars complement the face-to-face training calendars. 

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