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Woodcraft case studies

On this page you'll find an increasing number of stories from around Woodcraft Folk, explaining how groups and members have done things and how you can too.

Southampton Community Orchard

A case study of a great example of an Action Project, a youth led community project. The case study includes useful links and recommendations for your group if wishing to do a similar project.

Reflections on Blue Skies Camp

Hi. My name is Rich. I'm from Camden district, and have been involved in Woodcraft for 3 years. I say involved; what I mean is 2 district camps full of games, cooking and campfires, and last year's ten day panoply of party, play and participation with worldwide Folk that was Cocamp.

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...

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.

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.

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!

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. 

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