FAQs for new Woodcraft groups

What resources are available for groups?

The resources section of the website is full of all sorts of things, but a good place for you to start would be the new groups page

If you're looking for resources to help you plan sessions, here's a few good ones:

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:

Link your hands together

This song is often sung by groups of Woodcraft Folk members at the end of a group night, or camp. A PDF of the sheet music is available below.

The Envoi

This is said or sung by Woodcraft Folk groups at the beginning or end of their weekly meeting, and sometimes at camps and events. Members stand in a circle. A PDF of the sheet music is available below.

Becoming a member

All volunteers are asked to make a commitment to the aims and principles of the Woodcraft Folk by becoming a member of the movement. Membership is free for under 16s. For everyone else, its £30 (or £12 for low/ unwaged) per year. This is a minimum donation. You can pay more if you are able. 

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. 

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