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Camping and Residentials

For almost 100 years, Woodcraft Folk groups have enjoyed camping and residential trips as part of their programme.

Woodcraft Folk has a number of brilliant outdoor centres waiting to be used. For children and young people, a weekend away in one of our centres or at other locations can often be one of the most exciting and memorable parts of their engagement with Woodcraft Folk.  

An overnight trip can support adults and young people to get to know each other better as well as helping to promote a cooperative and sharing approach whilst creating a temporary community living together. 

It is essential for safety and enjoyment that overnight trips should be well planned, prepared and thought about – browse the pages and resources below to support you in planning and delivering a safe, engaging and enjoyable camp or residential.

Minimum Expectations

Essential parts of a safe Woodcraft Folk residential include:

  • completing screening for all volunteers
  • obtaining health & consent information for all participants
  • completing an appropriate risk assessment for the event
  • effective safeguarding for young members in place
  • appropriate first aid cover provided
  • dietary requirements, allergies and additional needs understood and met 
  • clear and effective communication with parents/carers
We require that all groups going away overnight complete the online checklist to confirm that basic requirements have been met, and ensure that Woodcraft Folk’s insurance covers the planned activity. This should be done no less that seven days before the start of the trip.

Advice & Guidance for Organisers

Whether you’re organising your first or you fiftieth trip away, take a look at our guidance pages to support your planning:

Advice & Guidance for Volunteers

If you are preparing to go away on your first trip accompanying a Woodcraft Folk group, take a look at our Have A Good Weekend resource to help you understand what to expect, and how going away with Woodcraft Folk might be different to other trips you’ve undertaken in the past. 


Residential Checklist

Tell us about an upcoming trip to ensure that you are covered by Woodcraft Folk insurance

Our Residential Centres

Book one of our unique bunkhouses or a camping pitch for your group's trip away

Volunteer Screening

Find out about our screening checks, apply for a DBS or PVG, and provide your references

Our Camping and Residential Resources:

Type of resource
Have a Good Weekend!
Advice for volunteers attending their first Woodcraft Folk camp or residential trip
Woodcraft Folk has been delivering activities for young people for almost 100 years. Over this...
What to bring to camp / Kitlist
All Woodcraft Folk activities will be slightly different and you will need to slightly adapt...
Transport to Camps & Residentials
Advice on transporting volunteers, young people and equipment to your campsite or residential venue
Gas Safety Guidance
Advice for groups on the safe use of bottled gas (LPG cylinders) for cooking at...
Wild Camping
Wild camping can offer the ultimate back-to-nature experience for small groups, whether as part of...
Camp Finance
Different groups have different approaches to covering the cost of trips, and there is no...
Venues for Camping and Residentials
There are a wide range of venues that are available for the use of groups....
Food on Camp
Food is, of course, an extremely important part of any residential or camping trip. Meal...
Camp & Residential Checklist
Complete this checklist to let us know about an upcoming camp or residential, and ensure...

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