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Learn about Woodcraft Folk’s international youth work at their symposium event

Join Woodcraft Folk to celebrate nearly a 100 years of spanning the world with friendship! In partnership with the UCL, Woodcraft Folk is hosting a symposium reflecting on its international youth work. 

With its motto of ‘Span the World with Friendship’, international activity has been a constant within Woodcraft Folk demonstrated through its international youth exchanges, camps and broader educational work.

The symposium is open to all, those new to Woodcraft Folk, those with an academic, professional or personal interest in the charity’s international activities or international youth work in general.

During this event the audience will hear from:

  • Rich Palser who will be exploring Woodcraft Folk and the International Falcon Movement, circa 1945-1970: Educational principles and the educational practice of international camps
  • Susanne Rappe-Weber, a German historian who will be looking at internationality and friendship between nations in songbooks of the youth movement after 1945. A comparison of the “Woodcraft Folk Song Book” with examples from Germany, France and other countries.
  • Douglas Bourn will describe how Woodcraft Folk’s approach to international activity has changed from International Friendship to International Solidarity
  • Margaret Fleming with young people, will focus on Woodcraft Folk’s response to the Climate Emergency
  • Woodcraft Folk’s Common Ground 2022 organising team will close the event giving an update on Woodcraft Folk’s latest international Camp and what will be different from previous camps

There will also be an opportunity to get hands on with items from the Woodcraft Folk archive collection.

The event takes place on 25th June, 10.30am-4.30pm in London. To book your place please visit EventBrite. Tickets are free for young people, adults are asked to make a small financial contribution to cover refreshments.

Woodcraft Folk is grateful for financial support from the Archives Cluster / Joint Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (University of Gothenburg / UCL).

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