Training Opportunities

A willingness to take part in learning and development activities is one of the essential requirements for all leaders outlined in Woodcraft Folk’s Leader Standards. Woodcraft Folk provides a variety of different opportunities for leaders to participate in training to help them develop skills and knowledge that will help them in their role. An overview of these opportunities, together with resources to help you run your own training events at a local level, can be found on the Training page of the website. In addition, there are many other organisations that may provide training that will benefit Woodcraft Folk’s volunteers.
 
Residential leader training
 
Woodcraft Folk provides regular training weekends aimed at new leaders, which are led either by staff or by experienced volunteers. These residential training courses usually happen a few times every year, often at one of Woodcraft F0lk’s own outdoor centres. These courses follow a similar programme, designed to equip volunteers with the skills and knowledge needed to support Woodcraft groups for any age, and our experienced facilitators work hard to make them fun, friendly and free. Forthcoming dates are publicised via the event calendar on the Woodcraft website. 
 
Bitesize training modules
 
A whole weekend of training away from home can be a big commitment, especially for new volunteers. You may find that you can encourage more people to join in by running training a bit nearer to home, either alongside a group night or at a weekend. There are a range of session plans for short training modules on the website, which have been designed to be delivered by volunteers with some previous experience of leading Woodcraft Folk groups. They are designed to last between 60 and 90 minutes – you could also make a full day of training by combining one or more sessions.
 
The session plans cover areas such as:
 
Putting the Aims & Principles into practice
Staying safe
Managing behaviour
Working together
 
There is also a two-hour session, Introducing Woodcraft Folk, which is designed to provide a general overview of the organisation for parents/carers and for new volunteers.
 
Webinars & online training
 
Online seminars, known as ‘webinars’, provide an opportunity for volunteers across the movement to benefit from the expertise of experienced Woodcraft Folk leaders or experts from other organisations. Forthcoming webinars are publicised on the event calendar, and give members the chance to interact live with the presenter and ask questions. All our webinars are recorded and can be watched on demand via the website. Sessions currently available to view include:
 
Risk assessment
Supporting special education needs
Firelighting
Gift Aid
 
There are also a number of online training modules which cover different aspects of our work, including:
 
 
Other training providers
 
Despite the unique nature of Woodcraft Folk’s work, there will be many opportunities to participate in training provided by other organisations in your area that will be of great benefit in your role as a Woodcraft Folk leader. Some of these will be free of charge, others will have a cost (although it is sometimes possible to apply for grant funding to support the training of volunteers). You may participate in a general course along with volunteers and paid staff from other organisations, or you may be able to negotiate a training session just for Woodcraft Folk members (possibly including young people from your group as well as adult volunteers).
 
Possible training activities through external providers might include:
 
First Aid organisations such as the Red Cross or St John’s Ambulance
Safeguarding training provided through your Local Safeguarding Children’s Board
Bushcraft or Forest School training
Training around managing volunteers or applying to external funders from your local CVS