Bushcraft and Social Action Day

Sunday, 14 April 2019

On Saturday 6th April, 33 of us gathered at Hinchingbrooke Country Park for a day of bushcraft and social action - part of our project funded by #iWill via the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation. We had adults and young people from Peterborough, St Neots, Luton, Leighton/Linslade, Ipswich and Waveney Valley. Everyone took part in peace games, fire lighting, whittling, social action planning, wide games, campfire cooking and some singing. It was a really great day and a wonderful introduction to social action and use of many bushcraft tools including whittling knives, ghelli kettles, dutch ovens and fire lighting steels. The volunteers took part in a workshop around how to deliver social action with the young people attending their groups and the young people took part in activities around social action and what they would change in our country if they had the chance. 

Some of those attending have never attended a Woodcraft Folk camp before and got a real feel for some of the activities we get up to when away with our groups. Some were a little more experienced and able to share knowledge and especially share rules of wide games and words and tunes to our favourite songs with our newer members!

We're piloting a scalable approach to supporting youth-lead social action through a series of events this summer, aiming to generate some resources which will be shared across the organisation in the autumn. Our next event in the series is a camp from the 4th-6th May in St Ives (Cambridgeshire), it's free to attend and aimed at Pioneers, Venturers, DFs and the volunteers who work with them. #EverybodyWelcome

You can find out more about the camp and book at: https://woodcraft.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=141