A Summer of Fun in the Eastern Region!

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Even with the great British weather, when summer comes around it seems like the perfect time to get outdoors and try out those activities which are much less appealing during the winter months. Many of our groups head out on camps and trips to new destinations across the country (or continent) or to favourite sites closer to home. 

But if your group hold residentials at other times of the year, taking a break from group nights for up to two months can seem like a long time. Many families can’t afford a holiday club or to travel and, with no school, that can leave children looking for things to do. Then for home educated children, school holidays look like any other week of the year - why stop activities for so long? 

As they aim to continue to grow in the 3rd and final year of our New Groups Project in the Eastern Region, several of our groups have been trying out new methods to keep up the momentum through July and August. 

Our Pioneers in King’s Lynn have lots of members who are home educated and, having participated in weekend camps in May and early July, the group weren’t headed on any big camps either. When they found out that King’s Lynn Pride was scheduled for the 17th August - they made the decision to structure their summer around preparing for and taking part in the event. The group had a break for two weeks in late July (because we all do need a break sometimes) before holding two group night sessions to prepare a banner and activities ahead of the Pride event. After taking part in the protest and celebration, the group are taking a two week break before starting a new term in September. 

Our new groups over on the Suffolk and Norfolk border also decided that the summer holidays is the perfect time for more Woodcraft Folk fun! On the 7th August, for National Play Day, groups on all ages from Waveney Valley, Lowestoft, Diss and Thetford came together for raft building, riverside games and a picnic. They invited along family members and friends who might not already by part of the groups but looking for a free and fun summer day out. As a result two families have said they’ll be joining in with group nights come September. 

And coming up next week, before the start of term, Ipswich District Woodcraft Folk are inviting everyone to join them to a session they’ve co-organised with the East of England Co-op. They’ll be playing games and doing activities to explore the themes of peace, equality and co-operation in an open session linked to the Elmer trail that’s recently been installed in the city. It’s open to others to join so if you’re looking for something to do between the bank holiday and back to school, you can RSVP and find out more on their Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/505196716898726/