Winning winter group night ideas share

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Over 60 people from all Scottish districts got together for a day of fun and sharing ideas in Falkirk in mid November. Young people and adults rotated around 5 idea stations where they picked up different ideas for group nights. These stations were smoothie making, soup making and knifework, craft origami book marks, anti plastics campaigning, Common Ground camp, and water issues. In true co-operative style each person was invited to bring a vegetable or fruit to add to the soup and smoothies.

Later the Gathering of the Smalls discussed and started designing t-shirts and ideas for the year ahead, whilst the Venturers talked about Vcamp. Meanwhile the adults were thinking about what makes a good group night and planning sessions to take back and use based on our aims and principles.

We also watched the film made at Scottish Gathering earlier this year, a film promoting Common Ground camp, watched a slideshow of photos from summer camp, discussed our forthcoming Scottish Gathering 2019, and played an international game. There was also a chance to look at some of our resources available. Everyone got the chance to take some ready made planned group night activities home as well as an ideas sheet with loads of real examples of activities run at previous group nights throughout Scotland, and a resources flyer with further ideas of where to look for more ideas. 

People liked getting together and meeting other Woodcraft Folk groups. The event went really well and was well received. People said they had learnt:

"Lots of great ideas for group nights", "Better understanding of aims and principles", "Lots of stuff, really interesting".

They also said that they'd be doing the following as a result of the event:

"Start looking for funding to get people to Common Ground", "Prepare group night sessions using templates and matrix", "The Gathering of the Smalls made me want to do tie dying, oh and skydiving!" as well as using some of the shared practical activity ideas for group nights.

Our next Scottish wide event will be Scottish Gathering at Crianlarich 1st-3rd February 2019. You'd better go and book in now!

You can find the resources developed for the day here.

You can book into Scottish Gathering here.