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Follow the Trail — Elfin & Pioneers

Follow the Trail has been developed to encourage all of us to ask ourselves three basic questions:

  • What is Woodcraft Folk really all about?
  • Does what we do live up to the aims and principles?
  • What can we do to make it an even better experience for all who take part?

At the heart of Woodcraft Folk’s aims, principles and practice is a commitment to participation from all our members, young and old. Finding out whether all children and young people are taking part in Woodcraft Folk as fully as they want to, and doing something about it if they are not, are amongst our most vital tasks. Your full participation sets the standard for everything else we do!

Follow the Trail has two main features:

1. a set of activities
To help us talk about Woodcraft Folk

2. Mapping and planning forms
To record what we think is going well, and how we can improve things in the future

It is the Woodcraft Folk version of a well-respected Standards framework called Hear by Right, produced by the National Youth Agency.

“Be strong! Live kindly! Love the sun and follow the trail!”

Songs for the Woodcraft Folk, Indoor Leave Take Ceremony

Group sizes
Activity types
Age suitability
Age suitability
Creating an Emblem
Design a group emblem to represent shared values
How many Pioneers can you fit on a Pioneer?
Can small teams make it across the space with only one person touching the floor?
Co-operative Volleyball
Play a ball game and have a discussion with your group about the usefulness or...
The Magic Machine
Turn your group into a magic machine to help everyone feel special and happy.
Get your group moving around and making shapes of objects using their bodies.
Co-operative Squares
Reasons for doing this activity: • Co-operation. • Communication. • To begin a discussion on...
Listen to Me!
promote a discussion with your group about structures which will promote fair and full participation...
Talking you down
What to do Ask everyone to get into pairs and face each other. Tell them...
Group Standing
Can your group stand up together?
Co-operative Crafts
Set the group a project where the success depends on listening to each other.


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