Our name refers to the skill of living close to nature, in the open air. We don’t make a habit of hugging trees, though occasionally we have been known to craft things out of wood. However we do encourage all our members to come and camp with us.
What we get up to
In our weekly groups we play games, sing, take part in drama, discussions, projects and crafts. We also learn about local and global issues in a fun, entertaining way. Activities might include:
- A night walk for younger children so they can experience the sounds of a wood, park or city in the dark
- Making lanterns to light round a campfire
- Playing Capture the Flag in the park until our young teens have burned off all their energy
- Going swimming and playing games in the pool
- Cooking – a good opportunity to learn about Fair Trade food and how it affects farmers
Learning about the world
About once a term we will talk about an issue at levels that match the age of the children and young people, to help them explore the world around them. This could be something to do with the environment, or why an election is important and what the different parties stand for.
We organise hostelling and camping weekends throughout the year. Camping is a large focus for us in the summer holidays. Hence, Woodcraft Folk groups from a town, region and sometimes across the UK come together for summer camps. Here, members of all ages take responsibility for cooking, cleaning and organising activities.
Many of our young people join international camps and exchanges too.
A bit different from other groups
Woodcraft Folk groups run co-operatively, with children, young people and adults working together to learn about the world and develop skills and confidence. Above all, our shared values of peace, co-operation, and equality unite our members.
Woodcraft Folk costume is a green top with our logo. Children can choose to wear the traditional green shirt, “woodie hoodies” or t-shirts designed by young members. These are available to purchase from Folk Supply.
We believe our organisation provides an informal and supportive environment for young people to develop their ideas, share experiences, explore opportunities and make life-long friends locally and beyond.