Our Groups

At our Woodcraft Folk groups, meetings usually last between one and two hours, depending on the age of the children or young people. Adult volunteers, parents and young people all run our groups.

We divide our groups by age:

  • Under sixes are known as Woodchips
  • We know six to nine year olds as Elfins
  • Ten to twelve year olds are Pioneers
  • Thirteen to fifteen year olds are Venturers
  • And our DFs (or District Fellows) are sixteen to twenty. They are more autonomous and usually arrange their own activities as well as helping with the younger groups.

We encourage children to contribute their ideas and make suggestions for activities, camps and group trips. For example a group might use the first session of each term to plan the weekly meetings for the coming weeks.

Groups may charge a small fee or ask for a small donation to help pay venue and activity costs and to cover registration with the national charity. But this will vary from group to group. Contact your local group for details.

How many groups are there?

We currently have about 400 Woodcraft Folk groups meeting around the country, mainly in urban areas. Although there are increasingly more are in rural areas too.

To find your nearest local group, have a look at the Woodcraft Folk map.

If you can’t find a group near you, could you set up a new one? Have a look at the new group area of the Woodcraft Folk website.