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Who are we?
   The Woodcraft Folk is a national voluntary children‟s organisation and
     as such is part of the voluntary youth service.

      The groups are divided into age ranges: Woodchips (0-5), Elfins (6-9),
       Pioneers (10-12), Venturers (13-15) and District Fellows (16-20)

      There are more Elfin groups than groups of any other age range.

      Most groups meet weekly to participate in an educational programme
       and take part in singing, games and outdoor activities.

      There are about 450 groups throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
       with the highest concentration of groups is in London.

      We are increasingly looking at expanding our provision beyond
       standard group nights

      Each group and district is entitled to send a delegate to vote at the
       Annual Gathering.

      We are described as the “youth wing of the co-operative movement”
       as we have had strong links and support from them since we begun.

      The Folk do not have political affiliations but does endorse and support
       the work of the peace movement.

How did we start?
   The Woodcraft Folk was started in 1925 by a young man – Leslie Paul
     as a reaction against the nationalism and militarism of the Scouts at
     the time

      Leslie Paul‟s aim was to take city children from south London to the
       country to camp and to gain awareness of the wider environment and
       of the world.

      In the old days members had Folk names and hand-made their
       costumes.

      The movement grew steadily with peaks after the world wars and in
       the eighties. There are now groups similar to The Woodcraft Folk all
       around the world.




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What are we about?
   The Folk is based upon strong principles of democracy, peace, equality,
     world friendship, co-operation and a protection and awareness of the
     environment and this forms the core and basis of all of our activities

      Most group meetings begin with a circle, where everyone is given the
       chance to share their experiences / opinions / to participate in
       decision-making.

      We have an extremely popular book full of ideas for co-operative
       games entitled „Games, Games, Games‟.

      Equality of the genders is important to the Folk. Each group is mixed
       and all are encouraged to participate in every activity on an equal
       footing.

      Many Woodcraft Folk members participate in international visits &
       exchanges, we aim to provide an awareness of global and
       developmental issues.

      Our motto is “Span the World with Friendship”.

      Most groups have a parachute which is an excellent tool for all sorts of
       non-competitive games.

   How are we run?
    The Folk are managed voluntarily by a General Council of
     democratically elected members.

      There are 2 nations and 6 regions each with their own councils within
       the structure of the Folk.

      The Folk manage and run several residential centres where groups
       can stay to take part in outdoor activities.

      Most groups belong to a district association, so that members have the
       opportunity of sharing activities and camps with other local groups.

      There is approximately 15 paid staff and the Head office is „Folk House‟
       in South London.

      Groups and camps are run by voulnteer adult members who must
       follow the child protection policy.

      The Woodcraft Folk is a registered charity (1073665)




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