Elfins

Choose It, Plan it, Do it!

What is this resource?

Choose it, Plan it, Do it! is a Woodcraft Folk activity pack containing a selection of ideas and tools for gathering ideas, planning and making decisions in groups of all ages. The pack is divided into three parts, with subsections. Each section is packed full of useful activities to make planning and decision making as a group easy, fun, inclusive and inventive.

The Big Plan

Members of Woodcraft Folk decided on five main ambitions that the organisation should work towards, locally and nationally, between 2008 and 2013. Four cross cutting ambitions were also decided, which will help us achieve the main seven. Two more main ambitions were added in 2010. 

You can download the full Big Plan from the foot of this page, and read more about the groups working towards the ambitions on the Working Groups page.

Woodcraft Aims and Principles

You can download our Aims, Principles and Programme document below. 

Time To Flee

This activity can be run as the second activity in a group night about refugee issues, to get Elfins thinking about people who might seek sanctuary in the UK, what they need and how we can help them. The first activity is Same But Different.

You will need: paper and pens

Time: 15 minutes


Split the Elfins into groups of about 4 or 5.

Same But Different

This activity can be run as the first activity in a group night about refugee issues, to get Elfins thinking about people who might seek sanctuary in the UK, what they need and how we can help them.

You will need: chalk or string

Time: 15 minutes

Draw a chalk circle on the floor, or make one in string, about the size of a group circle.

Ask everyone to stand just outside the circle, and to jump into it when a statement is read that applies to them.

PlayOut

PlayOut takes fun, co-operative activities to parks in London so that families can simply turn up and children can get stuck in - there's no cost and no booking needed.

South East & South West inter-regional camp

Event date: 
14 August 2010 (All day) - 21 August 2010 (All day)
Event location: 
Lyon's Copse, Hampshire

The camp will take place in August for a week at the Scout site at Lyon's Copse. Districts wishing to attend from the SE and SW have already expressed an interest and currently we are expecting between 500 and 650 campers. The camp is going to be supported by a website and on-line booking. This exciting camp will be organised in the same fashion as the SE and SW camps, emphasising village activity and encouraging organic co-operation without an overbearing central programme.

Co-ops Fortnight

Event date: 
19 June 2010 (All day) - 3 July 2010 (All day)
Event location: 
Across the UK

http://www.thereisanalternative.coop/

Elfins

Once children have started school they move up into our Elfin groups. They tend to start at age 5 or 6, depending on the local group.

We continue with games, singing, craft activities and outdoor stuff and try to keep the Woodcraft Folk principles in mind throughout.

Alternative games

With this age group we play games that are a bit different from those they play at school.

They all know how to play musical chairs, but at Woodcraft Folk they would have to share chairs when the music stops rather than be out, for example.

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