Group night activity

Words of Freedom

This song was written by young people at Woodcraft Folk's Development Conference in January 2011. It's sung to the tune of 'Let it be'.

When I find myself in times of trouble,
Woodcraft Folk empowers me.
Speaking words of freedom,
Let it be.
And in the face of waving batons,
We’ve friendship, peace and unity.
Speaking words of freedom,
Let it be.

Let it be… [x4]
Speaking words of freedom, let it be.
[Repeat]

Transition Support - welcoming new group members

 

Take a look at the PDF below if you want ideas on how to help young people move from one age group to the next. Transition Support Ideas has activities for groups to do before, during and after the transition to try and make it as smooth as possible, and generally keep groups within a district in touch with each other. If you've got any good ideas to add to it, send them to tree@woodcraft.org.uk - we'd love to hear them. 

Make a bird box

We did this with our venturer group

I pre prepared the components by sawing up some excess floorboards we had

The venturers then nailed it all together, producing one bird box each

See: http://www.bto.org/nnbw/make.htm

Nb I reckon the base should be 150x 150

Dave

Bath Venturers

Migrants: positive Images

This is an extensive pack of activities created by the Red Cross to enable young people explore the themes of:

  • Why people migrate
  • Who migrants are
  • Migrant patterns and journeys
  • Positive images
  • Youth action

Farmers and foxes

Aim: To steal the farmer's chickens and to have fun

You will need: Tables, Chairs, Torches, Space, Ability to make the room almost completely dark

Duration: Depends on amount of games played and length of room but normally 3 mins. per game

Poetry against prejudice

Write a short anti-prejudice poem. You could write in the style of a Haiku, a form of traditional Japanese poetry. It is a 17-syllable verse form consisting of just three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables (or beats). Haiku doesn't rhyme.

Examples:

Prejudice is when
people speak without thinking
and fail to listen.

I think words can hurt
More than hitting or kicking -
Cutting me inside

When you have written a poem you can share it with other young people through this website.

Colour portraits

Aim: To recognise that we all have different coloured skin, and this is one thing that makes us special.
You will need: Paper, paints, paint pots and paintbrushes.
Duration: 45 minutes

Paint a self-portrait. Mix the correct paint colours to match your skin tone and hair colour as closely as you can. Everyone will mix their own special colour because we all have slightly different coloured skin and hair.

Arguments and making up

Aim: To think about ways of ending arguments and making up.
You will need: Large paper and pens (optional).
Duration: 30-45 minutes

Ask the group to close their eyes and think about a time when someone they knew argued with someone else. Ask them to think about how they felt when that person was quarrelling. Sit in a circle and pass the sentence: 'When I saw someone arguing I felt...'

Each person around the group completes the sentence. Where someone repeats something said before (which will happen) they change places with that person.

War Toys Amnesty Pack

Published on Friday October 22 2004
 

This set of materials offers a structured programme for 6 weeks/a half-term. It progresses through a range of activities culminating in a war toys amnesty action with one follow-up session. The action you decide to take depends on you and your group.

Pioneer Peace Pack

This pack includes information and activities for groups of 10 - 12 year olds in the Woodcraft Folk.

You can find the activities by clicking through to the following pages:

Activity 1-  Bullying

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