Next Steps

These support materials have focused mainly on running group night activities, and on supporting the smooth administration of a Woodcraft Folk group. However, camping trips and international exchanges provide immense scope for young people to put what they have learned into practice. In addition, experiences outside of our weekly group activities are responsible for some of our young members’ most enduring memories of their time in the movement.
 
Camps & residentials
 
Going away with your group, whether to camp under canvas or to stay in a hostel or camping barn, can be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable parts of being part of Woodcraft Folk, for adults and children alike. 
 
Running a safe and successful residential trip requires preparation by volunteers. Finding the right venue, agreeing a date that suits the majority of the group, and covering the costs can all make things more complicated. However, the opportunities it provides for children and young people should more than make up for this:
 
More adventurous, messy or time-consuming activities that can’t be done in a group night
Getting outdoors to enjoy hiking, den building or a campfire
Living and working together, with adults and children sharing cooking and other chores
Bonding and making new friendships, away from school and other pressures
 
One of Woodcraft Folk’s own residential centres or campsites (see Section 1.2 – Structure) can be a good choice for a weekend away, with the advantage that funds stay within the movement. Other possibilities include Youth Hostels, some of which can be booked for exclusive use by groups, or independent bunkhouses and camping barns. For camping trips, sites owned and operated by the Scouting and Guiding movements are a popular choice for groups who require facilities such as showers and toilets.
 
Staying away from home means that you will be managing a greater range of risks than at your normal group night, and you should make sure that you do a risk assessment for any trip away, and that adults and children understand what they need to do to ensure that everyone stays safe.
 
All volunteers must be full members, and have a DBS or PVG check through Woodcraft Folk if they are going to stay overnight at a camp or residential.
 
Roles on Camp
 
A number of key volunteers are usually identified to plan a camp or residential trip of any scale. These should include:
 
 • Camp Co-ordinator (or Camp Chief), who will manage bookings, finance and oversee the event
KP (Keeper of the Provender), who will plan menus, buy food and oversee the kitchen
Programme Co-ordinator (or Folk Marshal), who leads on planning activities and ensures the correct resources are available
Safeguarding Co-ordinator, who will work to ensure that everyone stays safe, and act as a point of contact for any adult or child with concerns or worries during the event.
 
Resources to support the planning of a successful residential trip are available on the Woodcraft Folk website, including the Have a Good Weekend booklet, and the Food Food Food cookbook which contains recipes and advice for cooking for groups.
 
6 d (ii) International links

There are many things that groups can do to explore the theme of International Friendship, but there are few better ways than to provide young members with the chance to meet like-minded young people from one of our partner organisations, either in the UK or by travelling abroad.
 
Large Camps in the UK
 
Woodcraft Folk hosts international camps in the UK every five to ten years. These will typically include young people from many IFM organisations from Europe and further afield. There may also be opportunities to host young people from another country in your home town, either before or after the camp.
 
Venturer Camp, which is usually held every three years for Venturers across the UK, will often be attended by young people from one or more of our partner organisations.
 
IFM Camps
 
The IFM movement holds international camps every few years, hosted by a different member organisation. These large events usually attract delegations from Woodcraft Folk groups around the UK. English is usually one of the working languages of the camp, making it relatively easy for our young people to access the activity programme. Visit the IFM website to find out more about upcoming opportunities to participate in IFM camps.
 
International Training
 
IFM-SEI and its member organisations organise frequent training seminars, usually aimed at young volunteers, which bring young people from a wide range of progressive youth organisations together to explore relevant themes and issues. Opportunities are usually publicised on the website, by email or via the Woodcraft Folk Facebook group. Funding is sometimes available to support young people to participate in these events.
 
International Twinning
 
Every summer, Woodcraft Folk groups around the UK welcome groups from abroad to join their camps, or travel to visit other groups in their home countries. Sometimes these links have been made when groups have met on international camps, and in some cases have been kept up for decades. If your home town is twinned with a community somewhere else in the world, this could be a good starting point, as there may be funding available locally to support international links.