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The Woodcraft Folk is a UK-based educational movement for children and young people, considered the youth arm of the co-operative movement. The aims of this youth organisation are to develop self-confidence and activity in society, with the intention of working towards "a world based on equality, peace, social justice and co-operation". A cooperative (also co-operative or co-op) comprises a legal entity owned and democratically controlled by its members, with no passive shareholders. ... A Youth organization is a formal organization aimed at children and adolescents for education and socialization. ...

Woodcraft folk
Established: 1925
Chair of General Council: Richard Lace
General Secretary: Kirsty Palmer
Registered charity number: 1073665
Address: 13 Ritherdon Road
London
SW17 8QE.
Telephone: 0845 458 9535
Fax: 020 8767 2457
Website: www.woodcraft.org.uk
E-Mail: info@woodcraft.org.uk
International affiliation: International Falcon Movement

Contents

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History

Old and new Woodcraft Folk logos
Old and new Woodcraft Folk logos

Whilst sharing many of the same historical roots as the Scouting movement, The Woodcraft Folk's direct antecedent was the Kindred of the Kibbo Kift, an organisation led by ex-Scout Commissioner for Woodcraft and Camping John Hargrave, who had broken with what he considered to be the Scouts' militaristic approach in the years immediately after the First World War. The Woodcraft Folk was established by Leslie Paul in 1925 after the south London co-operative groups challenged Hargrave's authoritarian tendencies over his refusal to recognise a local group called "The Brockleything" and broke away from the Kindred. In its early days it was very similar to the Kibbo Kift, with a strong pagan and anti-capitalist emphasis, but gradually developed its own distinct ethos. logo of woodcraft folk This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... logo of woodcraft folk This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... Scouting, also known as the Scout Movement, is a worldwide youth movement with the stated aim of supporting young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development, so that they may play constructive roles in society. ... The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift was founded in 1920 by the charismatic John Hargrave (White Fox), artist, author and Boy Scout Commissioner for Woodcraft and Camping, who had become disenchanted with the increasingly militaristic tendency in the Scout movement after World War I. He was promptly expelled from the... John Gordon Hargrave (1894-1982), nicknamed the White Fox, was one of the leading figures in the Social Credit movement in British politics. ... Militarism or militarist ideology is the doctrinal view of a society as being best served (or more efficient) when it is governed or guided by concepts embodied in the culture, doctrine, system, or people of the military. ... This article is becoming very long. ... 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The term authoritarian is used to describe an organization or a state which enforces strong and sometimes oppressive measures against the population, generally without attempts at gaining the consent of the population. ... Heathen redirects here. ... Anti-capitalism is any and all opposition to capitalism. ...


The name 'Woodcraft' was used by the influential writer and naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton at the turn of the twentieth century when setting up the American proto-scouting organisation Woodcraft Indians, and in this context meant the skill of living in the open air, close to nature. A recreational/educational philosophy devised by Ernest Thompson Seton in the early years of the 20th Century, for young people based on camping, outdoor skills and crafts. ... Ernest Thompson Seton (August 14, 1860 - October 23, 1946) was a noted author and founding pioneer of the Boy Scouts of America. ... The Woodland Indians was a youth program established by Ernest Thompson Seton. ...


In 2000 The Woodcraft Folk developed a birthday logo which is square and can be seen on the right. The old, circular logo, also on the right, tends to be favoured by most Woodcraft Folk members (woodies).


The history within the labour movement can be seen in the book produced by the Woodcraft Folk called Fashioning a New World which was commissioned for its 75th birthday. Other historical references exist, cooperative banners a book available from the Rochdale Pioneers museum contains banners of the Woodcraft Folk. The Woodcraft Folk historical records are held at the London School of Economics The Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers, founded in 1844, is usually considered the first successful co-operative enterprise, forming the basis for the modern co-operative movement. ... The London School of Economics and Political Science, often referred to as the London School of Economics or simply the LSE, is a specialist constituent college of the University of London. ...


Philosophy

The official slogan of The Woodcraft Folk is Span the world with friendship.


Woodcraft is not based upon any particular religious belief or national identity. The organisation welcomes all young people whether they have a religious background or none and much of its work emphasises the importance of international understanding and fellowship. The principles of peace and co-operation are therefore central to everything they do and they endeavour to develop members to have an understanding of some of the issues behind global poverty and conflict in the belief in fashioning a new, better world. A peace dove, widely known as a symbol for peace, featuring an olive branch in the doves beak. ... Co-operation refers to the practice of people or greater entities working in common with commonly agreed-upon goals and possibly methods, instead of working separately in competition. ...


Decision Making

The Woodcraft Folk is a democratic organisation. Policies are decided at annual conference (Annual Gathering), attended by delegates from groups and local districts. Between Annual Gathering responsibility for running the organisation falls on the members of the General Council. The organisation states that they "are proud of the fact that about half of our current General Council are young people under 25 years of age". Democracy (literally rule by the people, from the Greek demos, people, and kratos, rule[1]) is a form of government. ...


The District Fellows (DFs) also have an annual decision making meeting, known as "Althing". This is normally held in October. They have an elected committee where each post is held for two years. Any District Fellow is able to attend and vote on the motions. This is not to say that they are totally independent from the main body of the Woodcraft Folk. District Fellows still have representatives at Annual Gathering, and decisions made there still apply. District Fellows is the 16-20 year old age group within the Woodcraft Folk, a UK-based educational movement for children and young people. ...


Age Groups

Woodcraft Folk groups operate in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. In Wales the organisation is known as Gwerin y Coed. Groups generally meet weekly, their activities including co-operative games, drama, camping trips, craftwork, singing and dancing, as well as following an educational programme based on the organisation's aims and principles. Group nights last between one and two hours, depending on the age of the children or young people. Groups are divided by age. Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area... Motto (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity Wha daur meddle wi me?(Scots)1 Anthem (Multiple unofficial anthems) Scotlands location in Europe Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English, Gaelic, Scots3 Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP  -  First Minister Jack McConnell... Anthem: UK: God Save the Queen Regional: (de facto) Londonderry Air Capital Belfast Largest city Belfast Official languages English (de facto), Irish, Ulster Scots 3, BSL, NISL, ISL Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister of the UK Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Ian Paisley  - Deputy First Minister... This article is about the country. ... Old and new Woodcraft Folk logos The Woodcraft Folk is a UK-based educational movement for children and young people, considered the youth arm of the co-operative movement. ...


Woodchips

Under six. The most recently established age group in the Woodcraft folk the under sixes in the past have been unofficially called Wood pigeons. However with the creation of a official under six section Woodchips as a name was chosen.


Elfins

Six to nine years old


Pioneers

Ten to twelve years old


Venturers

Thirteen to fifteen years old


Venturer events are held nationally every 3 years as well as regional events happening more often such as midnight ice skating at in London or North London Venturer Camp. A National Venturer Camp is held every 3 years so every Venturer can go once. Each camp has an overarching theme and runs activities for the Venturers to attend. The last was held in 2005 at Drum Hill Scout Camp.

Year Theme Location
2005 Peace / Hiroshima Remembrance Drum Hill Scout Camp, Derby
2002 Sustainability / Friendship Woodcraft Park Farm, West Sussex
1999 Lake District

For other uses, see Derby (disambiguation). ... West Sussex is a county in the south of England, bordering onto East Sussex (with Brighton and Hove), Hampshire and Surrey. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

District Fellows

Main article: District Fellows

Sixteen to twenty years District Fellows is the 16-20 year old age group within the Woodcraft Folk, a UK-based educational movement for children and young people. ...


District Fellows (DFs) operate both on a local group level and as a semi-autonomous movement within the Woodcraft Folk. The age group is largely run by the young people through the DF Committee which runs annually three events as well as the AGM - Althing and three open committee meetings called Forum. The Althing (Modern Icelandic Alþingi; Old Norse Alþing) is the national parliament: literally, the all-thing (or General Assembly) of Iceland. ...


DFs are also responsible for the maintenance of their websiteSpan That World and their campaign which at the moment is combating Climate Change.


Funding

The Woodcraft Folk is paid for by weekly subscription from children and young people, adult memberships paid yearly and groups pay annual national registration fees. The Woodcraft Folk has also from its start received substantial support from the Cooperative Movement and is part of Cooperatives UK For cooperative as used in biochemistry, see cooperative binding. ... Cooperatives UK formally the Cooperative Union Is the central membership organisation for co-operative enterprise throughout the UK, promoting co-operative and mutual solutions, working in partnership with their members to build a stronger and increasingly successful co-operative movement. ...

The Woodcraft Folk used to receive a yearly subsidy from the Department for Education and Skills. In 2005, however, the Woodcraft folk lost this grant. The department said that the organisation's claim for a grant lacked detail and that they did not have “sufficiently robust outcome indicators”, meaning that it did not represent a “good value for money”. Although some members of Woodcraft Folk have said that the real reason the funding was stopped is the group's strong stance against the Iraq War. This was the first time in 40 years the organisation was denied funding by the department. The grant money provided a fifth of the funds that helped to pay for Woodcraft Folk's full-time staff and headquarters. Image File history File links WikiNews-Logo. ... Wikinews is a free-content news source and a project of the Wikimedia Foundation. ... The Department for Education and Skills is a department in the United Kingdom government created in 2001. ...


The Woodcraft Folk campaigned to get its funding back and before the May 2005 election was offered a seconded employee from the Department for Education and Skills starting in 2006 for a year and a return to limited funding the year after. The Department for Education and Skills is a department in the United Kingdom government created in 2001. ...


The Woodcraft Folk also receives sporadic funding from grant providers for project work it undertakes such as the London Training grant from the Bridge House Trust. Other recent grants include those for Global Village 2006 from the Department for International Development and the Cooperative Group and for the 18 month Climate Challenge project, provisionally named C-Change, from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Bridge House Estates (also known as the Bridge House Trust) is an ancient London-based trust, still in operation today. ... The Department for International Development (DFID) is a United Kingdom government department, the function of which is to promote sustainable development and eliminate world poverty. // Ministers The Department is headed by Cabinet Minister and Secretary of State for International Development Hilary Benn. ... The Co-operative Group, the trading name of Co-operative Group (CWS) Ltd, is a United Kingdom consumers co-operative, one of the largest consumer-owned businesses in the world. ... The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is the United Kingdom government department responsible for environmental protection, food production and standards, agriculture, fisheries and rural communities in England. ...


Affiliations

International

Although a British organisation, it has sister organisations throughout the world, by being a part of the Brussels-based federation of progressive youth organisations, the International Falcon Movement - Socialist Education International (IFM-SEI). Nickname: The Capital Of Europe, Comic City City of a 100 Museums[] Map showing the location of Brussels in Belgium Coordinates: Country Belgium Region Brussels-Capital Region Founded 979 Founded (Region) June 18, 1989  - Mayor (Municipality) Freddy Thielemans Area    - City 162 (Region) km²  (62. ... The International Falcon Movement - Socialist Education International (IFM-SEI) is an international non-profit organisation, struggling for childrens rights. ...


The IFM-SEI links together like-minded progressive youth organisations in many parts of the world, though its strongest affiliates are in Western Europe. It has a small secretariat based in Brussels. The Woodcraft Folk's General Secretary - Andy Piercy sits on the Control Commission of IFM-SEI and Tamsin Pearce is Vice-President of IFM-SEI from the Woodcraft Folk, both of these posts are held until 2007.


International camps where similar organisations can meet up and network are held every year in different countries. Internaional camps take place in England every 5 to 6 years or so.


Voluntary sector

The Woodcraft Folk is affiliated to NCVO, National Council for Voluntary Organisations, and to the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. The National Council for Voluntary Organisatons (NCVO) is the umbrella body for the voluntary sector in England. ... The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is the national infrastructure body representing voluntary sector organisations in Scotland. ...


In the development education, Woodcraft is an affiliate of the Development Education Association (DEA).


Youth service

The main youth ‘quango’ is the NYA, National Youth Agency, to which Woodcraft works closely. The Woodcraft Folk plays an active part in the voluntary youth service, mainly through the NCVYS (pronounced‘nik-vis’), the National Council for Voluntary Youth Service, which also includes groups such as the Scouts and Guides. The National Youth Agency is an independent public agency in the United Kingdom which deals with policy development and providing publications and information services to youth workers in the field. ... It has been suggested that Gimmie 5 be merged into this article or section. ... For the concept of a guide, see guide. ...


The Woodcraft Folk is affiliated to the British Youth Council, at present two members of the Woodcraft Folk's General Council sit on the board of British Youth Council; Lloyd Russell-Moyle and Elle Dodd. The British Youth Council (BYC) promotes the active citizenship of young people, working with them to develop their skills and abilities to participate in decision-making and controlling recourses, encouraging them to work together to take collective action. ...


Co-operative movement

The Woodcraft Folk has since its founding had close links with the co-operative movement, and currently receives considerable financial support from various co-op bodies.


Co-operatives UK (formally the Co-operative Union) is the federation of all co-operatives in the UK. The Woodcraft Folk are members of Co-operatives UK and work closely with the Co-operatives UK's College. Co-operatives UK (formally known simply as the Co-operative Union) is the peak co-operative union (that is a federation of co-operatives) in the United Kingdom. ...


The Co-operative College is based in Manchester and is managed by the Board of Management on behalf of the Co-operatives UK, Woodcraft Folk's General Secretary - Andy Piercy currently sits on the board of the Cooperative College.


Peace movement

The Woodcraft Folk are members of the Stop the War Coalition and affiliated to the National Peace Council, the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) and work closely with many local CND branches. The Stop the War Coalition (StWC) (informally just Stop the War) is a UK anti-war group set up on 21 September 2001. ... The National Peace Council, founded in 1908, has acted as the co-ordinating body for almost 200 groups across Britain, with a membership ranging from small village peace groups to national trade unions and local authorities. ... Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) is a UK-based organisation which campaigns for an end to the international arms trade. ... CND logo In British politics, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has been at the forefront of the peace movement in the United Kingdom and claims to be Europes largest single-issue peace campaign. ...


Outdoor/environmental movements

Affiliations are held with the Ramblers Association (RA), and Woodcraft Folk have a close relationship with Youth Hostels Association (YHA) attending the AGM and other statutory meetings. Woodcraft Folk is affiliated to the Council for Environmental Education (CEE) and the The Central Council of Physical Recreation (UK) (CCPR). The Ramblers Association is the largest organisation in the British Isles to look after the interests of walkers (or ramblers) in Britain. ... YHA is an initialism or abbreviation for Youth Hostels Association, for example that of England, Wales, and Australia. ... The Central Council of Physical Recreation (CCPR) is the national representative body for national sports organisations in the United Kingdom. ...


The Forest School Camps (FSC) organisation, which organises democratically-run camps for children and young people, has very similar objectives to the Woodcraft Folk with shared historical links which continue today. Forest School Camps (FSC) is an organisation based in England that origininated in 1948, it runs camps for children under 18 years of age as well as various environmental projects. ...


General Secretaries and Chairs

Year General Secretary Chair of General Council
2007 Kirsty Palmer / Andy Piercy (Retiring) Richard Lace
2006 Chris Pyke (Acting) / Andy Piercy Richard Lace
2005 Andy Piercy / Chris Pyke (Acting) Jess Cawley
2004 - 2002 Andy Piercy Tamsin Pearce
2002 - 1999 Andy Piercy Jess Cawley

Events

Global Village 2006 Logo
Global Village 2006 Logo

As well as smaller events organised by local and regional groups, the Woodcraft Folk also organise several larger camps. These include a camp for Venturers (see above) held every three years and an International Camp, usually held every five to six years. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (917x1000, 381 KB) Summary Global Village 2006 - IFM-SEI Youth Festival Licensing This is a logo of an organization, item, or event, and is protected by copyright and/or trademark. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (917x1000, 381 KB) Summary Global Village 2006 - IFM-SEI Youth Festival Licensing This is a logo of an organization, item, or event, and is protected by copyright and/or trademark. ...


The last such event, the Global Village Youth Festival of 2006, was the first in over 60 years to be held as an official IFM-SEI camp. The International Falcon Movement - Socialist Education International (IFM-SEI) is an international non-profit organisation, struggling for childrens rights. ...


Woodcraft World

Woodcraft World is a seasonal members magazine that brings news from inside the Woodcraft Folk as well as worldwide news on events of interest to members of the Woodcraft Folk. The Woodcraft World Archives can be found on the Official Woodcraft Folk website.


See also

District Fellows is the 16-20 year old age group within the Woodcraft Folk, a UK-based educational movement for children and young people. ... Sust n Able is the Woodcraft Folks programme of education for sustainable development. ... The International Falcon Movement - Socialist Education International (IFM-SEI) is an international non-profit organisation, struggling for childrens rights. ... A recreational/educational philosophy devised by Ernest Thompson Seton in the early years of the 20th Century, for young people based on camping, outdoor skills and crafts. ... The Woodland Indians was a youth program established by Ernest Thompson Seton. ...

External links


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The Woodcraft Folk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (432 words)
The Woodcraft Folk is a UK-based educational movement for children and young people, considered the youth arm of the co-operative movement.
The Woodcraft Folk was established by Leslie Paul in 1925 after the south London co-operative groups challenged Hargrave's authoritarian tendencies over his refusal to recognise a local group called "The Brockleything" and broke away from the Kindred.
The name 'woodcraft' was used by the influential writer and naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton at the turn of the twentieth century when setting up the American proto-scouting organisation Woodcraft Indians, and in this context meant the skill of living in the open air, close to nature.
The Woodcraft Folk - definition of The Woodcraft Folk in Encyclopedia (345 words)
The Woodcraft Folk was established in 1925 after the south London co-operative groups challenged Hargrave's authoritarian tendencies and broke away from the Kindred.
Woodcraft Folk groups operate in England, Scotland and Wales, generally meeting weekly, and their activities include co-operative games, drama, craftwork, singing and dancing, as well as following an educational programme based on the organisations aims and principles.
The official slogan of the Woodcraft Folk is; Span the world with friendship; Although a British organisation, they have sister organisations throughout the world, by being a part of the Brussels-based federation of progressive youth organisations, the International Falcon Movement (IFM-SEI).
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