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Started by RoseRed on Nov 14, 2012 9:40:58 AM
Woodcraft Folk

I know several people who were members as children, and they all seem to have had a fantastic time, so I thought I would send my kids along. But the local group has folded, although there are still resources and people willing to give occasional support as well as screw interested families, so I'd have to be more committed than I envisaged in order to get a group going again. Does anyone here have kids who go, or who used to go themselves? Is it worth it, or should I just send them to cubs/brownies?

RoseRed - 14 Nov 2012 17:02:49 (#14 of 74)

That was supposed to be "a few". I am beyond rubbish at using a phone keyboard.

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RosyLovelady - 19 Nov 2012 17:03:41 (#17 of 74)

< do you know Forest School Camps? >

Are they still going strong, Binturong? I went on one of their mobile camps years ago, as a spare adult. I was friends with a family who were related to the founder.

binturong - 20 Nov 2012 12:53:21 (#18 of 74)

They are, rosy. Friend of mine is quite involved - not sure whether she does any staffing these days but she always seems to be going off to stores camp or glee camp, or helping write new editions of the song book.

nrv0us - 08 May 2013 22:21:49 (#19 of 74)

Just spent an hour or so running around in the woods with my kids as part of a W'craft excursion. A bit of drizzle, but they didn't mind a bit. They didn't even have time for a snack after school, but they didn't mind. At 7pm it took me quite a while to convince them to come and get in the car to head home.

((((Woodcraft Folk))))

FGBFGB - 06 Oct 2015 14:29:28 (#20 of 74)

Hundredsand - 10 Oct 2015 07:03:35 (#21 of 74)

I'd never heard of Woodcraft Folk until a friend's son showed me his box containing impressive remains of dead fauna (dead stag beetles).

SlasherBindman - 04 Nov 2015 13:41:12 (#22 of 74)

On the rise in west Leeds.

hailesaladdie - 04 Nov 2015 13:46:16 (#23 of 74)

Oh, I missed this thread. I was in the Woodcraft Folk in Newcastle. It was great!

Link your hands together, a circle we make...

SlasherBindman - 04 Nov 2015 13:47:30 (#24 of 74)

Must have been Jesmond or Gosforth?

hailesaladdie - 04 Nov 2015 13:49:15 (#25 of 74)

South Gosforth, yeah.

<listens to the frantic scribbling of dossier updating>

Eligelis - 04 Nov 2015 13:49:33 (#26 of 74)

anything that gets the kids outdoors and engages them so they want to stay is a good thing.

hailesaladdie - 04 Nov 2015 13:51:07 (#27 of 74)

Yup, we were often driven out to the country in the boots of beaten up old Volvo Estates with "Atomkraft - Nein Danke" stickers in the back window.

RosyLovelady - 04 Nov 2015 13:52:06 (#28 of 74)

Sigh. I wanted to be adopted by a proper family like that.

SlasherBindman - 04 Nov 2015 13:55:23 (#29 of 74)

That was the liberal middle class childhood I never had.

widenation - 04 Nov 2015 14:00:14 (#30 of 74)

Woodcraft was an excellent laugh. Still bump into ex-members 30+ years on.

hailesaladdie - 04 Nov 2015 14:01:42 (#31 of 74)

They all lived in lovely old terraces with odd fronts where iron railings had been cut off during the war and nobody quite knew how to replace them. As it was the 80s, everything inside was stripped wood and pine. The food was pulse-heavy, and the (added on in the 50s) bathroom usually in an odd location.

Teachers featured heavily among the parents' occupations. They were frequently on strike during that period.

Plenty of them were really lefty. Probably where I get it from. But this was Newcastle in the 80s, you couldn't not be.

Jacob_Richter - 04 Nov 2015 14:05:32 (#32 of 74)

Weren't they associated with the Communist Party at one point? If so, you are all Uncle Joe's useful idiots.........or something.

MaisonLazlique - 04 Nov 2015 14:21:13 (#33 of 74)

Not very useful, I wouldn't have thought.

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