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Suma and the Woodcraft Folk

Submitted by on August 21, 2014 – 11:20 am2 Comments

Woodcraft Folk lanterns

At Suma we have a long friendship with the Woodcraft Folk (WCF or ‘Woodies’), the cooperative young peoples’ organisation. Woodies was founded in 1925 for young people to learn cooperative values and principles through group activities. Similar to Scouts and Guides, many of the Woodies activities are outdoors. Their national motto is ‘Span the World with Friendship’.

Children can join from the age of six and progress through three older age sections before they become self managing and largely autonomous teenage District Fellows (or DFs in ‘Woodiespeak’).
Many local WCF groups come to Suma to supply their camps. One of Suma’s biggest ever single orders was for their International Camp ‘Global Village’ in 2006, where the WCF hosted delegations representing affiliated organisations from all over the world. Suma had to hire an articulated lorry to deliver their order in one go!

Last week Bradford and Leeds Districts WCF held their annual camp at a Scout campsite in the hills near Bradford. Apart from cooking and looking after the camp cooperatively, young people and their adults enjoyed arts and crafts activities, games (including wide games across the whole hillside), dancing, singing, and learning to play musical instruments. They also took part in outdoor activities that included campfires, bushcraft, orienteering, bug hunts, and night walks.

The picture is from the closing ceremony which was light hearted but very moving. It shows lanterns made at the camp reflected in the pond.

If you would like to be involved as an adult or know a child which might like to learn about the Woodies you can find out more on their website

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  • Bob Cannell says:

    I was asked how people could learn the skills of cooperation. Get them to join woodcraft as a child. Woodie graduates have all the confidence of public school old boys and girls but without the arrogance.
    Even adults can learn (from the young people mostly).
    So go join your local Woodie group if you want to promote a cooperative world.

  • AdamC says:

    You can find your local group here

    Don’t despair if you have no local group, consider setting up a new group with your community, more on this over here:

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