How we work


Woodcraft Folk runs on the passion and energy of thousands of volunteers, most of whom help at a local Woodcraft Folk group and who may have been in Woodcraft Folk as children, or whose own children may attend a group. With the support of regional and central resources, local Woodcraft groups decide their own programme and co-ordinate their own events and camps. Young people take an increasingly active role in planning and leading their own activities, and helping with District co-ordination. 

Other volunteers are involved in specific campaigns and projects such as the Edinburgh Powerpod and the PlayOut scheme.

As a registered charity, Woodcraft Folk is guided by a board of trustees called General Council, which is made up of volunteers from all over Woodcraft. 

To find out about becoming a member see our Join Woodcraft Folk Page.


Woodcraft Folk operates across the UK, with a small head office in London supporting volunteers, parents and children. We have a small staff team in Scotland and Wales who support our volunteers in those countries.

We also operate five outdoor centres and two campsites, most of which are staffed.

Read more about our staff team and get in touch here.

Involving the younger members

We encourage and support young people and children to get involved in the running of Woodcraft Folk by contributing ideas and joining committees. Over half of our trustees are under the age of 25.

The international angle

We work in tandem with similar organisations throughout the world and are part of the IFM-SEI movement - an international educational movement that works to empower children and young people and fights for their rights. Woodcraft Folk members get the opportunity to attend camps, courses and workshops abroad with children from many other youth movements.

Our international links help us to span the world with friendship.