What is “Woodcraft”?
The Woodcraft Folk as an organisation started
in 1925 in South East London. The word “Woodcraft” was used by
the writer and naturalist
Ernest Thompson Seton in the early 1900s to describe the skills needed
to live in the open air, close to nature.
The Woodcraft Folk head office is in London and provides various
services to district organisations, groups and individuals. Have
a look at the
Woodcraft Folk website for more information.
About Cambridge District Woodcraft Folk
Woodcraft Folk in Cambridge is a parent-led voluntary organisation
which is a part of the national registered charity.
Representatives from each group meet together monthly to discuss
relevant issues and organise district-wide events such as camps,
The present Cambridge District organisation was started in 1981 with
an ‘Elfin’ group meeting in the Grove School, Arbury. In the 25 years
since, many groups have opened and some have closed as children have
grown up and moved on. Currently there are six groups in the City.
Through our activities, which include co-operative games, discussion, drama,
craft, singing, hiking and camping, our members learn the values of
co-operation, democracy, friendship and peace. We try to give members
an understanding, at a level appropriate to them, of important issues
such as the environment, world debt and global conflict, with a key
focus in recent years being sustainable development.
We do not have a set uniform; although our members often
choose to wear green T-shirts or Sweatshirts with logos; or T-shirts
or ‘woodie hoodies’ designed by our own youth groups.