The Woodcraft Folk was a national voluntary youth organisation for both boys and girls from six years upwards. It was part of the youth service and was recognised by both central government and local authorities. It was a registered charity.
It was established in 1925 by people who wanted to develop an organisation which combined the skills they had learnt in the Scouting movement with the desire to create a more peaceful and co-operative world for the future.
So, tell me what was special about the Woodcraft Folk
Firstly, it was for both boys and girls, who are given equal opportunities to participate in its activities.
Secondly, it had a co-operative outlook. A central feature of Woodcraft Folk life was working together and sharing in a harmonious and collective environment. Children were encouraged to see the value of co-operation, rather than competition, through games, play and adventure activities. Everyone, even the smallest child, was made to feel involved, part of a team which was working together.
Thirdly, the Folk believed in respect for hildren’s individual rights. They tried to take into account the children’s point of view in all activities and treat them as individual human beings. Both children and leaders were always on first name terms.
The photographs gathered here, belong to Ernie Broom of the Howard Estate, in Bury St Edmunds.
Looking at the photos, I wonder if you can spot anyone you know. Please feel to comment, and identify people if you are able to.