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Monday, 28 January 2013

Cooperation (2013-01-28)

We started with Circle News, Dylan and Ivo showed us their certificates and Dylan's medal from their karate grading. Flora has moved up a grade in gymnastics. Molly can do a cartwheel. Nia has been making a dragon. Magnus went to the deep, dark wood. Kobi has lost two teeth and Tessa told us that her grandfather has died.

We discussed which Parachute Games to play and decided upon Mushroom and Shark Attack

Finally we added balls to the parachute to illustrate Cooperation and the way in which the group can reach Consensus by controlling the ball to send it to a named person or roll all the balls, together, around the edge of the parachute.

We ended with the Closing Circle Song.

Leaders: Tegan, Tim
Helpers: Lisbeth, Emily, Liz, Renno, Jeff
Elfs: 20
Woodchips: 2

Monday, 21 January 2013

The Woodcraft Motto (2013-01-21)

We started with a game of Octopus, whilst people arrived.

We held a circle and gave our News and introduced ourselves again. Most of us had been out in the snow, Izzy has her sixth birthday tomorrow. Flo has hers in February. Connie was on television as her school was part of a program about reading. One of Ivo's cats died.

After News we discussed what rules we needed for the group. Both the children and the adults suggested rules, which are given below and have also been placed on the website links.

Iffley Elfins Rules
No violence
Don’t talk while others are speaking
Have fun
No swearing
Only one bit of News
Include everyone in activities
Stay off the Equipment
When someone shouts Woodcraft stop what you are doing and shout Folk!
Do not run near fire
Do what you are told
Don’t be stroppy
Do not make personal remarks
Don’t sit in the middle of the circle

Next we played friendship games. Tegan had printed sheets with activities. We split into pairs with an activity sheet. Each pair found another and did an activity with them, and then gave each other a sticker!

Sing a song or say a poem with the other pair.  
Stand in a circle and pass the ball around it. How fast can you go before you drop it?  
Try to make the other pair laugh. Tell a joke, make funny faces. When you have made them laugh swap over and see if they can make you laugh.  
Stand in age order. Stand in height order.  
Can your pair and another pair stand on one piece of paper without touching the ground? How about half a piece of paper?  
Think of an animal. Tell the other pair what letter that animal starts with. They can ask yes/no questions until they guess the animal.  
Find out all the names of the people in the other pair including middle names. What would their name be if you said the names backwards?  
Act out a job. Can the other pair guess what it is?  
Make a machine with the other pair. It can be any kind of machine but everyone needs to play a part.  
Draw round each others hands and cut them out. Write your name and the name of the persons whose hands you have drawn on it.  
Make a friendship bracelet.  
Play a game of picture consequences.  

After a biscuit we held a final Circle and sang Happy Birthday to Izzy and then ended with the Circle Song.

Leaders: Tegan, Debbie, Tim
Helpers: Emily, Liz, Ellen, Jeff
Elfs: 17
Woodchips: 1

Monday, 14 January 2013

The Woodcraft Logo (2013-01-14)

We started with game of Octopus, whilst people arrived.

We had lots of new joiners in our first session of term. We introduced ourselves in Circle News and welcomed Matilda, L&eacte;na, Izzy, Flo, Hazel, Lotti and Rayan. Also lots of new parents: Emily, Liz, Ruth and Rana. Millie-Maye showed us her very nasty cut.

Tegan had some jigsaws of the Woodcraft Logo, with different colours on the reverse side. Everyone picked a piece and joined with others with the same colour. When the Jigsaws were completed we stayed in the groups to play name games.

We decided which name remembering games to play, first we played a name game where we threw a ball (or scarf) to someone in the circle after shouting their name. Then we played Zombie where the zombie in the middle heads towards someone until they shout out someone else's name and the zombie heads for them. If you cannot name someone else before the zombie gets you then you become the zombie.

Tegan then led a circle where we talked about the meaning of the Woodcraft Logo and then everyone drew their own versions of the logo.

We ended with the Circle Song.

Leaders: Tegan, Debbie, Tim
Helpers: Emily, Liz, Ruth, Rana
Elfs: 20
Woodchips: 1


Woodcraft Folk still bears a strong resemblance to the first groups that were set up in 1924 in south London.

Back then it was fairly radical for a youth movement to include both boys and girls, which is how Woodcraft Folk has always been, though today it is becoming more mainstream.

And our strong camping tradition - particularly encouraging young people who live in big cities to go camping and explore the great outdoors - goes back to the very early days of the movement.


Just after the First World War one of the leading figures in the Scouting movement broke away from what he considered to be its militaristic approach and formed the Kindred of the Kibbo Kift.

Kibbo Kift included people of all ages, not just youths, and was open to both sexes. John Hargrave, who founded it, believed the open-air life would help urban people build a new world peace.


But not all members agreed with Hargrave's leadership and in 1924, led by 19-year-old Leslie Paul, some co-operative groups from South London broke away and set up their own organisation, calling it The Woodcraft Folk. It had similarities to the Kibbo Kift, but gradually developed its own character and ethos.

The name

The term 'Woodcraft' was used by the influential writer and naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton at the turn of the twentieth century when setting up the American proto-scouting organisation Woodcraft Indians, and in this context it meant the skill of living in the open air, close to nature - rather than that of making things out of wood.

Our logo

Our logo is round to symbolize equality and democracy, with two trees representing young people. It is set against a rising sun, to show the young regenerating and illuminating the world.