Hands In!


About Hands In!

Hands In! were UK-wide activities set by the TREE Steering Group for the spring term (January to March), when groups across our movement have been doing activities to link us together as one. In the past  we've created beautiful quilts and had fun geocaching.

The Hands In! project has now come to an end, however groups can continue to link together through shared activities that reflect our aims and principles. Many of you will remember your first experience of a national Woodcraft Folk event and the amazing feeling of being part of a movement where anything is possible. This feeling is too important to leave behind when we pack away our tents... Some people are members of the Folk for years before finding out what happens beyond their group, and others never do.

Have a look below to get some inspiration from Hands In! shared activities in previous years. 

Hands In! 2013 - Geocaching 

For Hands In 2013 we asked Woodcraft groups to venture outdoors with one aim and one aim alone; CACHE!! (not to be confused with cash...) Find out what happened by clicking here.


Hands In! 2014 – Linking us together through stories

It’s great to receive something in the post but this happens less and less with the age of emails and texts. So for 2014 Hands In! we wanted to reclaim the pen and paper and use it to help link us all together. In 2014 we decided on three possible creative writing activities to give more choice in how groups get involved:

1.       Link your stories together. An exciting first paragraph of a story will be sent out to groups, who will be asked to write the next paragraph of the adventure before sending it on to the next group. After visiting groups around the country we will collect these stories and share them with everyone.

2.       Link your words together. We want your group use their creative writing skills and create poems based on our aims and principles. We will then collect a selection of these into a poetry book to be shared with movement. We also feel this will be great way to introduce Woodcraft to others.

3.       Link your games/songs together. Every group has a favourite game or song and we want you to share these. We will do this through a chain letter going from group to group filled with more games and songs as it goes.

Click here to find out what happened.

Hands In 2012 – Regional Quilts 

Click here to find out what happened for Hands In! in 2012. 

Helpful links:

Hands In Case study

Group night activity plans for geo-caching, quilt-making, poetry etc