Join Woodcraft Folk

At Woodcraft Folk we believe passionately in equality and co-operation – everyone is welcome to join our groups.

Every week thousands of volunteers and young people meet in school halls, community venues and a host of other places to learn about big ideas through fun activities like singing, playing and debating. Our aim is to have great fun, but also to try and develop children’s self-confidence and build their awareness of society around them. Through our activities, outings and camps we help our members understand important issues like the environment, world debt and global conflict and, in recent years, we have focused on sustainable development.

By encouraging children to think, we hope they will help build a peaceful, fairer world.

To find out where your local groups are and how your child can join click here

 More information about what our groups do and how we are organised please visit these sections on our website.


Why join Woodcraft Folk?

  • It is a great way of supporting Woodcraft Folk’s work.
  • It allows you to keep up to date with what we are doing via regular e-newsletters and The Courier, our termly newspaper.
  • It means you can volunteer regularly with our groups or attend residential events.


Who joins Woodcraft Folk?

  • Volunteers with our groups – if you are regularly volunteering with our young people or going on a residential then you need to be a member.
  • Parents of our young people – becoming a member allows parents to keep up to date with what we're doing as an organisation and to be more in touch with what their children are involved in.
  • District Fellows – our semi-autonomous 16-21 year old age group have their own elected committee, camps and events.  Some meet in local groups or help with their local district and others are ‘lone members’ involved on a national level.
  • Children and young people who already attend our groups – Children under the age of 16 are considered to be members of Woodcraft Folk by virtue of attending a group. However there is no age restriction on national membership and some of our young people choose to be members in their own right, as well as through attending a regular group night. Membership for under 16s is free.
  • Supporters – those who share our values and want to regularly support us and be a part of our organisation; these include people who were involved when they were younger, people from the co-operative and trade union movements and those with a local group but without the time or skills to volunteer. Supporters are known as Friends of the Folk.


How much does it cost to join?

  • Waged: £30 a year - a direct debit option to pay this in instalments through the year is available.
  • Low income / unwaged: £12 a year - a direct debit option to pay this in instalments through the year is available.
  • Under 16 years old: Free.
  • 16 year olds who want to join for a special 5 year membership can do so for £60 (5 x £12 low income / unwaged rate).


How do I join Woodcraft Folk?

  1. Join online:
  • You first need to create a user account on this site. Please go to the user registration page and follow the instructions listed there. We just need your email address and a username - please supply the email address you'd like all your Woodcraft membership communications to go to.
  • After creating your user account, log into the website and click on the join/renew button to the top righthand corner of the screen.
  • You'll be taken to the payment page where you can pay for your membership securely and easily on line.
  • If you decide to pay you membership fees by Direct Debit you will need to create your DD instruction first and then go the 'my account' section (found in the 'logged in as box' to bottom left of the homepage) to complete your 'Individual Details' and submit. 
  • You've now completed your online Woodcraft Folk membership application. You'll shortly receive an email from our national office welcoming you to Woodcraft Folk and advising you on the next steps of the membership process. If you're regularly volunteering with children & young people you'll be instructed on how to complete a DBS application for us and who to give your referee details to. 

2. Or join through your local district:

  • Speak to your District Membership Secretary and they will be able to process your membership on paper.
  • Download a Membership Application Form to print off and complete by hand.


How do I find out more about membership?

How would I cancel my membership? 

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If you're already a member of Woodcraft Folk, and want to renew your membership, log in and visit Please DO NOT use this registration section. To get a reminder of your log in details, just click 'request new password' in the dark green box in the top right of the site.