We're still meeting outside - even in January/February. The children and young people don't seem to mind. You'll even see them removing jackets and coats during the evening.We're two leaders down this week because of Covid, but we're really grateful to parents who have offered to help keep the sessions going.
After several months of virtual meets, we're back meeting for real!
The Zoom meetings were a great success - necessity was definitely the mother of invention. The group leaders, and the young people equally, put a huge effort into the virtual meetings. The children had some great ideas for meetings and had material prepared well in advance. But after six months, everyone was feeling the need to meet in person.
So the group leaders took the decision to meet at Heatham House from the start of the autumn term. (As an educational charity Woodcraft Folk is exempt from the 'rule of six'. Youth work is seen as essential and organised activities can continue, providing we are no more than fifteen in a 'bubble'.) However, we also took the decision to meet outdoors to keep everyone as safe as we can.
The shortening hours of daylight present a challenge, not a problem, and we have adapted really well. Last week, the children took advantage of the gloom to learn morse code and send messages with torch signals from one bubble to another. You'd be amazed how much fun they had in the dark (and the rain ).
And this week we have an evening of silhouette games.
Where there's a will there's a way.
And that's quite enough proverbs for one blog.
This week Hounslow & Twickenham Woodcraft Folk hosted our first virtual on-line session since face to face meetings in Twickenham were postponed (due to COVID-19).
We found out each others' news; played 'fortunately/unfortunately' on a pretend explorer trip to Europe (ended up getting eaten by a bear); did some group dragon drawing; sang the 'Elephant in the attic' action song; and sowed some seeds that (hopefully) will grow into a dinosaur garden.
At a national level Woodcraft is also laying on on-line sessions and resources, just check out the calendar on our web site https://woodcraft.org.uk/calendar
Please use the contact form on this website if you'd like to get involved.
Use the calendar or list of months to view entries made on those dates.