All our leaders are volunteers over the age of 18. They come from a very wide range of backgrounds and occupations. Most have either been members of Woodcraft themselves as youngsters or have children who are members. All have been subject to clearance by the Criminal Records Bureau.
The South Western Region of Woodcraft provides ongoing training for leaders and group leaders meet regularly to plan activities and discuss problems. We are kept up-to-date on the latest developments in Woodcraft and good practice through regular newsletters from our national organisation.
Oxford leaders welcome the support of parents and guardians, many of whom help out occasionally at group nights or (especially in the case of Elfins) help out on camp. If parents do want to come along on an overnight activity they must become full members (for insurance purposes) and be subject to clearance through the Criminal Records Bureau.
In Woodcraft leaders are mainly, falicitators and co-ordinators and the real impulse behind all our decision-making comes from the young people themselves. Everyone gets a say in how things are run. This means that things don't always run as smoothly as they might or happen as quickly as they should, but Woodcraft is built on foundations of democracy and we feel that by sacrificing efficiency, we help young people to learn the value of this vital principle.
Being a Woodcraft leader involves a big commitment, both in terms of time and energy, but it is hugely worthwhile. The opportunity to work with young people to help them to build a better world is very rewarding, but above all the chance to camp, abseil, build campfires and to do all the other things that the young people get involved in, make it tremendous FUN!