The cost for five days is £125 (£120 early bird), this applies to any district or delegation from any Woodcraft Folk, IFM-SEI or related organisation.
Travelling from mainland Europe, ferries travel to Dover, Folkestone and Portsmouth and the Eurostar train arrives in London. There are several airports in London and the South East. Please check Info-Pack Version 1, in the Resources section for more guidance on arriving at Common Ground.
We expect between 2,000 and 3,000 people. Many people will be members of the Woodcraft Folk, but there will also be groups from across the world at the camp from our umbrella organisation IFM-SEI. You can find a list of IFM-SEI member organisations on their website.
International friendship is a central idea of Woodcraft and by participating in, helping to build and contributing to Common Ground you’ll be a part of a really large community striving to make the world a better place.
These camps don’t happen in the UK very often — the last time Woodcraft Folk hosted an international camp was in 2011 — so this may be the best opportunity for children and adults to experience such a fantastic event.
Western Europe – £205 (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Spain/Catalonia, Sweden, Switzerland, UK)
Eastern Europe, some Middle East – £155 (Armenia, Belarus , Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Israel) or £95 for 5 days
Latin America, Asia, Africa and some Middle East – £105 (Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Western Sahara, Zimbabwe, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Nicaragua, Peru, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Palestine).
Excluded: Travel costs, the first bottle of gas, cooking equipment, village / kitchen tents, tables, chairs or benches. Craft materials for village day activities.
The cost for five days is £125 (£120 if booked and paid before 1st Dec 2019), this applies to any district or delegation from any Woodcraft Folk, IFM-SEI or related organisation.
Anyone aged 0 – 4 on the first day of camp (1st August 2020) can attend Common Ground for free (accompanied by a carer). Full-time carers for young people with specific additional needs may be able to attend for free – email email@example.com to discuss this more.
Please make all cheques payable to “The Woodcraft Folk” Please let us know which district and individuals the cheque is payment for, and write your unique reference number starting “CG” on the back of the cheque. Post your cheque to: The Woodcraft Folk, Unit 9/10, 83 Crampton Street, London, SE17 3BQ
Paying by bank transfer:
Account name: The Woodcraft Folk
Account number: 2039 2756
Sort code: 60 83 01
Use your unique reference, (CG-four digits) for all payments. You can leave out the hyphen if your bank accepts letters and numbers only. If you have paid without a reference number, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know the amount, the payment date and who it was for. We can then match it to your booking and bring your payment record up to date.
For international bank transfers you will also need the information below.
Swift Code (BIC): NWBKGB2L
IBAN Number: GB93NWBK60023571418024
IMPORTANT: Please request a Foreign payment , NOT Swift payment or International money transfer.
If you are 16 – 21 and from the UK: you can book on as a lone participant. However where possible you should book as part of a larger group e.g. your district or delegation. Coming along as part of a group will make it more fun and might be better financially. Have a think of any groups you have previously been a part of, or any groups that exist near where you live now.
If you are over 21: These camps are primarily for young people. We expect all over 21-year-olds to have taken on some responsibility within their village or on the central camp team. Capable adult volunteers are extremely welcome, but please contact the district directly that you have most recently been involved with.
Between 3 and 5 villages will come together to form a Town. A town is around 500 people and will have a shared Commons area which has one tent big enough to hold informal evening programme and other low-key activities.
As the central organising team we want to ensure that everyone has a tent to sleep in and a village to be part of with kitchen tent and marquee. Occasionally this might involve asking districts to welcome delegations into their village and lend a few sleeping tents for the camp.
1 adult volunteer to every 3 children aged 0 – 5
1 adult volunteer to every 5 children aged 6 – 9
1 adult volunteer to every 8 children aged 10 – 12 and
1 adult volunteer to every 10 children aged 13 – 15.
Villages will need tents for individuals to sleep in, Kitchen tents with cooking equipment and a marquee to eat under if it rains. Woodcraft districts will need to bring this with them to Common Ground as well as tables and benches if they want them.
If you are coming from another country by plane, your host Woodcraft Folk district may have equipment they can lend you. If you are a Woodcraft district you may be able to apply for funding for new camping equipment. See the Fundraising page for tips. If you are a small or new Woodcraft Folk district you may be able to share equipment with a larger, more established district.
1. Most delegations will be from Europe. They will pay for their own travel and camp fees. However the delegation may travel by plane and might need some sleeping tents provided.
2. Some districts from outside Europe will need extra fundraising support, due to the high travel costs and financial position. Some districts might choose to fundraise for one of these ‘Solidarity’ delegations to cover some or all of the travel costs and camp fees providing sleeping tents and hosting them in their village.
We may also ask a European delegation to support or link with a solidarity delegation, especially delegations who are well equipped and/or will travel over land.
Villages will be split into teams of 10 – 15 people called clans. Clans will take turns to cook meals, wash up equipment and keep the site clean. The clan duty is purposefully split amongst enough participants, to allow everyone the chance to enjoy the central programme and other activities, beyond their own village.
There aren’t shops within walking distance but some camp cafes will be set up around the site, so that you can buy a hot drink or a special treat like cake.
The Kent County Showground is large and has some newly built/ refurbished buildings since our last international camp in 2006. They have been hosting similar camps regularly in recent years. There will be amplified music in the evenings for those who want it, but it will be inside a building, at a distance from any campers, with sound insulation.
We are considering having one or two nights where music will go on later than 11.30pm and this will be discussed at pre-camp in May 2020. Every other evening, villages and towns can make arrangements for lower-key programme in their own areas, including acoustic music, games or local performances.
By making this early and clear decision about this event we are also offering our children, young people and volunteers the best chance of social distancing at a time when the pandemic is expected to be most impactful.
1) Work on funding applications to trusts and foundations.
2) You could make an eBay auction of unwanted items from group members, friends and family. Larger items in particular can fetch a good price online. Compared to bake sales and community fundraising events, your upfront costs are close to zero.
3) Set up a crowdfunding page and cascade this as widely as possible.
4) Write to your local Lions Clubs and Rotary Clubs. A template letter available from email@example.com
5) Make a fundraising map of connections your group members have. Create a shared document where you can all add local companies, high profile individuals or organisations in your social network. Remember, donations are more likely using personal contacts! And do not feel embarrassed to ask. You are not asking for yourself, you are asking for the young people in your group.