THE CO-OPERATIVE PUBLICATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CO-OPERATION
>>Knackered but what an incredible week!
7 Looking Back
Ten Days We’ll Never Forget Zoe Waterman n Chair of the CoCamp Co-operative Board
hink back to ten days ago, when 2500 individuals woke up in their houses and flats, caravans and tents in Palestine and Portsmouth; in South Downs and South Africa; in Belgium and Bromley young people and adults picked up their bags and set off to be a part of a new community, of a vision of co-operation in action. Nine days ago we woke up in our new villages, members of a co-operative dream, each one of us ready to make that dream a reality. Over the following days new friends were made; new ideas and ideologies created and explored; and new skills discovered and shared.
Here in our community are four vibrant town centres, complete with libraries, Town Halls and independent cafes, the heart and soul of their communities. Our libraries have been the life blood of our towns, a hub of information and creativity and the go to place for fun and discussion. Our Town Halls have been a place to come together and celebrate our community, our abilities and our vision for the future. Our cafes have been a place to meet and debate, for ideas to flow and ideologies to be formed. Our campfires and marquees, stages and kitchens have been full of possibility, of positivity and of a belief that another world is possible.
on co-operation and co-operatives, the underpinning ideology of our CoCamp community. Today we are not 2500 individuals, today we stand as one community, as a body of people ready to take these ideas back with us to our
Here in Sherwood Forest we have built a community based on mutual respect and understanding, on empowerment and openness, on sharing and working together for the good of us all – and all of this is based
homes and schools, our workplaces and organisations. Ready to say this is no longer a dream, this is our reality. This is not an idle hope; this is what we, the youth of the world, can forge into our future.
Palestine and Portsmouth; in South Downs and South Africa; in Belgium and Bromley young people and adults set off to be a part of a new community, of a vision of co-operation in action.
Saffron Macdonald (12) Pioneer. Poet Laureate of CoCamp Ten Days We’ll Never Forget Sitting in a field, surrounded by friends, Thousands of people wishing it will not end. Ten days a year is all we get, But these are ten days we’ll never forget. So many people, so many beings, eings, g All wishing for the same things inggs Peace, love, joy and health Put all weapons back on thee shelf. s Thank the people who, Let this camp be. The tents the expense, The fees and marquees. Till world peace can be let,, These are ten days we’ll never everr forget. All the friends we have met, These are ten days we’ll never forget. When we’re in a world of politics and debt, These are ten days we’ll never forget. We span the world with friendship, Love and peace, to understand we won’t cease. When ten days a year is all we get, These are ten days we’ll never forget.
News & Comment L Lena Ulbrich, Karla Presch & K Nicholas Schwickrath. N All Together Against A Climate Change C
No Sustainability Without Activity
t is nice to talk and discuss about climate change protection and sustainabilty, but there will be no change without activies and interventions. Therefore 20 young adults from 9 European countries decided to run campaigns against climate change in their home countries.
flashmob to get attention and a short rt movie night before the game is released. Our campaign is going veryy well and we hope that it`s going to bee successful.”
Palestine, my Darling... Amani Lefdawi IYF Palestine Delegation Member
Palestine, my darling, living in the Arabic heart, still in your memories a Co-Op In A Box thousand of dreams, A few “Co-op in a box” kits are still available. and a thousand of hopes, Want one to take I wish you will return to us, home and use in your Palestine, you are always and group night? will forever See Julie in Village 6 be in our minds, raising the voice of Muslims and church bells announcing the freedom of Jerusalem, to return all who pray to al aqsa and al mahd, to their mosque and church, hope refreshes the heart, soon spoken by the words of God, and PALESTINE always in our memories.
While Adriana and Enoch from m Norway focused on sustainability in n the transporting system. Their aim is
20 young adults from 9 countries running campaigns against climate change in their home countries.
In May we met in Germany for 10 days to learn about climate change and how to run campaigns. In this training course every country-group developt their ideas and the first actions for the campaigns. We had a lot of fun and in our first small street action we suceeded “all together” at the Kennedyplatz in Essen ( Germany ).
My Journey to CoCamp Walaa Tbhaki IYF Palestine Delegation Member
Motivated back in our home countries we began to realise our ideas: Artis,
Get Involved! A recycling bazar will be held at 2:30 pm in Blue Cedar town centre to share our clothes and to talk about consumer behaviour and its connection to CC.
Liana and Zane from Latvia started right after they got home: “We are making a simulation game about Climate Change. The aim of this game is to get statistics, educate people about green lifestyle and encourage them to take action against climate change. We are going to make a
ATACC on the discovery of facepaper. “It’s like facebook, but on paper.” says Kat Budd.
to reduce transportation by car or truck. Here in CoCamp we came back together again to share our progress and to help each other improving their campaigns. We successfully integrated our project “ATACC” into CoCamp by running a variety of fun, educational, and critical workshops ( e.g. slogans and street actions against climate change, green fairytales or the potato marathon).
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Helping with everything, g, cooki cooking food for RAMADAN, playing games with people from all over the world and attending different culture sessions is really the greatest thing I’ve ever done.
@AdamRamsay Just about to arrive at #cocamp - the @woodcraftfolk camp - to run campaigning training. Then, they shall vanquish the dark forces of evil.
Venturers Bivvy Too! extra layers can solve that, and it was just as comfy. Bivvying Venturer It was definitely worth any The day before yesterday in The Courier discomfort, however, to open my eyes, I was amazed to see not one but two to see the sky in the morning, and to articles about elfin bivvying. But it’s get breakfast in bed! not just elfins who’ve been slumbering sleepily under the starry skys. I read the article having just woken up my first night without a roof over my head along with some other venturers.
Ok, it wasn’t strictly bivvying (we were just in our sleeping bags on a groundsheet) but sleeping outside is definitely the way to go. It was only Brighton Hill Fort venturers on their Bivvy slightly colder than in the tent but
A 1:00 pm on Thursday 28th of July, 2011, I At pa packed my bags and I travelled (50) km from He Hebron “my hometown” to Jericho bridge, it too took more than one hour and a half because of the t queues on the “container” check point. When I arrived to the Jericho Bridge, I had to Whe cross three bridges: the Palestinian autho authority, the Israeli and the Jordanian bridge bridges. It took more than 5 hours to finish passin passing the last bridge, “which is less than 10 km away” there were so many people waiting to cross it. After being exhausted from passing those bridges, I met the (IYF) who are participating with me in CoCamp. We went to the airport. Finally, we arrived in London at 10:00 am, got some rest and went directly to Walesby Forest, where the camp is. Taking part in CoCamp is a great opportunity that was given to me. Helping with everything, cooking food for RAMADAN, playing games with people from all over the world and attending different culture sessions is really the greatest thing I’ve ever done. As I may not get a chance to come again, I’ll try to do my best to arrange a similar camp and give other Palestinians the same chance I had.
Bushcraft Adventure Luc, Jack and an Samuel Bee Boys
But luckily none of us got stung and last night we decided to go back and have another go but a bit further away from the
We were going to have a midnight feast in the woods but we got the surprise of our lives as we started the fire for our storm kettle. Instead of drinking hot chocolate we heard the adults scream “Run, quick run!” One of them had accidentally stepped on a guy rope that knocked a stick into a very angry wasps' nest. The wasps started to chase the adults. One went up someone's trousers, nest. We had a hot drink, told stories and another down a t-shirt. It wasn't pleasant – 14 slept in our bivvy bags. This time it was a stings amongst 4 adults! much quieter adventure which we loved!
“Instead of drinking hot chocolate we heard the adults scream “Run, quick run!””
Looking Forward Lloyd Russel-Moyle Chairperson of W Woodcraft Folk
& Jon Nott General Secretary
As we start to think about going home, packing up the tents, using up the last pints of milk and heading across the country and the world, our thoughts are already starting to turn to Project Koodoo, the exciting project to secure a new national campsite for our next international camp.
Will be available online after camp. Keep an eye on woodcraft.org.uk
The friendships that we have built here will last a lifetime, the foundations of a new world. But we cannot do it alone. Only if our groups connect to the local and global struggles will we achieve our vision. We need to build and strengthen our relationships with the Co-operative and Trade Union movements. Our future will not be built on greed and cuts but through collaboration with our partners, our friends and getting the wider movement to see Woodcraft Folk as the natural place to do their politics and to change the world though education.
KOODOO TOGETHER WE CAN
In 2017 the world will, yet again, be a different place than today. Let it be a world of a stronger Woodcraft Folk, a Woodcraft Folk that is the youth movement of the Co-operative and the Trade Unions and part of a united force against neo-liberalism and for socialism. A world where we have more groups, more young people learning the Woodcraft Way, where project We are delighted by the enthusiasm from Koodoo has been achieved. members of all ages for our plans and dreams for our new site. All these dreams and more can Don’t just let wait for that world to be – make come true if we continue to build on the spirit that world now, get moving, get active and we’ll of co-operation that has permeated this camp. see you in 2017.
The folk will only survive and thrive if we revitalise our group work; setting up new groups, keeping old ones going or reviving struggling groups. Project Koodoo complements our ongoing commitment to group work. We all have a role to play - if you are an elfin, make sure your friends, family and school are all as excited as we are about project Koodoo and about starting new groups in new areas. If you are a DF, maybe it’s time to offer to lead a group or take on a district responsibility. If you are a parent who likes Woodcraft Folk, but isn’t sure how to get involved then now is your time to help out. Those of us who are active already need to create spaces for all to get involved, in Project Koodoo and in the growth of our groups. The folk will only survive and thrive if we revitalise our group work; setting up new groups, keeping old ones going or reviving struggling groups. Group work must be our focus. In 2017 we want our international camp to be bigger and better, with more members and more groups - we need to start now. General Council is working with groups to achieve 10% year on year growth. The challenge is yours to make sure that Woodcraft reaches its 100th birthday stronger than ever.
Nemos Thorpe Village 19
Vegetarianism should be the default menu for Woodcraft Folk
We need to do more to make sure that we are representative of young leaders and local activists Joel White > “The Future of DFs” > Below
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n the Woodcraft Folk we already teach a lot on sustainability and there's been talk before about the environmental impact of food. Many Woodies are vegetarians and we cater for veggies much better than most of our European counterpart organisations. So why do we not show this off? Why don't we encourage our members to become vegetarian and actively promote vegetarianism, or at least reduced-meat diets at our events?
Some meat eaters may have missed the meat but most didn't even think about it! From an environmental perspective there's even more reason to become a vegan, however that makes it much more challenging to eat a balanced and satisfying diet. Already abolishing meat from one's diet drastically reduces their ecological footprint; and in a world with rising populations and food shortages it makes sense to produce less food that takes a lot of land for its output, of which meat is one of the biggest culprits, along with milk and eggs. As a KP for Village 19 I managed to convince our village it was a good idea to remove almost all of the meat from our menu, and we've had some wonderful vegetarian cuisine in its place. Some meat eaters may have missed the meat but most didn't even think about it! It was a learning experience for our Austrian delegation too, most of whom aren't used to a vegetarian diet. I think we're better off without meat.
The F Future of DFs Joel White Chair of The District Fellows Movement
istrict Fellows, like Woodcraft, has a very broad spectrum of interests, involvement and types of participation. We have been working hard this year to try to re-establish more support structures and resources for those 16-21 year olds who want to help out at a local level, as so many do. I feel that accusing DFs of 'dancing' at Woodcraft's 'wake' or suggesting that those who are not 'active' enough at a local level should be stripped of their membership does very little to help the situation as we all try to respond to the challengers faced by the folk. DFs, as a semi-autonomous entirely youth-led
movement, is a fantastic embodiment of the principles which Woodcraft stands for. Many DFs here at CoCamp, from the team at The Courier, to the Board, the stage, the services, the entertainment, MESTUP and the cafes have had the chance to develop skills, networks and ideas through national DF events which in turn help make camps like this so successful. Clearly there are then the huge amounts of DFs who also choose to work with younger groups on a more local level and provide such vital contributions to our Woodcraft events and regular group nights. I would argue that a more positive response to the issue would be to see how both these approaches can reap rewards for folk, rather than suggesting they are somehow unable to coexist. We on national DF Committee would certainly agree that we need to do more to make sure that we are
representative of young leaders and local activists and this year's DF Althing 7-9th of September will have a particular focus on this issue, all 16-21 year old Woodies are invited so please come along and help change your movement! There are currently plans to start looking into 'Rough Guides' for young leaders, training camps about district work, new communications networks for those involved in regional development and possibly the prospect of hosting local camps for elfins, pioneers and venturers which are entirely organised and supported by DFs. We want to be part of the solution in terms of group numbers rather than being accused of being part of the problem.
Corrected Error The previous article in edition six was credited to Joel White and Phin Harper but was actually by Kit Jones and Phin Harper. This reprint is Joel’s.
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oCamp's innovative library structure is facing mounting pressure from an increased workload and is feeling the strain from a lack of volunteers. The structure, trialled for the first time at this year's CoCamp, has proved to be extremely popular and useful to CoCampers, but librarians are finding it increasingly difficu to respond to demand.
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“Some are finding it okay, but others a struggling,” said Zoë Waterman, chair of t CoCamp board. “I don't want to undermin the work of volunteers because they're a doing a great job, but I do see that som libraries are under pressure from the users.”
This paper can reveal that the situation isn being helped by them seemingly becoming town crèches. Parents have begun leaving woodchips in the town libraries, with Due to a lack of volunteers no supervision apart from by the working pressure of constant and under the librarians. demand for refreshment in the evening programme A librarian, who the workers have had to take drastic asked to remain anonymous, said “We actions in a desperate have lots of lovely, attempt to keep liberal, free-thinkin their excellent cafe g parents afloat. The most Folk camps, but co-parentin at Woodcraft controversial of which g doesn't always is the fact that work when we don't because of consumer have lots demand, Tesco and only have librarians. of parents here products are being brought onto camp! Woodchips are being left at the library, A full scale investigatio but the librarians n therefore took can't look after them place of course...inv because they are very olving other cafes The Pride March in full swing - Turn busy. rn n to to p active on the camp. page pa age 4 for the Mest-Up special on ssex & gender the temptation of “[The libraries] have icing sugar; a necessity turned into a kind cess ssity ty fo assorted cake and for or their How of a safe space because sweet treats. Other to volunte volunteer with your there's always people r ca cafes afess inc Chez Chenanigans including Library & Cafes around, but c luding and unfortunately it isn't raftt C Cafe managed to avoid sourcing The Woodcraft really our afe have job [to look after woodchips] >> Helping out one from Tesco, but no . It's absolutely nonetheles of oneth completely understand the CoCamp teams helesss brilliant that woodchips , saying in an emergency are coming into the can be a really ffun and merrgeency theyy definitely would go library, y, but rewarding ut we would ask that warding way to to Tesco also. they must be spend your time supervised.” time at CoCamp. Just a few The Bebop Cafe like hours can take the the other cafes sources t The preassure Librarians itss mi a local farm, and most off milk ilk fr themselves are pillars from rom lars of of its goods are from volunteers who are enthusiam and are m Su Suma umaa or tthe Co-op...However yet working full time and keen to remain he remain o open and again avalable to all ages. beyond! Here, E order of food not arriving disaster struck with h a whole Ruth Yates who ole Yate from Red Oak Emily mily from Blue from the Co-op leaving not un Library ibrary said said: “Lib might “Libraries are eaviingg the in a predicament At first this story Cedar Library re them em appears to be horrific, reads eads to a almost beyond comprehen and eeveryone is welcome.” welcoming places such press. preh Clearly, buying products however ‘Hood in the hen nsion sion. n. couple of woodch wood’ admitted that from Tesco has caused woodchips hips ed a big in the tranquillity they also have been ig stir The library resource, Rod, ir from of the claustropho swayed by the Tesco and all the resources enabling abling their nic the pa bicallyy ho and parents stuffy CoCamp, but Commu local convenience within it, have become d appeal, succumbin nevertheless it is blatant hot :“ a vital part of the problemto g to Bebop needs a attend t tha that hat th CoCamp routine. Councils the nearby the help! Bebop needs YOU! w CoCamp may be cutting funding to libraries Palestine workshop can be, in all over Britain, but . this valuable entity How do w can easily be sustained by an increased level makes d of volunteering. hierarchi
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Last night our Palestinian delegations shared their experiences with over 200 comrades from across the globe. The delegations gave a slide show and presented films showing their work with young people and how they keep going despite constant disruptions to their daily routines. They talked about how the Wall and the overall Israeli occupation affects young people. For example, many thousands of Palestinians are held in prison for political reasons or for minor acts of defiance against the occupation. These prisoners include many young people and the parents of young people. The youth movements present at CoCamp run projects to help these young people. The delegations engaged in a discussion with comrades following the films and as a result of that discussion four key actions that local groups and individuals could do to help were identified.
Comment The idea of masculinity should not be defended Martha Julings
Its more subtle than language allows
In response to Christy’s article a few days ago, I’d like to say I find the idea of a male ‘appreciating his own gender’ absolutely sickening. What would this involve exactly? Basking in the privilege he has inherited from thousands of years of female subordination? Male dominance is completely intertwined with how ideas of masculinity are constructed, so to defend the idea of masculinity is, to me, defending male privilege. I see masculinity as a set of gender norms centred on being active, strong and vocal constructed in direct relation to the expectations of femininity, e.g. passivity and a focus on external appearance. We can see this all too well in the way in which women who are
“The idea that you can separate patriarchy from masculinity is laughable.”
Should The Courier continue beyond CoCamp?
I was interested to read Christy Quinn's article “In defense of the male heterosexual”, displayed a dangerous assumption. Whilst the article raised an important issue, it used the concepts of heterosexuality and masculinity almost interchangeably. The ideas it expressed were excellent aims fending only this abstract entity known as the “male heterosexual”? One of the purposes of the pride march was to fight stereotypes. We cannot therefore afford to confuse the concepts of masculinity and heterosexuality. Conforming to this stereotype further reinforces the “us and them” mentality than has been at the heart of driving back the LGBTQQ+ equality movement for years.
outspoken and opinionated are often much more vehemently attacked than men who do similar things, as they are not seen to be fitting into society’s view of how a woman should behave. All these gender constructions help to maintain male privilege by putting masculinity in a definite hierarchy over femininity, so the idea that you can separate patriarchy from masculinity is laughable. In order to fight patriarchy, we must smash the idea of masculinity all together.
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Stereotypes have no place in such movements. To achieve true equality for any group they must be free from the constraints of assumptions. Christy is absolutely right – everybody needs the right to express their own personality. In fact, even by opening this debate we are falling into the trap of excluding people who do not
What defines us often cannot be put into words conform to our neatly defined categories. Woodcraft is an organisation that prides itself on being open to all, including those who do not define themselves as by these categories. Everybody must be free to be who and whatever they want to be, and media plays an important part in forming people's views. This is why it is so dangerous to write an article from the assumption that one arbitrary label corresponds to another. The reason that the LGBTQQ+ acronym keeps growing is because there is no one set of categories that can neatly cover everyone. In the end, all labels really do is distract from the actual issues. They say actions speak louder than words. The march demonstrated that in fantastic style, and we all need to remember that what defines us often cannot be put into words. All the rest is arbitrary.
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“Volunteering” at Camps Will Knight Tired but content I have spent most of my time on CoCamp inside one building of this very large site, working hard with a great team to help produce the media output, often seeing two 4 o’clocks in a day and two 11 o’clocks also. That’s a lot of o’clocks! The issue is that I feel I don’t have any more connection with this camp than many others, in fact in some way my view of the camp will be narrower than others having not had a huge chance to explore.
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By Fiona Stewart-Roper Chief Riddler The views in this paper do not neccesseraly represent the views of Woodcraft Folk or IFM-SEI
Although I moan, I have had an opportunity that not many, if any, other organisations would give me and I am thankful for that. Helping make a newspaper, video & radio for 2000+ people from around the world I still feel a little short-changed. Is there space for working volunteers to get a number of t-shirts for people working in their centre? Maybe if there’s any budget left over after camp for that centre 50% should be split between all the workers & taken off their camp fees? Maybe we should say to people that have worked really hard that we will give them 10% off their next camp big camp?
Maybe we should pay for their next membership fee? I’m afraid I have none of the answers and many of the questions. But I feel that everyone should come away from a camp with a connection to it & feel they have given & taken proportionally from it. Maybe the problem is that we just don’t have enough personnel working in these areas? But surely the way to solve this is not with a softened stick in the back of but with a small strawberry of reward every day. Even having a meal made & ready for you at meal times nearby to where you’re working lifts spirits immensely and allows people to bond in a way that isn’t stressful and therefore work better as a team. Woodcraft is a place where we discuss any issues that arise democratically and perhaps I am saying things that have already been covered & talked about a million times but I am unaware of this and would be interested to hear your views, I hope that this discussion will continue and that we can reach a place where everyone is not only at camp but part of it as well.