If you are reading this your child has probably expressed an interest in becoming a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (SCA). Because we understand that you are concerned about the welfare of your son or daughter, we would like to provide you with some information about our organization.
The Society for Creative Anachronism is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1966 by a group of college students. Since then the group has grown into an international organization, with local groups throughout the world whos members are dedicated to the study of pre-1600 CE history, culture and arts. A lot of what the SCA does could be considered "living history" which means that we take a hands-on approach of learning by doing. Our members develop and investigate their interests through selectively recreating aspects of life from historic periods.
There are many activities in which your child may participate such as armoring, costuming, music, theater, embroidery, cooking, painting, weaving and many more. Our members enjoy teaching what they have learned and classes on various subjects can be found almost any weekend of the year. There is also a variety of martial activities such as armored combat, fencing, archery, and equestrian activities that your child may or may not be allowed to participate in, depending on their age and whether you give your consent. Please rest assured that protective gear is required, full training is provided, and all such activities are practiced under strictly enforced safety guidelines.
Many parents have found the SCA to be a valuable and constructive addition to the lives of their children. In fact, many families choose to participate together in Society activities. We recomend that you take the time to read through the Newcomers section of our web page with your child so that you can get a better idea of what you and your child can expect. You should also attend a meeting or two and at least one event with your child -- you may find that the SCA is a pleasant addition to your life. It offers many activities that families can enjoy together. Even if you are not interested for yourself, you will have a better understanding of why your child wants to join if you see our activities first hand.
The following list provides answers to the most common questions that parents have about the Society and their childrens participation in it. Simply click on a question to view or hide the answer. For more detailed information feel free to read through the various section of our web site. If you have any questions you should feel free to e-mail the shire Chatelain.
Who participates in the SCA?
What do SCA members do?
In what ways is the SCA good for my children?
Are SCA activities safe?
Will the SCA interfere with my child's schoolwork?
How much do SCA activities cost?
What is an SCA event? What goes on at one?
Do I have to sign anything?
Where can I get more information?