The SCA can be many things to many people. For some, it is little more than a weekend diversion, for others, a lifetime commitment, for most, something in between these two extremes. Whether you are seeking out the SCA because you saw some people in costumes in the park or heard about it from a friend or in a newspaper and want to get involved too, or are just interested in what the heck we are all about, the fact that you are here and reading this page probably indicates that your have some interest in giving it a try. We hope this is the case and if so, let us officially welcome you!
Joining the "dream" as it is commonly known in the society is quite easy, although it may appear daunting to some. Coming into a new and dynamic social setting can often make new people feel a bit awkward and require a period of adjustment to feel comfortable. This is especially true when you throw in how very different this hobby is from most others. That being said, the world of the SCA is first and foremost a social one. Meetings, activities and events are sometimes the only opportunity for members to see each other, exchange information, and generally interact. They will often be involved in catching up on what happened since they last saw each other and may not notice a new face until you walk up to them. As a new participant, the important thing is to jump right in, join in the conversation.
Introduce yourself and ask lots of questions. Say, "Hi, I am So-and-So and I'm new. Can you tell me about...the crafts done here, the fighting, the garb you are wearing, how I can learn about...how to make..." and so on. If you are interested in a specific activity, ask to speak with someone who may be involved in that activity. For example, if you're interested in archery, ask who the Archery Marshal is, if you're interested in calligraphy, ask who is a scribe, etc. By asking lots of questions of various people, you will quickly learn some of the basic rules of conduct and how to more fully participate. In addition, you will also be meeting people and giving them a chance to get to know you.
As you become more comfortable, you will discover that the SCA is a participatory organization. There is a lot to see, a lot to do and a lot to learn. Keep your eyes and ears open to what people are doing and give yourself time to discover what interests you. You needn't rush into things. There is so much to do and so many avenues to explore that it is necessary to take your time and proceed at your own pace. All that is asked is that you come to the SCA with a willingness to participate and learn. We are here to show you the ropes, help you get acclimated, point out resources and help you pursue your interests. After all, at some point everyone in the SCA started out right where you are today. Do not get discouraged. If we can make it, so can you.
The first few steps of any journey will help set the best course for your destination. In this case, the first steps you should take toward getting involved are:
º Find your local branch
º Read both the FAQ and Glossary on this web page
º Make contact with the Chatelaine who will be more than happy to answer any questions
º Once you feel ready, start attending meeting and events.
All of the pages under our sites Newcomers section are designed to introduce individuals to the SCA, its culture and activities. Read through them sequentially and you will find them useful as a resource to prepare yourself to join us in the current middle ages. They will explain what we do, what to expect and what will be expected of you, as well as many practical suggestions to make your transition into this hobby fun and easy.
Introduction To The SCA
We have included the following selection of video links with the hope that they may provide inspiration and perhaps some explanation as to what it is we do. While none are specifically about the Shire of Glenn Linn, all do cover various aspects of the Society of Creative Anachronism and its activities as a whole. After you click on a video you can expand it using the icon located to the lower right of the video screen.