New to the SCA?

What is the SCA

SCA stands for Society for Creative Anachronism. We are a mediveal recreation group, started in the 1970’s.  The group has 10’s of thousands of members worldwide, with a few thousand of those in your Kingdom.  The Society is broken up into 23 Kingdoms.  We are in the Kingdom of Caid, which is broken up into 15 Baronies and Shires.  The group regularly meets, either at a regional level (like practices and local events), or at the Kingdom level for events with hundreds or thousands of people.  With events nearly every weekend somewhere in Caid.

Fighting Arts

Whether it’s Armored, Rapier, or Youth, Target archery combat.  Learning to throw knives and axes, or shoot target archery.  There are plenty martial forms to learn.

Arts and Sciences

Want to learn how to make armor, brew, make garb, or do woodworking, leatherworking, metalworking?  Ever wonder why or how something was done in history?  “A&S” is where you learn, create, and teach this skills.

Atmosphere and Community

There are hundreds of people at any given event.  Thousands at camping events, called ‘wars’  Some have been playing for decades, some are just starting out.  Meet new people, dress in garb, or learn a new skill.  People are always willing to teach, or help.  The SCA is a family friendly group, with youth activies as well.

Local Events

Baronies and Shires have weekly local meetups, usually called fighter practices.  These are places to get to know local members, even if you are not interested in fighting.  They may also have monthly arts and sciences nights as well.


Events are big social gatherings where everyone dresses up in medieval clothes. There’s typically a tournament, arts & science competition, and a feast. Look at the event checklist below:
*Clothes: If you need some loaner clothes, contact the Keys Officer beforehand.
*Feast Gear: At a minimum, bring a cup (people usually have tasty drinks they offer). If you plan on eating, bring whatever else you’ll need for the day.
*Sun protection: Please don’t forget sunblock, sunglasses, and (period) hats. Protect yourself!
*Other Items: Bring a chair! If you bring modern-looking items, try to keep them hidden in bags, under chairs, or draped in cloth.


Most people pick a medieval name for themselves to use at SCA events, and sometimes even come up with a story behind who their ‘character’ is. If you need help picking a name, the Heralds have plenty of resources to help you


The SCA does not require people to pay for membership. Guild meetings are always free (though there may be material costs). Events do have a $5 discount for members. So if you plan on attending a bunch of events, you should probably just pay the membership fee.

Helpful Links

There are many useful links on the SCA’s main page as well as throughout the internet. Here are a few to help you as a newcomer.
*The SCA’s newcomers page is full of many helpful topics and links.
*A handy pdf guide full of information, including a pattern for your first T-tunic.
*A glossary of SCA terms and ranks to help you understand what is is that everyone’s talking about.
*Viking Answer Lady’s website has tons of resources and information about Vikings, their lifestyle, clothing, names, and a whole lot more.

Newcomers, and long-term members as well, are welcome at all of the Baronial activities. Please feel free to peruse this site, email people of interest, and just generally explore our group. You’ll be glad you took the time!

People to Know

Baroness Ceridwen Killian

Chatalaine for the Barony

Your local chatelaine is a Baronial officer, whose job it is to help new members become familiar with the society.  They will tend to know people locally and kingdom wide who can help new members find what interests them, whether it be combat, or arts, or just meeting new people.

Baron Jens inn draumspaki and Baroness Ida Haroldsdottir

Baronage for the Barony

The Baronage is the local representative for the Crown of Caid.  They help get events running, and get new members what they need to join, get garb, and get equipment to start being part of the group.

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