About the SCA

Welcome to the Current Middle Ages!

Imagine yourself standing on a field surrounded by colorful pavilions as banners flutter and snap overhead. Around you, richly dressed lords and ladies are watching knights in armor who battle with sword and shield. Music fills the air as minstrels play lutes and sing ballads of love and war. In the shadows of one especially grand tent, you see royalty conferring with their advisors.

The SCA is an immersive history group where you, dressed in clothing of the period, can experience tournaments, royal courts, feasts, and dancing, and learn how to recreate crafts and skills of the pre-17th century world.

Unlike a Renaissance Fair, SCA activities aren’t just something you come to watch, they’re something you actively do. You’ll learn about the clothing of the period by tailoring and wearing outfits. Learn about combat by putting on armor and competing against opponents. Learn about brewing by making (and sampling) your own meads and ales. And there are many more subjects to learn about, including armoring, archery, cooking, heraldry, metalwork, music, dance, calligraphy, woodworking, and fiber arts. If it was done in the Middle Ages or Renaissance, the odds are you’ll find someone in the SCA interested in recreating it!

Our Mission

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international non-profit volunteer educational organization. The SCA is devoted to the research and re-creation of pre17th century skills, arts, combat, culture, and employing knowledge of world history to enrich the lives of participants through events, demonstrations, and other educational presentations and activities.

Our Values

In pursuing its mission, the SCA is committed to excellence in its programs, communications, and activities. The SCA expects that all its members and participants will conduct themselves in accordance with the SCA Core Values, to:

  • Act in accordance with the chivalric virtues of honor and service in all interactions with SCA members and participants.
  • Be a responsible steward of SCA resources.
  • Deal fairly with others, and value and respect the worth and dignity of all individuals,
  • Practice inclusiveness and respect diversity.
  • Promote a safe and respectful environment for all SCA members and participants, Act with transparency, fairness, integrity, and honesty.
  • Maintain a harassment-free environment in SCA spaces; and,
  • Avoid behavior that reflects adversely on the SCA or other SCA members and participants.

The SCA provides an environment in which members can recreate various aspects of the cultures and technology of the period, as well as doing more traditional historical research. The SCA sponsors events, which may include tournaments, feasts, martial activities, classes, and other activities reflective of pre-17th century life. Members dress in pre-17th century clothing styles worn all over the world and participate in activities based on the civil and martial skills of the period. These activities recreate aspects of the life and culture, dress, pastimes, and above all the chivalric ideals of the period, unifying our events and activities. Members have free choice of what areas they will explore. The SCA is expressly welcoming to all people of any race, sex, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

Our History

The SCA dates to May 1, 1966, when a few friends who were history buffs and science fiction/fantasy fans hosted an outdoor party in Berkeley, California. The invitation called for “all knights to defend in single combat the title of ‘fairest’ for their ladies.” This event, now known as the First Tournament, was a big success, and when the participants wanted to hold a second event at a public park, they needed a group name to put on the application. The name “The Society for Creative Anachronism” was chosen on the spur-of-the-moment.
As people were introduced to the SCA by friends and at science fiction conventions, the group expanded across the United States. Over fifty years later, the SCA is now an international group with approximately 25,000 paid members and is incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization.

Join Us Today

We welcome you to come to our meetings and events! For events, we do ask that you make an attempt at pre-17th century clothing. We do offer loaner clothing if desired. While membership is available, you do not have to be a member of our group to participate.

The above information is from page 4 of the article “A Newcomers Guide to the SCA“.

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