Your Local Group
Your local group is where you will spend most of your time in the SCA. Most of your activities, practices, classes, revels,and meetings all take place here. Most participants refer to their home group when talking to others. Your local chatelaine (or seneschal) can tell you what activities they offer.
This is where a person will usually begin making friends and serving in a variety of roles. For many, the SCA becomes a second family. Individuals participate with one another, and sometimes even participate together in activities outside of the SCA. Each group and kingdom have an office dedicated to assisting newcomers to the Society. This officer, known as a Chatelaine or Hospitaler, will help introduce you to the SCA and match you with individuals with similar interests. All kingdoms and local groups have an online presence. This includes social media such as Facebook. There you can find contact information for the local group. Someone will answer your questions in a timely manner.
Attend an Activity
Most local groups host a wide variety of activities throughout the month, which can include business meetings, arts and sciences workshops, combat practices, and weekend events. These are usually listed on the group’s website. Most local activities do not require you to wear special clothing for the activity.
Once you find an activity that interests you, check with the Chatelaine or Seneschal to see if there are any requirements or costs to participate (such as materials fee or food cost). Then, visit! Then, have fun!
For the Youth
The Society has many activities geared not only toward children and youth, but also toward the family. Many events and gatherings offer children’s activities for a variety of ages where children can learn more about the Middle Ages through lessons, hands-on arts and crafts, and games.
Just as the grown-ups get involved in combat activities, in many kingdoms youth combat starts as early as age six. Youth can also participate in archery and equestrian activities. We encourage our youth participants to find ways to engage in service just as the adults do! As the children grow older, they will find opportunities to serve in important ways at events, from helping out in the kitchen to heralding on the field.
We are pleased to see families coming together through a shared love of the Middle Ages! Many of the earliest
participants in the Society are now the parents of participants who themselves are bringing their children to the
organization. We encourage parents and guardians to find ways to enjoy the Society together such as learning crafts that are fun for both kids and adults, sharing songs and stories together around the campfire, and serving together at events.
We place the safety of all our participants as our highest priority, not just the warriors in armor. Every kingdom has guidelines in place for monitoring children’s activities by age, including ensuring that children too young to be unsupervised stay in reach of their parent or guardian. For activities such as classes and workshops that go on simultaneously with activities for the adults, we require two supervising, unrelated adults to be always present, and we have a background check system in place for all officers who supervise children
Under 18 Years of Age? Read First!
A note for our visitors 17 years of age or younger: we absolutely welcome you to participate in our activities and events! Some of the things you can do in the Society, however, require a parent or guardian to provide permission or complete authorizing paperwork before participation. Please check with your kingdom to determine what’s needed from your parent or guardian for you to enjoy the Society to the fullest!
The above information is from page 6 of the article “A Newcomers Guide to the SCA“ and the SCA How to get started page.