For Newcomers

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What is the SCA?

The Society for Creative Anachronism, or SCA, is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts, skills, and traditions of pre-17th-century Europe.

Members of the SCA study and take part in a variety of activities, including combat, archery, equestrian activities, costuming, cooking, metalwork, woodworking, music, dance, calligraphy, fiber arts, and much more. If it was done in the Middle Ages or Renaissance, odds are you’ll find someone in the SCA interested in recreating it.

What makes the SCA different from a Humanities 101 class is the active participation in the learning process. To learn about the clothing of the period, you research it, then sew and wear it yourself. To learn about combat, you put on armor (which you may have built yourself) and learn how to defeat your opponent. To learn brewing, you make (and sample!) your own wines, meads and beers.

You will frequently hear SCA participants describe the SCA as recreating the Middle Ages “as they ought to have been.” In some ways this is true – we choose to use indoor plumbing, heated halls, and sewing machines. In the dead of winter we have more to eat than King’s venison, salt pork and dried tubers. However, a better description is that we selectively recreate the culture, choosing elements of the culture that interest and attract us.

If you want to get involved, feel free to come to one of our events, or get to know us in a relaxed fashion at our weekly Regular Meetings – no special costume or garb required, just come along.

To meet our Insurance needs, we do charge a $5 fee for all non-members at each of our events. 12 month SCA membership only costs $35 and waives this fee for all events, including our Weekly Gatherings. If you think you may attend 7 or more events in a 12 month period, you save money by becoming a member.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our Officers who are ready to assist you or take the time to read though our FAQ.