First things first!!
One of the first things to do is reach out to our Chatelaine, who’s here to help newcomers with starting out. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when trying to plan for your first events, and having someone help you find clothes and know all the lingo helps. Make sure to join our Facebook Group, to see our latest calendar updates and conversations about activities and get togethers.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when attending for the first time:
1. Don’t take anything too seriously.
Honestly, one of the most rewarding aspects of the Society for Creative Anachronism is that you’re meeting people who are enjoying their recreation time. True, some of us put a lot of work and effort into getting our equipment and garb, but we’re still looking to have a good time. You’ll find most SCAdians relaxing and enjoying themselves during events.
(When they’re not mercilessly bludgeoning each other on the battlefield)
2. Most events are kid friendly.
Youth combat, thrown weapons, equestrian, arts & crafts, hounds coursing; you name it. The SCA is a family oriented activity, and children are enthusiastically welcomed. Many families find they do much more together because they now share a hobby.
2. You do NOT need to wear medieval clothing.
Nobody expects you to have a medieval clothing collection before you come check us out. If you would like to avoid feeling like the “odd man out”, contact our Chatelaine before an event. Wintermist has a collection of loaner garb for men, women, and children of all sizes.
4. You do NOT need to sign up for anything!
SCA is a membership supported organization, with international memberships and over 60,000 participants. Membership provides you with some discounts for events, and a copy of the Kingdom Newsletter: “The Crown Prints”. None of these things are necessary on your first visit, but you might have so much fun that you join up as soon as you get home.