An Introduction to 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 will find someone in the SCA interested in recreating it.

Active participation is key in the SCA. Our fighting is as real as we can recreate it safely. Our garb, arts, and sciences are all researched and practiced in a medieval manner. The SCA is a hands on organization. If you want to know what it feels like to make, wear, and do what people did in the Middle Ages, the SCA is a great group for you.

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.

 

How is the SCA organized?

The SCAKnowne World” is divided into Kingdoms, each ruled by a King and Queen who gain the throne by winning a Crown Tournament, held semi-annually. There are also a Prince and Princess (the heirs to the throne), and a council of Great Officers who handle the day-to-day business of running the kingdom.

Within a kingdom (which may cover many states and thousands of square miles) there are subdivisions called Principalities, and local chapters called Baronies, Shires, and Cantons. Each group has its own slate of officers to run it. It is the members of the local chapters who actually plan and run the events, practices, and other activities for SCA participants.

This page is part of the Kingdom of Calontir’s official Web site. Calontir encompasses Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Fayetteville, Arkansas. If you live within these borders you can reach your local group by visiting the local Groups and Branches page or the Calontir Map.

For help locating a group outside of Calontir, please visit the following pages:

How to find the local group near you
Hints on how to locate your local group, and which officers to make contact with first.
http://www.sca.org/geography/findsca.html

Search for your kingdom
Enter your state, province, or country to determine what kingdom you reside in.
http://www.sca.org/geography/kingdom_lookup.html

Knowne World Map
Interactive maps of the SCA kingdoms - by Dante de Valencia.
http://misfit-robots.com/sca/map/

 

 

Introduction to Calontir

Title Information for Newcomers

Calontir Ranks and Title Information

http://newcomers.calontir.org/Title-Information.html

Advice for Newcomers

Serving in Calontir

Getting Started in Arts and Sciences

Becoming a Fighter

Becoming an Archer

Getting Started in Equestrian Activities

Calontir Awards

Introduction to Calontir Awards

http://heraldry.calontir.org/award-intro.php

Kingdom of Calontir @ Facebook
The official Facebook page of Calontir. Keep in touch simply by liking our page!
https://www.facebook.com/KingdomOfCalontir

 

 

Additional Guides and Resources

Excellent information for not only newcomers but also for anyone wanting to learn more about the Society for Creative Anachronism:

Forward Into the Past
A introductory booklet published by the Society.
http://newcomers.calontir.org/forward-past.php
http://www.calontir.org/files/pdf/chatelaine/media/sca-forward-into-the-past.pdf

Society for Creative Anachronism Newcomer’s Portal
An overview of various activities in the SCA, including many arts and sciences.
http://welcome.sca.org/

 

Still haven't found what you're looking for? Have additional questions?
Please contact the Kingdom Chatelaine, Honorable Lord Galen MacColmain, at Chatelain@calontir.org

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Article text from the corporate office of the SCA. For full article, please visit What is the SCA?