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 SCA “Knowne 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.
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.
Society for Creative Anachronism Newcomer’s Portal
An overview of various activities in the SCA, including many arts and sciences.