FAQs

At a high level, to play in the SCA means to engage in virtual and in-person SCA spaces — websites, facebook groups/pages, discord servers, instagram, local activities, guild meetings, weekend events, etc — while research and re-creation of pre-seventeenth century skills, arts, combat and culture.

You don’t have to come to every activity. You don’t have to come to every event. You don’t have to do tons of research.

To play in the society means to engage with us, to pursue shared interests, to have fun, and to create. Everyone participates in different ways and to different degrees.

Find the activities that interest you, and join in!

Yes and no.

Things that don’t cost money:

  • Attending local fighter practices
  • Attending populace meetings or business meetings
  • Attending guild meetings – there will never be a fee to attend a local guild meeting
  • Attending virtual activities – none of Bryn Gwlad’s virtual spaces are pay-to-play
  • Engaging online in SCA spaces

Things that cost money:

  • Purchasing a membership — this is not required, but we do recommend it. You get a discount on weekend event fees and access to online materials.
  • Investing in projects — different people have different hobbies. Activities like making clothing, making armour, flameworks, calligraphy all require materials and supplies, and supplies cost money. The barony invests in supplies for our guilds, which new folks are welcome to use, but if you’re pursuing your own interests, that could cost money.
  • Investing in combat equipment – while SCA groups do have loaner gear that you can borrow when you’re first getting started, we encourage folks to eventually acquire their own gear. It’s very possible to get items for discount or for free from other SCAdians, but sometimes you’ll want or need to buy your own equipment.
  • Attending weekend events — the major activities in the SCA are our weekend-long camping events. These events have a site fee, and sometimes a feast or camping fee. In general site fees are around $20 for the whole weekend, feast and camping varies depending on the location. The SCA has a family max that allows two adults to attend an event with minors for the cost of only the two adults.
  • Some classes — sometimes teachers will offer classes that come with “kits” or materials that are provided to attendees. These “hands-on” classes will often have a $5-$10 fee in order to help the instructor cover the cost of materials.

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People of all ages are allowed to participate in the SCA.

Minors (persons under the age of 18) will require a waiver signed by a guardian to participate in some activities (combat, serving in officer positions, etc). If you are under the ago of 18, and are interested in participating in combat or volunteering as an officer, reach out to the local officers to find out what you need to do.

Nope! Most Scadians start to develop a wardrobe around their primary persona, but anyone can wear clothes from any time period in the SCA. Have fun!

Yep! Your local group has loaner garb (frequently referred to as “gold key”) that they can use to outfit you so you have garb for your first event. Additionally, most events will have extra garb at the gate.

A large part of going to an SCA event is letting the modern era fade away. For that reason we do require that you make a “best attempt at period clothes.” Don’t worry if you don’t have any, we have some you can borrow!

Reach out to our Hospitaler or the Newcomers Academy for help

Absolutely not, if you have the time and resources to make garb that matches go ahead, it can really add to the ambiance of the event plus you will have cool new garb. However, you can wear any garb to any event.

Sure! the SCA requires a “best attempt” at garb. As long as it doesn’t look overly modern you’re fine. ren-faire garb will work fine for starting out. Also, remember that the SCA has loaner garb that you can use!

The SCA currently supports the following activities for adult (18+ years old) and youth (< 18 years old) participants:

There are a few ways you can get started in SCA combat

Yep! Our martials have loaner gear that you can use. What you need to bring is closed toes shoes, groin protection (an athletic cup: required if you have male anatomy, optional if you don’t), and long-sleeves and pants if you are fighting rapier

If you’re competing in rapier, chivlaric, or equestrian activities, you’ll need to be authorized before you can compete. Being “authorized” is all about safety. It means you’ve demonstrated that you know the rules of the activity and that you aren’t going to pose a safety risk to yourself or others. You do not have to be a “good” fighter to become authorized.

Reach out to our Rapier Marshal or Knight Marshal to get authorized.

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Yes!

The SCA is all about learning and sharing our knowledge with others. If you don’t know any period skills, come learn! If you prefer to volunteer or research or do other things that relate to the SCA, that’s good too!

  • Ask other people
  • Research

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