New to SCA?

Information for Newcomers

Welcome to Darach, a shire within the Kingdom of Caid, in the Society for Creative Anachronism.

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.

What makes the SCA different from Renn Faire or LARP is the focus on historical accuracy in arts and sciences and also the rules of combat for competing in full contact fighting recreation.

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.


Getting Started

The links below are provided to help you get up to speed on what we do and how we do it.
If you have any questions, please contact our Newcomer Officer (Chatelaine).

Caid Newcomers
The Kingdom of Caid’s Newcomer Site. The information you will find in these pages is written for the ladies and lords who have recently joined the Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA), as well as those who may be considering joining and would like to find more about the Current Middle Ages within the Kingdom of Caid.
SCA Introduction
General Questions

Rules for Participation
Fighting Questions
Circlets & Coronets
SCA Camping for the Newcomer 


Other Links of Interest

Forward Into the Past (PDF) An introductory guide published by the Society.
Your Teenager and the SCA – Some Answers for Parents (PDF)
The Society for Creative Anachronism web page
The Kingdom of Caid web page


About Membership in the SCA

There are several levels of membership in the Society: a Sustaining membership ($35) includes a year’s subscription to your kingdom’s newsletter, which contains kingdom news, announcements for events taking place in your area, and local group contacts. Lower-priced Associate and Family memberships are also available.
You are not required to purchase an SCA membership before attending SCA meetings and events. Membership is a requirement for holding office in SCA groups, for participation in combat and combat-related activities in some kingdoms, and for eligibility to receive awards in some kingdoms.To learn more about membership, click here: SCA Membership

Benefits of Membership

Membership card
By signing the waiver on the membership application, you can speed your check-in at events by presenting your card instead of signing waivers at the door.