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This person is responsible for making sure that newcomers to the local group are made to feel welcome and receive the assistance that they need to become active members of the SCA. He/she is also responsible for ensuring that that demos for recruitment and education are held.

Policies of the Kingdom Chatelain

Section 9.0 of the Atlantian Book Of Policy covers the policies of the Kingdom Chatelain, available for download at the Atlantian Clerk of Law page. These policies are also available for review via the online edition of the Atlantian Book Of Policy.


Chatelaine Handbook 2016-02-06 --
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The Kingdom Chatelaine's Office is dedicated to helping local Chatelaines/Castellans fulfill their duties with confidence and efficiency. This Office does this by setting policy, providing local officer support and through the sharing of ideas. This Handbook is designed to provide local officers with guidance on how to attract, educate, and retain newcomers as well as other useful information pertinent to the office.

Through the effective discharge of their duties and responsibilities, local Chatelaines/Castellans are in the enviable position of serving both the current and future needs of the Kingdom and the Society as a whole. Local Chatelaines/Castellans have the unique opportunity to make a difference at many SCA levels by ensuring that new members are provided with all the tools necessary to get the most out of their SCA experience.

Chatelain Quarterly Report Form 2017/02/17 -- DocX --
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Quarterly reports are due April 15, July 15, Oct 15 and Jan 15

  • Describe the nature of the newcomer activities, classes, and/or events held
  • What aspects of your activities were productive or disappointing and why?
  • What are your plans/goals for improving your activities in the coming months?
  • What resources/assistance can we provide from the Kingdom level to help you execute your plans and meet your goals?
  • What other problems or concerns did you have this quarter?
  • What else would you like to share about your newcomer program?

Retain copy for Branch Records. E-mail copy to: chatelainreports@atlantia.sca.org and/or mail original to Kingdom Chatelain. Please cc your local branch Seneschal.

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Quarterly reports are due April 15, July 15, Oct 15 and Jan 15

  • Describe the nature of the newcomer activities, classes, and/or events held
  • What aspects of your activities were productive or disappointing and why?
  • What are your plans/goals for improving your activities in the coming months?
  • What resources/assistance can we provide from the Kingdom level to help you execute your plans and meet your goals?
  • What other problems or concerns did you have this quarter?
  • What else would you like to share about your newcomer program?

Retain copy for Branch Records. E-mail copy to: chatelainreports@atlantia.sca.org and/or mail original to Kingdom Chatelain. Please cc your local branch Seneschal.

Chatelain Warrant 2015-09-15--DocX --
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I, (print name) ___________________________________________ assert that the (branch designation) _____________________of (branch name) _________________________________ has selected me as candidate for Branch Chatelain on (date) _____________.  In signing below, I certify that I understand and accept the responsibilities of Branch Chatelain and that I will maintain membership, phone, and e-mail access for the duration of any warrant granted.  I have read the Atlantian Great Book of Laws and policies, understand the duties and reporting requirements of the job, and am willing to follow through with them.  I have discussed this with my group’s Seneschal and the group desires me to be their officer.

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I, (print name) ___________________________________________ assert that the (branch designation) _____________________of (branch name) _________________________________ has selected me as candidate for Branch Chatelain on (date) _____________. In signing below, I certify that I understand and accept the responsibilities of Branch Chatelain and that I will maintain membership, phone, and e-mail access for the duration of any warrant granted. I have read the Atlantian Great Book of Laws and policies, understand the duties and reporting requirements of the job, and am willing to follow through with them. I have discussed this with my group’s Seneschal and the group desires me to be their officer.

Chatelain 2015-06-23 -- Author Connor Levingstoune
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ChatelaineThis person is responsible for making sure that newcomers to the local group are made to feel welcome and receive the assistance that they need to become active members of the SCA. He/she is also responsible for ensuring that that demos for recruitment and education are held.

Local Officers

As you explore the SCA, there are multiple people that have official jobs to help run the SCA. Below are some of the common local offices that you might interact with.


This person serves as the representative for the local group in the outside world. Acts as the chief administrative officer, similar to a group's president.

ChatelainChatelain / Castellan

This person is responsible for making sure that newcomers to the local group are made to feel welcome and receive the assistance that they need to become active members of the SCA. He/she is also responsible for ensuring that demos for recruitment and education are held.


This person is in charge of making announcements at events and helping people research their names and heraldic devices in preparation for submission to the College of Heralds.

MarshalKnight's Marshal

This person is in charge of the rules and regulations for fighting and archery. Sees to the safety of the participants. Keeps a record of who is authorized locally. Is responsible for seeing that fighters have an opportunity for training.

Marshal - ArcheryArchery Marshal

This person works with the Knight's Marshal on archery-related activities. Typically runs local archery practices.

Marshal - RapierRapier Marshal

This person works with the Knight's Marshal on rapier-related activities. Typically runs local rapier practices.

Minister of YouthMinister of Youth

This person is responsible for organizing children's activities.


This person is in charge of the financial affairs of the group.

Minister of Arts and ScienceMinister of Arts and Sciences

This person coordinates and encourages the study and practice of the medieval arts and sciences. See this officer if you have any questions in these areas or want to learn more about one of the skills or crafts.


This person publishes the group's newsletter and keeps minutes of the business meetings.

Minister of the ListsMinister of the Lists (MoL)

This person is responsible for the paperwork involved in holding tournaments at events.

Web MinisterWeb Minister

This person is responsible for creating and maintaining the group's digital presence on the Internet.


Titles in the SCA

There are a number of titles used within the SCA. Those people that have a title have earned their title through hard work, service, and dedication. Since it is likely that you will meet people with these titles, here is a quick guide into each of the officially recognized titles, and the common ways to address those that have the title.

Atlantian Queen Heraldry ImageKingKing and Queen

These are the current rulers of the kingdom, chosen by combat in the Crown Tourney. The actual winner of the tournament is indicated by the suffix by right of arms after his/her title. Call them "Your Majesty."

Atlantian Princess Heraldry ImageAtlantian Prince Heraldry ImagePrince and Princess

There are two types of Princes and Princesses--Crown and Territorial. The Crown Prince and Princess are heirs to the kingdom, chosen by combat in the Crown Tourney. Call them "Your Highness." A territorial Prince and Princess rule over a Principality, a territory which is a subdivision of a kingdom. They are also chosen by combat. Their form of address varies from kingdom to kingdom. As Atlantia does not currently have any principalities, you will probably not have to worry about territorial princes and princesses.

Duke or Duchess

They have served at least twice as King or Queen. Call them "Your Grace."

Count or Countess

They have served once as King or Queen. Call them "Your Excellency." Some alternate titles are Earl (Jarl, Iarll) and Graf.

Viscount or Viscountess

They have served at least once as territorial Prince or Princess. Call them "Your Excellency."

Baron or Baroness

They oversee a large local group called a Barony and act as representatives of the Crown. Call them "Your Excellency."

Court Baron or Baroness

They have been granted the title as a reward from the Crown, often for exceptional service. However, they are not the heads of territories as are the other barons and baronesses. Call them "Your Excellency."

Lord or Lady

They have been granted an Award of Arms by the Crowns for service to the Kingdom and thus have been elevated to the nobility. It is typically the first Kingdom level award received. Call them "Lord" or "Lady".


Elevation Ranks

There are four special elevated ranks in the SCA: the Chivalry, the Laurels, the Pelicans, and the Masters of Defense. These people are collectively knows as the Peers of the Realm. In many kingdoms the Order of the Rose is also Peerage-level and in some kingdoms former royalty are called Royal Peers.


The Chivalry of the SCA consists of the Order of Knighthood and the Order of Mastery of Arms. Members are chosen by the Crown after consulting with the Chivalry for qualities of Courtesy, Grace and Skill at Arms. Knights swear fealty to the Crown and are entitled to wear a white belt. They wear a chain as a symbol of their fealty. Call them "Sir" (name). Mastery of Arms is for those persons who choose not to swear fealty and is equal in rank to knighthood. They wear a white baldric but do not wear a chain since it represents fealty. Address them as "Master" (name) or "Mistress" (name). In most kingdoms, spurs are limited to the Chivalry as one of their signs of rank.


Members of the Order of Defense must be considered the equal of his or her prospective peers with the basic weapons of rapier and/or cut-and-thrust combat. The candidate must have applied this skill and/or knowledge for the instruction of members and service to the kingdom to an extent above and beyond that normally expected of members of the Society."

Companions of the Order of Defense are chosen by the Crown after consultation with the Order,  and are recognized for their exemplary skill in rapier and cut and thrust combat, along with their consistent display of the virtues of Grace, Courtesy and Chivalric Demeanor.


Members of the Order of the Laurel are chosen by the crown after consultation with the Order for great skill in the Arts or Sciences, for their willingness to teach others, and for using their abilities to benefit their kingdom. They are addressed as "Master" or "Mistress" (name). Their insignia is a laurel wreath, usually colored green on a gold background.


Members of the Order of the Pelican have given of themselves in Service to their kingdom, usually for many years and without thought of reward. They are chosen by the Crown in consultation with the Order. Address them as "Master" or "Mistress" (name). Their insignia is a "pelican in her piety," a pelican piercing her breast to feed her young with her own blood.


Members of the Order of the Rose are chosen from those individuals who have served their kingdom by ruling as Queen or Consort. In many kingdoms it is Peerage-level.


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By Alys Katharine of Ashthofne Glen
© Alys Katharine
Tournaments Illuminated, Issue #95, Summer A.S. XXV, Page 22

No matter whether a long time SCA member brought you to your first meeting or you came by yourself, there's always a period of adjustment to this very different world. How can you get yourself oriented to all the new things and begin to have some fun?

Introduce yourself

Go up to someone and say, "Hi, I am So and So and I'm new. Can you tell me what's going on?" Introduce yourself to someone each time you come to a meeting. If you hide at the edges of the room, most people will respect what they think is your desire to be left alone. Unless a group of people is having an obviously private conversation, stand near them and, when appropriate, introduce yourself. SCA members are often involved in catching up on what happened since they last saw each other and may not notice a new face until you walk up to them.

Ask questions

You have probably heard at least one person say, "If you have any questions, just ask." The person means well but may not remember that a newcomer often doesn't know enough to ask. Try replying, "Tell me about ... the crafts done here, the fighting, the garb he/she/you are wearing", or "How I can learn about making ... ", and so on. These questions avoid a yes/no answer, and you might hear something that will prompt a second question from you.

Come to at least four meetings

Attending several meetings will allow you to gain a broader perspective of the varied things that people do and work on, and provide you with an opportunity to learn more about the scope of your local SCA group. You will also be seen as a new person who is truly interested in becoming an active member. Often experienced members talk for a long time with new people, only never to see them again.  To avoid this possible frustration, experienced members will sometimes wait until they have seen new people at several meetings before engaging in a dialog. Finally, attending several meetings will provide you with the opportunity to hear about any guild or special interest meetings.  If you wish, feel free to ask for more information regarding these groups, even if you are only slightly interested.

Go to events outside your local group

Here's where you get to play with others who share similar interests. At first you won't know anyone there except members of your local group who may be attending. Leave them for a while. Make new friends from other groups. Introduce yourself and ask questions. Participate in the planned activities. Keep your eyes and ears open. And, some day, someone will come up and say, "Hi, I'm So and So and I'm new. Can you tell me what's: going on?"

Go to newcomer orientation sessions

Not all groups provide a formalized introduction to the SCA. If your group does offer some form of introduction, you will more quickly learn some of the basic rules of conduct, how to participate more fully, and how not to stick out like a sore thumb, something many newcomers dread!

Get one piece of basic medieval clothing

Ask someone how to make a simple tunic. If you can't sew, ask for ideas about putting together a reasonable approximation of medieval clothing out of modern clothes. Ask if there is a "Gold Key" or loaner clothing available until you can get your own.

Expect to be responsible for your own things

While not everyone has made all of their clothing, jewelry, armor, weapons and so forth, most people have at least made an attempt at making some things. Sometimes newcomers expect experienced members to provide everything. You will find that people are quite willing to teach you to do something "from scratch," but they are not willing to do extensive hand holding or do your work for you. Except for children, each person is expected to be an adult and to take adult responsibilities. It can be scary to learn that you are expected to provide for yourself, but almost everyone who is wearing fancy clothing or armor started where you are now.

Join the SCA

Membership in the SCA is completely voluntary, but does in include several benefits.  As a paid member will you will receive your kingdom's newsletter, which provides you with information regarding kingdom news and events. Membership also provides you with voting privileges that will allow you to participate more fully in the affairs of your  local group, possibly even serving as an officer.  Additionally, an SCA Membership provides you with a financial incentive, as paid members are not required to pay a non-member surcharge at SCA event.  If finances allow, consider purchasing the SCA newcomers' guide, "Forward Into the Past," and the Known World Handbook from the SCA Stock Clerk, which can give you key insights into the SCA, as well as many articles regarding the diverse activities of the Society. Finally, you should also subscribe to your local group's newsletter in order to keep up with all of the activities and goings on within your area.

Participate to the extent you feel comfortable

The SCA is a participatory organization. Where are your interests and abilities? Keep your eyes and ears open to what people are doing. Give yourself a year to develop your interests. You needn't rush into things the first few months. If you can choose a name fine. If you are interested in a particular time period of the Middle Ages, fine. There is so much to do and so many avenues to explore that it is permissible to take your time and proceed at your own pace. Experienced members are generally more than willing to point out resources and steer you to library references. You get out of the SCA what you put into it!


SCA Events for the Complete Beginner

There's an upcoming event which interests you and you want to go and "check it out". Attending one of the Society's events is the best method to experience first hand what the SCA is all about. The following paragraphs will provide you with some general information concerning the types of events which abound, how to prepare for one, what to bring, and what to do once you arrive.

Where Do I Find Information on Events?

Local SCA chapters that are hosting official SCA events are required to prepare event flyers. Event flyers are published in the Kingdom newsletter (the Acorn) and quite often, local newsletters. If you are not yet a member of the SCA and/or you have not received your first "Acorn," you can access the on-line Kingdom Event Calendar in the Acorn at http://www.atlantia.sca.org. Click on Chronicler & Acorn on-line and then click on The Kingdom Calendar. If all else fails, ask a member of your local chapter if they can share a copy of their newsletter with you.

Event flyers contain information specific to each event including the name of the event, date, time the site opens and closes, site fees, the name and address of the person who is accepting reservations for the event, directions to the site, an overview of the day's activities, site restrictions if any, and a point of contact if you need additional information, etc.

It is strongly recommended that you make a reservation in advance; especially if you plan on attending the feast. If you find out about the event after it is too late to mail in a reservation, call the autocrat or reservationist before you leave for the event to ensure that there is feast space available. If not, you may still attend the event. Also, you may want to ask to be placed on a waiting list for feast. Sometimes, people who have made advanced reservations are unable to attend the event. However, it is recommended that you bring your own food for dinner or be prepared to eat at a local restaurant as there is no guarantee that you will be reached on the waiting list.

Types of Events

The Weekend Event

This is the most common type of event. Attending these events normally requires ample preparation and driving some distance to a campground. They generally begin on a Friday afternoon and continue through Sunday. Upon arrival, members check in at the TROLL BOOTH, pay any appropriate site fees if not pre-reserved, and obtain any information concerning camping areas and times of any planned activities. Next you will set up your encampment in the allotted camping areas. The weekend events vary in type. Although a large proportion are tournament events where armored combatants battle to become champion of the List, there are also Arts & Sciences competitions or displays for entering period crafts and projects, as well as, Collegiums which offer courses on various SCA subjects. You will be responsible for your own food and drink for breakfast and lunch. Many events offer an evening FEAST for a nominal fee. While some members drive off site to eat at local restaurants, many plan ahead and purchase food as a group and share in the preparation and cleanup. Wine and beer are acceptable drink if you are of legal drinking age and where permissible. Some sites are considered "dry" and do not permit the use of alcohol. Check the event flyer and note if the site is "wet" or "dry".

Throughout the day there are often a number of games, competitions and other activities in which you can participate. These may include archery, chess, heraldic workshops, and arts or sciences classes. The event schedule located at the Troll Booth often lists which activities are planned, as well as, when and where they will occur. These are but a few of the ways to meet and make many new friends. As most weekend events are annually sponsored, someone can usually inform you in advance what the event is like or how to drive there, good information to know!

The One-Day Event

One-day events are similar to weekend events except that there is no camping available and all activities take place on Saturday.

Other SCA Activities

The above events are considered "official" events as they are sponsored by active groups, placed on the Kingdom Calendar, and listed in the monthly newsletter, The Acorn. Other, less formal, "get-togethers" also occur. Although these cannot be considered "events" per se, they still provide a glimpse of Society interaction and are worth mentioning. Local members gather regularly for fighter or dance practice, and hold informational "how-to" meetings on a variety of subjects. These types of gatherings are normally held at a local park, meeting hall, or member's house and are less structured than the Events mentioned above. Generally, you're not expected to attend in garb (period clothing), but it's a good idea to ask someone in advance.

The Demo

Another type of gathering in which members participate is the DEMO (short for demonstration). These are normally educational demonstrations performed for schools or outside interest groups such as the scouts, or perhaps for recruiting efforts. Demonstrations of heavy weapons or rapier combat, dancing, or other period activities might be performed or displayed. We help promote the Society by answering questions about who we are and lend a period atmosphere with our clothing, crafts, and armor.

What to Bring

Now that you're familiar with some of our events, let's move on as to how you might prepare for attending one. Since the most important aspect concerning an SCA event is to maintain a period "atmosphere", you will need at least one set of period clothes (called garb). Take along a set of feast gear (wood or pewter plate, bowl, goblet or cup, and utensils), any period games (chess, pente, backgammon), musical instruments, needlework, or other period hobby or craft. Fighters should bring their armor and weapons, archers their bow and arrows, and for those who enjoy "live weapons" competitions, their throwing knives, axes and spears. Check the event flyer for any special needs required for any of the activities or competitions. Additional items might include a chair (canvas-backed director's chairs are recommended; avoid using modern-looking chairs. If you don't have anything else to sit on, cover your modern-looking chair with fabric or a cloak) or bring a large pillow or blanket to sit upon, and perhaps some throw rugs to place your gear on. A pavilion would be a nice luxury to shelter you from inclement weather or the sun's rays.

As previously noted, you will be responsible for your own meals, snacks and drink. It is common for a feast to be served on Saturday evening. On rare occasions food merchants are in attendance and offer edibles for a nominal fee. Others simply drive to a nearby eatery, if one is in the area. However, take it from experience, it's always best to bring your own food and drink! Some members opt to bring a propane stove and an assortment of cooking utensils and cook their meals. Others use a campfire, if permitted, or BBQ grill while others simply "rough it" on sandwiches, cheeses or fruits from their ice chests. Another important reminder is to bring along sufficient water. Remember to hide your liquid containers by drinking from a period looking mug or goblet. Your ice chest can easily be disguised with a throw rug or tablecloth. Next we come to accommodations. Bring your tent, canopy, pillow(s), sleeping bag or air mattress, sheets and/or blankets as determined by the weather and your personal tastes for comfort. As for the "facilities", some event sites lack adequate chambers and Lords and Ladies alike may share the same facilities. Courtesy is ALWAYS practiced! Before entering showers or restrooms, one should knock on closed doors and ask, "Be there anyone within?". With a little time and experience you will learn to adapt as we have.

You will need to bring your own toiletries: towels, soap, etc. Although toilet paper is usually provided, it isn't such a bad idea to bring along a roll of your own. Band aids and bug spray or citronella candles are equally good ideas. A flashlight or candle lantern is ESSENTIAL as many sites have no outdoor lighting (avoid using Coleman-type lanterns.) Bring along any other supplies which will make the event more enjoyable.

A general checklist of possible SCA needs is at the end of this article. Remember, it's not necessary to go out and purchase a lot of equipment prior to your first event. Some items may be borrowed from other members or your local Chatelaine, while others will be collected by you over the course of time.

Getting to the Site

It's probably a safe bet that you will be driving to an area that you've never been to before, and probably, in the middle of the night as well. If you're unable to secure a ride or follow someone else who's going, make sure you have one or two good maps of the area and some detailed instructions on how to find the site. Check the event flyer for a map and directions. As you near the event site there will usually be several SCA signs at all the turn-off areas indicating direction to the campground.

Now, assuming everything went well, you will eventually find yourself at the event site. Congratulations! You're about to get your first real experience of life in the "Current Middle Ages". As mentioned earlier, the first thing to do upon arrival is to check in at the Troll Booth. If you haven't pre-registered (prepaid), you will pay your entrance fee. The registration table should include a list of the planned activities and their start times. If you wish to participate in any of the listed activities, place your name on the appropriate sign-up sheet. There is no limit to the number of activities you can enter, but avoid signing up for activities which begin at the same time. The Troll Booth attendants will advise you where the camping and parking areas are. Be courteous when setting up your camp; a minimal amount of noise will be appreciated by those already asleep!

You're Here. Now What?

The following narrative is one possible example of what you might encounter if you were to attend a Tournament. As "Tourneys" represent an often recurring theme as events go, it was chosen as the model for this narrative. While Lists and Wars are predominant themes, many events focus on non-martial activities such as Collegiums and Arts & Sciences Competitions. Naturally, their format will vary somewhat from the following presentation. However, even Tournaments include a wide variety of activities for those whose interests lie outside the realm of armed combat.

Saturday Morning

The Herald's call will be heard early in the morning announcing the first of the day's planned activities. This will typically include Armor Inspection. Now is the time to put on some garb and eat some breakfast. While you're up and about, be sure to check the event schedule for the times and locations of the day's many activities. Also, be sure to register for any contest, games, or classes in which you plan to participate. Following inspection, the armed combat will generally be the next activity. You will hear the Herald's announcement proclaiming haste for all fighters to complete inspection. Inspection requires all entrants to be fully armored and equipped to allow the Marshal(s) an opportunity to review everyone's gear prior to the list or battle. If you're not fighting, you can go out to the field and view the impending combat. Additional ways to spend your time might include checking out the merchant's displays, attend or enter one of the other contests being held, or circulate and make new friends. When lunch time comes around (it's whenever you're hungry), activities tend to slow down. Grab your feast gear and enjoy lunch. Following your meal you can resume watching or entering any of the ongoing activities: games, dancing, lessons on period topics/subjects, etc. Towards the end of the day you will want to begin preparations for court and feast by changing into your court garb.

At Court, the list Champion(s) and winners of the day's contests will be called up before the Crown or Coronet. Additional presentations, proclamations and Society/Kingdom business will be addressed. Note that all who appear before Their Royal Presence use the appropriate forms of reverence: the bow & curtsy.

Following Court, feast will commence. Depending on the site, it may be held outdoors or inside a hall. In preparation for the meal, set out your table, chair, ground cloth or carpet if the setting is to be outdoors. Next, set out your plate, bowl, mug or goblet, and eating utensils. Remember to maintain the atmosphere by using metal, wood, or ceramic for your feast gear items. Optional luxuries might include a tablecloth, matching cloth napkins, a salt cellar, candle and candle holders. Feast is yet another opportunity to meet and make many new friends. While food is served, beverages are sometimes not. Come prepared. Water, iced tea, soft drinks are all common beverages. Beer, wine and mead are probably the most common alcoholic beverages consumed. CHECK TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS NOT ON A DRY SITE! (Remember…a dry site means that no alcohol is permitted on site) This information is normally contained in the event flyer. In addition, YOU MUST BE OF LEGAL DRINKING AGE TO CONSUME ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES! Remember to disguise the look of modern bottles and cans by drinking from your mug or goblet. You will find that a large sturdy wicker basket or canvas tote bag is extremely useful for storing and carrying your feast gear. It should be large enough to carry a duplicate set of plates, bowls, utensils, drinking vessels and any of your other dining needs. Why an EXTRA set? What better way to meet that lord or lady you've admired? Invite them to dine with you. Following Court and Feast you will find people engaged in various activities. Some will be playing musical instruments, some singing or performing at bardic circles, some dancing or playing period games, while others will be sitting in small groups conversing. Join in any one of these activities and, when you're ready, call it a day.

Sunday Morning

Again you may hear the herald's voice announcing any of the day's planned events. If you're attending any of these, it's time to put on your garb and enjoy some breakfast. If not, you might begin packing and taking down your encampment. Once you've finished loading all your gear, remember to completely clean up your campsite. Soon the time will come to say good-bye to your new friends and make promises to meet at the next event.

Suggested Event Packing List

Note that many of these things aren't necessary for day trips or other events. Temper this list against your own good judgment

For the Auto:

  • Event Flyer
  • Road Atlas
  • Flashlight
  • Change (quarters for pay phone and/or tolls)
  • Cellular Phone
  • Snacks/Drinks
  • 1st Aid Kit
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella/Rain Gear

1st To Unload/Last To Pack:

  • Ground Cloth
  • Tent
  • Stakes/Poles
  • Mall/Hammer
  • Floor Rug(s)
  • Bedroll/Air Mattress (Air Pump)
  • Sheets/Blankets (seasonal)
  • Pillow
  • Clothing (Garb & Mundane)

Saturday Morning:

  • Dining Fly/Canopy
  • Banners/Pennons
  • Chair/Stool (covers for same?)
  • Folding Table (covers for same?)
  • Arms/Armor
  • Archery Gear
  • Live Weapons Equipment
  • Cassette/CD Player
  • Period Music
  • Games
  • Musical Instrument
  • Embroidery
  • Weaving Projects
  • Camera

Feast Gear:

  • Wicker Basket/Canvas Tote
  • Plate, Bowl, Goblet, Utensils
  • Candles, Holders & Matches
  • Corkscrew
  • Large Plastic Bags


  • Ice Chest
  • Fruits
  • Lunch Meats
  • Cheese
  • Mayo/Mustard
  • Soft Drinks, Juice
  • Beer/Mead (If Permitted - Check Event Flyer!)
  • Bread, Crackers, Chips
  • Water
  • Wine (If Permitted - Check Event Flyer!)
  • Coleman Stove
  • BBQ Pit, Hibachi (If Permitted - check with Autocrat concerning open flame restrictions)
  • Pots, Pans, Cooking Utensils
  • Cleanup items: Dish Soap, Scouring Pads, Towels

end faq

Chatelaine's Seal

On behalf of Their Majesties, Their Highness’s and the populace I extend an invitation to you to join us in the Kingdom of Atlantia. If you have ever been curious about pre 17th century history and wondered what it was like to live during that time … then the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) might be for you.

My name is Dame Emma West. I am excited that you are interested in the SCA; I want to welcome you to our Kingdom and help you find your local group. This website has a wealth of information to help you get started, so please have a look around. If you have any questions please feel free to email me.

What is the SCA?

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is a non-profit, educational group that re-creates the Western European Middle Ages in pre-1600 times. We say "re-create" because instead of re-enacting specific historical events, we choose aspects of pre-1600 life to re-create through the use of a "persona": a character that we create that could have lived in the Middle Ages.

People in the SCA study and re-create martial activities including armored combat, fencing, archery, siege weapons and more. Our artisans research, create and teach music, poetry, cooking, singing, dancing, metal-smithing, tailoring, armoring, etc. Through the hard work of dozens and even hundreds of volunteers, we host events all over the country every weekend.

The SCA encompasses all of the "Knowne World", twenty Kingdoms across the globe. The Kingdom of Atlantia encompasses all of Maryland, the District of Columbia, North Carolina, South Carolina, most of Virginia and a small portion of Georgia. Atlantia is in turn divided into a number of local groups: Baronies, Shires, and Strongholds; and even further into Cantons and Colleges.

Getting Involved

The first step is to find your local group. Next, contact your local chatelain or email me. Your local Chatelain will help you discover all the opportunities to get involved in your area, assist you with information and garb for your first event, and introduce you to people who share your interests.

Then, go to an event and see what interests you. A calendar of events happening around the Kingdom can be found here. Don't worry about not having all the "right" clothes or understanding everything. Just meet people and talk. Ask questions about what you see and things that interest you. Most people are willing to share.

Also, take a look at the treasure trove of information on the Society page.

If you need more help or have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me, or call me at (301) 943-2469 (until 9 PM)

In Service,
Dame Emma West
Chatelain, Atlantia
Dawn Hutchings
13501 Steeplechase Drive
Bowie, MD 20715

Calendar of Events

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