What is 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." This is the first line of the
newcomers page on the SCA website http://www.sca.org/officers/chatelain/sca-intro.html.
Here they give you more complete information than I can provide, including links
to the 19 kingdoms and resources
for the newcomer. There also is a pdf file with terms commonly used at
events - http://www.sca.org/officers/chatelain/pdf/jargon.pdf.
These are great resources, however, here is my short list of terms to get you
through that first event:
- as a noun: a member of the Society for Creative
- Also: SCAer. Used as an adjective to mean “of the SCA.”
- any person, not gender-specific.
- the inhabitants of a kingdom or local group; the people present
at an event.
- Rulers of a Kingdom.
- also called the Crown.
- landed representatives of the Crown who are ceremonial heads of a
- Knights who swear fealty to the Crown and Masters-of-Arms who do not.
- someone recognized by the Crown for mastery of armored combat/heavy
- someone recognized by the Crown for mastery of an art or
- someone recognized by the Crown for great service to their
Kingdom and the SCA.
- someone recognized by the King and Queen for mastery of rapier
- a student in a formal relationship with a Knight or Master of
Arms for training in armored combat.
- types of SCA local chapters. Baronies are generally larger in
size, and have a Baron and/or Baroness as their ceremonial heads.
Sub-groups within a Barony’s territory are known as Cantons, or in
some areas, Ridings or Strongholds.
- used to mean something that is authentic or could fit in the timeframe
of the SCA ( approx 600 - 1600 AD).
- your SCA person you are representing as opposed to your mundane or
- a release of liability form. Non-members must sign waivers
at events and martial practices.
Person with a crown on their head
- someone who may be a King/Queen, Prince/Princess, Baron/Baroness or
have been one in the past. They are to be treated as royalty - just in