Office of the Hospitaller
What is a Hospitaller?
A Hospitaller is an officer who acts as a kind of liason between the SCA and the modern world. They help introduce new participants into the SCA by not only introducing them to experienced members, but also by teaching them about SCA and Kingdom traditions, customs and rules and helping new participants fit in. Hospitallers teach both formal and informal classes for new participants and have a wealth of resources that they make available to new participants, such as websites, pamphlets, handouts and SCA publications.
Hospitallers also work with teachers and other members of the local community to coordinate educational demonstrations by our members. Educational demonstrations, or "Demos", are popular in schools of all grade levels, Scout groups and many other kinds of social organizations. Demos help bring history to life. For more information about setting up a Demo for your school or group, contact your local Hospitaller.
What is the SCA?
The Society for Creative Anachronism, or SCA, is a legally chartered,
non-profit society whose aims are:
- to reproduce and recreate the best aspects of the middle ages and renaissance, especially the ideals of courtesy, chivalry and personal honor
- to keep the culture and society of the middle ages and renaissance alive
- to support the study of medieval and renaissance history
- to support the study of the arts and sciences of the middle ages and renaissance
- to provide a forum for medieval sports and martial arts, especially tournament style combat
Most of the SCA's activities take place within a social structure modeled and adapted on that of the Western European middle ages. This allows participants to immerse themselves in the culture, arts, crafts, sciences, traditions, literature and lifestyles of the period. The SCA defines its scope as pre-17th century, meaning that individuals recreate all historical periods up to the year 1600 AD. In the SCA most of the world can be a source for personal inspiration, research and reenactment. Many members focus on the Middle East or Far East, though the core of the SCA focuses on Western Europe.
One of the things that makes the SCA different from Renaissance Faires is that the SCA is a participatory organization - there is no "audience" and no "performers". Everyone who attends an SCA event becomes both "performer" and "audience" by participating in the activities around them. In the SCA you can learn to dance period dances, do calligraphy and illumination, make and fight in armor, sew period clothing, cook period dishes and do pretty much anything else that was done in middle ages and renaissance periods. What makes the SCA different from a Medieval History Class or Humanities 101 Class is that instead of just reading books about things, you actually do them!
Some History of the SCA...
The SCA began in Berkeley, California in 1966 and has grown to become an organization with an estimated 100.000 participants with groups located all around the globe! Every country that hosts a local SCA group is considered to be part of the "Known World". The SCA divides the Known World into 19 kingdoms, each ruled over by a King and Queen and a staff of Kingdom Officers.
The Kingdom of Trimaris is the SCA Kingdom comprised of the majority of the state of Florida (excluding the Florida Panhandle) and Panama. Local groups are located all over the state of Florida. For help finding your local SCA group, contact the Kingdom Hospitaller.
HL James Highgate
3808 Spirited Circle
Saint Cloud, FL 34772
Deputy Kingdom Hospitaller - Successor Deputy
Deputy Kingdom Hospitaller - Demonstration Deputy
Étaín Echluath mka Trish Amador
1915 Mary Lane Holiday, FL 34690
352.302.5406 no calls after 9:00pm please
Deputy Kingdom Hospitaller - Education Deputy
Deputy Kingdom Hospitaller - Marketing Materials/Graphic Design Deputy
Don Gunther von Waldherz, OWST
Links of Interest for New Participants
- Has a lot of information from things to do, things to wear, who to be all the way to general information about the SCA.
- Triskele Tabard Pattern
- Warrant of Office - Other Officers
- Demo Guest Book
- Demo Step by Step Guestbook and Forms
- Recruiting and Retention Basics for the SCA.pdf
- Step by Step Guide to Demos in Trimaris