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.