Welcome newcomers and medieval curiosity-seekers!

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is a history-loving group dedicated to researching and recreating the period of time between 600 AD and 1600-1650 AD, as it was experienced in Western Europe (minus all the "nasty bits" like plagues, inquisitions, fleas, rats, famines, etc.).

The SCA was started in Berkeley, California in May 1966 by a group of science fiction and fantasy fans who wanted a theme party. Since then, the idea has spread to have society branches all over the world. There are currently over 25,000 people on the official mailing list, but approximately four times that many regularly participate in Society activities and the number is still growing!

Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. – This is our main corporate site.

Also check out the SCA's Newcomers Portal, which has some great overview information and pictures of who we are and what our activities are.

The SCA also has social media presences on Facebook, Twitter (@SCAsocial), Google+, YouTube and Pinterest.

Who do I contact here in Eastern Ontario?

In the SCA, there's an officer called the "Chatelaine" devoted to welcoming newcomers. There’s a Chatelaine for each level of branch, from local to provincial. In Eastern Ontario, you can contact the regional Chatelaine who can help you get started, or direct you to a local group in one of our area’s cities/towns.

Chatelaines will help with:

  • Answering questions about the SCA
  • Help you prepare for attending your first SCA event, including arranging loaner “garb” (medieval costume)
  • Introduce you to people who are knowledgeable and skilled in your particular areas of medieval interest.

About SCA Events

An SCA event is usually an all-day affair (or at least afternoon and evening) during which people gather to re-create the medieval era. The object is to strive for as much authenticity as possible, given modern safety and other considerations.

All events are family-friendly and you don’t need to be a member of the SCA to attend—but you should contact with your local group first so they can expect you.  Reservations are sometimes needed.

Events are often held in community centers or church halls because they tend to have good kitchen facilities which lend themselves to food preparation on a grand scale (often 50 or more).

Activities vary from event to event but most have at least a tournament during which fighting and/or fencing for honour and rank takes place and an elaborate evening meal called a feast. There may also be court (where royalty can recognize and honour their subjects and vice versa), games, arts competitions, demonstrations, dancing and bardic circles (during which the oral tradition of storytelling, music and poetry is continued).

Anyone attending an event is asked to make a reasonable attempt to wear pre-1600s garb. The Chatelaine will help you with that for your first event.  If you are sitting for a feast/banquet at the event you may want to ask the Chatelaine to help you arrange for some loaner medieval-style tableware.

If you are not a member of SCA there will be a non-member fee in addition to any member-rate site fees. Site fees collected to help cover the cost of the hall rental, and all participants pay at the door to join in the fun. Some events provide special rates for large families or students/seniors.