Children, Parents, and the SCA

This week's Aoife's Links is all about kids and the SCA — how to dress them, how to have fun while parenting them in the SCA, what there is for them to do at events, how they can participate in your SCA life, and how to contact the children's officer nearest you.

As a veteran children's officer (working on my 15th year) I have to tell you that we need you. No matter where you live, you are the vital key to making the kids SCA lives rich and meaningful. We need people who will dedicate a small amount of time at one event to making sure the gameboy is forgotten on the backseat of the car because the child is competing in an archery competition or learning to spin or is composing a medieval style dance. We need parents and concerned individuals that love kids, want to help them learn, and enjoy watching that "lightbulb-over-the-head moment" when a kid catches fire and really learns something. There are so many of those moments in the SCA kids arena because so much of our area of history goes untaught. We need artisans to spend an hour once in a while teaching kids how to do their artform. We need Peers as role models. We need Royalty that take a deep and abiding interest in furthering children's interests and children's awards and children's projects, lovingly presented at court. And I have to tell you....It's fun. Boy howdy, it's fun.Someof my favorite moments are when teaching kids, and watching the parent creep closer and eventually say "I know this is supposed to be a kid's class, but...can I play too?"

So, dive in, and help out, and teach and learn with our children. They are the Future of our Past!


Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon
Canton of Riverouge
Barony of the Endless Hills
Kingdom of Aethelmearc

SCA Children's Officer Homepage Contact the person in charge of kid's activities in your kingdom!

Barony of Forgotten Sea--Historical Kid's Activities Tons of links and ideas from around the globe.

Teen SCA
(Site Excerpt) Welcome to our page! This was constructed by and for teenagers in the SCA or the Society of Creative Anachronisms. We reside in the Kingdom of Caid and in the Barony of the Angels (Los Angeles, CA). Basically, we try to recreate the medieval period and have fun doing it. Sounds simple, right? We wear clothing that people during the medival/ren. times or period would have worn and we attend SCA events. There is a ton of info on these pages, please take your time and experience the world that is SCA!

MOAS Atlantia: Games, Past-times, and Toys
Several of the MOAS Atlantia Games links are no longer functioning, but plenty of them ARE, so dive in!

Stefan's Florilegium: Toys in the Middle Ages
Wonder what kids played with in the Middle Ages? Find out here!
Medieval Fashion and Toy Dolls
Was there an historical version of Barbie (tm)? Read here to find out!
SEE ALSO Babies-Msg
SEE ALSO Children-msg
SEE ALSO Teenager-msg
Look at the top of each file page to see links to other child-related messages in the Florilegium.

Ministry of Children for the Barony of Bryn Gwlad
Fun with your Medieval Child
(Site Excerpt) In the SCA (as in life) kids have more fun if they're included in the game than if they're just asked to observe it. It's not difficult to incorporate your children into the Current Middle Ages--after all, kids are period! It just takes a little thought and the same kind of research you put into every other aspect of your Society life.

Æthelmearc Chancellor of Youth
Resources and articles for children, parents, and teachers.

Barony of Vinhold: Children at SCA Events
(Site Excerpt) Children can be one of the greatest joys of the current Middle Ages and I can think of few things which are as touching as seeing a child exhibit courtesy and good manners. However, your children are your responsibility...Every Child Should Know "HOLD!''....Dress the Part: Children should also have garb... Teach your Children Please and Thank you...Do Not Touch Without Asking: Children should learn to ask ...You are Responsible for Your Children...Do Not Make Your Children Go To Events...(many more subject headings)

Trimaris Youth Combat Handbook
(Note that other kingdoms also have Youth Combat, and their rules and ages may differ)
(Site Excerpt) The mission of the Youth Combat Program is to provide an environment where the youth of our Kingdom, between the ages of 9 to 17 can practice a martial activity and learn the ideals of chivalry, honor, and respect. The program will also give them the opportunity to lean more about all aspects of the Society and to have fun.

Aethelmearc Youth Fencing Homepage
Web page for this fledgling Youth program.

Pennsic Preparedness for Parents/Kids
(Applicable for ANY "War". Site Excerpt) You'd be surprised at how many older children aren't able to verbalize the basic details of finding their way back to their own camps, or what their parent's SCA names are and the group they are camping with.... If you think your child will be unable to remember all this information, help them make and decorate a belt favor. On the BACK of this favor, print the child's name and all other pertinent information. This is always handy of your little one gets lost in the merchant area. If you child is very young but quite mobile, pin the favor to the back of their garb every time they go out.

SCAkids "The Future of our Past" Created for the Parents and Youth Directors of the Known World
Not an official SCA site, but one with great information.

Garb for Kids: Stefan's Florilegium child-clothes-msg
(Message Excerpt) It depends on how old your niece is, but there are some period patterns for children, particularly little girls. I even have a book that contains the period patternm for a six year old found in Augustiner-Nonnenkirche zu Blomberg. The little girl died in 1600. The patern is correct for a child and has all of the proportions so that you can alter it to fit a larger child.

If you wish to correspond with Aoife directly, please send mail to: mtnlion at ptd dot net.