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What is the SCA?
The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (SCA) is a non-profit educational organization devoted to the study of medieval and renaissance culture, and the presentation of the knowledge gained through a form of living history.
An "anachronism" is something that is out of its proper time frame; "creative" anachronism describes how SCA participants take their favorite aspects of the "period" and re-create them in the modern world. The SCA "period" is defined to be Western civilization between 600 CE and 1600 CE.
What makes the SCA truly unique is that its members don't just study various aspects of history, they attempt to re-create what they study. And that study can incorporate anything that would have been done in history--from the scholarly use of calligraphy and illumination to the martial activities of fighting on the battlefield with sword and shield. If it was practiced during the time frame of the SCA, then someone in the SCA is attempting to bring it to life.
How Do I Get Involved?
The best way is to figure out which group within our Barony meets closest to you and attend one of their weekly fighter practices. This is a good way of getting to know people and finding out about other events. The practices are not just for fighting--you will also find people practicing the arts or just socializing.
No special clothing is required for attending fighter practice. If you wish to participate, the participants at practice can give you guidance on what clothing is required.
With cultures so full and rich as those in the SCA time period, how does one even begin to discuss all the activities available? The easiest way is to divide the activities into three broad categories: Research in the Arts & Sciences; the Combative Arts; and the formal gatherings, known as "Events" in the SCA, in which members share and practice what they've learned.