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newcomer info

Members of the SCA learn about the past by researching period arts, crafts, and traditions and then experience history by recreating it.

arts and sciences activites

There are many such crafts and arts you can learn and practice in the Society, including:


Calligraphy & Illumination

Ceramics & Pottery




Fiber Arts (weaving, spinning)

Gardening & Herbalism



Medieval Games


Music (vocal & instrumental)


Poetry & Literature


You can see artisans practicing their skills at workshops and events. They may also display their work at events in exhibitions and contests.

martial activities

Martial activities in the SCA include:

Armored Combat

Rapier Combat

Youth Combat

Equestrian Activities

Combat Archery

Target Archery

Thrown Weapons

Seige Weapons

Each activity has various types of tournaments and competitions. In addition, there are strict safety standards and rules. All of the activities are supervised by "marshals", who enforce the rules and maintain the safety standards. As in any other sport, participants are trained to ensure everyone’s safety.  

Information on these various activites can be found in the Activities Menu to the right.


SCA events are held somewhere almost every weekend of the year. Participants travel from near and far to take part in the day's (or weekend's) activities, which can include tournaments, dancing, performances, Royal Court, arts exhibits, workshops, and a grand feast. Attendees wear clothing appropriate to the Middle Ages or Renaissance (pre-1600’s). If you do not have something to wear to your first event, our Newcomers’ Liaison has loaner costumes that you can borrow.

Information on the events held by Ravenslake can be found in the Events Menu to the right. Other events can be found on the Kingdom Calendar

how to contact us 

Our Chatelaine is our Newcomers' Liason for people interested in the shire. Please don't hesitate to contact her for more information about our activities and events, and with other questions about our group. 

On the society website, there is a section specifically for Newcomers - the Newcomers Portal. It contains introductory information on a variety of topics and activities.

For a little more reading about what to expect when you join the SCA, you can download the following article: Things They Forget to Tell You When You Join the SCA--a newcomer's guide.

join us

If you've decided that this crazy, wonderful hobby sounds like it is for you, We welcome you to attend our local meetings and practicesdemos or events that we hold frequently!  We hope to see you soon! 

Shire Champions

Archery Champion:
Astridr Ymirsdottir

Bard of Ravenslake:
Lady Gabrielle Roslyn Morley

Bocce Ball Champion:
Reimar Erikson

Heavy Weapons Champion:
Hjalmar Njalsson

Rapier Champion:
Morvyth Bengrick

Thrown Weapons Champion:
Lady Metylda of Ravenslake