|So your interested in becoming
a member of the SCA. Please note that the SCA is one of the few organizations where
you can participate without paying dues. However at most events, paid members do get
A meeting is where the SCA members carry on the
regular business of the local group. An event is a special gathering, often publicized in
the kingdom's newsletter to invite people from more distant groups. People wear medieval
garb at events, although some may change out of their modern clothes when they arrive.
Customs vary as to whether garb is worn at local meetings. Because people often work on
various skills and crafts at meetings, many will stay in modern clothing. Some wear
everyday clothes to meetings and then change into period garb.
When you arrive at your
first meeting or event, go up to someone and introduce yourself. Explain that you are new
and ask who you can talk to about learning more about the group. Some groups have special
people (known as hospitaller, castellan or chatelaine) to greet newcomers, but others do
not. Approach someone who is working on a project and ask about it. Most people are glad
to talk about what they are doing.
At either meetings or events, people may be so involved with what they
came to do that they do not notice a new person. Some are too shy themselves to ask if you
are new. Begin by observing others and start a conversation about what they are doing. If
you see a skill or craft that interests you, ask who might be wiling to teach it. Listen
for announcements of guild meetings where people who practice that craft gather to share
information and help each other.
If members are so involved in their projects that you feel ignored or
unwanted, have patience and persist in coming to meetings. Keep asking questions. Some
groups provide special meetings for newcomers to help them learn what they need to know to
feel a part of the group. Be sure to attend those. Volunteer to help at any events, if
only in the kitchen or with clean-up. Many new friends can be made over hot dishwater!