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Newcomers' FAQ

Frequently asked questions (and answers!) for newcomers

What is all this?

A worldwide educational organization formed to study medieval society by recreating its lifestyle (without the plague).  What it amounts to is a million hobbies under the guise of one hobby.

Can I do it?

Yes, it is open to everyone of all ages. Activities vary based on your individual interests and abilities; all are welcome to try their hand at new things.

Do I need to be a member?

Not required but a $5 non-member surcharge at all events (that charge a fee) and a signed waiver form required each event.  We wish you to spend some time with us before deciding on membership.

Do I need to have any experience?

It’s really learn-as-you-go.  No studying required except what you want; no tests unless you impose them; a gentle merge into the flow of the Society as and when you want.  You continue throughout your years in SCA to grow and develop and expand your interests.

Do I need any special materials?

An “attempt” at medieval clothing is the only real “requirement.”  As you learn and grow, you may expand your choices of clothing and accessories, many initially homemade or from your local thrift stores.  Some martial arts require an investment in gear, homemade or purchased.

Is there a dress code?

Merely an “attempt” at medieval clothing and thrift store and costume shops have provided ample ideas from Scrubs for tunics and long skirts and dresses.

When do you all meet?

The Las Cruces group holds a general Populace meeting on the first Thursday of each month (subject to change - see our Events section for the next scheduled meeting).  This is primarily a business meeting so we can decide what we as a group want to do next.  It is posted on our Facebook Page:  Nahrun Kabirun, as is much conversation between members and posting of activities.

What else do you all do?

Recreating a medieval society involves weapons, fighting tournaments and wars with safe clothing and weapons.  Practice of these arts are held at weekly “fighter practices” and can include heavy weapons with swords and shields, rapier (fencing) or archery.  There is usually loaner equipment available to help new people get started until they can get their own.

It also involves the arts and sciences so we can have costumes; pavilions; illuminated scroll awards; cooking; brewing; armor making; arrow fletching; furniture making; and the list goes on and on. Feasts, coronations, international travel to other kingdoms.

Is there a webpage or something i could check out?

The SCA Newcomer's Portal is a great site to visit for quick overview of what the SCA has to offer.

Other links of interest include:


How much does it cost?

The cost to yourself is variable depending on how involved you get and what you define as “need” to enjoy yourself.

How much time does it take?

As with any hobby, it can take as much or as little time as you have.  If you decide you must have armor in a month, it will take more time; if you want a costume by tonight; all else must be put aside.  Our shire typically meets once to three times a week for arts and sciences, fight practice, and archery which lasts 2-3 hours or less.  We do a major demo each year at the Renaissance Faire over the weekend at Young Park, and host one other kingdom-wide event. You can attend any event within the SCA anywhere in the world which means there is usually an event every weekend, somewhere!  You determine your level of involvement. The more involved, the more time commitment.

What do I need to know before I start?

If you want to find out more, come to our next activity and ask questions.  The Chatelaine is the officer who is specially trained to answer and help newcomers in their early days in the SCA.  Feel free to ask her any questions.  If she can’t answer, she’ll guide you to someone who can.

Message with any questions, prompt answer or redirect will be received.