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Fwd: [settmour_swamp] Pennsic University policy change: youth attendance restrictions

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  • Daniel Adler
    Just an FYI, since we usually see lots of Pennsic s youth attendees at the Period Games Tent. Galen ... Just an FYI, since we usually see lots of Pennsic s
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 6, 2010
      Just an FYI, since we usually see lots of Pennsic's youth attendees at the Period Games Tent.


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      From: Pamela Herbert <ldybrigitsca@...>
      Date: July 6, 2010 3:41:57 PM EDT
      Subject: [settmour_swamp] Pennsic University policy change: youth attendance restrictions

      I know I'm not attending Pennsic this year, nor do I have any children who
      would be affected by this ruling but I felt the need to pass this
      information on to all who are or do.



      New Pennsic University policy this year: Minors (anyone under the age of 18)
      must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when attending classes in A&S
      tents. See the letter from the Deputy Mayor of Cultural Affairs for more
      details about the
      Direct link:

      Read that first.

      Copy of a letter from Mistress Chai, Deputy Mayor of Cultural Affairs in
      response to voiced concerns:

      -------- Original Message --------
      Dear concerned SCAdian, parent, Pennsic teacher, or friend of youth at

      Please forgive me for sending this automated response, the sheer volume
      of email in my inbox makes it impossible for me to individually reply to

      First let me suggest that you read carefully my letter on the Pennsic
      address some of your concerns. Second, and /after you have read the
      website letter/, I would like to clarify some points regarding the new

          1. Yes, the rule does indeed go beyond the scope of the Society
          standard by asking parents to arrange supervision of not just
          children under 12 but of youth 13-18; however, it applies only to
          those classes held by Pennsic University/ in A&S tents./

          2. The rule does require adult supervision of youth, by a parent or
          by a "guardian"--*which is defined for our purposes as a responsible
          adult designated by the the parent* *to attend the class* with the
          youth. Let me repeat that. We are /not/ requiring a legal
          court-appointed guardian, simply a responsible adult. (My thanks  to
          the Society MOY and especially to the Pennsic 39 Mayor for allowing
          us that interpretation of the rule).

          3. The teachers of Pennsic classes are *not required nor expected to
          check IDs or ages *of anyone attending their classes. We trust that
          parents will use good judgement in sending their children and youth
          to appropriate classes; and that the teachers will use good
          judgement and inform the responsible adult with any youth if
          material in the class is unsuitable for minors.

          4. This rule is in effect for Pennsic 39. The rules for next Pennsic
          will be set by the Mayor and the staff of Pennsic 40 at that time.
          This is not Society policy, nor does Cultural Affairs staff wish to
          debate the justice of the rule. Yes, there were reasons for the
          rule. No, we will not be disseminating that information for debate
          in SCA forums.

          5. This rule has been in effect since early May, it was not a last
          minute decision and it was never intended to drive parents or
          children away from Pennsic. If you find that you cannot adapt to
          this rule and do decide not to attend Pennsic because of it I
          am truly saddened, but all I can offer you are my apologies for the
          inconvenience. If you do decide to return to Pennsic in future
          years, please take time to read carefully all the rules of Pennsic
          for that year and follow the announcements for changes (which always
          happen) arise.

      Please understand, neither I nor the staff of Pennsic University are
      against children or youth partaking of all that Pennsic has to offer--my
      own four children grew up in the SCA, my grandchildren currently attend
      Pennsic. This rule will affect them as well. I have been a pre-school
      teacher and a daycare director, I am currently faculty at a state
      university. So please believe me that I do understand how this may
      affect your Pennsic, whether you are a parent or a teacher, as I know it
      will affect mine.

      I have and will take time to read all the emails I receive on this
      matter. I am very impressed by the range of knowledge and experience you
      all hold as well as the thoughtful responses many of you have taken the
      time to express. I welcome your input and will pass along your ideas
      wherever I think they will do the most good. I encourage you, if you
      would like to make a difference, to offer your services to the fine
      volunteers running Youth Point and A&S Point. The more sane and sensible
      folk we have actively participating in volunteer capacities, the fewer
      rules we are likely to have to make both at Pennsic and in the SCA.

      Thank you for your patience and understanding,

      Mistress Chai
      Deputy Mayor for Cultural Affairs
      Pennsic 39

      “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the
      affection of children...to leave the world a better place...to know even one
      life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
      Ralph Waldo Emerson

      The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you
      will make one.
         Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)

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