Forming a new group
- On Sun, 2009-10-04 at 18:50 +0000, nightflyer0ne wrote:
> (There's no local group in my area yet)You could start one.
That's not a flippant answer...it's exactly what we did here in
northeastern Ohio, founding the Marche of Alderford back in 1994. :-)
Starting a new shire is a lot of work, and takes a long-term commitment,
but it is also very rewarding.
There is probably an official file somewhere on how to start a new
local SCA group, but I've never needed to look for it. I've only been
in one local group and it is currently the biggest in Ansteorra.
I do have this file with suggestions and comments from others about
getting an SCA group going. This is in the SCA-INC section of the
new-groups-msg (17K) 6/11/05 Procedures and advice on starting
Here are a few other files in the same section which might be of
interest, especially to those trying to start a new group:
fundraising-msg (52K) 2/ 5/08 Fundraising ideas for SCA groups.
recruiting-art (16K) 7/13/02 "On the Recruiting and Retention of
Members" by Lady Meliora
recruitment-msg (48K) 6/11/05 Recruitment ideas. bringing in new
sprd-out-grps-msg (10K) 12/27/01 Handling SCA groups spread over a
If you can only collect a few folks together, it might be better to
form a household than an SCA groups. While households can often suffer
from cliquishness, they don't have the minimum officer requirements of
local groups. When you don't have enough people to handle all the
officer positions and then a sufficient set of non-officers, groups
end up playing "musical chairs" each time officer appointments come up
and this leads to burn-out and in the end no one wins.
Oh, and there's a Florilegium file on households, too. :-)
households-msg (34K) 2/ 5/08 Comments on households in the SCA.
THLord Stefan li Rous Barony of Bryn Gwlad Kingdom of Ansteorra
Mark S. Harris Austin, Texas StefanliRous@...
**** See Stefan's Florilegium files at: http://www.florilegium.org ****