Re: [SCA Newcomers] SCA and having young children
- In a message dated 2/16/2003 6:59:09 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> I haven't joined the Sca yet. I am wondering what you all do withLots of people in the SCA have kids. In my shire there is one couple with a 4
> young children? I find its been hard to find sitters as it is. 1.Are
> children welcome at some functions? 2.Are there any for them? 3.Do
> you have any unique stories about raising your children in the SCA?
year old, a 10 year old, and a 14 year old, another mother with a 10 year
old, another mother with a 14 year old, and a household of two families with
3 children under the age of 5. And we're a small group! My SCA household
leaders have a 7 year old who has been coming to events since she was a few
In general, children are welcome at most events; usually there will be a note
about "adult themes" or "not really suitable for children" if there is a real
problem. Many events have some form of children's activities - not a drop
off thing, but something you share with your child. Some local groups have a
children's group that does stuff together. My own shire has just started
such a group and the first meeting was quite a success.
One thing you will hear a lot is "remember that you are responsible for your
child". This may seem strange to a new member, but to people who've been in
the SCA a while, their group feels like their family, and sometimes they make
the mistake of assuming that other memebers will watch their kids for them,
without asking. Or they may ask someone to watch their child for a few
minutes, and then get caught up in something and not come back for several
hours. I'm not saying that you will do this, but it will help explain if
someone complains about kids at events.
who is hoping to be able to raise kids in the SCA.
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