Welcome to the Kingdom of Caid Newcomer Site. The information you will find in these pages is written for the Ladies and Lords who have recently joined the Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA), as well as those who may be considering joining and would like to find out more about the Current Middle Ages within the Kingdom of Caid.
This section will explain a little bit about how the SCA and the Kingdom of Caid got started, and the events that are created.
The entire Kingdom (which covers Southern California, Las Vegas Nevada and the Hawaiian islands) is divided up into Baronies, Shires, and Cantons. To find out which branch you belong in (based on your residence), click on this heading and enter your zip code.
GETTING INVOLVED WITH THE SCA
This section identifies several areas to pursue in your journey to learn more and become more involved in the SCA.
There are many different types of events that take place in the SCA and this section will explain the different types.
Medieval society was highly structured with a system of ranks: kings, dukes, barons and lords. The SCA has a similar system of hierarchy. It is often difficult for a newcomer to tell if the person with whom he is conversing is “Somebody Important.”
ATTENDING AN SCA FEAST
What is a feast and what are the rules in participating. Here are some guidelines on what to expect and what is expected of you.
PREPARING MEDIEVAL FOOD
This article will discuss how to act through SCA potlucks and feast situations before you manage to collect a shelf full of medieval cookery books, what cookery books to start prowling used book stores for, and the basic etiquette of SCA food/feast situations.
YOUR TEENAGER AND THE SCA
This is a pdf from the SCA website that explains the various aspects of teenagers in the SCA.
This is a multi-colored pdf from the SCA website that you can view or download and print that explains being a member in the SCA.
SCA NEWCOMER’S INFORMATION
Check out the corporate site about participating in the SCA.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
This section is about other sites with useful information about the SCA and the current Middle Ages.
This section identifies the various books and magazines with information about SCA and the Middle Ages.
If you have decided to become a member this heading will redirect you to the SCA web site to gather your information.
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
Membership Card – by signing the waiver on the membership applicatiion, you can speed your check-in at events by presenting your card instead of signing waivers at the door.
SCA Publications – Sustaining members receive their kingdom’s newsletter and can also purchase subscriptions to other kingdom’s newsletters,
Tournaments illuminated (the quarterly magazine of the Society),
The Compleat Anachronist pamphlet series, and the Board of Directors’ Proceedings.
Discounts on some event admissions and on Known World Mail service.
Voting privileges in your local group – the membership roles are used when determining who to send pollings on group matters.
There are several levels of membership in the Society:
A sustaining membership ($35) includes a year’s subscription to your kingdom’s newsletter, which contains kingdom news, announcements for events taking place in your area, and local group contacts. Lower priced Associate and Family memberships are also available.
You are not required to purchase an SCA membership before attending SCA meetings and events. Membership is a requirement for holding office in SCA groups, for participation in combat and combat related activities in your area, and for eligibility to receive awards in some kingdoms.
CHOOSING AND SUBMITTING YOUR SCA NAME
CREATING AND SUBMITTING YOUR SCA DEVICE
Once you are a member, developing your persona is an important part of being involved. A medieval name and a device (a graphically painted shield) will help to identify the new you!