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The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is a non-profit organization created to recreate the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance.

The Kingdom of the Outlands was the 12th kingdom created within the SCA and covers New Mexico, most of Colorado, parts of Wyoming and Nebraska, and El Paso and Hudspeth counties of Texas.

Below, you'll find some of our most frequently asked questions. If you can't find an answer to your question, please contact our hospitaller at
chatelaine@outlands.org
and they will help you with your inquiry.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the SCA?
The SCA is group of people who have come together to re-create the Middle Ages and early Renaissance. From the SCA's humble beginnings at a Berkely California backyard party in 1966 the SCA has grown to have formal groups on every continent but South America and Antartica.

What is the difference between re-creation and reenactment?
Re-creation is actually recreating all the aspects of a time. Reenactors go a step further and stay completely in the time period. Their battles are carefully choreographed and their campsite perfectly planned out. In re-creation, members do their own research and try to recreate those parts that interest them. In combat, our members focus on actual fighting, not trying to rememember at what point they are supposed to die.

What do people do in the SCA?
It is probably more appropriate to say, 'what don't they do'? If it was a part of that period of time we can probably find someone who is working on it. Here is a SHORT list of some of the things SCA members do: Caligraphy, armored combat, target archery, combat archery, dyeing, spinning, weaving, singing, playing musical instruments, making rope, making candles, cook, leatherwork, woodwork, stone carving, making chainmail, sewing, e.t.c, e.tc. e.t.c.

How do I get started?
First, find out what
group you belong to. Contact their Hospitaller or the Senschal. They will help you find out when local events are, what you need to attend and if they have any special events just for newcomers.

What is an event?
On a regular basis we gather together. An event could be anywhere in the kingdom and could be for any reason. Sometimes the event is based around a combat tournament. Sometimes it might be around a college-like event with classes and workshops. To find out what is happening kingdom-wide, visit the Kingdom's Calendar.

What do I need to attend an event?
First of all you need to wear an attempt at pre-17th century clothing. It need not be perfect and if you don't have any made yet, your local Hospitaller has loaner clothing for you.
Secondly, find an event! Local members can suggest which events are good for newcomers. If the event has a feast (dinner) then you will want to bring feast gear (plate, cup and utensils). A good wooden bowl or plate is great first choice and can usually be found at most thift shops.
Other activities will change from event to event so talk to your local Hospitaller about what to expect.

What about memberships?
Memberships are very handy and provide you with some great benefits, but you are not required to have one to attend events or practices. You will need one if you wish to hold office, partipate in combat activities at events or receive any awards.
For more information about membership visit
http://sca.org/members/welcome.html

More questions?
If you can't find an answer to your question here, then please contact our hospitaller at
chatelaine@outlands.org
. They will be more than happy to help in any way that they can.

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