The awards bestowed in the SCA range from tassels at a monthly bash to tokens for people who have travelled far or just caught the royal eyes, as well as formal awards such as the Award of Arms. Depending on the award, the appropriate token could be quite simple and basic (such as a bell, button, or plaited ribbon) to very elaborate, handcrafted medallions or tokens. Most "formal" awards are accompanied by a scroll.
Broadly speaking there are four "levels" of awards:
One could also categorize awards by their respective font of honour:
- Awards given by Landed Barons and/or Baronesses - Baronial Level Awards only.
- Awards given by Landed Princes and/or Princesses - Principality Level Awards and the Society Level Award of Arms
- Awards given by Kings and/or Queens - Kingdom Level Awards and all Society Level Awards, Award, Grants, and Patents of Arms the last of which means, as far as the SCA is concerned, the Peerages.
For someone to receive an award, members of the populace recommend an individual according to the contributions and services they've made to the society, or members of the society. Recommendations are sent to your local Baron and Baroness, Prince and Princess or King and Queen.
Many SCA awards are more accurately orders, but usage is almost universally sloppy on this subject.