Households are groups within the SCA, usually based around an interest in certain areas of SCA endeavour, or friendship groups (or both!). Sometimes a peer will form a household that includes his/her apprentices/proteges/squires. Unlike other groups, such as a barony, Households aren't based on geography (although members of a household may be from a particular geographical area), they are not official groups of the Society, and any "membership requirements" of a household are at the discretion of the household. Being "unofficial", a household cannot hold official meetings or events, but they are more than welcome to run events on behalf of the official group. They may include or exclude anybody they like, whereas an official group cannot do this.
They can be a great support network, and often the activities of the household will extend beyond SCA. Another way to look at it is that a household is your "family" and the group the village/hamlet that you live in.
You do not have to be a part of any household, and just because someone is a part of a particular household does not mean that you can't hang out with them. You can even start your own household if you want to!
Households of the Known World
Some of the households in the SCA include:
- Kingdom of Lochac: (See also Groups in Lochac) Attica, Drakkar, DX, Descartes, Radburne, House Reverie, House Woodrose, House Unnamed, the Axemen, House de Leeds
- An Tir: Al Khabeelah, Anacadia Artisans, Bards of Keypoynt, Caer Lutris, Clan Carn, Clan Hubert, Clan MacAndrew, Clan MacFlandry, Clan MacThoy, Company of Saint Ulrich, Crimson Star, Daffodil Consort, Darian Household, Dark Wyvern, Discordia Golden Scourge Havoc, Hawkshaven, Her Harem, Holly House, Hous Graneshavene, House Aeuganie, House Bobbe, House Daos, House Eisen, House Elphinstone, House Felix Dormans, House Ferreira, House Gremlin, House Harfleur, House Jacquelus, House Jormungandr, House Meðelstede, House Redstone, House Tensh, House of Hormones, House of Hunter, House of the Golden Oar, KaMaM, Kafilat al Matar al Mubarak, MacFlandry Guard, Manticore, Monkey House, Natt Sang, Nightmare, PWTS, Pure Wenching Tarts Society, Ravenstead Household, Red Dawn, River Dragons, Roses in the Rough, Salon Apadorus, Shipcrew, Stallarifannsk, The Iron Ring, Towne of KeyPoynt, Ulfredsheim, Valfriborg, Wolfpack
- Gleann Abhann: Clan Marshin Fayne is a collection of five households: House Smoking Tankard, House Storm, The Barra Export Company (Ship's Company), House Ishee, and House Golden Panther.House Shadow Legion.
- Calontir: House Tÿ Wareine, Sisters of the Silver Thistle, Haus Calainar des Pennswalds, House Winter Wolf, House Farshore, House de Vernun, House Whiteraven, House Grimfalcon, House Greymoor, House Miskbridge, House Leatherwolf, House Hynnddyll, Maison de Verdegris, House Keystone, House of Hallowell, Maison de la Belle Rivière, House of the Pheasant Slayer, Maison du Chat Combattant, House Fierce, Household of the Dizzy Key, Castle of the Lost, House of the Lost Fen, House Woodshaven, House Rivencrag, House of the Rosed Arrow, House Barley Marsh, Kramolnikova, DomHafen Arianniwlog, Hrafnsheim, Household of Starrose, House of Serpent's Keep, House Silverbrand, Clann O Torr, Chateau du Lion Marin, Clan Genji and Hotel Forgotten Sea.
- Atlantia: Clan Oldcastle, House Corvus, House de la Flamme, Clan White Wing, House Bayard, the Consortium Turrium, Fallen From Grace, Ravenstreet, House Lion's Keep, Csikós Ló, and Clan Ebonwoulfe.
There are also a number of inter-kingdom households with members who live and participate in more than one kingdom, such as: