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By becoming an SCA member you:
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It is not compulsory for all participants in [[SCA]] [[event]]s to be '''SCA members'''. However, membership does hold many benefits. By becoming an SCA member you:
  
*Can get '''discounts into events'''. The difference between being a member or non-member at a feast could be $5 - $10.
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*Can get '''discounts''' on some event fees. The difference between being a member or non-member at a feast could be $5 - $10.  In the [[US]] this is reflected (in two senses of the word) by the [[Non Member Surcharge]].
*Receive a '''membership card''' - this means you don't have to sign waivers at every event you attend and saves time.
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*Receive a '''membership card''' - this means that where [[waiver]]s are required, you don't have to sign one at every event you attend.
*Receive '''[[SCA Publications]]''' - Sustaining members (in the [[Kingdom of Lochac]]) receive ''Pegasus'', Lochac's monthly newsletter. Sustaining members can also purchase subscriptions to other kingdoms' newsletters, Tournaments Illuminated (the quarterly magazine of the Society), the Compleat Anachronist pamphlet series, and the Board of Directors' Proceedings.  
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*Receive '''[[SCA Publications]]''' - ''Sustaining'' members their [[Kingdom]]'s monthly newsletter, e.g., the ''[[Pegasus]]'' in the [[Kingdom of Lochac]]. ''Sustaining'' members can also purchase subscriptions to other kingdoms' newsletters, [[Tournaments Illuminated]] (the quarterly magazine of the Society), the [[Compleat Anachronist]] pamphlet series, and the [[Board of Directors]]' Proceedings.  
*'''Benefit your local group''' by counting towards the population. This could mean that your local group can expand and grow from a [[Canton]] to a [[Shire]] or [[Barony]], or a number of local baronies can grow to form a [[Principality]]. Sustaining members (or higher membership types, such as contibuting or patron) count towards the group's numbers.
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*'''Benefit your local [[group]]''' by counting towards the population. This could mean that your local group can expand and grow from a [[Canton]] to a [[Shire]] or [[Barony]], or a number of local baronies can grow to form a [[Principality]]. Sustaining members (or higher membership types, such as ''contributing'' or ''patron'') count towards the group's numbers.
*Are elegible to fight, or be consort to a fighter, in a [[Coronet tournament]] or [[Crown tournament]].
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*Are eligible to [[fighting|fight]], or be [[consort]] to a fighter, in a [[Coronet tournament]] or [[Crown tournament]], and subsequently to be the [[king]] or [[queen]].
*Is required in order to become an [[officer]] or [[autocrat]] an event.
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*May become an [[officer]] or [[autocrat|steward]] an event.
*Is often a requirement for votes on issues that concern the group, such as elevation from a smaller group to a larger one.
 
  
To become a [[Society]] member in [[Lochac]], print out an [[SCA membership form]].
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Additionally, in some groups membership is a requirement for to vote on issues that concern the group, such as a change in group status e.g. from Shire to Barony.
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To become a [[Society]] member, you will need to complete an [[SCA membership form]]. Note that due to [[mundane]] [[laws]], [[SCANZ]] also has a special category for [http://www.sca.org.nz/daymember.html day members].
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You can be a member of:
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* [[SCAA]] in [[Australia]]
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* [[SCANZ]] in [[New Zealand]]
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* [[SKA]] in [[Finland]]
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* [[SCA]] in the [[US]] and everywhere else, being the governing corporation.
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==Membership Forms==
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If you want to join the [[SCA]] you'll need a '''membership form'''. There are different versions of this form for the SCA in the [[USA]], [[Finland]], [[Sweden]], [[Australia]] and [[New Zealand]].
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*[http://www.sca.org/members/welcome.html SCA and other membership forms]
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*[http://sca.org.au/members.html SCAA (Australian) membership form]
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*[http://www.sca.org.nz/docs/forms/SCANZ_Membership_Form.pdf SCANZ (New Zealand) membership form]
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** [https://secure.webcentre.co.nz/webc/runisa.dll?SV:SCAMEMBERSHIP SCANZ online membership website]
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** Alternatively you will be required to be a [http://www.sca.org.nz/eventmembership.html event member].
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* [http://www.aarnimetsa.org/docs/jasenkaavake.pdf SKA (Finnish) membership form in Finnish], [http://www.aarnimetsa.org/docs/membershipform.pdf in English], and [http://www.nordmark.org/census/e107_plugins/sca_members/configPerson.php in Swedish]
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== Internal SCA memberships ==
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Within the SCA, various associations and authorisations may be thought of as having members.
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=== Membership of guilds and households ===
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Within the SCA, you may also become a member of a [[guild]] or a [[household]]. These subgroups may have their membership requirements and procedures listed in a document like a [[charter]], which may have been recognised by the [[Crown]]. However, for some subgroups, their definitions of membership may be as loose as showing interest or being friends with other members. The SCA normally has no control over who can be associated with these subgroups due to their unofficial status (note the above mentioned royal sanction as an exception).
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=== Combat participation ===
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Participation in combat competitions requires [[authorisation]], which means that you are on a list of approved combatants for certain [[SCA]]-approved [[weapon]]s.
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=== Membership of Orders ===
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Various [[award]]s are membership in [[order]]s. Many orders get existing order members to recommend new candidates to the relevant [[royalty]], but the final decision tends to be down to the royalty.
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[[category:SCA]]

Latest revision as of 15:46, 26 October 2010

It is not compulsory for all participants in SCA events to be SCA members. However, membership does hold many benefits. By becoming an SCA member you:

  • Can get discounts on some event fees. The difference between being a member or non-member at a feast could be $5 - $10. In the US this is reflected (in two senses of the word) by the Non Member Surcharge.
  • Receive a membership card - this means that where waivers are required, you don't have to sign one at every event you attend.
  • Receive SCA Publications - Sustaining members their Kingdom's monthly newsletter, e.g., the Pegasus in the Kingdom of Lochac. Sustaining members can also purchase subscriptions to other kingdoms' newsletters, Tournaments Illuminated (the quarterly magazine of the Society), the Compleat Anachronist pamphlet series, and the Board of Directors' Proceedings.
  • Benefit your local group by counting towards the population. This could mean that your local group can expand and grow from a Canton to a Shire or Barony, or a number of local baronies can grow to form a Principality. Sustaining members (or higher membership types, such as contributing or patron) count towards the group's numbers.
  • Are eligible to fight, or be consort to a fighter, in a Coronet tournament or Crown tournament, and subsequently to be the king or queen.
  • May become an officer or steward an event.

Additionally, in some groups membership is a requirement for to vote on issues that concern the group, such as a change in group status e.g. from Shire to Barony.

To become a Society member, you will need to complete an SCA membership form. Note that due to mundane laws, SCANZ also has a special category for day members.

You can be a member of:

Membership Forms

If you want to join the SCA you'll need a membership form. There are different versions of this form for the SCA in the USA, Finland, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand.

Internal SCA memberships

Within the SCA, various associations and authorisations may be thought of as having members.

Membership of guilds and households

Within the SCA, you may also become a member of a guild or a household. These subgroups may have their membership requirements and procedures listed in a document like a charter, which may have been recognised by the Crown. However, for some subgroups, their definitions of membership may be as loose as showing interest or being friends with other members. The SCA normally has no control over who can be associated with these subgroups due to their unofficial status (note the above mentioned royal sanction as an exception).

Combat participation

Participation in combat competitions requires authorisation, which means that you are on a list of approved combatants for certain SCA-approved weapons.


Membership of Orders

Various awards are membership in orders. Many orders get existing order members to recommend new candidates to the relevant royalty, but the final decision tends to be down to the royalty.