Youth Activities Officer
Baron Gebhard Rauten
Children of all ages: there is a lot to do at Pennsic! We have organized youth activities every day, and you
can also enjoy watching the battles, strolling through the merchant areas, or just walking around Pennsic and
seeing the sights!
Watch for the upcoming
consolidated schedule of activities to help you find the activities you are interested
in. Updated schedules will be kept at all youth activities and at Info Point.
Please check them, since more activities may be added or changed after the Pennsic Book is printed.
If you have specific questions on an activity, check with the staff at the activity location.
Parents and children should read and understand the
site rules regarding supervision of children. Activities do not provide childcare!
It would be wise to pack an assortment of
familiar games, toys, and books which may amuse your children in your own camp,
come rain or shine. It is important to weigh the pros and cons of the camping-with-children
experience and make a decision regarding whether or not a hotel might best suit
the needs of you and your family.
We hope that everyone has a wonderful and safe time!
Parents – for a safe and enjoyable Pennsic, please keep the following in mind:
Be aware of the Site Rules about minors
Kids should know the name of their camp and their parents' SCA and Modern Names
Know where your children are at all times
Make sure your children know their way around and can find their way to their camp.
If they are old enough to be unaccompanied, they should carry the site map – Pennsic covers a lot of area
Kids must have access to drinking water at all times, and know when to come in for meals
Have them use sunscreen, apply often
Take breaks, especially for younger children – they need more rest
Youth Point, located on the Low Road Youth Point
next to the playground,
is a central place for children and their parents to gather. Come sit in the shade, make a few new friends, and swap kid tips and
Youth Point will be open daily from Friday, August 1st.
Activities are generally scheduled from 9:30 am - noon and 1 - 4 pm.
Youth Point is closed from 12 noon to 1 pm for a lunch break – there will be no staff at that time.
The playground is open during daylight hours only and is not supervised
by Youth Point staff.
There will be a white board at Youth Point detailing each day's activities and the upcoming plans for the next day. As a public service, we will provide notice
board space for people to contact others to trade baby-sitting services and the like. All arrangements will be the sole responsibility of the
We have a variety of activities throughout the day for youths of all ages.
is available on-line. At Pennsic, please check at Youth Point, the Town Crier notice boards, and the daily paper for news of
Youth Activities Schedule
Some of the activities will include:
Youths are eligible to shoot the Archery War Points. Please see the archery marshals with any questions.
Youth Combat and Youth Fencing for more activities.
If you are interested in contributing an activity to Youth Activities, please
email Youth Point.
The Rules Please read the complete which are on-line and published in the
Pennsic site book you will receive when you check in.
Please make sure that you are aware of any rules that may affect you or youths in your care.
Site Rules concerning minors
Parents who violate the rules could be asked to leave the War.
Complaints to The Watch regarding the safety and welfare of a child will be communicated to the Cooper's Lake management and may result in a report made to the
The care and welfare of all youths within the Society for Creative Anachronism is the responsibility of the minor's parents/guardians. However, the Office of Youth Minister
will encourage and support safe appropriate activities so that young people may actively participate at Pennsic. Please refer to the Minor Waiver you sign at Troll and
adhere to all points therein.
It is our sincere hope that everyone will have a safe, happy, health and crisis-free Pennsic. To ensure that this is true for all of
our youths, we ask all parents, guardians, and caregivers to carefully review the rules and guidelines here:
NO PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES OR EVENTS TAKING PLACE AT WAR ARE
INTENDED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE PROPER ADULT SUPERVISION OF MINORS.
The War does not provide baby-sitting services. If you feel that you need a sitter to enjoy this event, please make prior arrangements for an appropriate sitter at War.
Pennsylvania law does not recognize children under the age of 12 years as suitable baby-sitters.
Minors must be accompanied by their parent or court-appointed guardian when
they arrive and check in at Pennsic.
If you are checking in a minor who is not your own child,
you will need proof of your legal guardianship of that minor. This proof must be in the form of a copy of legal guardianship papers SIGNED BY THE JUDGE
who appointed the guardianship. Letters signed by notaries will not be accepted. You will be required to sign a waiver in the child's name before
admittance. Remember that lying on these waivers constitutes fraud and may result in expulsion from the campground.
A parent or court-appointed guardian must remain at the War while the Minor remains on site.
No Minor may be left unattended at the site.
Minors under the age of 12:
must be within voice range or in sight of a responsible adult or teenager at all times. (Walkie-talkies and/or cell phones do not qualify as voice range.)
must be accompanied by an adult if they leave camp after dark.
Minors under 18 must be in their encampments or in the company of a parent/legal guardian after 11 pm.
The weather in Pennsylvania during the month of August may best be described in one
word: Weather extreme. The temperatures may vary as much as 50 degrees F in any given day;
blisteringly hot days can fade to bitterly cold nights. You also need to be prepared for
cold and rainy days, or hot and muggy nights during heat waves.
Please pack accordingly so that you and your children may be comfortable regardless of the weather conditions.
Sunstroke is a serious issue with everyone, but children may be especially susceptible to this condition. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
(Some ideas include pedialyte or watered 100% juices.) Remember to use sun protection, be it sunscreen or clothing!