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Youth Activities

Family Point Coordinator

Mistress Ardenia ARuadh
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I hope that you are looking forward to a wonderful Pennsic filled with adventures, classes, and friendship, and I am thrilled to have you join us.

This year, we are super excited to have 3 divisions of Family Activities!

Family Point (traditionally known as Youth Point) has programming focused mainly for children under the age of 10.

Pennsic YouthU is a series of classes run through Pennsic University aimed specifically at those ages 10-13. These classes can be found in the regular Pennsic University schedule and take place in Pennsic University tents.

Pennsic TeenU is a series of classes run through Pennsic University aimed specifically at those ages 14-17. These classes can be found in the regular Pennsic University schedule and take place in Pennsic University tents.

The age guidelines for Pennsic YouthU and Pennsic TeenU classes are set by the individual instructors. Please observe these and consider the needs and abilities of your individual child.

General Notes for Parents

  1. Children under 12 must be supervised at all times by someone at least 13 or older.

  2. 12 year olds may be out on their own before dark, but are not considered old enough to supervise others.

  3. Please plan accordingly for all types of weather.

  4. Hydration and sun protection are imperative for all, but especially essential for our youngest attendees.

  5. If your young child is likely to lose his/her medallion, please see troll to get your child a baby bracelet.

  6. Please look at the Youth Schedule (online and at the Point) to see any additions or changes to the class schedule.

  7. Make time to take your child(ren) on a tour of Pennsic, so that you can experience some of the magic together and so that your child(ren) will be able to recognize key landmarks around Pennsic. In particular, familiarize yourselves with the locations of The Watch and First Aid Point.

Family Point

Family Point, located on the Low Road between the playground and Heralds' Point, is a central place for children and their parents to gather. Come sit in the shade, make new friends, and swap tips.

  • Hours:
    • Open from 9 am - noon and 1 - 4 pm, Wednesday, August 2 through Friday, August 11.

    • Closed from noon to 1 pm each day for a lunch break (unless otherwise specified).

  • Any time that the tents are closed, Family Point is closed. This means that no one should be in these tents, at all.

  • Family Point supplies are specifically for Pennsic activities; please do not access them for personal projects.

  • Family Point is not a babysitting service. All children/youths are expected to be under parental or parentally-designated supervision at all times while participating in Family Point Activities.

  • The playground is only open during daylight hours, and parents must provide supervision.

  • There will be "notice board" space provided at Family Point for those wishing to trade babysitting services or promote other family activities. Beyond the board itself, all responsibility for arrangements, etc., falls solely on those parties involved.

Activities

There is a lot to do at Pennsic! In addition to organized actitivies for youths of all ages, you can also enjoy watching the battles, strolling through the merchant areas, or just walking around Pennsic and seeing the sights. It would be wise to also pack an assortment of familiar games, toys, and books to amuse your children in your own camp, come rain or shine.

The Family Activities Schedule lists activities at Family Point, as well as Arts activities, Youth Combat, Fencing, and Archery, and other special events such as the Children's Fete & the Water Battle at the Fort.

Also see the Pennsic University schedule for youth/family oriented classes.

When you are at Pennsic, check for updates to Family activities at Family Point, Info Point, the Town Crier notice boards, and the daily paper .

Family Point Activities

Classes/Activities at Family Point are generally scheduled between 9:30 am - noon and 1 - 4 pm, although some classes may run past 4 pm, and some may start after 4 pm. If you have specific questions on an activity, check with the staff at the activity location.

Youth A&S Display - Monday, August 7

The Display will take place on Monday, August 7th at Family Point, and is being coordinated by Master Lorenzo. Entrants can set up their displays from 9 - 10 am, and the Display runs from 10 am - noon.

If you wish to preregister, please have your child fill out a form for their entries, based on the grade he/she completed before Pennsic and email it to Master Lorenzo. Forms will also be available at Family Point.

Please allow your child to participate in filling out the form. Make sure that the information you provide is in their own words, as much as possible.

Weather

The weather in Pennsylvania during the month of August may best be described in one word: extremes. Blisteringly hot days can fade into bitterly cold nights. Be prepared for cold and rainy days, as well as hot and muggy nights.

Sunstroke is a serious issue with everyone, but children may be especially susceptible. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! (Some ideas include electrolyte beverages specifially formulated for children, or watered-down 100% fruit juices.) Remember to also use sun protection, sunscreen, hats, and protective clothing daily – this includes cloudy days.

The Rules

Please read the complete Site Rules concerning minors, which are also included in the Pennsic Event Guide you will receive when you check in. Make sure that you are aware of any rules that may affect you or the youths in your care.

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 modern authorities.

The care and welfare of all youths within the Society for Creative Anachronism is the responsibility of the minor's parents/guardians. However, the facilitators of Family Point and other Departments will encourage and support safe and appropriate activities so that young people may actively participate in Pennsic. Please refer to the minor waiver that you signed at Troll and adhere to all points therein.

Supervision

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:
  1. NO PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES OR EVENTS TAKING PLACE AT WAR ARE INTENDED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE PROPER ADULT SUPERVISION OF MINORS.

  2. 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.

  3. Minors must be accompanied by their parent, legal, or notarized guardian when they arrive and check in at Pennsic. A notarized guardian must be over the age of 21, and must present to the gate an original, notarized (original seals, no photocopies or scans will be accepted) SCA "Minor Waiver and Consent to Travel/Medical Authorization Form" often referred to as the "Florida Form" fully completed by the minor's parent/legal guardian and duly notarized on both the top and the bottom portions, for EACH minor child. NO other minor waiver form will be accepted. In addition to this minor waiver, all documents as set forth in Troll Rule 4 under Site Policies are required. 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.

  4. A parent or guardian must remain at the War while the Minor remains on site. No Minor may be left unattended at the site.

  5. Minors under the age of 12:
    1. 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.)
    2. must be accompanied by an adult if they leave camp after dark.

  6. Minors under 18 must be in their encampments or in the company of a parent/legal guardian after 11 pm.



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