Family & Youth Activities

 

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Family Activities Non-Martial Staff

Family Point Coordinator: Mistress Leonete D’Angely

Pennsic 49 Family Friendly Activities Schedule

 

 

Welcome! We are excited for your family to join us at Pennsic 49. The Family Activities Staff has worked hard to make sure that our youngest members have plenty of activities and space to enjoy Pennsic. Family Activities has multiple distinct divisions and locations, to allow members of all ages to enjoy their war. In addition to family activities, Pennsic hosts youth theatre, youth choirs, youth combat, youth fencing, and many activities throughout the war are open to all ages. The age ranges laid out here are suggestions, with the exception of Pennsic supervision rules and specific class age limits for safety reasons. Every child is different, which is why we have overlapped our age suggestions. Some 10 year olds may be comfortable in older youth oriented classes, while others may prefer the activities designed for slightly younger students.

Other Family Activities Staff:
Family Point Deputy Coordinator: Viscountess Sefa Hrafnsdottir, OP
Family Point Assistant Coordinators: Lord Dyryke Hastings, Lord Draven Hastings, THL Maggie Rue, THL Methius Weasel, Lady Cecily Graham de Inveresk
Teen University Coordinator : Vacant
Youth University Coordinator: Viscountess Sefa Hrafnsdottir, OP
Family Point Evening Activities Coordinator: Lady Cecily Graham de Inveresk

All Family Activities classes, events, and activities follow SCA and Pennsic Rules regarding minors, including background checked youth officer supervision and the two-deep model at all times. 

Family Activities are not to be construed as babysitting, and all youth under 10 still need to be supervised as per Pennsic policy. Parents/Guardians are responsible for their child’s behavior and welfare, and must arrange appropriate supervision at all times.


Family Point

Family Point has programming focused mainly for children under the age of 10.

  • Family Point, located at the playground in the second tent from the road, is targeted towards gentles aged 3-9 and their caregivers, and is open each day from 9-12 pm and 1-4 pm with scheduled classes and activities. In addition to classes, there is a quiet space for coloring/art for those who may need a break from the playground or busy bustle of Pennsic. 
  • Activities will be published in the Pennsic University schedule and on the board at Family Point.
  • Classes/Activities at Family Point are generally scheduled between 9:00 am - noon and 1 - 4 pm, although some classes may run past 4 pm.
  • If you have specific questions on an activity, check with the staff at the activity location.

Family Lounge

The family lounge is a small gated and shaded space where caregivers of 0-2 year olds can gather and allow their little ones to play safely while taking a break or watching an older sibling play. This space will also feature age-specific meet-ups and discussions on parenting in the SCA. It is located between the two tents at the family point space at the playground.


Youth University

Youth University has programming focused on those gentles aged 9-14. While these guidelines are flexible, some classes have stricter guidelines due to safety or ability. Please observe these and consider the needs and abilities of your individual child.

 

  • YouthU is located in the outer tent (Family Point Tent 2) at Family Point/the playground and hosts classes aimed at 9-14 year olds. 
  • While the age guidelines are flexible, some classes have specific age limits for safety/ability. Please observe these and consider the needs and abilities of your individual child.
  • We offer classes on a variety of historical and SCA-Cultural topics, including many hands-on crafts.
  • This space allows those in this age group to experience some freedom while taking age-appropriate classes. It also allows families the flexibility of supporting an older child while allowing a younger child to use the playground or take a Family Point Class.
  • Classes will be published in the Pennsic University schedule and on the board at Family Point.
  • Classes are generally scheduled between 9:00 am - noon and 1 - 4 pm, although there are some exceptions.
  • If you have specific questions on an activity, check with the teacher of the class, or the staff at Family Point, in Tent 1. Also, you can leave a note for the coordinator, or email them directly.
  • At night, this tent will be transformed into our Teen/Tween Lounge.

Teen University

Teen University will be again located in A&S 6, on the campus of Pennsic University. In its third fourth year, this track of classes is a chance for older teens and youth to try out a variety of classes on history, hands-on skills, and SCA culture. 

Due to expected numbers of both teens and staff, Teen University will be located with youth university this year, at Family Point Tent 2, next to the playground. Classes will be clearly marked with age recommendations. We plan to return to the campus of Pennsic University for Pennsic 50!


While older youth are welcome and encouraged to attend any Pennsic University class, (except those clearly marked as 18+ because they involve alcohol, mature topics, or are in private camps) many gentles between the ages of 14-17 prefer a learning environment of their peers, and/or a lower stress or lower entry level opportunity to learn. These classes are geared towards older youth, and are often the exact same class as the instructor teaches in the regular university.

Please see the bullet points under Youth U for further information.

  • TeenU is located within the Pennsic University Campus, usually in AS6. Classes are aimed at 14-17 year olds.
  • While the age guidelines are flexible, some classes have specific age limits for safety/ability. Please observe these and consider the needs and abilities of your individual youth. 
  • While adults are not prohibited from attending TeenU classes, we ask that Teens are given first opportunity in any limited size or supply class. 
  • We offer classes on a variety of historical and SCA-Cultural topics, including many hands-on crafts.
  • Classes will be published in the Pennsic University schedule and on the board at Family Point.
  • If you have specific questions on an activity, check with the teacher of the class, or the staff at Family Point, in Tent 1. You can leave a note for the coordinator, or email them directly. This address will be checked during War.

Tween/Teen Lounge

After 7pm, the Youth University tent is transformed into a Teen/Tween lounge. Teens and Tweens Those gentles 12 and up may come enjoy our snacks, electricity for charging devices, and the company of those of a similar age. Some nights will have specific themes, while others will just be open hangout nights. Please see the activity descriptions for specific age guidelines for each night. These nights will be supervised by a background checked youth officer as well as a second adult. As in all spaces, bullying and harassment will not be tolerated. Parents/Guardians are responsible for their children’s behavior at all times, and Family Activities Staff reserves the right to ask youth to leave. Check the Family Activities schedule for more details.


Volunteering for Family Activities

Providing age appropriate and engaging activities for those 0-18 requires lots of help! Family Point welcomes volunteers. Some volunteer positions do require the volunteer to be a background checked youth officer. 

  • Family Point Supervisors - Whenever Family Point is open, there is a background checked youth officer on duty providing supervision and information. If you would like to volunteer for a 3 hour shift, please email family point, or sign up here. We try to set our supervision schedule before Pennsic, however, feel free to check in when you arrive to see if we have any cancellations or shifts that need coverage. 
  • Family Point, YouthU, TeenU Teachers - We are still accepting classes for all of our age groups! You do not need to be background checked in order to teach, as we provide a background checked supervisor for all classes. You can sign up to teach by filling out this form.
  • Parent Meetups/Playgroups/etc - We are always looking for those willing to organize a meetup of parents of a similar age group, or round table discussion on SCA Parenting topics. Use the above teaching form to sign up!
  • General Help - We always appreciate help tidying our space, and other in-the-moment help. Feel free to check in with the supervisor on duty while you are at Point!

Other Activities for Youth

Known World Arts & Sciences Display and Youth Arts & Sciences Display Date and time TBA

In addition to Family Programming, there are many other activities either designed for youth, or that youth can participate in. Check the webpage and/or the THING schedule (https://thing.pennsicuniversity.org/) for more information about each specific activity. This is not a comprehensive list!

 

  • Youth can participate in Thrown Weapons and Archery. See their pages for more info.
  • Youth Rapier.
  • Youth Combat.
  • Youth Theater, Choir, Band, and Commedia.
  • Known World Arts & Sciences Display and Youth Arts & Sciences Display.
  • Known World Children’s Fete (Wednesday August 10th from 10-1 in the Great Hall)

Rules Concerning Minors

Please make sure you read all rules concerning minors.


Schedule of Family Activities

Family Activities Schedule Forthcoming


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.

Bullying Policy

THE SCA PROHIBITS HARASSMENT AND BULLYING OF ALL INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS. Participants engaging in this behavior are subject to appropriate sanctions. If you are subjected to harassment, bullying, or retaliation, or if you become aware of anyone being harassed or bullied, contact a seneschal, President of the SCA, or your Kingdom’s Board Ombudsman.

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