Buddy System

We come to SCA events to socialize and participate, to practice and further our knowledge and skills, and why should this socializing, practical learning and skill development be restricted to adults? One of the first things a youth will ask a parent when told of an upcoming meeting or event is “Will my friends be there?” Such social interaction with other young people and unrelated adults is an important part of their social development. Young people enjoy working on projects together, and the YAFA program encourages this by making a form of the “buddy system” a part of the program. The program is designed so that when available, two or more young people interact in a group, as they meet with Mentors, plan projects, and bounce ideas off of each other. Provision is made within the program for each participant, even if working on the same achievement with the same Mentor, to choose different activities within the subject area.