YAFA is divided into four age groups for youth ages 5-17 and their families. Each group provides opportunities to study the same or similar subjects as adult Society members with age appropriate materials and activities. Each age group will build upon the knowledge and skill set of the prior group, providing a plan to promote greater understanding and higher skill levels. The oldest age group will be encouraged to take a more active role in the SCA and participate at a near adult level. There must always be two adults present, unrelated to one another by blood, marriage, or relationship, i.e. the two-deep rule. One of these adults must have successfully passed an SCA approved Background Check. An adult is defined as being at or above the age of legal majority in the state, province, or country in which the activity occurs. All groups require parent or guardian participation per the society youth policy, i.e. a parent must be present at all sessions with the minor child’s mentor and the two-deep rule must be observed and followed without exception.
§ Division 1: Ages 5 to 8 years old. This group is home and family centered, they participate with the attendance and help of their parents, as is appropriate to their social development. The requirements should be within the parent/guardian's ability to guide and facilitate completion of the subjects study. Parents have the authority to approve the completion of achievements for this group. Mentors are not required, but may be used, at the Parent's discretion and the Mentor's schedule
§ Division 2: Ages 9 to 11 years old. While developing a sense of social independence, this age group is still anchored in the family. Children in this age range will begin developing independence, self confidence and self reliance as they work with mentors and enjoy parental support, guidance and attendance. Mentors have approval authority for the completion of achievements for this group and must be used with this group.
§ Division 3: Ages 12 to 14 years old. These participants are beginning to act cooperatively with their contemporaries and with selected adult mentors while still strengthening their ties to their families and households through interaction and feedback. A parent or guardian is responsible for always being present when the youth interacts with Mentors. Youth in this group enjoy continued parental support, guidance and attendance as they show continued growth in self confidence, self reliance and independent thought and actions. The two-deep rule must be observed and followed without exception in this division. Mentors have approval authority for the completion of achievements for this group and must be used with this group.
§ Division 4: Ages 15 to 17. The oldest participants are right on the cusp of adult participation in the Society. They will develop the skills they have become interested in at a near- adult level and would prefer participation in adult classes to youth activities. As such, no token requirements have been developed for them. Youth in this group enjoy continued parental support, guidance and attendance as they approach their entry into our adult Society. They are working on becoming the next generation of artisans and craftsmen in the society. They can continue to work on any unfinished achievement topics. A parent or guardian is still responsible for being present when the youth interacts with Mentors and when the youth is participating activities. Furthermore, the two-deep rule must be observed and followed without exception.