Society Policies Affecting Youth 

 These are paraphrased from the source. See the Seneschal’s Handbook, January 2018 Edition for the exact wording.

1. Minors are defined as anyone who has not reached the age of legal majority. This varies between countries, states and other jurisdictions. Be sure of the legal age of majority in your area.

2. The SCA is a family and youth friendly social organization. SCA youth activities and classes are offered as a positive means of encouraging the participation of minors in the SCA with their families. These activities should foster recreational-focused learning about history and the SCA. Dedicated and/or published youth-oriented activities (SCA Youth Activities) are overseen by warranted youth officers at any and all events and activities. These youth officers must have successfully passed an SCA approved background check and the Youth Officer (and if applicable, YAFA Administrator) must be warranted.

3. Parents or guardians of minors shall have ultimate responsibility for the welfare and behavior of their children at all times. It is the responsibility of the adult who brings a minor to an event to ensure that the minor is safe and not in danger. At events and activities in which youth participate in any way, participating minors must either have a parent or legal guardian present at the event/activity, or a temporary guardian present in possession of a properly executed “Medical Authorization Form for Minors.” This Medical Authorization Form must designate an adult present at the event or activity as able to authorize medical treatment in the case of emergency. “Present” is defined as the parent or guardian being in direct sight and sound of the minor youth. SCA youth activities are not babysitting services and parents are not allowed to simply drop off their children and leave the area of the activity to take part in other activities.

4. All warranted Youth Officers (deputies who ultimately report to the Kingdom Seneschal) must have a warrant, a current SCA membership and an approved, current and valid background check. “Warranted” is defined as having a signed warrant making the individual in question an official deputy to the Kingdom Youth Officer or to the Kingdom Seneschal. Youth and Family Achievement (YAFA) administrators must likewise be warranted; they must also have passed a current and up to date SCA approved background check.

5. All official or “published” SCA Youth Activities must have at least two unrelated adults with one adult member who has an SCA approved current background check acting as the official “coordinator” for that SCA Youth Activity. There may be classes that are not geared towards minor children but where youth are still welcome; parents must be present (within sight and sound) of their child when attending these classes or there must be at least two unrelated adults with one adult member who has an SCA approved current background check. The marshal activities in the SCA that are not specifically youth activities (i.e. not Youth Combat) and in these cases, the parent or guardian must be present when the youth is taking part in these marshal activities.

6. The “2-Deep” rule specifies that for all SCA Activities, a minimum of 2 adults (at or above the age of legal majority in the state, province or country in which the activity occurs) unrelated to one another by blood, marriage or personal relationship must be present. This policy does not relieve parents of their primary responsibility for the welfare and behavior of their children. One of these two adults may also be the official coordinator (i.e. Youth Officer, Deputy Youth Officer or YAFA Administrator) for the youth activities.

 7. All individual youth Officers and their deputies, YAFA Administrators, YAFA Mentors, Youth Marshals and the Kingdom Seneschal who manages these Officers who deal with minor youth participants shall all be required to pass an SCA approved background check. 

8. Persons who have been convicted of crimes against minors are not eligible to participate in SCA Youth programs.

9. In the case of a crime where a minor is the victim, it is mandatory that immediately refer the matter is immediately referred to the modern law enforcement authorities; and to inform the Kingdom Seneschal and Society Seneschal shall also be contacted immediately.

10. Branch and regional Seneschals, Marshals, Marshals-in-Charge, and Exchequers must be at least the age of majority for their jurisdiction. Be aware that the age of majority does vary between jurisdictions; these officers must be old enough to serve in each and every area within the local group or Kingdom.

11. Minors 15 years of age or older may assist in serving officers with the express written approval of the parent or legal guardian, the officer and their Kingdom superior. In this and all cases involving minor participation at SCA Activities, parental/guardian accompaniment and the “2-Deep” still applies.

12. Minors who are less than age 15 may assist in serving officers with the express written approval of the parent or guardian if they are not dealing with the public at large (gate/troll) and not handling money. In this and all cases involving minor participation at SCA Activities, parental/guardian accompaniment and the “2-Deep” rule still applies.

13.Medical treatment of minors is subject to the appropriate laws of the state, territory, province, and/or country where the event is held. In the case of a medical emergency involving a minor, the parent, legal guardian or non-parent/legal guardian, i.e. the temporary guardian with the Medical Authorization Treatment Form for Minors per XII.D, must be contacted if they are not present at the scene of the emergency.