SCA Youth Education and Activities
The mission of the Minister of Youth is to provide young members with educational opportunities and engage them in SCA activities suitable for their ages. The MOY should enlist the aid of other group officers, members and others to support their planned activities. The following was prepared to assist the local Ministers of Youth and groups in developing programs for their groups and for events.
1. Education - Classes at events or local meetings; work with the local MOAS and other officers to provide classes.
Keep classes short. Many teachers use about an hour. Children have shorter attention spans, try for 20 to 30 minute sessions. Some classes can be split into two sections as in class for 20 minutes and hands on for the balance. Another technique is to use centers like they do in school. This is where several activities are being done at the same time and the child moves at their own pace. Older children many times can participate with the adults, it depends on their maturity.
2. Events - There are many activities besides classes for children. Some of these are:
3. Service Activities - SCA events and activities need a lot of manpower. Kids have seemingly endless supplies of energy, put it to work for you. Children can do a lot, it just needs to be tailored to their abilities. Some of the things that they can do depending on their age are:
If you give them short assignments they won't get bored or burned out. If they want more they will ask. Let them know that there are things they can volunteer to do. Ask the event staff what tasks they need done, make a list of those young people can do and have a sign up list available.
4. Children's Court - Ask the Royalty or local Baron/Baroness if they would consider holding a children's court either separately or at the beginning of their court. During the Children's court they can:
5. The Children's Area - At events it is nice, but not mandatory, to set up an area for children to play in. Primarily it is used by younger children (6 and under). If you do have one the MOY is not there to baby sit. But you can help organize a parent’s co-op for baby sitting, or this can be a service activity for older children, or if the group agrees hire a non SCA person to baby sit. This may also be the area where you hold your classes.
Getting the Message Out
I have heard may times "I wish I knew about the children's activities." Your best plans will not get to the children unless they and their parents know about them.
ADVERTISE, ADVERTISE, ADVERTISE, ADVERTISE!!
For assistance with your program contact your local or regional MOY or:
Kingdom Minister of Youth
For changes or corrections, please contact the