Noe College is the local chapter of the SCA,
the Society for Creative Anachronism, at Cal State University of
Long Beach. The SCA is a non-profit 501(c) society dedicated to
research and re-creation of elements of the Middle Ages and Renaissance
history and promotes learning history through hands-on participation.
Leadership is drawn from within the group, so everyone takes ownership
of their local chapter.
We are also a part of the Kingdom
of Caid, one of nineteen "kingdoms" or major geographical
units of the SCA. There are an estimated 40,000+ people involved
in the SCA around the world.
The SCA has three main pillars of study and recreation: Sword
Fighting, Arts and Sciences in research and recreation,
and Service and Volunteerism for conducting SCA events. You'll
find there are people who are interested in all manners of activity
within the SCA: making armor, learning sword fighting techniques,
sewing clothing, embroidery, textile arts, weaving, spinning, glass
blowing, bead-making, leather-working, dance, music, heraldic display
and artwork, calligraphy, illumination, pottery, equestrian arts,
metal-working, coin-stamping, jewelry -- you name it in history,
there is someone in the SCA researching and recreating it.
On-campus meetings are where we discuss
business items. Fighter practices encompass both Armored Combat
(Heavy Weapons) and Rapier Fence. Armored Combat is an "unchoreographed
martial art," recreating swordplay of the middle ages, using rattan
swords, shields, and a variety of other secondary weapons. Rapier
Fencing is medieval Fencing in the round, using foil, epee, musketeer,
or schlager (no saber).