Noe College

Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) at Cal State University Long Beach


Noe College

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).