24th April 2020


G’Day Everyone,

COVID-19 is touching all of our lives and at this time our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our Pennsic Attendees, Cooper’s Lake Family and Staff:, the entire Community of people in and around Cooper’s Lake Campground we interact and depend upon, and our numerous vendors who supply our event. They are all part of the “Pennsic-War-Family”.

When I took on the office of Mayor of Pennsic 49, I promised to, and was entrusted with, the welfare and safety of the entire Pennsic Family. It is therefore with great sadness that I must inform you today that, we have decided to postpone Pennsic 49, scheduled for July 24, 2020 through August 9, 2020 to July 30, 2021 through August 15, 2021.


This postponement will come as heartbreaking news to many of you – and it has been an exceedingly difficult decision for us to make. Since the first Pennsic Wars at Cooper’s Lake we have been so proud to welcome people from all over the Knowne World to beautiful lands of Aethelmearc, but this year, sadly we cannot gather together as before.


As many of you have read in my previous COVID-19 updates, the impact of this terrible pandemic has effects that reach far past just those that attend Pennsic War. I will not go into all our considerations here again, you can all read my previous two posts that outline many of the factors we considered before making this decision. However, on this one occasion the emotion of Pennsic needed to be removed and the hard decision made.


It has been arranged with Cooper’s Lake Management, that those who have preregistered for Pennsic 49 may have their registrations rolled over to 2021.

If you desire a refund, please go to and log into your pre-registration account.


Even if we cannot be together this July, we remain optimistic that the situation will soon improve. I know we are all very worried about the impact that COVID-19 is having on our loved ones and daily lives. My Pennsic team and I send you our very best wishes. We cannot wait to share time together at Cooper’s Lake again with you all.




Sir Gregory of Loch Swan
Pennsic 49

Campfires & Firewood Info



     Firewood can be purchased at the camp store, or at an off-site location. Do not cut the campsite's foliage for firewood. Under no circumstances may garbage, refuse, hay, or straw be burned. Firepits must not be more than 3 feet deep. Before leaving camp, extinguish any fires so that they are no longer smoking or smoldering. Firepits must be filled in before you leave; the Coopers can provide extra dirt for filling holes, if you need it.
    Due to the Emerald Ash Borer and other invasive pests (see below)), please plan on purchasing firewood locally, or bringing in only packaged, kiln-dried firewood. If you have any locally-purchased firewood left over at the end of Pennsic, do not take it home with you.

    You do not need to burn all your leftover wood at the end of Pennsic. Please leave it neatly stacked at the nearest road to your camp. The campsite will be able to use it for fall bonfires. Do not put firewood into the dumpsters; the trash pickup company will not take wood and have to sort it out of the garbage.

About transporting firewood

Invasive pests such as Emerald Ash Borers, Gypsy Moths, Asian Longhorned Beetles, Sirex Wood Wasps, and Bark Beetles are easily spread when people move infested wood products.

From "It is up to all of us to contribute to the preservation of our Nation's forests by committing to not move firewood from where it is cut. By 'burning where you buy it' you can be sure that you're not accidentally moving these damaging forest pests into new areas. Movement of any type of firewood within Federal [EAB] quarantine boundaries (excluding protected areas) does not require Federal permits, but may require state permits." (see map)

Because of the complexities of which county, state, and international borders firewood can be transported across, we ask that everyone please bring only packaged, kiln-dried firewood from out-of-state, or purchase locally-grown firewood while at Pennsic. Please do not take locally-grown wood back to your home state with you.

Bullying Policy

THE SCA PROHIBITS HARASSMENT AND BULLYING OF ALL INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS. Participants engaging in this behavior are subject to appropriate sanctions. If you are subjected to harassment, bullying or retaliation, or if you become aware of anyone being harassed or bullied, contact a seneschal, President of the SCA, or your Kingdom’s Board Ombudsman.

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