PENNSIC 49 – COVID 19 UPDATE

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 www.cooperslake.com 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.

 

Yours,

 

Sir Gregory of Loch Swan
Mayor
Pennsic 49

Family & Youth Activities

 

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Family Activities Non-Martial Staff

Family Point Coordinator: Mistress Leonete D’Angely
Teen University Coordinator : THL Ceara inghean Mhuirgheasa
Youth University Coordinator: Viscountess Sefa Hrafnsdottir, OP

 

Welcome! We are excited for your family to join us at Pennsic 49. The Family Activities Staff has worked hard to make sure that our youngest members have plenty of activities and space to enjoy Pennsic. Family Activities has three distinct divisions and locations, to allow members of all ages to enjoy their war. In addition to family activities, Pennsic hosts youth theatre, youth choirs, youth combat, youth fencing, and many activities throughout the war are open to all ages. The age ranges laid out here are suggestions, with the exception of Pennsic supervision rules and specific class age limits for safety reasons. Every child is different, which is why we have overlapped our age suggestions. Some 10 year olds may be comfortable in older youth oriented classes, while others may prefer the activities designed for slightly younger students.


What can my kid do at Pennsic?


Family Point

Famiy Point has programming focused mainly for children under the age of 10.

  • Family Point, located at the playground in the second tent from the road, is targeted towards gentles aged 3-9 and their caregivers, and is open each day from 9-12 pm and 1-4 pm with scheduled classes and activities. In addition to classes, there is a quiet space for coloring/art for those who may need a break from the playground or busy bustle of Pennsic. 
  • Activities will be published in the Pennsic University schedule and on the board at Family Point.
  • Classes/Activities at Family Point are generally scheduled between 9:00 am - noon and 1 - 4 pm, although some classes may run past 4 pm, and some may start after 4 pm.
  • If you have specific questions on an activity, check with the staff at the activity location.

Pennsic YouthU & TeenU

See the schedule of Youth U & Teen U classes 

YouthU is a series of classes run through Pennsic University aimed specifically at those ages 10-13. 
Youth University Coordinator - Viscountess Sefa Hrafnsdottir, OP

TeenU is a series of classes run through Pennsic University aimed specifically at those ages 14-17. 
Teen University Coordinator - THL Ceara inghean Mhuirgheasa

  • Pennsic YouthU and TeenU classes take place in the Pennsic University tents
  • Any class changes will be posted at University Point, on Thing.PennsicUniversity.org throughout the week and in the Pennsic Independent.
  • The age guidelines for these classes are set by the individual instructors. Please observe these and consider the needs and abilities of your individual child.

Family Lounge

New this year, we will have a small gated and shaded space where caregivers of 0-2 year olds can gather and allow their little ones to play safely while taking a break or watching an older sibling play. This space will also feature age-specific meet-ups and discussions on parenting in the SCA. It is located between the two tents at the family point space at the playground.


Youth University

This year, we are expanding our offerings and space in order to focus in on providing more classes specific to our different age groups. Youth University, located in the outer tent at Family Point/the playground, will host classes aimed at 9-14 year olds. This space will allow for parents to support multiple children, give 10-12 year olds some freedom, and double our available class offering. At night, this tent will be transformed into our Teen/Tween Lounge.


Teen University

Teen University will be again located in A&S 6, on the campus of Pennsic University. In its third year, this track of classes is a chance for older teens and youth to try out a variety of classes on history, hands-on skills, and SCA culture. The only classes Pennsic University classes that are off limits to those under 18 are classes that are clearly marked as such, usually because they involve alcohol, mature topics, or are in private camps. Youth are welcome at all other Pennsic University classes. However, many gentles between the ages of 14-17 prefer a learning environment of their peers, and/or a lower stress or lower entry level opportunity to learn. These classes are geared towards older youth, and are often the exact same class as the instructor teaches in the regular university.


Tween/Teen Lounge

After 6pm, the Youth University tent is transformed into a Teen/Tween lounge. Those gentles 10 and up may come enjoy our snacks, electricity for charging devices, and the company of those of a similar age. Some nights will have specific themes, while others will just be open hangout nights. These nights will be supervised by a background checked youth officer as well as a second adult. As in all spaces, bullying and harassment will not be tolerated. Check the Family Activities schedule for more details.


Youth A&S

Known World Arts & Sciences Display and Youth Arts & Sciences Display Date and time TBA

The Youth Arts & Sciences Display will take place in the Great Hall at the same time as the general display.
It will be in a designated area near the entrance of the Hall. Artisans may set up between 11:30 am - 1 pm. 

To Register:
• Before Pennsic: Register online with the A&S Display Form. Please note the word Youth in the notes section. 
• At Pennsic: Come to University Point before 3:00 pm Saturday Aug 1; there will be a Youth A&S Display sign-up sheet. 
• Documentation sheets will be available at University Point and at the sign-in table during the display.


Rules Concerning Minors

Please read the complete Site Rules concerning minorsThese are also included in the Pennsic Event Guide which you will receive when you check in.


Schedule of Family Activities

The Family Activities Schedule lists activities for Family Point, plus Youth/Family activities in the Arts, Martial Activities (Youth Combat, Fencing, and Archery) and special events such as the Children's Fete & the Water Battle at the Fort. 

Also see Family Activities PDF

Also see the Pennsic University schedule for youth/family oriented classes.

When you are at Pennsic, check for updates to Family activities at Family Point, Info Point, the Town Crier notice boards, and the daily paper.

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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