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

Service Animals


Please note, gentles with service animals are not required to camp with Disability Camping.

1) Fully-trained service dogs as defined by the ADA are permitted to accompany their handlers at Pennsic, as are guide and support animals as defined by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA) of 1955 (as amended) section 5.i.1, and otherwise defined within the PHRA.
  • Pets are not permitted on-site.
  • Only dogs are recognized as service animals under titles II and III of the ADA and the PHRA.
  • Support and guide dogs in training are permitted, provided the handler or trainer of said animal conforms to PHRA guidelines. These guidelines are generally defined as (but not limited to):
    1. The guide dog puppy or support dog puppy accompanying the Puppy Raiser is at least six months old; and
    2. The guide dog puppy or support dog puppy is wearing a vest or other insignia that identifies the organization for which the Puppy Raiser is raising the puppy.
  • A "service animal" is a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.
  • A doctor's letter does not turn an animal into a service animal.
  • Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA or the PHRA.
2) All service animals must be checked in by the Service Animal Liaison. Please bring your service animal with you to Troll when you check in.
  • Please fill in the Service Animal Form by July 21, 2020 to help speed your check-in when you arrive.
  • The information requested at check-in is designed to help us make the experience as smooth and safe as possible for you and your animal.
3) Each service animal must be accompanied by a certificate of Rabies vaccination.


4) The handler is responsible for the care and supervision of his or her service animal.
  • Service animals must be housebroken
  • Service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered
    • In the case (and only in the case) that these devices interfere with the service animal's work or the handler's disability prevents using these devices, the handler must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.
  • At Pennsic owners MUST clean up all dog waste and properly dispose of it in a waste receptacle regardless of where the dog defecates (including in the weeds or bushes)
  • If a service animal behaves in an unacceptable manner or is perceived to not be in control, and the handler does not immediately control the animal, the handler may be required to immediately remove the animal from site. (A list of local kennels will be provided upon request, but this is only a list of available facilities, and Coopers Lake / Pennsic staff are not making recommendations for any of these establishments.)
  • Unacceptable behavior of service animals includes, but is not restricted to, the following:
    • Uncontrolled barking
    • Jumping on or charging at other people or other service animals
    • Running away from the handler
    • When the animal's behavior poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others
    • Service animal growling at other patrons or staff
    • Defecation or urination onto privately owned property (tents, camp gear, etc.) or in the food court or other public or private establishments within Pennsic.


Pennsic and Coopers Lake are not responsible for the behavior or needs of any service animal, nor required to provide services for your service animal. Please anticipate all your service dogs needs including water bowl and water, poop bags, as well as all other needs such as medication and hygiene. If you have any questions about local services in the surrounding community or have an immediate need while at Pennsic, please feel free to ask and we will assist as we can.

When using the dog run please be cognizant of other animals that may be there prior to your arrival. This is not a public dog park! You may need to wait your turn. Even at or in the dog run the owner/handler is still responsible for their dog's behaviors, and the dog is still required to be in the total control of their owner/handler at all times. As always, pick up after your dog and properly dispose of all waste.

If you have any questions in reference to this policy, please contact the Disability Services Coordinator

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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