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

Packing List

This packing list from is reprinted with the kind permission of Caryl de Trecesson (Carol Hanson), and has been slightly modified. It is offered here as an aid for Pennsic travellers, and is not an official pronouncement from the Pennsic War staff.


  • tent & ropes, poles, stakes
  • sledgehammer or mallet
  • shovel
  • extra rope
  • extra stakes
  • extra grommets
  • floor cloth and plastic tarp
  • dining/sun shade & poles, ropes, stakes
  • light colored flags for ropes
  • rugs
  • broom & dustpan
  • sleeping bag or sheets & blankets
  • cot or mattress
  • air mattress & pump
  • pillow


  • duct tape
  • trunk
  • transport/storage boxes
  • camp chairs
  • folding table
  • cloths to hide modern boxes
  • tent porta-potty & sanitizer
  • trash containers and bags
  • poles for lanterns/banners
  • banner



  • fire extinguisher
  • fire buckets
  • lantern & fuel/batteries
  • torches & fuel & funnel
  • tongs for fire
  • fuel for fire: wood or briquets
  • large matches
  • firestarter
  • camp stove & fuel
  • flashlights




Feast Gear

  • basket
  • tablecloth
  • napkins
  • plates, bowls, goblets
  • utensils



  • food cooler(s)
  • waterbottle/waterjug
  • paper towels
  • utility towels—for dishes, wiping up
  • cutting board
  • cutting knives
  • dish soap
  • bleach
  • washbasin
  • scrubber sponge/steel wool
  • Dutch oven
  • pots, pans, skillet, griddle
  • measuring spoons/cups
  • bowls for mixing, serving
  • plates for serving
  • covers for food
  • tripod, grill, spit, oven
  • camp stove & fuel
  • corkscrew
  • bottle opener
  • can opener
  • spices, herbs, salt & pepper
  • sugar, honey
  • tea, coffee
  • oil
  • aluminum foil
  • potholders
  • large spoons, forks, tongs
  • skewers
  • quart and gallon ziplock bags



  • packaged wipes
  • biodegradable soap
  • shampoo, conditioner
  • toothbrush and paste
  • mouthwash
  • solar shower bag
  • towels & washcloths
  • tissues
  • hairbrush, comb
  • makeup
  • shaving gear
  • mirror
  • feminine hygiene products
  • nailbrush & clippers
  • contacts and solution
  • glasses
  • hair ties
  • emergency sewing kit
  • scissors
  • safety pins
  • lip balm
  • deodorant
  • bug spray
  • sunblock, sunburn lotion
  • hand lotion
  • hand sanitizer



  • shoes (several pairs)
  • boots
  • SCA garb
  • belts, extra laces or ties
  • underwear, chemises
  • bed clothes
  • modern shirts, shorts, pants
  • laundry bag
  • rain poncho or tunic
  • extra socks
  • extra clothes in waterproof container
  • swimsuit
  • jewelry
  • cloak
  • headpieces, hats, veils


Fighting Gear

  • armor bag
  • extra cup & supporter
  • armor
  • boots
  • shield
  • gambeson
  • weapons
  • armor repair kit
  • more duct tape
  • authorization card
  • archery equipment
  • extra bowstring













Personal Use

  • Pennsic pre-registration confirmation
  • proof of SCA membership
  • maps/directions
  • hotel reservations
  • plane tickets
  • earplugs
  • pouch, belt knife
  • wallet with photo ID
  • phone card
  • cash, ATM/debit card
  • spare keys
  • pen and paper
  • flashlight
  • belt favor
  • staff/walking stick
  • fan
  • sunglasses
  • broad-brimmed hat
  • umbrella / parasol
  • first aid kit
  • allergy/hayfever medications
  • intestinal medications
  • pain relievers
  • prescription medication
  • copies of prescriptions (including glasses/contacts)



  • address book
  • clock
  • radio
  • cell phone
  • electronics
  • walkie-talkies
  • spare batteries & electronics chargers
  • books
  • games, toys
  • calligraphy supplies
  • heraldry supplies
  • instrument and music
  • needlework, craft supplies
  • camera and lots of film/digital memory cards

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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