Message and Update from the Mayor Pennsic 49

G'Day Everyone,

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The year 2020 has been one that we will remember for the rest of our lives for many reasons. Some, because of loved ones we have lost, some because for the first time we have seen the world in turmoil and some because we have been unable to relax and do the things we would normally do. Whatever the reason is, we will get through this together.

It is not my job to interpret the reasons for everything that has happened in 2020, apart from my personal view that I can’t wait for 2020 to just sod off!!

But I digress, this short note is to keep you up to date with where we are for Pennsic 49 in 2021. In November, the Pennsic Staff group, the Coopers Management Group, and I had a joint physical and zoom meeting to discuss the way forward for Pennsic 49. The single message you need to transmit and the message you need to take from the meeting is that we are continuing to plan on having Pennsic 49 in July/Aug 2021 at Coopers Lake Campground.

The Pennsic Staff and Coopers Management are working jointly on plans to make Pennsic 49 as safe as it can possibly be for attendees. This will mean some changes to the way we do things, but we are committed to making those changes as seamless and simple as possible so that Pennsic 49 can happen and we can all have a great relaxing holiday and Pennsic War.

I want to thank you all for your support and most of all for your curtailing of the rumour mill, which I have to say has been nothing short of amazing. I will continue to be transparent in our planning and keep you informed so that any decisions we make will be understood and not a surprise to people.

As more things line up, I will update you all so that you can be kept informed and plan your Pennsic 49 journey to once again celebrate together in friendship and combat. Thanks again and please have a happy and safe Christmas and New year. Gregory of Lochswan Mayor Pennsic War 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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