Minister of Youth

Welcome to the Barony of Darkwater Minister of Youth’s page!

The Minister of Youth is the person who organizes children's activities at local events.

Minister of Youth:
Please contact the Seneschal for more information - seneschal@baronyofdarkwater.org

ALL CHILDREN must have the following information displayed on their person at all SCA events:
Their modern name, their SCA name (if applicable), the parent or guardian's name(s) and contact information.

See Below For:
Upcoming events
A&S 50 Challenge Class List
RULES AND REGULATIONS!

PLEASE READ the rules and regulations listed at the bottom of this page. There are very specific rules for minor children in the SCA! This includes information required on your child!!!

THERE ARE NEW RULES REGARDING THE ATTENDANCE OF MINORS AT EVENTS.
Please see the Rules & Regulations section below for details.


Upcoming events:

The Children of the Barony of Darkwater will be taking part in the Arts & Sciences 50 Challenge. Beginning Village Faire of 2009 and ending at Trident Tourney 2015 we will be hosting a “Let’s Learn 50 things about the Middle Ages and Renaissance”. We will be putting together a book which will include all of the activities that our children participate in and learn about. We will be displaying it in the Kingdom Art/Sci 50 display at each of the upcoming Kingdom events.

It is our goal to learn about 2-3 different aspects of pre-1600 life during the children’s activities at each of the three Baronial events every year. All actitivities are currently being aimed at children ages 4 to 10. If you have children older than 10 who are interested in children’s activites, please contact Rebecca of Peregrine Springs. If there are enough interested older children we can work on starting a Page program in Darkwater.


Below is a list of all of the classes that have been taught as part of the A&S 50 Challenge thus far.


RULES AND REGULATIONS - PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR CHILDREN AT SCA EVENTS

· Parents or legal guardians (or temporary guardians as assigned by waivers) are responsible for children brought to an event. Parents/guardians should be aware of their children's location and activities at all times while attending SCA functions.

· Parents must not expect other adults to supervise or control minors who are wandering unaccompanied at events.

· Children under the age of FIVE should not be left unsupervised by the parent/legal guardian at SCA functions, even at planned children's activities.

· A "Sight and Sound" rule is in effect at all SCA functions. Generally, this states that children ages 12 and under should be in eyesight/earshot of the parent or a designated adult of teenager (as determined by the parent). As a guideline, it is suggested that children in this age range are in the care of an adult besides the parent/guardian (designated babysitter, attending activities, etc.), the children should be checked on periodically by the parent/guardian to ensure their safety and suitable behavior.

· Children under the age of fifteen are not considered suitable babysitters for younger children. Exceptions can be made with approval from both the Minister of Youth and the Seneschal.

· Any minor under twelve (12) years of age must have on his or her person at all times while attending any Society event both his or her legal name and both the legal and SCA names of the parent or other responsible adult at the event.

· Parents are responsible for seeing to the physical needs of their children when they are attending Children’s Activities.
· Children who are ill must remain in the care of their parent, guardian, or designated caretaker and should not be brought to Children’s Activities.
Curfew, unless otherwise dictated by site guidelines, for children 12 and under is 10pm and for those 13 – 17, it is 1am.

Trimarian Kingdom Law:
https://www.trimaris.org/files/seneschal/Kingdom-Law-May-2017.pdf

The Kingdom Laws of Trimaris, Lesser Kingdom Law, Pg 22
II. Responsibilities of the Populace
D. Minor children
1. All persons under the age of eighteen (18) attending Society events must do so in the company of their parents, legal guardians or parental representative.
2. The parent or legal guardian of any minor attending a society event must complete such paperwork as the Kingdom Seneschal deems necessary, prior to the event. Such paperwork may be required to be notarized.
3. Any minor under twelve (12) years of age must have on his or her person at all times while attending any Society event both his or her legal name and both the legal and SCA names of the parent or other responsible adult at the event.

New Policy:
    One of the following conditions must be met before a minor will be admitted to an event:
  • Condition 1. Child is with parent and has membership card with valid waiver, no further waivers are needed.
  • Condition 2. Child is with parent/legal guardian and does not have membership card w/ valid waiver, Parent/legal guardian must sign Minor Waiver. Notarization is NOT required. No Medical Consent form is needed, that section can be "X"'d out if desired.
  • Condition 3. Child is NOT with parent/legal guardian, then "they must present a minor waiver that has been both signed by their parent and notarized, and this form must be signed by the adult attendee accepting responsibility for the minor. Additionally, a Medical Authorization Form for Minors must be signed by their parent and notarized. " applies. Yes, this form must be notarized.
  • https://www.trimaris.org/files/seneschal/Waivers.pdf
  • If none of these conditions are met, then the minor will be refused entry.

    SCA Minor's Waiver and Medical & Travel Consent Form

    Here are the highlighted portions of the policies that are applicable to the Barony of Darkwater and our families!

    For the complete list of SCA Children’s Activities policies please see the below link:
    http://socsen.sca.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Seneschals-Handbook-041...
    See page 22, Section X, "DEALING WITH MINOR/YOUTH-RELATED POLICIES"

    VIII. Children’s Activities

    A. For all organized SCA functions for minors, a minimum of two adults (at or above the again of legal majority in the state, province, or country in which the activity occurs), un related to one another by blood, marriage, or relationship, must be present. This policy does not relieve parents or guardians from their primary responsibility for the welfare of their children. This policy is not subject to granting of variance or grandfathering of existing activities.

    XII. Parental Responsibilities for Children at SCA Events
    a. Parents or legal guardian (or temporary guardians as recoded on the “designated adult in charge of a minor form”) are responsible for children brought to an event. Parents/guardians should be aware of their children’s location and activities at all times while attending SCA functions.
    b. Parents must not expect other adults to supervise or control minors who are wandering unaccompanied at events.
    c. Because different levels of supervision are necessary for different age groups:
    i. Children below the age of 5 should not be left unsupervised by the parent/legal guardian at SCA functions, even at planned children’s activities.
    ii. In some Kingdoms, a “Sight and Sound” rule is in effect at all SCA functions. Generally, this states that children less than 12 years old should be in eyesight/earshot of the parent or a designated adult or teenager (as determined by the parent). As a guideline, it is suggested that children in this age range are supervised and not be allowed to wander freely at official events (to include demos, meetings, etc.), and if in the care of an adult besides the parent/guardian (designated babysitter, attending activities, etc.), the children should be checked on periodically by the parent/guardian to ensure their safety and suitable behavior.
    iii. Children 12 years old and younger are not considered suitable babysitters for younger children.

    Appendix A: Ministry of Children (For complete listing please refer to the attached document.)

    III. SCA Children’s Officers
    A. Children’s activities are offered as a positive means of encouraging children’s participation in the SCA and encouraging fun learning about the Middle Ages and our Organization. Children’s Activities are NOT a baby-sitting service for members of the populace. It is expressly forbidden for any officer in the SCA to accept responsibility for minors other than their own children or those for whom they are temporary guardians as recorded on the minor waiver.

    IV. SCA-Sponsored Children’s Activities at SCA Events
    B. SCA Children’s Officers or other adults supervising children’s activities have no authority to discipline or restrain children other than their own, unless the children are in immediate danger of hurting themselves or others. Children’s Officers will not be held responsible for correcting the conduct of children attending activities. Likewise, as parents and children must follow rules attendant to participation in events, Children’s Officers are not responsible for children who leave activities unsupervised.
    1. Children exhibiting lewd, violent, or otherwise severely problematic behavior at organized activities should be returned to parents. The Events Steward and/or Seneschal should be notifies of the problem if such actions must be taken.
    2. Official SCA groups must follow the “Two Deep Leadership” model of supervision at all SCA Children’s Activities as outlined in a Society Seneschal policy: see VIII A
    C. Children’s Officers must ensure that sufficient leadership is provided for all activities, and have the right and responsibility to cancel activities if requirements cannon be met.
    D. Children’s Activities should be located as near to main activities as is possible and practical, and where consideration can be given to minimizing noise, traffic, and safety issues. Caution should be exercised when activities are hosted in a private room of an event facility.
    E. An SCA Children’s Officer should not accompany an individual child to the bathroom. Groups of children may be escorted to the facility building by the Officer. Parents are ultimately responsible for seeing to the physical needs of their children. Additionally, children who are ill must remain in the care of their parent, guardian, or designated caretaker and should not be brought to Children’s Activities.
    VI. Other Activities
    A. Children should be encouraged to participate in a variety of age-appropriate activities within the SCA, not only structured children’s activities. Depending on age and maturity, children may enjoy helping in kitchens, serving feasts, water bearing, youth combat, archery and more. Policies vary by Kingdom, so parents will need to check supervision requirements and any other rules related to the activity.