The Shire of Darach
The Ventura County California Chapter of the SCA, the Society for Creative Anachronism

Children's Activities

Council or Business Meeting

Shire meetings are where we discuss the upcoming events and activities, hear reports from our officers, guilds, households, and folks planning tournaments and other events within the Shire. No costumes or garb are required.

Because the Society is a volunteer organization, everyone can have input. You do not need to be a "paid" member to participate at the local shire level. We want to hear from everyone, and the Shire Meeting is our once-monthly place to bring your ideas to the entire group. We vote on how our money we raised will be used, find out who's going to additional events, who needs volunteers, who can carpool together, and other planning activities. Please join us  it's a great way to meet the local group.

Shire meetings are held every 1st Wednesday in Oxnard, unless otherwise noted on the Calendars (such as a conflict with a major holiday or SCA event). Business starts at 6:45 pm, meeting ends between 7:45 and 8 pm.

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Youth Combat Tournaments

"Youth Combat Tournament" is mock battle game for kids held at SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) events. It's purpose is to introduce children ages 4 to 16 to the rules, techniques, and chivalry of combat in the middle ages.

The children wear "armor" consisting of helms (usually roller hockey goalie helmets), elbow and knee pads, a gorget (neck protection), and groin protection. This is a TOUCH based game with strict rules for blow strength and location. It does, however, require that the child receiving the blow call it and be honest about being struck; completely different from most sports!

Any child over 4 may participate. Age groups are 4 to 6, 7 to 9, 10 to 13, and 14 to 16. Children must wear closed toe shoes and, most importantly, A PARENT MUST BE PRESENT FOR A CHILD TO PRACTICE OR PARTICIPATE. Children do not need to have their own armor or swords. They are available on site to borrow thanks to generous donations of our members.

Youth Combat Practices are usually held the third Sunday of each month in conjunction with fighter practice.