As expected, Pennsic was packed with youth combat activities. There were at least forty hours of fighting over the course of the week, and over a hundred youth fighters took the field.
It’s been more than a month since our last youth combat event, due to a series of conferences and family vacations, but suddenly our calendar is just packed, with events nearly every week for the next three months!
(Dates in italics below are events we’re considering attending but have not yet confirmed.)
July 29 – August 12: Pennsic is the definitive event of the year for youth combat, at least in this corner of the known world, with eight days in a row of two and often three opportunities to take the field, facing off with dozens of kids from all many kingdoms.
August 25 – 27 (maybe): Battle of Five Armies has confirmed they’ll have youth combat; driving to Massachusetts would take three hours so we may pass, but this would be a great opportunity to get Alex’s Boston cousins onto the field… (Update: another commitment means that we won’t be able to make it to this event.)
September 1 – 3: River War is in southern New Jersey, two hours from Manhattan. We’ll be driving down and running the youth combat event there.
September 9: Barleycorn is held up in Northpass, an hour north of Manhattan, and is a wonderful event; it’s where Alex fought for the first time two years ago, and where I first got my feet wet as an assistant youth marshal.
September 15 – 17 (maybe): St. Andrews hasn’t yet confirmed that youth combat will be available, but it seems like they have space for it. (Update: no youth combat scheduled.)
September 23 – 24: Queens Farm is a local demo near Little Neck, about an hour’s drive east of us, well attended by local families. We’ll be letting visitors take a whack at the pell, and hopefully a small squad of our youth fighters will put on a show for the onlookers.
October 1: The Cloisters Demo is the largest event held here in Manhattan every year, with tens of thousands of members of the public walking past our pavilions. The king and queen of the East Kingdom will be in attendance, so we’re hoping to make this even bigger and better than usual.
October 14 (maybe): Tournament of the Roses will be held in Dragonship Haven this year, an hour and a half’s drive from us. I don’t yet know if they’ll have youth combat. (Update: no youth combat scheduled.)
October 20 – 22: Goat’s Tavern is held in Northpass, and we’ll be running a youth combat area.
October 28 (maybe): Arrows, Axes and Ales V will be held in An Dubhaigeainn, on Long Island. I don’t think they have youth combat on the schedule, but I’ll need to check. (Update: no youth combat scheduled.)
November 18: 100 Minutes War is an annual event hosted by Rusted Woodlands in New Jersey. They have youth combat every year and we’ll most likely by assisting. (Update: other commitments prevent us from attending this year, but Lady Eikaterine tin Elliniki is coming down from Anglespur to run youth combat for the day.)
If you’re interested in attending any of these events and getting your children into youth combat, drop me a line!
There are weapons construction guides on the East Kingdom Youth Combat web site, but sometimes a video is more helpful than words and pictures alone.
Thanks to Lady Karrah the Mischievous, we now have such a video, showing the construction of a basic sword from PEX and two layers of pipe insulation.
Greetings, all. I’ve set up this site in recent days to provide a home for information related to our local youth combat activity here in the New York City region, as well as more general commentary that might be applicable to youth combat activities throughout the Society for Creative Anachronism.
If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!
We drove up to Dragonship Haven for Balfar’s Challenge, but somehow I neglected to snap any photos of the youth fighters at the event.
My thanks to Lord Cedric of Armorica, the marshal-in-charge for this event.
Miles, one of our fighters from Østgarđr, took second place in the tournament and won a lovely piece of rattan to use for making a pole arm or other great weapon.
The East Kingdom’s youth combat season kicks off every year at Mudthaw in Settmour Swamp. We had twenty kids in armor, and held well-contested tournaments in divisions II and III.
This was the largest event I’ve managed to date, and I was lucky to have Lady Eikaterine and Karrah the Mischievous on hand to marshal, and Judith the Confused managing the paperwork at the list table.