The Society for Creative Anachronism is where I learned to do my pre-17th century skills in calligraphy, parchment, ink and pigment making. It is a worldwide not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to learning the pre-17th century world by doing the things they did. For more information please feel free to visit www.sca.org.
Over there years there have been many debates regarding the SCA gaining or losing membership. And of course there is the question of how many participants exist that aren’t paying membership fees. In the end we know we have the numbers for paid membership correct. And of course since we emulate and learn about the pre-17th century world, we don’t call our areas “regions”. No, that would be dull and dreary right? Instead we call them “Kingdoms”! Much more fun that.
Our membership numbers are fairly stable considering we are a worldwide organization.
And if we split that out by “Kingdom” we see a more crowded chart but also a better picture of when and where is doing better.
Another way to look at this information of membership number by year is to use a bar chart. I think it more clearly shows the trends.
As you can see the numbers are fairly steady by “Kingdom” as well. Something of interest, One of the drops in membership numbers in one “Kingdom” is that another “Kingdom” split off from them. Thus taking their membership numbers with them.
As you can see from the two charts the SCA has a healthy membership base. We are the largest re-creation organization in the world as far as I know. And our membership numbers are fairly stable though we’re always looking to make new friends.