Formed in the East Kingdom, the Foresters expanded quickly from the Shire of Avonmore into the Barony of Ruantallan, and the Shire of Lyndhaven and are based on the Medieval Foresters that protected the forests of medieval England. With members in Atlantic Canada, the State of Maine, and growing, the group became a Chartered Royal Guild of the East Kingdom on September 19th 2015 (A.S.50). Foresters organize themselves into courts named after the forest in which they reside but for SCA purposes they are organized as an Arts and Sciences guild. The Forest courts or local groups are sub groups that allow groups of members in an area to have some independence when hosting events and activities. The courts are named after the shire, canton or barony they exist in. New Brunswick is known as the Court of Lyndhaven forest for example. In the case of a Barony since royals are present it is referred to as a royal forest such as the Royal Forest of Ruantallan. This royal forest is made up of all of the smaller canton forests if they exist.
The guild is governed by a small group of officers. The Warden of the East is the principal officer that reports to East Kingdom. He or she is assisted as of 2017 by two other officers The Warden of the North, in Tir Mara or the Canadian portion of the Kingdom and the Warden of the South in the American portion of the kingdom. Below these are the individual chapter leaders known as Keepers of the Forest. The guild is also assisted by a treasurer and a secretary.
The foresters guild is recruiting men and women who are skilled at, or have an interest in;
Camping, pavilioning, outdoor living, and survival in period fashion as well as journeys over land and by inland waterways in period fashion.
It is the purpose of foresters to research, recreate, educate and demonstrate historical tools, methods, equipment and techniques for living, camping, traveling and cooking, in the outdoors or in wilderness locations.
Interested persons will portray a period persona of a Royal Forester, or Forester and dress the part, at least at guild meetings.
QUESTION: Does this mean I have to have a big beard, live in a hollow tree, and wrestle grizzly bears to be a member?
ANSWER: No. If you are a little girl that likes to roast marshmallows on a fire you qualify to be a forester. We will just teach you to make chocolate cake on the campfire that’s all.
Novice members who wish to advance through the rank structure must prove their competency at camping and our crafts but if you can pitch a tent and survive a camping event and light a fire you can pass through the first several levels quite quickly. We will however teach you to light that fire with just one match in heavy rain or with no matches at all.
Foresters practice a high level of wilderness and camping ethics and leave no trace. We are sworn to protect the green spaces of the world, to take only what we need from the land and to educate others to do the same. At events we will see to it that all within our encampments are happy safe and having fun.
QUESTION: Can I become a member?
ANSWER: Yes; as an SCA Guild, membership is open to anyone who asks to join. If you are interested you can ask any current member for more information and you can message or email the groups Principal Officer. The current Principle Officer would be happy to provide more information to all who are interested.