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Minister of Children

MoC Badge of Office

FAQ

For Parents
What ages can participate?
What will the children do?
Are snacks/drinks provided?
How long do the activities last?
Are children's activities offered at all events?
Do I have to be a member for my child to participate?
Do I need to fill out a form for my child to participate?
Will I need to stay with my child for the entire time?
My child is 13 but he/she wants to participate. Can he/she?
Do I have to sign my child in and out of activities?
Is there a fee for MoC activities?
Do I have to donate supplies?

For Children
Am I allowed to bring my DS/PSP/etc?
Will I have to color?
What will I do all day?
I don't want to do little kid stuff. What can big kids do?

MoC Office
What is an MoC?
What does an MoC do?
Is a background check required?
What is an MoC at Large?
I want to be an MoC, What do I need to do?
Do I have to be a member to be an MoC?
How long is an MoC in office?
What are the reporting requirements?
How do I send in my reports?

For Parents

What ages can participate?
Unless otherwise stated, children's activities are usually for age 5-12. If your child is younger or older, it is usually a good idea to contact the Children's Coordinator or the Autocrat to find out if your child can participate. If Wee Ones activities are listed, then there will be activities for children under 5. children over 12 are usually allowed to take adult classes, unless otherwise stated.

What will the children do?
The activities vary. Activities can include pottery, painting, relays, outdoor games, indoor games, singing, dancing, weaving, shoe making, and many other things. there will usually be a children's schedule on the event website or in the event advertisement.

Are snacks/drinks provided?
Snacks are usually NOT provided, but water and/or Gatorade usually are.

How long do the activities last?
Usually, activities are held for a couple of hours in the morning and a couple of hours after lunch.

Are children's activities offered at all events?
No. In the past, not many events had children's activities. I am trying to change this. If you would like to see more children's activities at events contact the group's MoC or the Autocrat for the event. If more people request children's activities, then more will be planned. I am always available to help out if a group wants to have children's activities at their event.

Do I have to be a member for my child to participate?
No. Neither does your child. MoC Activities are open to all children.

Do I need to fill out a form for my child to participate?
No. But it is highly recommended that you fill out and bring a medical authorization form to any event that your child attends. If your child attends an event without you (i.e. with another adult who is not their parent or legal guardian), then you are required to send a filled out adesignated adult in charge of a minor form.

Will I need to stay with my child the entire time?
If your child is under 5, yes you will. If you child is between 5 and 12, you will not have to stay with your child but you or a designated adult must be nearby (within sight or earshot). If your child is over 12, then the child may come to the activities alone.

My child is 13 but h/she wants to participate. May he/she?
Yes, certainly. The activities in the tent are created with 5-12 year olds in mind, but older kids may always attend. I am hoping to get a Page for a Day program started. This is where older children may loan themselves out for various tasks (such as delivering messages, helping with set-up, and the like). Keep watching the News Page for further information as it is available.

Do I have to sign my child in/out of activities?
Yes. Either you or a designated adult must sign all children under 12 in and out of MoC activities. If the child is over 12, he or she may sign themselves in and out.

Is there a fee for MoC activities?
No.

Do I have to donate supplies?
No. Although, donations are gladly accepted. We are always in need of yarn, paint (non-toxic, preferably washable), safety scissors, crayons, pencils, scrap leather, scrap material, children's medieval themed books, Plaster of Paris. For all other materials, just ask. There may be a need within the group for just about anything.

For Children

Am I allowed to bring my DS/PSP/etc.?
No. You will have plenty to do at the MoC. We try to keep things at the event as "period" as possible. We ask that any modern day distractions please be left at your tent.

Will I have to color?
No. There will be plenty of things to do there. I encourage all MoCs and Children's Coordinators to move away from just coloring and move to a more hands-on approach to teaching. I usually have relays and craft activities (and no coloring sheets:).

What will I do all day?
The activities vary. Activities can include pottery, painting, relays, outdoor games, indoor games, singing, dancing, weaving, shoe making, and many other things. There will usually be a children's schedule on the event website or in the event advertisement.

I don't want to do little kid stuff. What can big kids do?
More and more things are being organized with bigger kids in mind. The Page School is now open. There are many class, badges, awards and activities offered through there. The school is open to children 5 to 17. for more information, contact Lord Ivan Eriksson, our Page School Dean.

For the MoC Office

What is an MoC?
An MoC is the Minister of Children. The Children's Office, frequently know as the Ministry of Youth/Children/Minors, exists to provide safe, fun, and educational activities during scheduled and structured sessions at events, meetings, and/or other SCA functions. Children's officers are not babysitters, but instead are coordinators or teachers who offer age-appropriate means for learning and involvement within the scope of the SCA. Any group can have an MoC, whether you are a Canton, Kingdom, or anything in between.

What does an MoC do?
An MoC plans children's activities for his/her groups functions. The MoC can just coordinate for the group's events or the MoC can do something every month (say at fighter practice, Bardic, A&S Night, or whatever).

Is a background check required?
Yes. A background check is required for all MoCs and MoCs at Large. Basically, if you are in charge of anything to do with children, you need a background check. Having said that, though, you do not need one to just lead a children's class or lead an activity. An MoC with a background check must be on site though.

What is an MoC at Large?
An MoC at Large is an MoC who doesn't just do things for one group. It can be a deputy to the local MoC or it can be someone who wants to coordinate activities for many groups (say someone who lives outside of any one group's area). To be an MoC at Large, you may go through a local group, or contact the Kingdom MoC at moc@seneschal.ansteorra.org.

I want to be an MoC. What do I need to do?
Contact your local Seneschal. Ask if there is an MoC office. If not, ask if one can be created. If there is an office, then you will need to put in a bid. You can do this by filling out a bid and emailing it to your Regional Minister of Children. Their info can be found at children.ansteorra.org/officers.php. Also send a copy to your local Seneschal. If you are unsure how to write a bid, you may print out this application and send it to both your Regional MoC and local Seneschal. You will need to have a background check. Your Regional MoC will send you the forms you need. You fax them to HQ at Milpitas, CA. Then, let your Regional MoC know you have done this. Kingdom will pay for the first background check for a group. The group is responsible for all others. At the time of this writing (September 2010) the price was $20 per name.

Do I have to be a member to be an MoC?
Yes. You must be an SCA member to be an officer.

How long is a background check valid?
A background check is valid for two years. Every two years, you must renew your background check.

How long is an MoC in office?
An MoC is warranted for two years. After two years, the office should come open again for bids.

What are the reporting requirements?
You are required to report every three months. You do this by going to our new Report Form. There is a report form there that allows you to fill out your report and submit it on line. Your report will then be submitted to me.

How do I send in my reports?
Go to http://children.ansteorra.org/form.html. Then, fill out the report and hit Submit. Ta da! Report filed.:)

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