IMPORTANT AWARD TIPS
Read up on what each of the awards means HERE so you recommend for the right award.
An Award of Arms is NOT an Augmentation of Arms!
In terms of intensity of skill and work, this is a rough guideline for how to rate what award to recommend:
- First award “Armigerous” (Crescent Sword, Harp Argent, Dolphin, Duelist, etc.) is a level 1.
- Second award “Grant” (Gauntlet, Caid Lux, Crescent, Argent Blade, etc.) is a level 10.
- Third award “Peerage” (Knight, Laurel, Pelican, Master of Defense) is level 100.
- Letters for the Peerage awards and several polling orders are sent directly to the Secretary for that Order. See the links to their emails on the same page as the award recommendation form.
If the person does not have any award yet, recommend them for an Award of Arms. You may feel they are deserving of a Armigerious award, but recommend them for the Award of Arms first.
There are Service, Fighting and Arts awards for the children of our society. While you may want to write a letter for someone under 18 for an Award of Arms or other adult awards, please let them start with the Youth awards. Let them ascend the awards levels in order and collect the whole set!
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER
tell the person who you are filing out an award recommendation letter for that you are recommending them! You will immediately set them up for expectations and then disappointment if they do not get it, or if it takes years for the award to come. It is cruel, don’t tell! When/if they get the award, you can tell them AFTER that you recommended them, but DO NOT tell them how long ago it was! Again, they will be disappointed and sad!
it is entirely possible for husbands to recommend wives, moms to recommend children, etc. These are the folks who know them best and can have the best details about what good they have done. Go ahead and say you are the kid’s mom! Perhaps also ask a peer to also write the letter, providing their perspective and stories about the person.
ONLY RECOMMEND ONE AWARD FOR THE SAME PERSON AT A TIME
YOU may think they deserve a Harp, Dolphin and Argent Arrow, but don’t write a recommendation for each! You will just cause confusion! You need to decide which award you feel they deserve most NOW.
QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
Remember the SCA is a Monarchy, not a Democracy! So a letter-writing campaign for awards is not only a bad idea, it can backfire on you, making it obvious that folks are getting together to push an award. Instead, spend time to research what the person did, and describe the amazing things they have done. One well-written letter can be more effective than a petition!
RECOMMEND EARLY, BUT NOT OFTEN!
Not only avoid having a committee send in a bunch of letters, but it is also good to get your ONE letter in EARLY! The time to write a letter of recommendation is immediately after the last event where you saw your person doing good work! The details will be fresh in your mind, and it gives the Crown and their staff time to read, research and prepare for an award to be given. And the follow-up to this:
AVOID ASKING THE CROWN TO GIVE AN AWARD AT A SPECIFIC EVENT!
This puts un-due pressure on Their Majesties to make a decision on the spot, and bypasses the critical research with baronage and peerage, as not being able to confirm awards someone already has. Also, the Court Scribe may not have time to make the award certificate and the Chamberlain will have to scramble to get a medallion ready. This is rude; do not put people on the spot. Be courteous and plan ahead!
MISSING AWARDS IN THE OP
When the Crown wants to give an award to someone and sees in the OP that they don’t have it, then there may be an embarrassing moment in Court when that person is called forward to get the award, and they are already wearing the medallion for it! Go through the OP and look up your family and friends to ensure all awards they have received are listed. If you notice that any of the awards a person already has are missing from the OP, send a note to the email listed on the OP page for changes. You will want to email a copy of the scroll they received, to document the award and the date it was given. If you have pictures of the award being given, send those too.
Look up the person’s awards in the OP, but send your letter for baronial awards directly to their local Baron/Baroness.
AUGMENTATION OF ARMS
This is considered the lifetime achievement award in Caid. This is rarely given, and is for someone who has every other award, and who has years (decades!) of service and participation in the kingdom.