The Chirurgeonate is the volunteer first-aid organization of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., a non-profit educational organization devoted to the study of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. It is part of the “living history” movement, where members try to reproduce various aspects of the culture and technology of their period, as well as pursuing more traditional historical research. The SCA sponsors events such as medieval tournaments and feasts, where members dress in Medieval and Renaissance styles, and participate in activities based on the civil and martial arts of the Middle Ages. We use the medieval term “Chirurgeon” [most commonly pronounced ki$er$jun] instead of “first aider,” “first responder,” or “medic” in our efforts to maintain a medieval atmosphere at SCA events. We also use the Medieval blood-letting device, the fleam, as the symbol of the Chirurgeonate instead of the modern red short-armed cross whose use is restricted by international treaty to organizations affiliated with the International Red Cross and the military.
The members of the Chirurgeonate include Red Cross-trained first aiders, medical doctors, military medical corpsmen, nurses, paramedics, St. John’s and St. Andrew’s ambulance volunteers, and many other medical volunteers and professionals. We come from all walks of life and from many countries around the globe. We are united as members of the Chirurgeonate for one purpose: to provide first aid at SCA events. These individuals volunteer their time and services in order to promote and maintain continuing health and safety in all SCA activities.