Children and Youths

“Children’s Games” by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, circa 1560.

Children are welcome at Border War. Children (ages 14+) can participate in combat activities if they are authorised. Other activities are available for other children (see below). While activities are provided, children are the responsibility of their parent(s)/guardian(s) and must remain under their active supervision.

Non-combat activities generally available at Border War:

  • Archery, possibly including a Monster (Dragon) Hunt
  • Boffer tournament
  • Games
  • A&S competitions and classes
  • Take part in the Children’s Challenge (see below)

Children are also welcome to join most arts and sciences classes, these are all general admission. Check with the instructor if the class will be safe for children.

For more information, or to request a family price, please contact the Event Steward.


The competitions are the same as for the adults. However, we ask that you add your age to your entry form, to ensure the judges use the Kingdom’s Youth Judging rubric.


Children’s Challenge

There is a specific Children’s Challenge with its own war chest. To earn WAR POINTS children can participate in:

  • Boffer Tournament
  • Monster/Dragon Hunt
  • A&S Competitions
  • Performing service tasks (like serving feast, running messages, assisting heralds, etc)

Points will be awarded for entering an activity. There is a points system for the tournaments and competitions: 1 point per entrant in each activity (1 point per A&S category) with bonus points for first (3), second (2) & third (1).

Children are encouraged to bring or make something for the Children’s Challenge War Chest.