Melee Camp Approaches!

by | Last updated Mar 1, 2024 | All Events, All News

The wars of summer are over, and our stout army has returned home with tales of glory, songs of triumph, and treasures galore! We must, however, stay vigilant and prepare for the wars to come, and to defend our borders and our allies as the cooler weather tempts those who would see Atenveldt defeated. As iron sharpens iron, so one person must sharpen another. Training is paramount and every opportunity should be taken to keep honing the skills of battle.

Their Excellencies of The Barony March of Mons Tonitrus and The Barony of Tir Ysgithir invite one and all to come join us for Melee Camp! Bear witness as the two southernmost baronies come together to host an amazing weekend filled with activities that will hone battlefield skills as well as personal combat prowess with Battle Scenarios, Minute Clinics, Archery and Thrown Weapons, Youth fighting, and Equestrian Activities. Additionally, there will be a host of A&S Classes for those who wish to hone other skills or learn new ones. There will also be Youth Activities to both entertain and teach the next generation of Atenveldt.

The evenings will be filled with revelry and camaraderie with a Hafla and a Potluck Block Party. Finally, there will be merchants to tempt you with goods, both exotic and familiar, that will serve to enhance your medieval life.

Join us as we prepare for the wars to come while enjoying companionship and revelry in the beautiful lands of southern Atenveldt. We look forward to your attendance!


October 19-22, 2023

Site Opens: Friday, October 19th, at 12:00 pm

Site Closes: Sunday, October 22nd at 12:00 pm


Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. Empire Ranch, Airstrip Group Site. Located seven miles north of Sonoita, AZ

Event Stewards:

THL Cyneburga Thorisdohter (M.K.A.: Kimberly Heldt,

Lady Victoria (M.K.A.: Victoria Zambrano,

Master Tariq ibn Yusuf ibn Askari al Ghassani (M.K.A.: George Maloof,, and Mistress Elieth de Salazar (M.K.A.: Elieth Salazar,

Site Fees:

Early Registration:
Adult Registration Camping: $40,
Day Trip: $25 Member Discount on Fees (-$5)
Youth (0-17) Camping: $0, Day Trip: $0/day

Find the Pre-registration form here:…/1jfe2m4eTKWXnFfFy…/viewform…

Pay-at-Gate (Cash only)
Adult Registration Camping: $50,
Day Trip: $30 Member Discount on Fees (-$5)
Youth (0-17) Camping: $0, Day Trip: $0/day

For Dry RV parking there is not a fee but there will be a request form to reserve a spot.

Find the RV Registration form here:

Camping space will be first come, first served, however, camp groups of 10 or more can reserve a block of land for their encampment.

Land Allocation Request form can be found here:

Site Information:

Site is discretely wet, no glass please. Pets allowed on a hand-held leash with owners responsible for waste pickup.  Above ground fires allowed (depending on fire conditions); dry RV camping; the nearest hospital is in Sierra Vista; the roads are unpaved.  The main road to the Empire Ranch headquarters is well-maintained and suitable for passenger cars and RVs; there is drinking water available at the Empire Ranch headquarters. Water is not located at camp site.  We suggest bringing water for the weekend.

Please pack out all trash!

Directions from Sierra Vista:

Hwy 90 toward Interstate I-10, left onto Hwy 82, head north (right) on State Highway 83. Near milepost 40, turn east onto the Empire Ranch entrance. Camping is at the Airstrip Group Site.

Directions from Tucson:

Go east on I-10 and exit at Route 83 (scenic highway), Proceed south on Route 83 approximately 18 miles to the paved road on your left between mile post 40 and 39. Watch for brown Historic Empire Ranch sign on the right side of the highway. Turn east (left) onto paved road and follow for 3 miles to the Empire Ranch House on your left. Follow the SCA white signs to the campgrounds.

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