S3DA Basic Instructor Course

This course is designed to give you the knowledge to confidently teach archery and the S3DA program to youth in your area. This course will give you a comprehensive overview of the S3DA program, equipment used, range set-up, basic archery form, safety in teaching the first shot, S3DA games, and the Pope & Young Clear Path Bowhunting Initiative. Instructors will also learn how to build an after school program or team in their area, and work hands on with the Pennsylvania State Coordinator, Dan Schuller.  

The S3DA program allows archers to grow and develop as an individual and as a team in the sport of archery under the guidance of an instructor.  Archers are able to shoot and compete with a variety of bow styles in categories based on school age: elementary, middle and high school.  Throughout the fall and winter months, archers practice and compete on NFAA Targets, following NFAA rules and regulations.  In the spring and summer, archers will practice and compete on 3D targets following ASA rules and regulations.  For more information about S3DA, please visit their website:  www.S3DA.org.

  • Please bring:  Your bow (compound or recurve), stretch band, camera, notebook, and a pen or pencil


December 10, 2017; 8:00am - 4:00pm

Lunch will be provided by Lancaster Archery Supply

Location:  Lancaster Archery Academy; 2195-A Old Philadelphia Pike Lancaster, PA 17602

Requisites:  Minimum age 18, must be a member of S3DA (membership form will be available during course), form can also be downloaded below.

Fee: $80.00 Instructor course, including all materials + $50 S3DA Instructor Membership which includes General and Professional Liability Insurance + $25 Background Screening (or proof of passed background screening).  The Instructor Membership and Background Screening fees are not due at the time of the class.

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Information on PA Act 153

Pennsylvania Act 153 requires all paid employees and unpaid volunteers "responsible for the welfare of a child or having direct contact with children" to complete comprehensive criminal and child abuse background clearances.  The Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) defines “direct contact with children” as “the care, supervision, guidance or control of children or routine interaction with children.” Unless you have already gone through the requirements of PA Act 153, any current background check that you may have from various certifications or third-party companies is not accepted by the state of Pennsylvania.  Some of these clearances are free for volunteers.  


This first link is to the PA Department of Public Welfare. They will complete the PA Child Abuse History check, and then you will receive a certification. You will also create an individual login, can check you status, and print your certification. Please choose the correct certification purpose.

  1. Child Abuse Clearance obtained through the Department of Public Welfare

This second link is to the PA State Police for a criminal background check. You will fill in your personal information, and then write down your control number. You may receive an email immediately, or it may take about 5 days for the state police to get your information. It can take up to 6 months for results. If you are charged for the background check, please print a copy of your receipt.

  1. Criminal History Record from the PA State Police (PATCH) System

This third link is to the FBI Fingerprinting registration page. VOLUNTEERS living in the state of PA for more than 10 years will not have to complete this section. If you don’t live in the state, or have lived here less than 10 years you will need to go through this step. When you get to the page, go to “Register Online”.  From there, fill in your information. Once completed, please print out your receipt as you will need to take it to get your finger printing completed. 

FBI Fingerprint screening (this does not include volunteers with ten year consistent PA residence)


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