Mechanicsburg Sportsmen's Association has hosted a Youth Archery Program since 1992. The program was started by Mike D. Rider. The program is designed to allow youth to explore the aspects of indoor archery. As a youth, I myself participated in the program and it launched me into my passion for the sport. After college, I helped out with the program for a few years and I officially took over as the Youth Archery Director in 2006. The program has evolved through the years. The program has students that participate in local shooting events, as well as PSAA State Championships throughout the year.
This year, the Program will be directed by Walter Regula & Jeff Golding and I, Julia will support and help out as I am available. Jeff & Walter have been supporting and coaching within the program over numerous seasons.
Program Information: Youth Archery registration is now open
2023/2024 Youth Archery Program Details
There will be 3 class sessions offered this year.
Experienced Class – This class is for students that can shoot from 20 yards and consistently hit the target butt. This group will have the opportunity to join the youth archery team and participate in local shooting events.
DATES: TUESDAYS Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, & 19 (Tentatively 12/26)
Time: 6:00 – 7:15 pm
Students in this class will have the opportunity to join in on open archery nights after the new year. This group will also have the opportunity to participate in some local club shoots within the area.
Beginner Class Session 1 – This class is for students that have want to try archery out, have limited experience, or want gain more experience, but cannot hit the target consistently at beyond 10 yards. The group shoots from 10 yards and focuses on the basic form of archery.
DATES: WEDNESDAYS Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 & Feb. 7
Time: 6:00 – 7:15 pm
Beginner Class Session 2 – This class is for students that have want to try archery out, have limited experience, or want gain more experience, but cannot hit the target consistently at beyond 10 yards. The group shoots from 10 yards and focuses on the basic form of archery.
DATES: WEDNESDAYS Feb. 21, 28 March 6, 13, 20, & 27
Time: 6:00 – 7:15 pm
Cost is $50 per student (flat fee for program)**
Make Checks Payable to Mechanicsburg Sportsmen’s Association
Due at first date of the session you are attending
** Classes may not be made up due to inclement weather and no refunds for inclement weather.
Does my child need to have a bow? No, we have bows for the children to use.
Do we need to be members? No, this is open youth with an interest in archery.
Do you do private lessons? At this time, no. If it changes we will update.
Do you do special group lessons? At this time, no. If it changes we will update.
How old do I need to be? At least in Kindergarten and able to follow directions and safety protocols. It is more about strength and the ability to pull the bow back for each child. This is necessary to be able to participate.
When can I register? On or around Oct. 1 the registration link will be opened.
How do I pay? Bring a check or cash to the first night of the class.
Can I email now to be notified when the registration opens? We do not keep a list of interested people and ask that you check back in late September, and October to register.
For more information about Youth Archery and to Register email
Julia Mentzer-Yarlett, Youth Archery Director.
If you want to sign up for the Winter Youth Archery Program, please fill out this form!
Please be sure to read the descriptions carefully to determine which class best fits your archer!
**Those signed up for this class must be able to shoot consistently from 20 yards and this should not be the first attempt at shooting - there is a space required to explain the students experience.
Beginner Class (session 1 and/or 2)
**This is for youth that want to try archery out , or have limited experience or want to gain more experience but cannot shoot consistently from 20 yards.
**Approximately a week prior to the start of each of the classes, those signed up will receive an email from the Youth Archery Director with further details.