NASP is a two-week physical education program designed to teach the fundamentals of archery in grades 4-12. Archery is a completely safe activity where girls, boys, athletes and non-athletes all compete on a level playing field. The program can be taught indoors using the gymnasium or outdoors and can be translated into compelling curriculum for math, science and history teachers. Many schools have also started after school and summer programs. In just a few short years, NASP has spread from 12 Montana pilot schools to approximately 30 schools statewide.
Students shoot at bullseye targets placed before an arrow resistant net in their gymnasium. Equipment used is state-of-the art and designed to fit every student. Thanks to support from the archery industry, the $5,000 equipment "kits" can be purchased by schools for approximately $2,500. The goal of this program is to provide middle school children with the ingredients to become involved in a life skill that has no barriers. Unlike many school activities, students of all sizes can easily be involved in archery.
The cost of the start up kit is approximately $2700.00 and includes: 12 compound bows, arrows, 5 targets, safety net, bow holders, and personal safety. The backstop net both protects behind the targets and floor in front of targets and arrow tips are designed to further prevent marring of floor. The bows were designed by a leading archery manufacturer specifically for this program to be used by students of all sizes with no adjustments. To view items go to the equipment.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks proudly supports this program. Financial assistance for equipment may be available through local sportsman's organizations, PTAs, or state conservation organizations.
For more information contact: Communication and Education Bureau at (406) 444-9939 or e-mail.