National Archery in the Schools Program (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 70 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. 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 $3,500 and includes: 12 compound bows, 5 dozen arrows, 5 targets, safety net, bow holders, and equipment repair kit. To view items, go to the NASP website.
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.
FWP conducts archery certification trainings periodically. These are 6-hour workshops complete with range set-up and shooting exercises. Contact FWP for a current list of scheduled trainings at (406) 444-9946.