The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is an in-school program aimed at improving educational performance among students in grades 4th – 12th. And through it, students are learning focus, self-control, discipline, patience, and the life lessons required to be successful in the classroom and in life.
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 more than 70 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.
Learn more about NASP here.
NASP is first and foremost an in-school program. The first step to starting a NASP program in your school is to get the school administration to agree to offer the program in the school during the school day (typically as part of the Physical Education class).
Once the school has agreed to offer NASP style archery, the next step will be to get the instructor(s) trained. See below "Training & Certification" for more information.
Once you have been trained, the next step is to get your equipment.
The cost of the start-up kit is approximately $3,500 and includes:
12 compound bows
5 dozen arrows
Equipment repair kit
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.
Teachers in every participating school can receive training and certification to present NASP lessons that are safe for students, instructors, bystanders, and the facility.
FWP conducts certification trainings periodically. These are 6-hour workshops with range set-up and shooting exercises. Contact FWP for a current list of scheduled trainings at (406) 444-9946.