National Archery in the Schools Program
The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) teaches international-style target archery in physical education classes for grades four through twelve.
The program fits easily into the school day, usually as a two-week PE course. The course covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, concentration, core strengthening, physical fitness and self-improvement. Before presenting the archery course to students, teachers undergo a rigorous eight-hour NASP training program.
Widespread academic and interpersonal benefits
The results of a recent study* showed that NASP participation helped students, even outside of their physical education (PE) classes:
*84 percent of instructors agreed that archery improved students’ self-confidence.
*78 percent of instructors agreed that archery improved students’ motivation.
*74 percent of instructors agreed that archery improved students’ behavior.
*64 percent of students stated that the program has helped them to pay more attention and improve their focus in a variety of learning situations.
Overall, 83 percent of students enjoyed the opportunity to learn archery in their schools, and 78 percent rated their archery skills as either good or very good after completing the course.
Program growth and success in Utah
Utah recently became the thirty-second state to participate in NASP, and the program is gaining momentum. As of May 2010, Utah has seven schools trained and participating in NASP. The Utah Bowhunter’s Association has several members trained in the program. They are willing to assist the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) in training teachers.
This program offers students lifelong skills and provides many additional benefits. The DWR is working to introduce NASP in other schools across the state. By partnering with sportsmen’s groups and other conservation organizations, the DWR hopes to minimize or eliminate the cost of equipment and instruction.
Contact the Utah NASP representative
----RaLynne Takeda Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 801-538-4753
Download course curriculum
--Grades four and five PDF 1.0 MB
--Grades six through eight PDF 1.0 MB
--Grades nine through twelve PDF 1.0 MB
Archery in the Schools—National Website
* Responsive Management conducted the study in consultation with Hilarie Davis, Ed.D., of the Technology for Learning Consortium.