National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is a national organization that partners with state conservation agencies such as the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) to bring international target style archery to schools. The program and equipment are designed for 4th through 12th-grade students. View the curriculum.

NASP is based on several principals:

  • Standard teacher training and certification – all teachers and coaches must complete and pass certification training.
  • Standard equipment – all NASP programs and schools use the same equipment. The equipment is proven safe and appropriate for all program grades.
  • Curriculum and classroom instruction – NASP is designed to be taught in class during the school day. Many school field competitive teams or clubs; however, they must meet the in-school requirement to do so. NASP provides an alternative athletic program for students who might not be interested in other sports.

The top benefits of archery are:

  • It is safe.
  • It is universally adaptable to all ability levels.
  • It improves behavior.
  • It improves self-esteem and motivation.

Program participation and cost:

  • Schools sign an agreement with the NCWRC to participate in the program.
  • Each school sends teachers to training, which consists of an 8-hour certification class taught by NCWRC staff at one of your facilities.  The NCWRC covers the cost of up to two people per school; others are $40 to cover the training kit cost.
  • The kits contain 12 bows, 5 targets,  60 arrows, arrow curtain, 10 floor quivers,  bow racks, and maintenance kit and cost about $3,200. NCWRC provides grants to first-time schools that cover all but $750.

General NASP information.