Ohio’s National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is a school curriculum taught during physical education classes for a two-week period. The program is designed to teach International target archery skills to elementary, middle and high school students. The program curriculum is already written and meets or exceeds national physical education standards. The core content covers archery safety, equipment, technique, mental concentration and self-improvement. The program positively influences student attendance, behavior, self-esteem, confidence and on-task behavior. NASP transcends gender, racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds and provides an equal learning opportunity to all students by utilizing standardized equipment, training and implementation.
The National Archery in the Schools Program was co-created in Kentucky by the Departments of Education and Fish and Wildlife Resources. It was implemented in approximately 100 Kentucky middle schools in 2002. Ohio’s pilot program started in April of 2004 with 12 school districts participating. The program opened to statewide expansion January of 2005 and as of January 2013 there were 625 Ohio schools participating and the number continues to grow. There are 47 states and five countries now participating in the National Archery in the Schools Program.
In 2011-2012 over 2,300,000 students Nationwide participated in the program during the 11/12 school year. It’s estimated that in 2013-2014 approximately 3 million students will participate in NASP annually worldwide. Archery is a lifelong sport that can be enjoyed for many years beyond most traditional sports.
Students become a part of something, they feel good about themselves, have improved self-esteem and improved confidence. For many students, that results in increased participation in their school. For many, that means increased attendance, improved grades and a decrease in disciplinary issues.
How is NASP Funded?
Funding for the Division of Wildlife NASP Grant program comes from the Federal Aid to Wildlife Restoration Program which is commonly called the Pittman Robertson (P-R) Program and from a federal excise tax on rifles, shotguns, handguns and ammunition and archery equipment. Funds are apportioned to state fish and wildlife agencies based on the number of hunting license holders and each state's size in relation to the other states. The USFWS reimburses states like Ohio at a rate of 75 percent of each dollar spent on shooting and Hunter education activities. It is up to each state to match the 75 percent with a 25 percent contribution or match.
Teachers must attend a one-day Basic Archery Instructor training class to become certified before presenting the archery course to their students. Training is conducted by Division staff and volunteers who are certified Basic Archery Instructor Trainers and is provided at no cost to the teachers. The program, training, records and information are all coordinated and maintained by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Thanks to support from the archery industry, equipment kits valued at over $6,000 may be purchased by the schools for approximately $3,200. Sponsorship or grant money to purchase equipment kits can often be obtained from various sources, such as archery organizations, area conservation organizations, archery retailers, civic organizations, businesses, parent organizations and/or student group fundraisers. NASP is an eligible program for many physical education grants. Schools may organize other fundraising events or use general fund money to purchase the kits.
Grants are available from the Division of Wildlife. Once your school has been certified and trained each school will be eligible for grants up to $2,500.
If you are interested in attending one of our 1-day BAI certification classes please go to www.naspbai.org to find a class being held in your area.