Arkansas NASP

Sponsoring Agency or Organization

Contact: Mike Bonds, Asst. Chief


Phone: (501) 978-7341

Program details

The Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program (Arkansas NASP) is the official Arkansas affiliate of the National Archery in the Schools Program.

Archery is an activity in which people from all walks of life and almost every size and ability can participate. Archery is also a great way to sharpen skills and build success in the classroom; in addition, it is also a relatively simple and inexpensive sport to learn and pursue.

Arkansas NASP is focused on providing a safe, fun environment for participating in archery in the school setting while raising awareness of conservation-related sports, responsibility, and self-esteem.

A state tournament is held each spring. Students in grades 4-6 participate in the Elementary Division; students in grades 7-8 in the Middle School Division; and students in grades 9-12 in the Senior Division.

The Commission offers a limited number of grants each year to schools for the purchase of archery equipment. The grant is a 75/25 match, with a maximum of $1875 available per grant.

Website: Arkansas NASP

Planning and Evaluation

Program objectives: 

Get students to participate in archery in a school setting

Train teachers about archery skills

Raise awareness of conservation-related sports

Raise self esteem

Manual or Plan

This program has a manual or plan: Yes

Comments: Arkansas NASP is governed by the Arkansas NASP Handbook. The Arkansas NASP Handbook is the first rulebook for NASP in the country.

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This program is evaluated: Yes

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Program considerations and recommendations

General comments: Program has been very well received. First state shoot was largest inaugural state shoot in NASP program's history. Over 18,000 participated in program in first full year; participation expected to double in 2009-2010.

Critical elements to consider when planning this type of program: Alignment to state educational frameworks Student health/accident insurance

Special facilities needed to implement the program: Gymnasium or suitable outdoor area for archery at school Convention center or arena for state tournament


Approximate cost to agency/organization to implement program: $200000.00

Approximate staff effort required to implement program: 1 full time coordinator and 1 secretary