National Archery in the Schools Program British Columbia

NASP program

Robin Hood, Katniss Everdeen, and Legolas can do it, so why not you?

The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) teaches students from grades 4 to 12 archery safety, technique, concentration, self-improvement and proper use of equipment. Through NASP, schools can be certified to turn their gymnasiums into international-style archery ranges so students can learn this unique skill.

About NASP

Originally developed in the United States, NASP began as a program only for schools, but now spans 5 countries and 3 continents and is offered to schools, camps, community groups, and other organizations. The BC Wildlife Federation is proud to serve as the regional headquarters for NASP in British Columbia.

The program covers archery safety, technique, concentration skills, self-improvement and proper use of equipment. The objectives of the NASP program are to improve self confidence, motivation, concentration and focus, to improve academic performance, increase attendance in Physical Education classes and to foster interest in hunting and shooting sports.

NASP BC provides training and support to NASP schools, instructors, trainers, and coordinates tournaments.

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NASP BC is proud to announce that we now offer NASP School Demonstrations. Demonstrations are intended for schools who are on the fence about adopting NASP into their curriculum.

Demonstrations start at $6 per student per lesson – minimum of 28 students. Three lessons are recommended. Lessons range from 60-90 minutes. Demonstrations can be customized to fit with school/class schedules.

For more information or to receive a quote for a demonstration, email us with “NASP School Demo” in the subject line.

Transform your gym into an archery range

Become an instructor

Bringing NASP into your organization is easier than you think! NASP BC offers archery instructor training to teachers and community leaders. As part of our safety protocols, all NASP instructors must receive our Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) designation.

The BAI designation is an 8-hour archery course. No previous archery experience is required to take the training. During the course instructors are taught:

  • How to set up and operate a safe archery range (indoors and outdoors)
  • International-style archery technique
  • The “11 Steps to Archery Success”
  • Coaching techniques
  • Behaviour management
  • How to inspect, maintain and repair compound bows and arrows

Certification is perpetual (does not expire) so long as the instructor teaches one NASP course every two years and submits an annual online BAI report.

Contact us to set up a BAI course.

NASP equipment

After completing NASP training, it is time to order equipment.

What makes NASP stand out from other archery programs around the world is our principle of “universal fit.” Universal fit means that all NASP archers, from around the world, use the same equipment. The same bow, same arrow, same targets, right down to our arrow curtains! This guiding principle allows all NASP archers to compete on equal ground.

NASP kits cost between $4,000 – $7000 depending on how the kit is purchase (i.e. through NASP USA or Canadian archery stores). Though the start-up cost of the kit is high, the kit essentially pays for itself in two years by providing youth with the experience and opportunity to engage in a different kind of team sport.

What’s included in the kit:

  • 12 Bows (original Genesis, 10 right/2 left)
  • 10 Dozen arrows
  • 5 Targets
  • 1 Backstop net (arrow curtain)
  • 1 Equipment repair kit
  • 1 Bow rack
  • 10 Floor quivers

Download the NASP Equipment Order Form.


NASP BC can provide NASP Equipment Grants (up to $1000) to new schools who choose to purchase equipment through NASP USA. The 2018 grant cycle is now closed. The 2019 grant cycle will open in September.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a recognized school in British Columbia
  • Not be a pre-existing NASP school
  • Order all your equipment from NASP USA

Apply today with the subject “NASP Equipment Grant”.