Free Archery Equipment and Training Available to South Dakota Schools

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South Dakota school personnel who wish to incorporate the National Archery in the School Program (NASP) in their curriculum have an opportunity to attend free training sessions offered by the Game, Fish and Parks Department.

The free training will be offered on Sept. 26 in Chamberlain, Sept. 30 at Oacoma and Oct. 13 in Rapid City.

Upon successful completion of the day-long training, schools will be eligible to receive all of the equipment necessary to conduct student archery classes Each school will receive 12 bows, five-dozen arrows, an arrow curtain, five targets, a bow rack and a repair kit. Schools will also be eligible to participate in state and national NASP tournaments.

"School officials are enthusiastic about this program because it offers free training and free archery equipment," said GPF’s Curt Robertson, NASP coordinator for South Dakota. "Teachers receive a minimum eight-hour safety and proficiency training session, and then their schools are eligible for the free equipment."

Openings are still available for the archery training. School officials wishing to register teachers for the program, or with questions about the program, should contact Curt Robertson by email at or call 605-223-7666.


GooseHunter Jr's picture

That is a great program. 

That is a great program.  Have seen it on some hunting shows as of lately and it is great to see some bow manufacures stepping up for the cause.  I know I would love to see a program like this in my sons school.  He has a FFA program that does have a shooting sports division.  Would be nice to just give the all the oppurtunites you can to get their love of the outdoors kicked started even when at school.

hunter25's picture

This sounds like a great

This sounds like a great program and I think it's interesting that it says school officials are excited about it. I don't know of too many places where that could be said anymore. Anything that could be considered hunting related or th euse of a weapon is pretty much banned anywhere now. I remeber when I was a kid that all nforms of shooting were a normal part of summer camp and I looked foeward to showing off my skills as I was usually a foot up on everyone else that showed up.

Good job to South Dakota for letting this program get started.