The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold basic archery instructor training for teachers from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25 at Living Word Christian Middle and High School, 1145 Tom Ginnever Ave. in O’Fallon. The session includes a 30-minute lunch break; however, lunch will not be included.

This is a free training class for teachers interested in incorporating Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) instruction into their curriculum. Teachers must attend the entire training session to receive the Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) Certification. Volunteers other than teachers may attend but will need to gain approval for their attendance from their school before registration.

BAI training is required for schools to participate in MoNASP and to qualify for related grant money. MoNASP is taught as a two-week unit during the school day and makes the school eligible to compete in National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) tournaments. MoNASP is part of NASP, which provides the BAI Certification, and is the national program that teaches international style target archery to students in grades 4-12.

Statistics show school archery programs improve school attendance, increase participants’ self-esteem and physical activity, helps kids relate to learning subject matter and gets them outdoors to discover nature. Participants also learn an activity they can enjoy for the rest of their lives in the form of recreational target shooting or bow hunting.

To register for the workshop, visit For more information, contact MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Scott Sarantakis at, or by calling 314-301-1500 ext. 4217. Reservations are required by June 18. For more information about MoNASP, visit

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