The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation (MCHF) are hosting the 2021 Missouri National Archery in Schools Program State Tournament March 18-20, 2021, at the Branson Convention Center.
More than 3,000 student archers from throughout Missouri are scheduled to compete in the state tournament after shooting qualifying scores through various local MoNASP tournaments over the past year. Participants also can compete in the National Archery in the Schools Program national tournament, which is virtual this year.
Family members and the general public can attend the tournament for a fee and must follow the same COVID-19 health and safety protocols set for all event attendees. Masks are required inside the Branson Convention Center and will be provided if needed. The temperature of each attendee will be taken at entry and everyone will be required to maintain distances of six feet apart with those not in their immediate group.
In addition to the tournament competition, the event will include a variety of socially distanced activities for attendees such as skills competitions and games, animal encounters and educational programs, a gaming trailer and hunting trailer, a scavenger hunt and more.
More information on the schedule of activities and admission fees is available at mochf.org/monasp-schedule-of-activities/.
MoNASP is coordinated through MDC, MCHF, and the Conservation Federation of Missouri in partnership with more than 800 participating schools and numerous supporting organizations throughout the state. More than 85,000 Missouri students participate in the program. MoNASP is an affiliate of NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) and is an in-school program for grades 4 through 12 that teaches the basics of archery, along with the confidence, self-control, patience and discipline necessary to success both behind the bow and in school and life. It provides an engaging activity that’s inclusive of nearly all children, regardless of age, size, or physical ability. Statistics show that school archery programs improve participants’ school attendance, increase their self-esteem and physical activity, and help get kids outside.
Free Trolley for Tournament Attendees
The Downtown Branson “Sparky” trolleys will be running each day of the tournament from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. to help participants and fans get around easier. There’s even a trolley stop across Sycamore Street from the main Convention Center entrance. A detailed trolley route and GPS trolley tracker is available at RideSparky.com