Student VBS in a Retreat Setting

Several people have asked about how to schedule Student VBS in a retreat setting.  The VBS Guy (aka Jerry Wooley) has the following suggestion for a retreat that begins after dinner and ends at lunch. This schedule is just a guideline for creating your schedule feel free to adapt it to fit the needs and resources of your church.      First,  try to figure out a way to use all five Bible study sessions. As you have probably noticed, each builds on the previous study and we believe it is ... Continue Reading

It's A Perfect Day for the Playground

With VBS just days away now is a good time to visit the playground. Not to frolic and play - although that is not such a bad idea - but to ensure the equipment and grounds are in good repair. Check for the following: Fence is in good repair Gates are secure and lockable and have a safety latch Sight lines are unhampered Playground equipment is at lest six feet away from fences and building Playground equipment is anchored and stable Sharp edges are covered Bolts and screws are ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts - Safety, Part 1

The best VBS leaders are learners, and the best learners enjoy sharing with others what they have learned through trial and error. Following are words of advice that have been collected through the years from great leader-learners just like you. Create and clearly mark drop-off and pick-up areas. Allow no exceptions. Have parents pick up kids in their rooms using “claim tickets”. Require every worker to participate in security and safety training. Enlist church members to continually ... Continue Reading

Advice From the Experts - Involving Teenagers in VBS

The best VBS leaders are learners, and the best learners enjoy sharing with others what they have learned through trial and error. Following are words of advice that have been collected through the years from great leader-learners just like you. Don’t assume teens don’t enjoy VBS – they do. Especially when you include good snacks, messy games, and off-site activities. Get the youth leader/minister on board and you will get the youth on board. Give Youth VBS a name that relates to the ... Continue Reading