Is your congregation's VBS an effective outreach tool?
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a part of many congregation's summer calendar. A ton of work is put into planning and running a program with the hopes of reaching out to community families with the Gospel, but how effective is your program?
One of the things that makes Camp Phillip youth programs unique is that we don't run it like a traditional school. That's why we call it Day Camp instead of VBS. We don't use worksheets; our staff are directors, leaders and counselors, (even though their campers may still refer to them as "Teacher.") We have decades of experience running camps and we believe in the power of experiential education. Campers learn by doing and discussing. Each activity is done with a purpose. As a part of each activity session, the campers are led to discuss and apply the day's Bible truths to their lives.
Every year dozens of congregations use our curriculum to reach out to thousands of children in their communities. Here's what you'll find in our curriculum:
Teaching and planning resources:
Activity manuals (Adventure / Crafts / Recreation / Snacks / Special activity based on the theme / Stories)
Leaders guides (Camp director / Counselor / Preschool teacher)
Reproducible registration and evaluation forms
Great large group resources:
Camp Phillip music CD
Reproducible lead sheets with musical notation and guitar chords
10 puppet scripts with devotions for use as openings and closings
Plans to construct a simple pvc puppet stage
Tools available to promote your VBS:
Bulletin insert design template
Ordering information for promo postcard, door hanger and theme T-shirt
Training and support:
Free day camp training conference for your staff and volunteers
A Facebook group that allows the VBS directors to share ideas, questions and resources.
For sample lessons, check out one of the following:
Happily Ever After sample
Little Bethlehem sample
Walkabout with the Spirit sample