Under normal operating circumstances, children age 3 through rising 5th grade from throughout the community will enjoy the VBS program at St. Paul's. Adult teachers and youth volunteers shepherd our joyful campers as they enjoy Bible stories, songs, crafts, active play, and - of course - snacks! We are so sorry that camp has to be canceled for 2020. If you want to know more about what a normal camp year looks like, please keep reading. Stay safe and well, and we'll see you in 2021!
(For the Youth Helper information scroll to the section below!)
Applications open each year at St. Patrick's Day and are accepted until May 1 or when classes are full. A limited number of late applications may be accepted from May 1 to June 1 depending on availability. Permission Slip, Medical, and Photo Release forms are included in the online Registration process. All campers must have permission forms turned in by or before the first day of camp. If you need a paper copy, please contact the church office at stpaulsunited [at] stpaulsk.org for assistance. All registered campers (parents/guardians) receive a confirmation email from a member of our VBS leadership team.
CAMPERS (and parents!): Here's what to expect when camp is open!
ARRIVING & LEAVING
9:00 a.m. DROP OFF
Drop off each day is in the Sanctuary at St. Paul’s. The easiest way to get to the Sanctuary is through the double doors on Armory Avenue. The registration tables will be outside (weather permitting). On the first day, please come 10-15 minutes early to drop off permission slips, pick-up name tags, and find your group before the program starts.
12:00 p.m. PICK UP
Pick up will be at the child's last center of the day. This means each group will have its own pick-up location. Pick-up locations will be given out on the first day of VBS and posted around the church as well.
ON THE LAST DAY...
There will be a short program starting at 11:35 a.m. in the Sanctuary on the final day, Friday, starring all of the campers! This is an event not to be missed. Your parents can take you home right after the program is finished.
WHAT WE WEAR
· Clothes that can get messy or wet – because you just might get messy and wet!
· Sunscreen and bug spray
· Something - or everything - that matches the Colors of the Day! These colors are listed right here before camp starts. Here is a sample:
- Tuesday: Green and White
- Wednesday: Pink and Blue
- Thursday: Rainbows / Rainbow colors
- Friday: Camp T-Shirt, provided by VBS
This varies each year. For instance, for the camp theme "Once Upon a Breadbasket," lessons are built around God's gifts that feed people and breaking bread together. Here are sample scripture passages that would serve as the lesson focus each day:
- Tuesday: Exodus 16 - Manna from heaven.
- Wednesday: 1 Kings 16:29-17:16 - Elijah and the ravens.
- Thursday: Matthew 4:13-22; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-15 - Loaves and fishes.
- Friday: John 6:35-40 - Jesus is the bread of life.
If you need more information about VBS and the Camper experience, please contact Robin Mayhew (robin_mayhew [at] comcast.net), the church office, or another member of the VBS Leadership Team.