Whatever your church situation you will find a vacation Bible school curriculum that will fit your needs. Here are some options for this summer. You’ll need to explore the material and determine if it is suitable for your church.
ANSWERS IN GENESIS
Camp Kilimanjaro: Jesus At Work Through Us. This five-day program will explore the book of Proverbs. Scripture is from the New King James Version. Answers in Genesis is an apologetics (i.e., Christianity-defending) ministry. (answersvbs.com/2015)
Spark Summer. This is a “flexible approach to planning Bible-focused summer programming for preschoolers through upper elementary kids. You can use Spark Summer for your congregation’s five-day vacation Bible school program, midweek events, summer Sunday school, or other creative ways that fit your congregation’s needs.” Items purchased are downloaded to your computer. (store.augsburgfortress.org/store/productfamily/179/Spark-Summer)
Camp Courageous: Equipping For Life. This material is written for Baptist congregations and uses the KJV for scriptural quotes. Using the backdrop of a summer camp, students rotate through five stations to explore Scripture and faith. The overall theme passage is 1 Peter 2:21. (vbs.bogardpress.org)
G-Force. Utilizing the background of a bike shop/skateboard event, children engage Bible characters from both covenants as they explore how a life with God is about movement. (2015.cokesburyvbs.com)
Shining Star: See The Jesus In Me. The over-all Bible theme is from Matthew 5:14a, “You are the light of the world!” The Bible story lessons, crafts and outreach projects all work together to help participants shine as disciples. (2015.abingdonpressvbs.com)
CONCORDIA PUBLISHING (vbs.cph.org/2015)
Camp Discovery: Jesus At Work Through Us. Campers discover five Bible truths from Old and New Testaments that excite and challenge them based on the overall theme from 1 John 4:19, “We love because God first loved us.”
Underwater Quest. This is a Spanish language VBS program (a bilingual version is available). Follow four friends as they explore five Bible stories and learn about their salvation.
Follow The Lamb. This is a fully downloadable program making it very cost effective. It follows a five-day rotational model. It is geared for children in early childhood to sixth grade. The focus is on Jesus who guides and guards us through life.
CONGREGATIONAL MINISTRIES PUBLISHING/PC(USA)
The Awesome Adventures Summer curriculum could be adapted for a VBS program. Packed with “kid-friendly lessons, take-home comics and activities, this broadly graded summer curriculum encourages children to explore Old and New Testament stories of God’s people. Teacher’s Book includes 13 easy-to-use lesson plans, reproducible resource sheets, ‘For the Home’ pages, as well as photocopiable, take-home comic adventures that enable kids to make a comic book of their very own!” (thethoughtfulchristian.com/Products/CategoryCenter/CDSU!AWE/awesome-adventures.aspx)
JEFF SLAUGHTER MINISTRIES/BRENTWOOD-BENSON
Jeff Slaughter presents VBS Scavenger Hunt 2014. The VBS program for 2015 is a re-release of the 2014 material. This program is for ages 3 to 11 based on a five-day plan with Scripture from Old and New Testaments (text from the NIV). Jeff Slaughter is noted for his music ministry and a few years ago broadened that to include a VBS program. (jeffslaughter.com/category/vbs)
GREAT COMMISSION PUBLICATIONS
The King Is Coming. This curriculum is a joint venture between the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). The material was not available for preview by press time. (gcp.org/VBS.aspx)
GROUP PUBLISHING (group.com/vbs)
Everest: Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power. Children ages 3 to 11 will be challenged to grow in faith during this five-day rotation model program. The daily Bible Point (New Testament passages) is reinforced in creative ways at each station to ensure that each child understands the message.
Cross Culture VBS: Thailand Trek. This is a new program. Children will learn how Christian children from other cultures live out their faith.
Hometown Nazareth: Where Jesus was a Kid. Children return to Jesus’ hometown and meet Mary. This is based on an intergenerational 5-day rotational plan.
Outback Rock. This is a weekend rotational VBS program — two sessions and a Sunday celebrative service. Children will explore God’s great love.
SonSpark Labs. The backdrop of a lab helps children explore GP4U=J (God’s Plan For You = Jesus). Also available are VBS programs from previous years: SonTreasure Island, SonWest Roundup and SonRise National Park. (gospellight.com/vacation-bible-school/)
LIFEWAY CHRISTIAN RESOURCES
Journey Off The Map. The overall Scripture is from Isaiah 30:21, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” Children will begin to understand that obedience to God can lead beyond the expected. This is a five-day rotational program. (lifeway.com/n/Vacation-Bible-School?IntCmp=LWMain-VBS)
LIVING WATERS FOR THE WORLD/SYNOD OF LIVING WATERS, PC(USA)
Clean Water for All God’s Children. This is a mission-focused VBS program developed by Living Waters for the World, the international mission of the PC(USA) Synod of Living Waters. Children move among five stations: Bible story, mission, crafts, music and recreation (preschoolers, however, have a slightly different schedule). Station leaders teach the same lesson each day to multiple groups. Group guides stay with the same group of children for the entire VBS to build relationships. The curriculum can be used from year to year in a variety of settings — VBS, Sunday School, retreats, Wednesday night programs, etc.(livingwatersfortheworld.org/vbs.php)
REGULAR BAPTIST PRESS
To The Edge: Enounter The God Of The Universe. Written specifically with Baptist congregations in mind, using the background of a space journey children explore God’s great love. Children rotate through activity stations. Scripture is either from King James Version or the New King James Version. (rbpvbs.org)
Bible Blast To The Past. Time travel leads children to experience stories that will demonstrate God’s love. Moses, Joshua, David the shepherd and Peter are the biblical characters used to demonstrate God’s love. This program follows the rotation model. (vacationbibleschool.com)