Families are looking for something to fill their children’s time. This is a great time for church’s to offer them a chance to grow in faith.
If you are like us in North Carolina, most Vacation Bble Schools were canceled. Virtual VBS is still a possiblity, but many of the things that make a VBS fun and different are lost with the online version.
Offering a unique camp experience done on line, can draw families closer to God and with their church.
Creating the Camp
First, pick a popular movie for families. We chose Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, but any movie will do.
Second, pick characters in the movie and come up with their moral tie-in. find Bible stories that deal with this tie-in. For Augustus Goop, I chose gluttony and then picked the Bible story of Esau giving away his inheritance (Genesis 25:29-34), Veronica Salt (self-indulgent) and chose Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke), Violet Beauregarde (rude) and chose Zechariah laughing at the angel, and so forth.
Third, find a craft kit, game, activity pages, musical videos, and on-line sources for each day.
Fourth , get youth and adults to film skits.
Fifth-order supplies, register families, and get ready for a week of fun!
Schedule of Camp
The week before, every family picks up their kit.
On the Sunday, families watch the movie together (we made sure it was on Netflix and Amazon Prime). We also included a chocolate bar with a golden ticket saying they have been chosen to join us for camp.
Monday – Friday: We start off each day with an introduction of the day. “Willy Wonka” tells us about the character, the Bible story, and a short lesson and prayer. There are links to videos to watch our youth telling or acting out the Bible story. There is a scheduled Zoom for a group game. Inside the kit is the days craft kit with instructions, links to music video, Bible cartoon of story, other activities. At 11:30 AM, we have a large group Zoom to review the morning, talk aobut the lesson, and play another game.
Outreach activities and snack activities can be included too. I, also, looked for little toys, pencils and other giveaways for each child for the story or lesson of the day.
We plan an outdoor get together for all the families that participated and will have an Eucharist when we are able to get back together safely.