VBS Frequently Asked Questions

What is VBS?

VBS stands for “Vacation Bible School”. It is a weeklong event where kids engage in lots of fun activities, games and crafts. This year’s VBS is called “Wilderness Escape – Where God Guides and Provides”

When is VBS?

VBS is June 13-17, 2022 from 9:00 am-noon, with lunch included.

Who can come to VBS?

All rising Kindergarteners through rising 5th graders are invited to participate.  Older children can help as youth volunteers. 

What will my child do when they are at VBS? 

Have a lot of fun! Each day, your child goes to multiple group rotations that include games, small group time, teaching, worship, and other fun activities. Our rotation includes fun skits that share God’s true Word. During small group time, your child will have a chance to hear God’s truths and make new friends in a safe and loving environment. All rotations are equipped with volunteers who love Jesus! We’ll also provide lunch each day. 

Can my child be with their friend or sibling?

Each VBS group is multi-age, meaning there is a child from multiple grades.  We can not guarantee your child will be in the same group as friends, but can assure you the groups interact and do activities together throughout the day.  We try to separate siblings to avoid sibling conflicts.

I’ve registered my child, now what? 

The day before VBS, we will have a packet for your family to pick up that will include all the details on what will happen during the week. Here is what you’ll find in your packet: 

●Your child’s t-shirt for the week (the child will wear it every day)

● Music CD so the family can learn the music together

● Project Lucy and “Claim Tickets” explanation along with how to contact us for emergencies

What is the Claim Ticket?

We will issue a “Claim Ticket” with your family name and names of children in their family or car pooling group for each day of VBS.  The claim ticket will be with the leader of your eldest child’s VBS group.  All the children going in a group will be listed on the back of the ticket.  You must bring the ticket to pick up your children.

Where do I go when I get there? 

VBS is held Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 12:00pm and starts in the gym.  We start promptly at 9 AM, so please arrive early enough to check the children in and collect your “claim ticket” from your oldest child’s group leader.  Your child’s group leader will also have a name tag for your child that they will use and then turn in at the end of each day. Children can be picked up from the cafeteria in the back of the school.

What do I bring? Please make sure your child wears their VBS shirt every day. Parents: You will receive a claim ticket when you check your child in each day. Make sure you bring your claim ticket with you so you can safely pick up your child. Also, make sure your child wears tennis shoes each day. We do a lot of walking and many of the games we play require tennis shoes. Please leave all special items at home for risk of losing their special treasure!  

My child has a food allergy. Will your lunch be safe for my child to eat?  The lunches for the week will be:

●Monday – Chicken Nuggets & Fries & Sliced Fruit

●Tuesday – Pizza & Vegetables Snacks

●Wednesday – Chicken Nuggets & Fries & Sliced Fruit

●Thursday – Pizza & Vegetables Snacks

●Friday – Family Picnic with Hamburgers & Hot Dogs

You are welcome to send lunch if your child would prefer something else.

I can’t pick up my child so can someone else do it for me? 

We know lives get busy and complicated. As long as someone who is authorized to pick up your child has a claim ticket when they come to pick up, they’ll be allowed to go with that person.  The person picking up your child MUST have the current day’s claim ticket or they will not be allowed to pick up your child.   

What about Safety? 

We value safety and security. Here are some key ways we ensure that all kids are safe: 

● All of our small groups are led by an adult who is passionate about sharing Jesus with children. 

● The classroom sizes are conducive to the amount of kids that are registered. All of our rooms adhere to a ratio of 1 adult and at least one youth helper per 10 children.  

● Each volunteer is screened through an extensive Arlington Diocese Child Protection process.  

● Children are checked into and out of their assigned groups each day 

● Parents may only pick up their child after they show their small group leader their claim ticket.  

My child loves the VBS music! Can I get a copy of the songs? Yes!  We provide a CD of the music to each family and it can be picked up the Sunday before VBS starts with the Family Packet.

Will you take an offering and where does it go? Yes, we will be collecting canned foods for the St. Lucy Project run by Catholic Charities.  The St. Lucy Project also accepts monetary gifts. Checks can be made out to CCDA with The St. Lucy Project in the memo. Gift Cards from WalMart, Giant, and Aldi’s are also gratefully appreciated. All that information will be in the family packet that is picked up the day before VBS starts.