Vacation Bible School
June 26 – June 29, 2017
8:45am – 12:00pm
New Hope Camp and Conference Center
Registration is NOW OPEN for VBS 2017 for UPC member participants.
Registration for non-members will open on Sunday, March 12.
If you did not submit registration payment online, please send a check made payable to UPC.
Mail to: UPC, Vacation Bible School, PO Box 509, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
If you have any questions/concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to Vacation Bible School, 2017!
Thank you for your registration. In this online information, you will find details about our daily activities, lessons and projects. Additionally, this reference contains much of the logistical information you will need for the week.
Please read through this information before bringing your child to Camp New Hope.
If you have questions regarding any aspect of VBS 2017,
please contact Nancy Myer, Megan Crunkleton, or Stephanie Duncan; 919-929-2102 or email@example.com
This year, UPC’s Vacation Bible School will span Monday – Thursday, June 26-29.
Each day, we will begin at 8:45 a.m. and will end at 12:00 p.m.
Drop-Off begins at 8:30 a.m.
Pick-Up begins at 12:00 p.m.
Daily Schedule (subject to change)
Lessons, music, stories, crafts, recreation, daily all-camp gathering
Digging for Treasure: Parables Revealed
At first, Jesus’ parables seem simple.
But it takes listening and digging deeper to discover the treasures of the kingdom of heaven.
Come along on the journey, as we open our eyes and see what Jesus has in store!
Bible Text and Story Summary
|Listen Up||Mark 4:2-9, 13-20
Jesus tells the story of the farmer who sowed seeds on different types of soil. Some of the seeds were unable to be fruitful, while others flourished. Jesus explains that the seeds are the Word, and the soil is how people hear and experience the Word.
|God’s Word can grow in us.|
|Just Ask||Luke 11:5-13
Those who ask will receive, thanks to their persistence. Jesus explains that the Holy Spirit is given to those who ask.
|When we seek and ask, God is with us.|
|It’s Growing||Matthew 13:31-33
Mustard seeds and yeast are very small, but they produce big things. Jesus explains that they are like the kingdom of heaven.
|Small things can become great with God.|
|Found It||Luke 15:1-10
A shepherd looks everywhere for a lost sheep, and a woman searches diligently for a lost coin. They celebrate when they found what had been lost. Jesus explains that there is much rejoicing when a sinner repents.
|God loves us.|
General Information and Inclement Weather
We will be outside Monday-Thursday.
- Please apply sunscreen and insect repellent to your child before you arrive at camp.
- Please check for ticks on a daily basis.
- Send your child in old clothes and sneakers, as we will be playing hard and using paints, glue, dye, and other craft items.
If inclement weather occurs Monday-Thursday, we may have to cancel for the day. We will post information about our schedule by 7:45 a.m. on the day in question on the church Facebook page and will send out an email to all participants.
Drop-Off / Pick-Up at Camp New Hope
New Hope Camp and Conference Center is located at 4805 NC 86, Chapel Hill, 27514
- VBS offers a carpool line drop off/pickup option. Morning carpool line drop off begins at 8:30 a.m., and VBS volunteers will accompany children to their group gathering spot. Afternoon pickup begins at 12:00 p.m. The carpool line will circle the Dogwood building, near the entrance to Camp New Hope. Click here for an illustrated map.
- Please help us eliminate congestion in the carpool line area. If you wish to park and drop off/pick up your VBS participant at Camp New Hope, we request that you park in the paved parking lot near New Hope Presbyterian Church and walk with your child to his or her group gathering spot.
- If you will be carpooling or arranging for someone else to pick up your child, and didn’t already submit that information with your online registration, please fill out the written form available (click here), and send to Nancy Myer c/o UPC. For the safety of your child, WE CANNOT SEND YOUR CHILD HOME WITH ANYONE EXCEPT YOU, UNLESS WE HAVE WRITTEN PERMISSION IN ADVANCE.
Snack and Food Information
- VBS provides a snack each day for all campers. None of the snacks provided at Camp New Hope contain ingredients derived from peanuts.
- Below is a list of planned snacks for the week of VBS. If you would prefer to send an alternate snack with your child for each day or for the entire week, please send it packaged in a ziploc bag clearly labeled with your child’s name and a note to your child’s group leader. Your child’s group leader will make sure your child receives his or her own snack.
- Group leaders will also have some snacks with them in case children get hungry later in the day.
- If you indicated on your registration form that your child has allergies of any kind, your child’s group leader will place a bracelet on him/her each day. These bracelets will alert snack helpers, group leaders, and others that your child has an allergy.
|Monday||Teddy Grahams (blue box) and bananas|
|Tuesday||Vanilla Wafers and apple slices|
|Wednesday||Goldfish and watermelon|
|Thursday||Ritz crackers and grapes (halved or quartered)|
Group Participant Information
- Children have been assigned to grades they will attend in the fall of 2017.
- Rising K to 3rd Grade groups will rotate from station to station throughout the day (see map of VBS at Camp New Hope for station locations).
- 3-and-4-year olds will remain at their own station for some of their activities.
- 4th/5th grade will remain at their own station for most of their activities.
- For more information, please see Group Schedules here.
- Your child’s group leader will have a nametag for your child each day.
- We will have an All-Camp Gathering at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday. At this gathering, children will have a chance to sing the songs they have learned during the week as well as participate in some wrap-up activities. Parents are invited to attend this gathering.
3 Year Olds: Special Notes
- If your 3 year old is still in pull-ups, we request that extra pull-ups and extra clothes you may wish to send with your child be placed in a gallon-sized, ziploc bag labeled with your child’s name. Teachers will have these items on-site with them, and so we ask that you make them as portable as possible.
4th and 5th Grade: Special Notes
- 4th and 5th graders will gather each day at Back Pavilion #2 (see map). In this space, participants will enjoy a wide variety of activities geared toward their age group.
- On Wednesday, 4th and 5th graders will have time in the Camp New Hope pool. If it rains on Wednesday, their pool day will be Thursday. Please send a swimsuit, towel, sunscreen and, if desired, pool shoes for your 4th or 5th grade camper on that day.
Volunteer Registration & Info
Thank you for volunteering your time and talents for Vacation Bible School 2017! We are grateful for your service and truly appreciate your willingness to share your many gifts with our children. VBS could not happen or be successful without our volunteers!
We hope that the information posted here and on our VBS Participant Website (hereafter referred to as Participant Information) will answer any questions you may have about your week at VBS. The Participant Information features general schedules, our carpool line drop off/pick up procedures, activity lists, snack menu and other items of interest to campers and their parents. We hope you will take time to read this information.
This Volunteer supplement features details about each group’s schedule, Group Leader and Activity Leader responsibilities, and more.
We have done our best to assign volunteers to their preferences. We appreciate your flexibility and your willingness to pitch in and make VBS a great success.
We want to make your experience with VBS as easy and as rewarding as possible. Prior to VBS, you will receive electronic materials tailored to your volunteer role. We will also provide copies of vital information (allergies, schedules, maps, etc.) at each station at Camp New Hope for your convenience.
Included in that information will be contact information for Nancy Myer (UPC Staff Associate for Children’s Ministries), Megan Crunkleton, and Stephanie Duncan (Co-Coordinators). You may contact us at any time if you need assistance or have questions at any point. We will all have our cell phones at Camp New Hope as well, and we will check in with you frequently throughout the day.
We are here to help and support you, so please let us know what we can do!
In the event of a medical emergency, remain calm but call for onsite help immediately:
Nancy Myer — 317.753.2131
Megan Crunkleton — 919.593.4498
Stephanie Duncan – 919.961.4428
If possible, bring the child to the Craft Pavilion for additional assistance.
If you need to call 911, make it easy for the ambulance to find you.
New Hope Camp & Conference Center
4805 N Carolina 86, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
VBS 2017 will meet Monday through Thursday at Camp New Hope. Campers will arrive beginning at 8:30 a.m. and be dismissed at 12:00 p.m. We ask that volunteers arrive by 8:15 a.m. each day. There is more detail in the Participant Information about all of our format and projects. For full group schedules, click here.
All VBS classes will come together as a group at the beginning of camp day for an All Camp Gathering. These gatherings provide a chance for different age groups to interact with and get to know one another. We hope it will foster an even greater sense of community.
We will also have a final All-Camp Gathering at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday. At this gathering, children will have a chance to sing the songs they have learned during the week as well as participate in some wrap-up activities. Parents are invited to attend this gathering.
Each group of children (K – 3rd grade) will rotate through five different stations (Crafts, Storytelling/Snack, Recreation, Service Project, and Music) over the course of their camp day. Each group’s schedule will be the same each day at Camp New Hope. Group Leaders will remain with their classes the entire day, but at each station, additional volunteers will lead the activities and crafts. 3-and-4 year olds and 4th and 5th graders will follow their own schedules (see schedules for more details).
Nursery childcare will be provided for children under 3 years on days you volunteer. The nursery is located inside New Hope Presbyterian Church (see map) and staffed with sitters hired and paid by UPC. Please park at the church and walk your child into the nursery located through the left-hand front entrance door to the church. Childcare for VBS volunteers is available beginning at 8:15 a.m.
For the safety of your children, we ask that you please complete an informational form for each child that will be cared for in the nursery.
If you are volunteering at Camp New Hope and have children participating in VBS, you may bring your children to the Recreation field (see map) at 8:15 a.m. We will provide childcare and games for children of volunteers from 8:15-8:30. The childcare workers will take the children to their group gathering spots at 8:30 a.m. At the end of the day, Youth Volunteers will gather children of VBS volunteers and bring them again to the Recreation field, where childcare is available until 12:30 p.m.
The VBS Snack Committee will have special snacks for VBS Volunteers in the Dogwood Building. We highly encourage you to take time from your busy day to refresh yourselves and enjoy a break. We will also deliver a snack to your station, in case you are unable to get away.
If you are a Group Leader, please coordinate your break with your fellow team members. There will be additional adult hands at each station, so please take one “block” for each adult and youth helper to take some time out. Because some of the craft projects may require a lot of adult help, we would encourage you to try to take your break during Recreation, Music, or Storytelling first.
If you are volunteering at a station, please make sure you take one “block” out as needed as well. If you find you need extra hands for this purpose, please let us know.
Snacks will be served during a combined Snack/Storytelling time slot. For more details and a full snack menu, please see the information available in the Participant Information.
IF YOU ARE A SNACK VOLUNTEER OR A GROUP LEADER, PLEASE MAKE SURE ALL CHILDREN WASH OR SANITIZE THEIR HANDS BEFORE EATING SNACK.
There will be water stations in several areas throughout Camp New Hope. If you are a Group Leader, please encourage the children in your group to drink water whenever they pass a station. We want to make sure everyone stays well hydrated and healthy.
Children who have food or other allergies will wear bracelets. If you are a VBS Logistics Volunteer or a Group Leader, please assist in identifying these children and making sure they wear their bracelets. Logistics volunteers will try to assist during check-in. Group Leaders, please check your rosters each day to make sure children with allergies are identified.
If a child with allergies requires an Epi-pen, inhaler or other medication on-site, it should be clearly labeled and given to the Group Leader and placed in the Group Leader backpack. Please communicate to Nancy, Megan, or Stephanie if you have a child with medications in your group.
On days you volunteer at Camp New Hope, we ask that you park in the paved parking lot near New Hope Presbyterian Church and walk down to the VBS camp area (see map).
- We will provide each team of Group Leaders with a backpack. This backpack will travel with you and your students, and it will contain a roster (including contact and allergy information), first aid supplies, sunscreen, bug spray, and portable snacks. You will also have some room to store other items children in your group might bring.
- You do not need to transport any crafts or art projects from station to station. CRAFTS WILL BE COLLECTED BY VBS VOLUNTEERS AND KEPT UNTIL THURSDAY, WHEN THEY WILL BE SENT HOME ALL AT ONCE. Parents utilizing the carpool line will receive these items there; parents who choose to walk up and pick up their children may retrieve their child’s craft bag from the area near the Storytelling Tent.
- Please familiarize yourself with the story for the day before arriving at VBS. There is a list of our daily lessons available in the Participant Information.
- Group Leader teams will consist of at least two adults. We hope to place at least one Youth Volunteer with each age group, as well.
For a full description of the carpool line drop off/pick up system, please see the map, diagram and explanation in the Participant Information.
Ideally, one Group Leader will participate each day in the morning and afternoon carpool lines at Camp New Hope. In the morning, this Group Leader will wait near the carpool line in a designated area as children in his/her group arrive. The Group Leader will verify the children’s attendance, distribute nametags, and verify allergy information where needed. After a few children have gathered, a Youth Volunteer will take the group of children to the official gathering spot at the morning All-Camp Gathering, where the other Group Leader(s) will wait for their arrival.
In the afternoon, Group Leaders should remain with their group in designated areas as children are picked up for the day. As children are picked up by their parents or called for carpool line, please indicate on your roster sheet that they have been picked up for the day.
- We hope the Group Schedules will make your job as Group Leader even more enjoyable. As Group Leaders, the children will look to you for guidance and assistance throughout the day.
- Because our carpool line begins at 8:30 a.m., we ask that you arrive at your group gathering station or your carpool line area no later than 8:15 a.m. each morning. Childcare will be available for children of volunteers beginning at 8:15 a.m. (see section on childcare for details).
- As Group Leaders, you are also responsible for keeping your group on schedule at Camp New Hope. To ensure smooth transitions between stations, please be aware of the time and allow a few minutes for cleanup and rotation before heading on to the next station.
- For a detailed schedule for each age group, please click here.
Because some 3-year-olds are still learning potty skills, parents will likely send extra clothes in case of an accident. At Camp New Hope, 3-and-4 year old group leaders will have two backpacks – one containing the same supplies as other groups, and one specifically for changes of clothes, wipes, etc.
The 3-and-4 year olds will have their own special area at Camp New Hope to minimize the amount of walking/transition for the younger ages. Your group will join in during the All-Camp Gatherings with everyone, but then will adjourn to your tents (see map). Representatives from Storytelling and Service Project will come to the 3 and 4-year-old tents at the appropriate times (see schedule). 3 and 4-year-olds will rotate to Recreation, Crafts, and Music at the appropriate times.
Please note: These details are subject to change.
4th and 5th graders will continue to meet at the Back Pavilion Monday-Thursday at Camp New Hope after the All Camp Gathering. Group leaders for this age group act as Storytellers as well, and story information will be provided for you.
All of your supplies will be provided for you in your shelter. We believe we have packed adequate supplies; however, if you find you need something at any time, please just come to the Craft Pavilion.
As Group Leaders, you will be instructing and leading the Service Project for your group. We will have instructions and examples for you. If you need help at any time, however, please contact Nancy Myer, Megan Crunkleton, or Stephanie Duncan.
On Wednesday (rain day is Thursday), your group will have time to swim in the Camp New Hope pool. There are lifeguards on duty, but we ask that at least one Group Leader stay with the group during that time (you do not have to swim, but may be seated in the pool area).
Parents may pick up their children in the carpool line at the front of camp, or they may park at New Hope Presbyterian Church and walk up.
VBS logistics volunteers will transport your campers’ crafts to the front part of camp, where they will be available to take home.
Thank you again for dedicating your time and talents to VBS at UPC.
Let us know what we can do to make your experience the best it can be.