Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School

June 28 – July 1, 2021

8:45am – 12:00pm
New Hope Camp and Conference Center



Registration opens on Thursday, April 1, for members of UPC and of New Hope Presbyterian Church.

VBS is open to 4-year-olds through rising 5th graders.
Children must be age 4 by September 1, 2021.
All children must be fully potty trained and able to wear a mask all day in order to participate.

Safety is our top priority for all families participating in VBS.  For more information on our COVID-19 safety precautions, please visit the tab below.

Cost is $60 per child.

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

Participant Information

Please read through this information before bringing your child to Camp New Hope.


If you have questions regarding any aspect of VBS 2021, or if you would like for your child to be able to attend Vacation Bible School
but are not sure how to figure out transportation due to family work schedules,
please contact Nancy Myer, Megan Crunkleton, or Lucy McMillan; 919-929-2102 or

COVID Precautions

UPC VBS 2021 COVID Protocol Guidelines
Subject to change based on CDC and NCDHHS recommendations

During this global pandemic, it is a priority to keep all UPC VBS volunteers and participants safe by preventing the spread of COVID-19. We know from the CDC that outdoor spaces reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread. All of the activities at UPC VBS 2021 will be outside. In addition, we will be implementing and requiring preventative practices to further reduce the spread of the virus by implementing the following protocols:

Limited Registration

UPC VBS 2021 will be open for registration to UPC and NHPC members and regular visitors of those congregations only. Each age group will be limited to a maximum of 10 (4th and 5th grade cohort will be limited to a maximum of 16).

Daily health checks for all volunteers and participants.

Upon arrival to Camp New Hope, each volunteer and participant will be asked the following questions and have their temperature taken by a touchless thermometer. For younger participants, the parent can answer the screening questions. If the answer is “Yes” to any of the questions or if the volunteer or participant has a temperature higher than 100.4, the volunteer or participant will not be allowed to attend VBS for the day.

Health questions:

1. Have you had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes or more) in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or has any health department or health care provider been in contact with you and advised you to quarantine?

2. In the last 24 hours, have you had any of these symptoms?
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Nausea or vomiting

3. In the last 14 days, have you or someone in your household been diagnosed with COVID-19?

4. Are you or anyone in your household waiting on the results from a COVID-19 test?

Staggered Arrival Times and Cohorts

8:15am – 8:25am – Volunteer arrival time
8:25am – 8:40am – Rising 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade arrival time
8:40am – 8:55am – 4-year olds, rising kindergarten, rising 1st grade arrival time

If a family has multiple participants with children in grades that fall in different arrival times, the family can decide which arrival time slot to use for the entire family.

Groups will be made up of the same participant cohorts each day of VBS.


All volunteers and participants are required to wear a mask during VBS except when eating/drinking in which case they will be distanced 6’ from others. Volunteers will help participants identify times and spaces where they can take a “mask break”; these will be places that are 6’ distanced from other people.
Cloth face coverings must have at least two layers of material to be effective in reducing emission of particles. Gaiters and masks with valves are not permitted.

When singing, volunteers and participants will be masked and spaced 6’ apart.

Water Bottles

All volunteers and participants will be expected to bring their own (labeled with first and last name) water bottle to VBS everyday. If it needs to be refilled, there will be water stations available. If a volunteer or participant prefers, they can also bring a backpack to carry their water bottle and any other personal belongings.


All snacks for children will be individually wrapped.

Maintaining a Healthy Environment

Frequently touched surfaces will be sanitized between use as much as possible. Use of shared supplies will be limited when possible, or cleaned between use.

Hand sanitizer with 60%+ alcohol will be available at all stations and group leaders will have with them at all times. Group leaders will also have disposable gloves in their group backpacks.

Hands will be sanitized or washed at arrival in the morning, prior to moving to a new area, after using the restroom, and prior to eating, as well on an as needed basis. Volunteers will encourage washing hands for at least 20 seconds.


Where possible, portable fans will be used to increase circulation of outdoor air.

Schedule & General Information

Our 2021 Vacation Bible School will be Monday – Thursday, June 28-July 1.

8:25-8:40 am – Drop off Time slot 1

8:40-8:55 – Drop off Time slot 2

9:00 am – VBS begins (view the full schedule here – subject to change)

12:00 pm – Pick-up


We will be outside every day and ask that families take the following precautions:

  • Apply sunscreen and insect repellent to your child before you arrive at camp.
  • 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.

Inclement Weather

If inclement weather occurs, we may have to cancel for the day. We will post information about our schedule by 7:30 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

Map to Camp

VBS offers a carpool line drop off/pickup option. Morning carpool line drop off will have two time slots, and you will be assigned a time to come.  The first time slot will be 8:25-8:40 and the second will be 8:40-8:55.  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.

Snacks & Food

VBS provides a snack each day for all campers.  None of the snacks provided at Camp New Hope contain ingredients derived from peanuts.

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.

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.

Group Information

  • Children will be assigned to grades they will attend in the fall of 2021.
  • 4-year-olds, K, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade groups will rotate from station to station throughout the day (see map of VBS at Camp New Hope for station locations).
  • 4th/5th grade will remain at their own station for most of their activities.
  • Your child’s group leader will have a nametag for your child each day.

4 Year Olds: Special Notes

  • Children must be age 4 by September 1, 2021, in order to be eligible for UPC Vacation Bible School.  All children must be fully potty trained in order to participate.
  • VBS is an exciting, exhausting and dynamic experience, and to have it outdoors at Camp New Hope makes it even more amazing. All of those characteristics unfortunately make it not age appropriate for our youngest participants in previous years at VBS (rising 3-year-olds).

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.

Volunteer Information

We are grateful for our volunteers – we can’t make VBS happen without them!

Volunteers, click here to access our detailed information page.