Vacation Bible School
Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to operation arctic!
Welcome to Operation Arctic! Every day, your kids will warm up to the Word as they explore the coolest Book on the planet and discover how we can know for sure that the Bible is God’s written word to us!
Grab your parka and snow boots! For VBS 2017, we’re headed deep into the stunning Arctic Circle that is filled with treasure and thrilling to explore! And be sure to pack your Bible—we’ll be learning all about that breathtakingly beautiful Book that is filled with treasure and thrilling to explore! As we venture into the cold tundra, we’ll discover that the BIBLE:
Is the Book of Books, unique in every way!
Has had an Incredible Impact upon our world!
Is the Bedrock Base of our lives!
Is a Letter of Love in which God tells us how we can become His children!
Is Exciting to Explore as we learn it, love it, and live it!
Sound fun? Then let’s plunge on in to this cold world and God’s wonderful Word! It promises to be a flurry of fun and excitement at Operation Arctic! Let’s go!
Walk up registration is not guaranteed. Those attempting walk up registration will be notified on Monday evening, July 10th, if there is a spot available.
We are very happy to offer our VBS free of charge. If you would like to make a donation, you may do so at our registration and information table.
Our program runs July 10th-14th from 9:00am to noon, but children are encouraged to begin checking-in at 8:40am. Our program ends at noon each day, but check-out time will be between 12:05pm-12:15pm.
What should my child wear?
Appropriate and modest shorts with comfortable sturdy shoes are recommended every day so your children can freely run and play. Our crafts are awesome, fun, and potentially messy! Please make sure your children wear play clothes that can get dirty. They can also wear their VBS shirt each day. We strongly recommend that you apply sunscreen before coming to provide protection from the sun.
Safety is very important to us. All volunteers have been screened with a background check per our policy. Additionally, we have safety teams on campus making sure that everyone is safe and healthy.
Please make sure to include all allergy and special medical information when you register. We will alert your child’s teacher so they are able to give proper care. You are also invited to speak with your child’s leader and our kitchen staff about your child’s specific needs.
Check-In, Drop-off, and Pick-Up Procedures
How do I check my registered child in to VBS?
We ask that each day, you park and check in your registered child at their assigned area. You will check-in your children entering 3rd through 6th grade in our main Worship Center. Please park (following the parking signs for VBS) and enter the Worship Center at the side doors. You will be directed to your child’s Exploration Team leader to sign them in. If you have not signed an emergency release form and a claim tag, please check with your child’s team leader.
Please check-in your registered 3 year old through entering second grade in the following rooms:
Artic Hare (3 year olds): Library
Polar Bears (4year olds): Room 213
Moose (5 yrs./Kindergarten): Room 212
Narwhals (5 yrs./Kindergarten): Room 211
Grizzly Bears (First Grade): Room 210
Snowy Owls (Second Grade): Room 209
How do I check out my child?
Children ages 4 years through 6th grade will be picked up from the main Worship Center after our closing assembly. Please show your matching claim tag to their leader. Please ensure that whoever picks up your child has the matching claim tag. If you lose your claim tag, please check in at the registration/info table with your photo ID for help.
Please let your leader know if you need to pick up your child early. When picking up early, go directly to the registration/info table and they will assist you in locating your child.
Can I stay on campus during VBS?
Yes, we have a designated parent’s area at VBS where you can relax. However, we are unable to allow parents to remain with the classes.
Will my child be fed a snack at VBS or I do need to pack one?
We provide a delicious snack for every child each day. We strive to be a peanut free environment. Please do not send food with your child. Water bottles are permitted.
What if I’d like to watch my child in the Worship Center?
We want you to see your child enjoy the time of singing and fun, but we ask that you limit this to our closing time (11:40am-12:00pm) Please stand in the back of the Worship Center during this time. Also remember, that if you have a toddler (3 years old) you must still let them return to their classroom prior to picking them up.
Daily Overview and Mission Project
Day 1: Book of Books
Blizzard the polar bear helps to teach kids the Bible is unique, like the polar bear.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God . . . . 2 Timothy 3:16
Day 2: Incredible Impact
Snowball the Arctic hare shows God's transforming power.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
Day 3: Bedrock Base
Spike the narwhal conveys the importance of having a firm foundation.
Toddler memory verse
. . . A wise man . . . built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:24
Therefore, whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:24
Day 4: Letter of Love
Shaggy the musk ox reminds us that God cares for us and has given us a letter of love!
Toddler memory verse
. . . Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Day 5: Exciting to Explore
Dash the husky invites kids to explore the treasures of God’s Word.
Toddler memory verse
. . . Your word . . . great treasure. Psalm 119:162
I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure. Psalm 119:162
Mission Moment—Food Paks with Children's Hunger Fund
Our mission project this year is called Mission: Hope Excursion. We'll be raising money for a ministry called Children’s Hunger Fund that delivers the hope of the gospel in a special way. Your mission is to collect coins for meals that will be delivered in Children’s Hunger Fund Food Paks.
A Food Pak is a 20-pound box of nutritious food that is hand-delivered to the home of a needy family by a trained volunteer from a local church in their community.
Rally your kids to raise funds for the meals that go in every Food Pak. Each meal costs only 25 cents! So, every dollar that’s raised provides four meals for hungry kids—and each meal represents an opportunity to proclaim the gospel!