Vacation Bible School Camp Out
The unique part of this VBS is that children come on Thursday afternoon with their sleeping bags and tents, get set up in the church yard and sleep there for the three nights. We have a shower in the church basement (how many churches have that feature?!), so everyone can freshen up and the girls can do their hair! The church secretary, who is one of the planners, takes the towels home when she leaves at night, washes and dries them, so they are ready to go again the next day.
Meals are planned and cooked right there so everyone is at least offered a balanced meal. There is no charge for this whole thing. Church members sign up to bring food and we always have enough to last into the winter months!
It has been a great time, not without problems and changes in plans.
Last year, on Thursday, the weather was almost stifling, temp in 90′s and no breeze. A farmer and his two boys found window air conditioners they installed; we all brought fans and the kids slept in the church proper. Pews were moved all around so there was a good sized area in the middle of the room for them to sleep. The next night we had a terrific thunder and lightening rain storm so they didn’t sleep out side Friday, and no one wanted to go through the work of setting up tents for just the one night, Saturday. Sunday was sunny and windy, but we we all had jackets on because it was cold! Good old Wisconsin weather – it changes dramatically!
Plans for this year are underway and we look forward to challenges and delights in 2011!