How to Plan VBS – Tips, Ideas, Daily Schedule

vacation Bible School

In most churches, Vacation Bible School is their largest summer. It typically takes the form of a day camp including games, crafts, bible lessons, and other activities. This page offers planning help for your church based VBS.

#1 Pick Your Curriculum

#2 Get Organized

  • Set the dates and schedule. Them post them far and wide (SAVE THE DATE)
  • Establish the budget, overall and for each rotation. Read our guide for doing VBS on a small budget
  • Most curriculum programs come with a planning guide and even resources for director training. If you need a checklist, start with our basic 9 steps on how to plan a VBS.
  • If you are a new director, make sure to read our 10 Tips for VBS Directors
VBS Daily Schedule
Simple example of VBS daily schedule

#3 Build Your Team

VBS Plan & Roster

Download my simple “Plan & Roster” sheet. Use the Word doc to edit or the PDF to preview

More advice for staffing your Vacation Bible School

#4 Promote Your VBS

Kids love Vacation Bible School – but sometimes family calendars get crowded. Make sure you get the message out early and often so parents have lots of chances to save the date.

#5 Lead & Train Your Team

#6 VBS Follow Up

Bonus Ideas for Planning VBS