Vacation Bible Camp

Vacation Bible Camp

FAQs for Parents

1. What is the registration deadline for Vacation Bible Camp? 
Registration closes on June 5. We do not know if we will be able to take walk-ins the week of VBC, so we highly encourage registering before June 5.  

2. What are the hours for Vacation Bible Camp? VBC is from 9am-noon, June 12-16. Please plan accordingly to pick up children promptly at noon.

3. Do I need to pick up my child’s materials in advance or can we just show up on the first day?  It is VERY helpful if you can pick up your child’s materials in advance, as this provides you with the group your child has been assigned to as well as your child’s pick-up location.  Materials will be available for pre-registered children on Sundays, June 4 or June 11 before or after any morning service in the Children's Wing playroom. We will also host a "VBC Materials Drive-Through" in the portico of our Children's Wing building (date TBA).

4. How do I know where to take my child on the first day? 
All children are assigned to a small group. The group is listed on the front of each child’s materials that you will receive either on June 4 or June 11 or when you pick up materials on your child’s first day (in the Children's Wing).  Each small group has a designated section in the Auditorium (rows are labeled).  All children should go to their group’s section each morning.

5. What time should I bring my children each morning? 
On Monday morning, we recommend that you arrive by 8:30am if you still need to pick up your child’s materials.   For all other days, please have your child to his/her designated group no later than 8:50am.

6. How do I know where to pick up my child? 
The small group leader will give you a pick-up location note on the first day that your child attends so that you know where to pick up him/her. 

7. What if someone other than me is picking up my child? 
You must indicate the FAMILY PASSWORD on your child's registration. Anyone who gives this password may pick up your child. Sign-out is required to identify the individual(s) who picked up in case there are questions. 

8. My child can attend only 2 of the 5 days.  Do I still pay the entire fee? 
Yes, the fee is the same whether a child attends all 5 days or just for one day, as each child will receive the same student materials no matter how many days they attend. Scholarships are available; please email Allie Mach to request a scholarship code.

9. My child will be four years old after VBC.  Can he/she still attend? 
If your child turns four no later than June 30, he or she may attend. If your child is younger than 4, we encourage parents to serve at VBC so your child can attend mini-VBC for ages birth-3 years of age. Mini-VBC is provided for workers' children only; workers must be Parkside attendees or members in order to serve at VBC.
10.  Can my child bring a friend?  YES!  We encourage children to bring friends to VBC, and ALL non-Parkside friends attend VBC for FREE!  Friends must be VBC-age (4 years old-5th grade). You will receive a discount code in your registration confirmation for friends. PLEASE NOTE: writing a friend's name on your child's registration does NOT mean the friend is registered. Friends must be fully registered separately from your child's registration. 
11. My child would like to bring a friend who is younger than he is.  Is this allowed?  
In the case of differences in age, we either place the children together in the youngest child’s age group or we separate the children into their age-appropriate groups (your choice).  We do not move younger children up to an older age group.  All children who attend must be at least four years of age by June 30.
12. How many friends may my child invite?  
Kids are encouraged to invite as many friends as they would like, and ALL non-Parkside friends come for FREE!  However, we may not be able to accommodate all requests to be placed with friends if it is a large number of children.  We recommend parents divide a large number of friends (for example, a group of children coming from the same neighborhood) into 2 or 3 groups so that every child has at least one friend they know.
13. Will I receive confirmation that my child is registered? 
Yes, you will receive confirmation via the email you used when registering.
14. I can’t pick up my child’s materials before VBC.  What should I do? 
You may either have a friend pick up your materials for you, or you may pick them up on the first day your child attends.  On  Monday, June 12, there will be a separate table in the Children's Wing main floor for pre-registered children who need to get their materials.  You do not need to wait in the main registration line.
15. When can I purchase a T-shirt for my child? 
T-shirts will be available on Sunday mornings, June 4 & June 11 and during the week of VBC (while supplies last).  T-shirt pricing TBA.
16. Are t-shirts required? 
No, parents are not required to purchase VBC t-shirts for their children.
17. What should my child wear to VBC? 
Casual attire is best (shorts, t-shirts) with close-toed shoes (no flip flops, please; tennis shoes preferred).  Your child will have a recreation time outside every day, and they will need to be comfortably dressed.
18. I have a child with special needs. Can he or she still attend?
We make every effort to accomodate all children and provide a wonderful week for them! Please contact Julie Pelletier directly to discuss your child’s needs.
19. What types of snacks do you provide? 
Snacks vary from day-to-day, but we offer items such as pretzels, go-gurt yogurt, grapes, goldfish crackers, and trail mix (no nuts).  We serve water to drink.
20. My child has food allergies.  Do you provide special foods for children with allergies? 
We are unable to provide special snacks for children with allergies.  We ask that parents send in a separate snack for their child if they have concerns.  Please keep in mind that snack time is usually only about 10 minutes long, so an appropriately-sized snack is requested.
21. We’ve never been to your church before, and my child is a bit nervous.  May I stay with my child? 
We understand that the size of our building and the number of children who are attending may be somewhat intimidating; unfortunately, the designated group rows cannot accommodate children, staff and parents.  We suggest that you plan to arrive early on your child’s first day and sit with your child for a bit in an unmarked row, allowing your child to have time to adjust to the environment of VBC before they join their small group (by 9:00 am) in their designated row.  Parents are welcome to sit in unmarked rows at the back of our Auditorium to view our opening assembly each morning.