2017 Upward Bound VBS
2017 Upward Bound VBS
2017 Upward Bound VBS

Joyfully transformed lives

for Christ's glory is what VBS Reachout Adventures is all about!


Your VBS kids will come away from Upward Bound knowing Jesus more deeply than they ever have before. It's seeing Jesus for who He truly is that changes lives forever.

In this hiking and camping-themed VBS, your young "Backpackers"—churched and unchurched—will meet Jesus and engage the truths of His Word through:



VBS 2017 Upward Bound

profound, in-depth
Bible lessons
captivatingly conveyed by costumed "eyewitness" Storytellers

VBS 2017 Upward Bound

exciting and challenging Scripture memory drills kids are eager to participate in

VBS 2017 Upward Bound

a daily, theme-related Gospel presentation
the children learn step-by-step for themselves and to share

VBS 2017 Upward Bound

meaningful, motivating service projects
at home, in the community, and at VBS


2017 Upward Bound VBS
Let Upward Bound draw your church and community into an epic expedition that makes VBS worth all the effort you invest in planning and carrying it out. Upward Bound will give your VBS kids eyes to see Jesus as they never have before; even the youngest child will be taught what many churched adults do not yet know of Him.

Upward Bound is a time and field-tested Vacation Bible School kids from all backgrounds truly love! You'll effectively reach your neighborhood children and inspire and disciple your own church kids, too. PLUS you'll receive FREE personal coaching along the way when you need it.


2017 Upward Bound VBS Starter Kit

“...rich biblical theology, unusual nowadays in materials for children, and a presentation that is unsurpassed for interest and fun. Moreover, the four-year cycle of themes allows us to mix freshness with experience.”


Rev. Robert Rayburn
“I highly recommend Reachout Adventures. Their material conveys the belief that our children deserve teachers with a deep understanding of the Scripture lesson. This program proves you don't have to sacrifice in-depth Bible teaching to have a creative, fun-filled week with children!”


Mrs. Sue Jakes
“The content of the Reachout material allows us to make the Gospel attractive. Every year young lives are touched and changed. Thank you for your partnership.”


Rev. Alistair Begg
VBS 2017 Upward Bound
VBS 2017 Upward Bound Bible Lessons

In-Depth Bible Lessons

Upward Bound's profound content is sure to inspire
the young hearts and minds of your VBS Backpackers!


The adventure-filled Mapping the Route Bible lessons lead Backpackers through the Gospel of Luke, following Jesus' incarnate journey from the Courts of Heaven to the cross on earth, then back again to His heavenly Summit—all to win our salvation.

"Eyewitness" storytellers bring Christ's journey to life through their unique perspectives as Gabriel the angel; Mary, Jesus' mother; Gaius the desert gecko; Simon of Cyrene; and Mary Magdalene. By trail's end, each Backpacker is encouraged to make his or her own upward-bound journey by faith in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.

2017 VBS Bible Lessons

The Greatness of the Journey:
The Incarnation

Luke 1 & 2

Jesus' glory and humility are revealed in God Himself becoming man. Our love and worship of Him deepen as we grasp the wonder of the Incarnation.

2017 VBS Bible Lessons

The Purpose of the Journey:
To Do the Father's Will

Luke 2:41-52

Young Jesus chose to obey His Heavenly Father every moment so Jesus' perfect righteousness could become ours. In light of such love and grace, we live before Him in gratitude and worship.

2017 VBS Bible Lessons

The Trials of the Journey:
The Temptation

Luke 3-4

Jesus was victorious on His earthly journey because He purposed to do His Father's will, fed on God's Word, and depended on the power of the Holy Spirit. He is our model for overcoming trials and temptation.

2017 VBS Bible Lessons

The Sacrifice of the Journey:
The Cross

Luke 22-23

Jesus' sacrificial attitude of dying to self prepared Him for the ultimate sacrifice of His journey, the cross. His life shows us what it is to be Upward Bound in attitude and action.

2017 VBS Bible Lessons

The Summit and Goal of the Journey:
Salvation is Accomplished

Luke 24

Jesus successfully reached His journey's goal, evidenced by His Resurrection and triumphant return to Heaven. We can be confident of our salvation because the Father was fully satisfied with Jesus' work.

Bootstrap Slider
VBS 2017 Curriculum PDF - Click to View
“Christ-centered, Bible-based, doctrinally sound, and delightfully creative.
I heartily commend your materials!”


Rev. J. Ligon Duncan
“...a stellar example of scholarship with a burning heart...an excellent example of creative educational tools to advance deep spiritual truth.”


Rev. Joseph Novenson
“The eyewitness storytelling really made the Bible story come alive and focused the children's attention on the truths of God's Word.”


VBS Director Sarah Kitts
“If you're looking to dig deeper into the Bible in your VBS, Reachout Adventures is the place to go!”


Rev. James McManus
“I am impressed with how you have kept the material fresh without compromising your Biblical and Reformed commitments.”


Rev. Robert Looper
VBS 2017 Upward Bound
VBS 2017 Upward Bound Scripture Memory

Challenging Scripture Memory

In a Reachout VBS, memorizing God's Word plays a key & fun role. Your VBS kids will amaze you by how much of the Word they can hide in their hearts!



Upward Bound's memory work is learned in a question, answer, and verse format to aid in understanding, and is reviewed and encouraged through the exciting Summit Drill. Daily reviews help ensure that by week's end they'll know the full passage of verses from Philippians. Backpackers also learn key Gospel verses from the daily "Crossover to Life" Gospel presentation, and eager memorizers can go on to learn Extra Credit Memory Verses, and the Books of the Bible.



VBS 2017 Upward Bound

GRADES 1-6*

Philippians 2:5-11
Crossover to Life Verses
(Gospel Presentation)
Extra Credit Memory Verses
Books of the Bible


*age-graded portions

VBS 2017 Upward Bound

4's-KINDERGARTEN

Philippians 2:10-11
Crossover to Life Verses
(Gospel Presentation)
Extra Credit Memory Verses

VBS 2017 Upward Bound

2's & 3's

Philippians 2:10

“Since memory work is not as encouraged these days, our teachers and parents were surprised by the enthusiasm and ease with which even the youngest children learned their verses!”


VBS Director Nancy Myers
“I loved VBS because I learned about God in fun ways. I remember a lot of the songs and Bible verses, and I use them when I feel sad or afraid.”


Allison, Age 11
“Sound biblical instruction is never sacrificed for mere entertainment, and yet it is great fun for the kids. The Scripture memory emphasis enhances the eternal benefits of VBS.”


Rev. Chad Steenwyk
VBS 2017 Upward Bound
VBS 2017 Upward Bound Gospel Presentation

Crossover to Life Gospel Presentation

For Reachout Adventures, the Gospel is front and center!



Upward Bound's theme-related Crossover to Life Gospel presentation is a key part of every Upward Bound day, and is learned by the Backpackers—both for their own understanding and to share with others.

Crossover to Life is creatively presented daily through skits
and an animated PowerPoint visual aid. It's also colorfully
illustrated and captioned in their Student Trail Journals
for them to memorize, take home to parents and friends,
and remember long after VBS is over.

VBS 2017 Gospel Presentation
“This material reaches both covenant children as well as community children who come through the doors of the church for the first time.”


Dr. E. Brent Turner
“Children’s ministry is often a desert of moralism...your VBS was a much needed wellspring of Gospel truth. Helping children find their identity in the Gospel is clearly VBS Reachout’s greatest desire!”


Rev. Anthony Trussoni
“The Gospel is clear, the means of Grace are clear, the emphasis on man's chief end is clear—and it is a tremendous amount of fun for everyone. Praise God for such a valuable resource!”


Rev. Robert Looper
“This was our first year using Reachout, & we had a great VBS! The kids are so sad it’s over & everyone is already excited about next year. The Gospel presentations were awesome!”


VBS Director Laney Birch
2017 VBS
VBS 2017 Upward Bound Music

Music with Impact


Upward Bound Music CD
Our all new Upward Bound Music CD has been written and produced by the talented Benjamin and Chelsea Peck, aka Mr & Mrs Something. This mixture of upbeat & worshipful songs will immerse your VBS kids in the rich spiritual themes of Upward Bound's message. They'll have great fun learning and singing them at Upward Bound, in the car to and from, and long after VBS is over!





  • Music CD's (vocal tracks) are perfect for use in training meetings and for purchase by staff and parents.
  • Leader's Music CD includes vocal and instrumental-only tracks and is included in Starter Kit and full Director Kit orders.
  • A PowerPoint presentation of song lyrics against eye-catching theme-related art is on the Artwork CD (included in all Director Kit orders, or available separately).


Select the titles below to play samples.

“I loved growing up on Reachout songs. We sang them all the time, not just at VBS. My siblings & I still remember them!”


Anna, age 21
“I loved VBS because I learned about God in fun ways. I remember a lot of the songs and Bible verses, and I use them when I feel sad or afraid.”


Allison, Age 11
VBS 2017 Upward Bound VBS 2017 Upward Bound - Our Format

Relationship-Friendly Format



VBS 2017 Upward Bound

Teacher-student relationships grow as
  • rotation schedules allow time to get to know students
  • activity stations allow staff to specialize

VBS 2017 Upward Bound

Classroom teachers do not:
  • teach the Bible lessons
  • give the Gospel presentation
  • lead recreation, singing, assemblies
  • serve snacks

VBS 2017 Upward Bound

Classroom teachers do:
  • get to know and disciple a small group of 6-8 children
  • oversee Bible lesson heart and life application worksheet completion
  • teach & listen to memory work
  • participate with their group in assemblies, Bible lessons

VBS 2017 Upward Bound Format Chart - Click for larger view

“The only curriculum that really gets kids into the Bible — reading, memorizing, and doing extra activities all connected with the Word of God. Kids and parents love these programs!”


Children's Ministry Director Laurie Beavers
“Our whole team loved the format and the depth of teaching involved. Also, it was wonderful how every aspect of the material, from music to crafts reinforced the Bible stories. The children and volunteers all had loads of fun with every station, but more importantly the children came to a greater understanding of the Gospel with each and every day. ”


Rev. Anthony Trussoni
“Reachout is all about the children and introducing them to Jesus Christ…It's exciting and Gospel-centered...the children can’t wait to get to VBS and don’t want to leave...our dedicated volunteers say Reachout makes our VBS a success!”


Rev. Bruce O'Neil
VBS 2017 Upward Bound Crafts VBS 2017 Upward Bound Crafts

Lesson-Reinforcing Crafts

Upward Bound's creative craft curriculum


  • presents fun, quality projects
  • helps children remember Bible lessons truths
  • provides detailed instructions & patterns (supplies not included)
  • is designed for all grade levels
  • supplements Lesson Handwork for 2's-K

VBS 2017 Upward Bound Crafts

Age 4-Grade 6 Crafts


VBS 2017 Upward Bound Crafts
VBS 2017 Upward Bound Crafts

Age 2's & 3's Crafts


VBS 2017 Upward Bound Crafts
VBS 2017 Upward Bound Crafts

Age 4-K Lesson Handwork


VBS 2017 Upward Bound Crafts

“This was by far one of the most biblically saturated and God-centered curricula we've ever used. Numerous staff expressed how much they like the depth of the lessons, and several teachers noted how they themselves were impacted as they prepared the lessons.”


Elder Taj Eaton
“Our VBS was a huge success, and by the closing program I had numerous people asking what the theme would be next year!”


VBS Director Robbie Franks
2017 VBS

New For 2017

2017 Upward Bound Trail Journals

New Trail Journals

Upward Bound's all new Student Trail Journals are certain to draw your VBS Backpackers into both the exciting hiking adventure and the Gospel message of Upward Bound! Along with Reachout's solid Biblical content, they include these great new features:
  • 5-day format
  • new songs
  • all new full-color graphics (main pages)
  • heart and life application-focused worksheet questions with new eye-catching illustrations (insert pages)
Packed full of truth, these books are sure to remain among your VBS kids' keepsakes, helping them remember the spiritual lessons of Upward Bound for years to come. They're also the perfect avenue for getting the Word of God into unchurched homes.

2017 Upward Bound New Music

All New Music!!

Our terrific new Upward Bound Music CD has been produced by the talented Benjamin and Chelsea Peck, aka Mr & Mrs Something. These 8 original songs and well-loved hymn will go a long way in instilling Upward Bound's Biblical truths in the hearts and minds of your VBS kids. They'll have great fun learning and singing them at Upward Bound, in the car to and from, and long after VBS is over!

Upward Bound 2017 New Expedition Banners

Expedition Banners

These colorful, lightweight banners will lead the way and identify your Backpackers with their Expeditions as they trek into Base Camp each morning for Setting Up Camp.

2017 Upward Bound New Director and Teacher Guides

New Director Guide & Age-Graded Teacher Guides

These guides are all new for Upward Bound!
  • streamlined and user-friendly
  • 5-day format
  • expanded Director helps
  • new contest system with no recordkeeping for teachers

Upward Bound 2017 New Mural

Base Camp Mural

Let this beautiful 8.5' x 12' mural be the focal point of your Base Camp! It can be a terrific aid to your Scaling the Peak Contest, or a quick and easy way to help transform your Base Camp into the "great outdoors." Made of durable vinyl (like our Outdoor Banners), it comes complete with grommets for easy mounting. And it's re-usable for future years!

VBS 2017 Upward Bound Crafts

Less comprehensive updates have also been made to other documents. If you have used Upward Bound before and would like further details, please feel free to contact us via email or phone.

We hope you’ll climb with us for Upward Bound and invite your VBS Backpackers to enter this hiking and camping-themed adventure that will fill their hearts and minds with Jesus, and by His grace impact them for eternity. Order your risk-free Starter Kit today!

“I am impressed with how you have kept the material fresh without compromising your Biblical and Reformed commitments.”


Rev. Robert Looper
“This was our first year using Reachout, & we had a great VBS! The kids are so sad it’s over & everyone is already excited about next year. The Gospel presentations were awesome!”


VBS Director Laney Birch
“Our VBS was a huge success, and by the closing program I had numerous people asking what the theme would be next year!”


VBS Director Robbie Franks
“Christ-centered, Bible-based, doctrinally sound, and delightfully creative.
I heartily commend your materials!”


Rev. J. Ligon Duncan

Upward Bound is just one of four rotating adventure themes. Sign on with VBS Reachout Adventures & take the guesswork out of your VBS decision-making!

 

Visit the PCA Bookstore for books and materials that are biblically sound, consistently Reformed and useful for discipleship and personal growth.