Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

WHY MUST I ORDER STUDENT PACKETS?

Student Packets are a central part of the VBS Reachout curriculum. Having their own student book is a significant part of what makes the materials truly effective in the children's lives. These books include all of their memory work and service projects for the week, their Daily Bible reading, the words to the songs, the full Gospel Presentation, etc. They are the primary avenue of getting the Word into the homes of the community children who attend. We have many children (even ones who are now young adults) who have used this curriculum over the years and have saved every book—they truly become cherished treasures to them. These books also reflect our commitment to strong Biblical teaching, Scripture memory, service and mercy, and personal worship. Because of this, our catalog items, other than Starter Kits and music resources, are not available without a full curriculum order that includes at least 25 Student Packets. (If, however, your VBS is smaller than 25 students, we will be happy to accommodate you.) Need help knowing how many to order? Click here.

HOW MANY DAYS IS YOUR PROGRAM?

Though successfully adapted for use in a variety of formats, VBS Reachout schools are designed to run as 5-day schools, held for 3 hours a day. Many churches hold VBS Monday through Friday mornings with a Closing Program on Friday evening. With scheduling adjustments, however, our schools can and have been successfully used in evening, day camp, and weekly club venues.

WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY'S SCHEDULE?

The following is a sample schedule for one grade group:

15 minutes pre-start Registration
5 minutes Warm Ups (arrival lineup)
25 minutes Opening Ceremonies (opening assembly for all)
30 minutes CrossTraining (memory work in small groups)
20 minutes Wisdom for the Race (Bible lesson)
20 minutes CrossTraining (Bible lesson application in small groups)
20 minutes Aerobics for Athletes (recreation)
10 minutes Training Table (snacks)
20 minutes Event Crafts (crafts)
30 minutes Closing Ceremonies (closing assembly for all)


This is only a suggested schedule, which can be adapted to any particular church's needs. Just contact our office for a Coach's help in making adjustments.

WHAT VERSION OF THE BIBLE DO YOU USE?

Our Scripture passages and memory verses come from the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible.

HOW DO 5TH & 6TH GRADERS RESPOND TO THIS CURRICULUM?

Most churches are amazed at how much their 5th & 6th graders love these schools. Attendance in this grade group frequently exceeds expectations! Also, Jr. High and High School students often return as junior staff helpers once they "graduate" from Reachout schools.

WHAT ARE YOUR ORDERING DEADLINES?

Early Bird Discount! 5% discount if ordered by February 28, 2021

*To qualify, your order must include Student Packets; does not apply to Starter Kit orders; one-time use only

Guaranteed Curriculum Order Deadline March 13, 2021 — Orders received after March 13 will be taken while supplies last.

T-Shirt Order Deadline The order deadline for T-Shirts is 3 weeks prior to your requested ship date of May 15, May 29, June 12, June 26. Allow 6 business days from ship date for arrival. T-Shirts are shipped separately.

Additional shirts are sometimes available with a shorter turnaround time; contact us for availability.

WHAT IF I MISS YOUR ORDER DEADLINE?

Contact us about it! We may still be able to provide you with materials.

WHEN WILL MY ORDER BE SHIPPED?

All shipments within the contiguous USA will be via UPS. Express shipping available upon request.

Shipping addresses must be street addresses; UPS will not deliver to PO boxes.

MAY I PAY BY CREDIT CARD?

Yes! You may pay with any major credit card as well as PayPal.

WHAT IF I NEED MORE MATERIALS AFTER I HAVE PLACED MY ORDER?

Though we print according to order, we are usually able to supply churches with additional materials if their attendance is more than expected. Overnight shipping is available throughout the summer; please contact our office via phone to confirm overnight shipping information.

WHAT IS YOUR RETURN POLICY?

We are unable to process returns, other than for Starter Kits within the 30-day review period. However, we will provide exchanges of Student books while supplies last. If, prior to or during your VBS, you discover you have over-ordered Student books in one grade level and under-ordered in another, you may call us to request an exchange. Returned books must be unused and in sellable condition.

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