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 this material 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 song lyrics, 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 24 Student Packets. (If, however, your VBS is smaller than 24 students, we will be happy to accommodate you.) Need help knowing how many to order? Click here for help with estimating enrollment.
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?
"Sea Explorers" meet together in small groups within their grade group in homeroom "Chart Rooms." Throughout the VBS day, they rotate
with their grade group through various activities, returning to their homeroom at various points. This gives teachers the opportunity for discipling those in their small group. The following is a
sample schedule for one grade group:
|15 minutes pre-start||Registration|
|5 minutes||Explorer Formation (arrival lineup)|
|25 minutes||Casting Off (opening assembly for all in "Homeport")|
|30 minutes||Navigation Time (memory work in small groups in "Chart Rooms")|
|20 minutes||Probing the Depths (Bible lesson at Bible Lesson Site)|
|20 minutes||Depth Probes (Bible lesson application in small groups in Chart Rooms)|
|20 minutes||Sea Frolics (at Recreation Site)|
|10 minutes||Sea Fare (at Snack Site)|
|20 minutes||Cabin Crafts (at Craft Site)|
|30 minutes||Docking (closing assembly for all in Homeport)|
This is only a suggested schedule, which can be adapted to any particular church's facility and needs. Just contact our office for help in making adjustments.
WHAT VERSION OF THE BIBLE DO YOU USE?
Our Scripture passages and memory verses are taken from the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible Copyright 1984.
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?
January 31, 2019 — 5% Full Payment Discount Deadline
February 28, 2019 — 4% Full Payment Discount Deadline
March 8, 2019 — 3% Full Payment Discount Deadline
Orders placed or postmarked and paid in full via check by January 31, February 28, or March 8, 2019 receive a 5%, 4%, 3% discount, respectively.
March 15, 2019 — Guaranteed Curriculum Order Deadline Orders received after March 15 will be taken while supplies last.
T-Shirt & Sailor Hat Order Deadline — The order deadline for T-Shirts and Sailor Hats is 3 weeks prior to your selected ship date of May 17, 31, June 14, 28. Please allow 6 business days for shipping. Additional shirts and hats are sometimes available with a shorter turnaround time; contact us for availability.
WHAT IF I MISS YOUR GUARANTEED ORDER DEADLINE?
Go ahead and place your order! Our online store will indicate if we have sold out of any of our products. Do keep in mind, however, that we can run out of materials, so early ordering is the best guarantee that we will have what you need. Plus, you can get in on our Early Bird Discounts and be among the first to receive your materials and move forward in your planning.
WHEN WILL MY ORDER BE SHIPPED?
Shipments within the contiguous USA will be via USPS or UPS, dependent on price. Express shipping is available upon request. Contact us regarding
International Shipping rates.
When applicable, please provide both street addresses and PO boxes; UPS will not deliver to PO boxes.
MAY I PAY BY CREDIT CARD?
Yes! You may pay with any major credit card via PayPal. It is not necessary to have a PayPal account. However, Early Bird Discounts apply to check payments only.
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.