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All Aboard

Welcome to the Rocky Railway Training LAB! Each stop on this training track will prepare you for the ultimate VBS experience.

Before you depart the train station, we recommend you download the VBS Training Lab Participant Guide below. This guide is packed with all the details you need for a safe journey on the Rocky Railway Learning Lab Express!

Also, don't forget to watch a brief overview from our conductor on this trip, Sharon! She has some important information for you as we leave the train station.

Download Participant Guide Download Kickoff Tips

VBS Takes G.R.I.T.

Discover the key to VBS success through this interactive, encouraging experience. This training session is recommended for your entire team and prepares you for the VBS season ahead! Works great as a team devotional!

Group VBS Difference

Whether you're new to Group VBS or are a tried-and-true veteran, the videos below will help you understand the secret sauce behind our VBS programs. It's a little like cooking—it helps to read the whole recipe before diving in.

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Group VBS Veterans

An encouraging word from Thom & Joani Schultz.

Who should watch:

Veteran VBS Directors & Volunteers

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New to Group

Get an overview of how Group VBS might be different from other programs you've done in the past!

Who should watch:

New VBS Directors & Volunteers

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R.E.A.L. Learning

Discover more about Group's tried-and-true, Jesus-style learning philosophy.

Who should watch:

New VBS Directors & Volunteers

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Discipline

Learn more about how Group's multi-age Crews make discipline issues virtually disappear.

Who should watch:

New VBS Directors & Volunteers

Discover Rocky Railway

At this training stop you'll get the big picture view of Rocky Railway VBS: How it works, why it's relevant for kids today, and what's different from past Group VBS Programs. We recommend that VBS Directors and Station Leaders watch this section.

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Rocky Railway Director Tips

Discover tips & tricks for how to conduct a runaway VBS event!

Who should watch:

VBS Director

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Why Rocky Railway

Learn why Rocky Railway is relevant for kids today!

Who should watch:

VBS Director & Station Leaders

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What's New at Rocky Railway

Find out about new program and product updates for Rocky Railway VBS.

Who should watch:

VBS Director & Station Leaders

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How Rocky Railway Works

Get a quick overview of how kids will rotate through Rocky Railway.

Who should watch:

Everyone

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How Little Kids Depot Works

See how your preschoolers will trek through Rocky Railway VBS.

Who should watch:

VBS Director & Preschool Volunteers

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Operation Kid-to-Kid

Learn more about Operation Kid-to-Kid: the mission project that joins millions of kids around the world.

Who should watch:

Everyone

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How to be a Crew Leader

Discover tried-and-true tips for being a Crew Leader at Rocky Railway.

Who should watch:

Crew Leaders

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Crew Leader Tips

See the top tips for being a Crew Leader in action!

Who should watch:

Crew Leaders

Station Leader Tips

Group VBS is known for being simple to lead, and these station-specific videos make it easier than ever. Grab your Leader Guide and steam into training for each station.

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Leading Sing & Play Express/Rocky Wrap-Up

Get an in-depth overview of how to lead Sing & Play Express and Rocky Wrap-Up.

Who should watch:

Sing & Play Express/Rocky Wrap-Up Leader

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Train Track Challenge

See this Day 1 object lesson in action!

Who should watch:

Sing & Play Express/Rocky Wrap-Up Leader

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Panning Packs

On Day 2, turn recycled bottles into gold mines.

Who should watch:

Sing & Play Express/Rocky Wrap-Up Leader

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Bridge Challenge

Day 3 shows kids how wax paper builds bridges.

Who should watch:

Sing & Play Express/Rocky Wrap-Up Leader

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Never-Ending Bottle

Day 4 opens up with a fun science experiment.

Who should watch:

Sing & Play Express/Rocky Wrap-Up Leader

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Track/Cross Buffer Stop

Wrap up Day 4 with a moving moment using rain gutters.

Who should watch:

Sing & Play Express/Rocky Wrap-Up Leader

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Power of Jesus Experiment

Day 5 ends the week with a big WOW kids will never forget.

Who should watch:

Sing & Play Express/Rocky Wrap-Up Leader

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Leading Imagination Station!

Get an in-depth overview of how to lead Imagination Station.

Who should watch:

Imagination Station Leader

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Off-Rail Rollers

Instructions on how to assemble these topsy-turvy gizmos.

Who should watch:

Imagination Station and Preschool Craft & Play Leaders

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Hope 'n' Hovers

Step-by-Step instructions for the Day 2 Sciency-Fun Gizmo.

Who should watch:

Imagination Station Leader and Preschool Craft & Play Leaders

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Bold Blasters

Discover how the Day 3 Sciency-Fun Gizmo takes bouncy balls to new heights.

Who should watch:

Imagination Station Leader

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Perpetual Paper

See how these puzzling papers create a never-ending book.

Who should watch:

Imagination Station Leader

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Power Bands

Learn how Power Beads are used as Talk Starters & Sciency-Fun Gizmos.

Who should watch:

Imagination Station Leader

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Leading Bible Adventures!

Get an in-depth overview of how to lead Bible Adventures.

Who should watch:

Bible Adventures Leader

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Quick & Easy Bible Setup

Day-by-day décor for your Bible Adventures room.

Who should watch:

Bible Adventures Leader / Decorating Team

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Leading KidVid Cinema

Get an in-depth overview of how to lead KidVid Cinema.

Who should watch:

KidVid Cinema Leader

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Leading Loco Motion Games

Get an in-depth overview of how to lead Loco Motion Games.

Who should watch:

Loco Motion Games Leader

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Leading Chew Chew Snacks

Get an in-depth overview of how to lead Chew Chew Snacks.

Who should watch:

Chew Chew Snacks Leader

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Directing Little Kids Depot

Get an in-depth overview of how to keep your littlest learners on track.

Who should watch:

Little Kids Depot Preschool Director

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Setting up Exploration Stations

Discover how to set up hands-on learning centers for each day.

Who should watch:

Exploration Station Leader

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Leading Bible Adventures

Check out how to bring the Bible to life for preschoolers.

Who should watch:

Little Kids Depot Bible Adventures Leader

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Leading Little Kids Depot KidVid

See how preschoolers interact with short videos and real-life kids.

Who should watch:

Little Kids Depot KidVid Leader

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Leading Craft & Play

Help kids explore the daily Bible Point in wildly creative ways!

Who should watch:

Craft & Play Leader

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Leading Games

Guide kids in running off steam with games that connect to the daily Bible Point.

Who should watch:

Little Kids Depot Games Leader

Decorating for Rocky Railway

Check out how to bring Rocky Railway to life at your church in the step-by-step videos below. You can also find written instructions in the Participant Guide! Doing a virtual VBS? Create some of these decorations to have as your video background.

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No-Stress Express

Some posters, cardboard and glue are all you need to build this train!

Who should watch:

Decorating Team

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Railroad Crossing!

Step-by-step instructions for turning carpet tubes into crossing signs.

Who should watch:

Decorating Team

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Clickety Clocks

Every train station needs a clock to stay on time.

Who should watch:

Decorating Team

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All Aboard Timetable

Keep everyone headed down the right track.

Who should watch:

Decorating Team

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Terrific Train Windows

Create majestic views from your "train" with different ways to create train windows.

Who should watch:

Decorating Team

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Light at the End of the Tunnel

Plastic backdrops and cardboard create an optical illusion at the end of any hallway!

Who should watch:

Decorating Team

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Wow Water Tower

Create a big impressions with foam, carpet tubes and more!

Who should watch:

Decorating Team

Online VBS Q & A Events

Network with other VBS leaders, ask questions, bounce some ideas, & get encouragement.

Now that you’ve navigated your way through the training videos, sign up for a LIVE Q&A follow-up session with Group VBS experts and other VBS leaders from around the country. Each session begins in a large group with an opportunity to break into more role-specific small groups. Registration will close two days prior to the event.

Breakout Sessions Include:

  • Decorating: Get all your DIY decorating questions answered!
  • Station Leaders: Have follow-up questions about station experiences? You can ask them here!
  • Directors: Get more tips and tricks for directing your best VBS yet and meet other VBS directors!
  • Preschool: Network with other preschool leaders and discover fun ways to engage your littlest learners!
Register for Live Q & A
Live Online VBS Training Lab Q & A Event

Helpful VBS Resources

Whether you need to spin up a quick registration site or you just want to bounce ideas off someone, we can help!

For Planning

Create an amazing & impactful online VBS experience. These easy-to-use tools help get the job done!

VBS PRO

Event Registration

Free online system to Promote your VBS, Register kids, and Organize your event.

Super Easy Order Form

Super Easy Order Form

Order all your VBS resources with the click of a button!

VBS Tools

Program Resources and Updates

Updates, downloads, instructional videos, and more.

For Building Community

VBS directors are some of the most creative, passionate, and generous people we know! Use the tools below to connect with other VBS directors around the country to share ideas and encouragement.

Community Building

Community Building

Support and advice from other VBS directors.

D-I-Y Central

D-I-Y Central

Decorating tips and tricks.

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Your Personal VBS Advisor

Your Personal VBS Advisor

Trustworthy advice about Group VBS from a real person! 800-447-1070