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Navigate the Wilderness

Welcome to the Wilderness Escape Training LAB! Each stop on this journey will prepare you and your team for a priceless VBS experience.

Before you head out on your journey, we recommend you download the VBS Training Lab Participant Guide below. This guide is packed with all the details you need to navigate your way through the Wilderness Escape Training Lab.

Also, don't forget to watch a brief overview from your guide, Sharon! She has some important information for you as you start your training!

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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

Dig Into Wilderness Escape VBS

Get the big picture view of Wilderness Escape 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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Wilderness Escape Director Tips

Unlock tips & tricks for creating an unforgettable VBS event!

Who should watch:

VBS Director

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Why Wilderness Escape

Learn why Wilderness Escape is relevant for kids today!

Who should watch:

VBS Director & Station Leaders

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What's New at Wilderness Escape

Find out about new program and product updates for Wilderness Escape VBS.

Who should watch:

VBS Director & Station Leaders

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How Wilderness Escape Works

Get a quick overview of how kids will rotate through Wilderness Escape.

Who should watch:

Everyone

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I'm a Tribe Leader

Discover what it means to guide a Tribe through each day!

Who should watch:

Tribe Leaders

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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

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 wander into training for each station.

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Leading Opening & Closing Celebration

Get an in-depth overview of how to lead Opening & Closing Celebration.

Who should watch:

Celebration Leader

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Leading Moses' Tent!

Check out how you'll bring Moses to life each day.

Who should watch:

Moses' Tent Leader

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Quick & Easy Bible Setup

Day-by-day décor for your Moses' Tent room.

Who should watch:

Bible Adventures Leader / Decorating Team

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Leading a Israelite Camp Tent

See how to easily get in character and interact with kids at the Israelite Camp.

Who should watch:

Israelite Camp Leaders

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Leading Fun & Games

Learn how interactive play helps cement Bible learning!

Who should watch:

Fun & Games Leader

Decorating for Wilderness Escape

Check out how to bring Wilderness Escape 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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Palm Tree

Step-by-step instructions for creating shady palm trees.

Who should watch:

Decorating Team

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Rockin' Campfire

How to build a fire—Wilderness Escape style.

Who should watch:

Decorating Team

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Tribe Sign

Keep Tribes organized with easy-to-build signs.

Who should watch:

Decorating Team

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Desert Oasis Rocks and Pool

Create a cool oasis for your VBS.

Who should watch:

Decorating Team

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Stone Tablets

Create realistic looking tablets for Moses.

Who should watch:

Decorating Team

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Bible Memory Makers

How to turn your Bible Memory Maker posters into free-standing decorations.

Who should watch:

Decorating Team

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Israelite Camp Tent

Building an Israelite Camp is easy with EZ-Ups!

Who should watch:

Decorating Team

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Woven Rug

Discover how to easily turn plastic fencing and tablecloths into a colorful rug!

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!
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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