Outdoor activities, 'Into the Wild' fun for vacation Bible schoolers

Stacey Hartley • Jun 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Vacation Bible school began Monday at First Presbyterian Church and will culminate in a community carnival Friday.

The week will feature “Into the Wild”-themed activities for preschool through sixth-graders enrolled in the program, including outdoor activities. 

Preschoolers were broken into two groups in the church parking lot, where they were chaperoned by Tina Davidson, Michele Graves and Tracey Sommers. In addition to the adults, activity-stations were led by high school students Chase Campbell, Dylan Peaco, Nancy Sommers, Mia Strong, and Bryan and Caleb Sommers.

After participating in activity stations in the parking lot, the youngsters decorated a path just outside a set of church doors with sidewalk chalk.

Once inside the doors, however, the wild times are from over as hallways are lined with various (paper-made)  animal habitats and species.

Just inside and to the left of the doors is the gymnasium-turned winter-scape where students get to eat their meals. Complete with snowflakes dangling from the ceiling, a frost-lined forest path, icy natural structures — including a waterfall over 6 feet tall — and black bears, the children might find focusing on their food a bit challenging. 

Further down the main hallway lies a jungle, filled with amazonian vegetation, nearby members of the animal kingdom and a soundtrack of jungle sounds to complete the experience.

Director of Christian education Kathleen Wheeler shared a summary of the week’s programming which will include a carnival.   

“We have a lot going on for vacation Bible school, but the carnival (on Friday) is actually open to the community. Anyone can come and we’d love to have them.”

Featuring food, games, face painting and “more,” the free carnival will open with a performance from vacation Bible school students at 6 p.m., followed by its official start time at 6:30 p.m.

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