Looking for ideas on how to transform your parish hall or school gym into an amazing Wilderness Adventure? Here are a few ideas and pictures to get you started! If you have any pictures of your Wilderness VBS, we'd love to see them! Email them to us and they might get added to this blog and our VBS Pinterest account.
Kids will be so excited to walk into the main assembly with this "rock wall" entrance. Buy rolls of brown paper and crumple it up. Use large cardboard tubes and wrap the crumpled paper around them. Cover the walls with a layer of paper as well to make it feel like a mountain cave. Put plants all the way throughout.
Put together an easy kayak display with a blue tarp, blue plastic tablecloth, rocks, cattails, and even a few duck decoys. You can set it up on the side of the main assembly or in the entrance near the welcome table.
Feature the Bible Verse of the Day on a large chalkboard and surround it with logs and camping gear. Using chairs makes the space look welcoming and the old fishing net gives it a rustic look.
If your parish does VBS every year, then you might already have a wooden background. For the Wilderness Adventure VBS, the background was painted blue with green triangles as hills. You can ask parishioners to lend their artificial Christmas trees and set them up in front of the background. You can also bring in a picnic table, logs, a tent, and roasting sticks. The fire was made with bricks, wood and tissue paper.
You can set up little displays around your VBS area with a variety of camping gear. Here are just a couple examples of what you can use: Life jackets, coolers, water jugs, fishing nets, cooking gear, hiking boots, stuffed animals, artificial plants and trees, etc.
This is the welcoming table for registering the kids each day. A picnic tablecloth and a few stuffed animals make for a fun welcome!
If you have any pictures you'd like to share of your Wilderness Adventure VBS Decorations, please email them to us! We would love to see them, and they might get featured here on the blog or on our Pinterest account.
Thank you to St. Emile Catholic VBS for letting us use their pictures!