VBS Directors, you have permission to hoard!
Right now you’re in the midst of your ascent to Everest…you’re climbing away and the last thing you’re thinking about is 2016 VBS. But before you completely block it out, here are some things you can save from your Everest trek that will save you some time (and money) when you start planning your Cave Quest.
- Rocks – A quick coat of paint will turn these from snow rocks into cave rocks.
- Mountains – The foam you used to create your epic mountain can be transformed into the interior of a cave.
- Tents – Did you know there are some caves large enough that they have huge campouts in them? Save your tents to create a fun little camping corner.
- Brown paper – That brown paper you used to create the mountain range or guide posts will come in handy again in your cave setting.
- Rope – Ropes are very useful in caves, especially when spelunking!
- Silver Peak Corobuff – Those silvery mountain peaks can be turned upside down and pinned into the ceiling for a cave-like atmosphere.
- Cotton – Spray the cotton batting brown and you’ve instantly created some great texture in your cave setting.
- Spruce Trees – We’ll be using spruce trees to create the entrance to the cave, and you can do the same!
What else would you save from Everest to use with Cave Quest? Let me know in the comment below!
Lanterns can be used again, fake fires, icicles repaint brown and you have stalactites to hang from the ceilings, all signs can be repainted to help direct traffic. Use your imagination and the world is your oyster!
The lightcicles will be perfect! And if you used helmets at Everest, they’ll come handy this time too.
And I saw this idea somewhere – drape lots of crumpled brown paper around the doorposts and the surrounding walls…then hang those shimmering curtains (the one in the decorating video for Everest) and you’ve made yourself a cave entrance.
And there was also an icy tunnel in Everest. Change the white cloth to brown ones and you’ve got yourself a cave tunnel!
The night setting for KidVid can literally be done again.
And the fake trees will make a great addition to the outside of the cave!
We save and reuse EVERYTHING possible… for VBS, for family events and more. If we’d spent money purchasing or time creating, whenever possible (and practical) we save… swim flippers and wooden crosses come in handy WAY more often than I would have ever realized prior to becoming a children’s minister… !
Back backs, picks, even the “log poles” from the supply hut could be used at the cave entrance as supporting poles.
We are finishing up our last night of Everest VBS tonight. It’s been a hit in our community. We will be using our crew sign holders again next year, as well as the God sighting poles. I can’t wait to start preparing to transform our church into a cave!