VBS Fair – Top Pick – G Force Adventure Park
VBS Fair – Top Pick – G Force Adventure Park

G Force cover

Editor’s note: This post is part of our VBS Review Fair here on Key Resources, where we’ll be featuring reviews of our top picks from this year’s curricula. You can download the full review packet here.

G Force Adventure Park
“God’s Love in Action”
Cokesbury
2015.cokesburyvbs.com
$ 159.99

Age Levels: Preschool, Elementary (primary emphasis), Teen, Adult (separate purchase)

Includes

  • Clip Art/Reproducible CD
  • Music Action Training DVD
  • Music CD
  • Skits/Drama DVD (opening & closing)
  • Decorating/publicity guide

Strengths:

  • Leader guides provide alternative activities. The science center was developed  in connection with Steve Spangler, known for kid‐friendly science learning. Experiments designed for both elementary and preschool ages.
  • Multiple scheduling options are provided, including weekend and day camp models.
  • Drama allows for a full cast or a single storyteller.
  • Recreation center has multiple activities each day with high, medium and lower energy games.
  • Music DVD has a good range of diversity and ages in various locations.

Weaknesses:

  • Some of the crafts require purchasing kits (with limited creativity) or extensive prep time, a problem if a large number of children attend VBS. Many crafts require painting and gluing, which might be hard if session times are short.
  • Science experiments are interesting, although mostly are demonstrations. Some experiments could be done by students working in pairs to increase participation and reduce prep time.
  • Music is not as engaging as in years past; some dance moves too energetic for confined spaces.
  • While the theme is repeated often, it is difficult to tie it to the term “G Force.” Some younger children may have trouble relating a skate park theme to God and God’s stories.
  • Missions center had a different mission each day, which could be confusing. Choose one mission to connect everything together from the program or your own community.

More resources

Course: How to Run a Vacation Bible School on ChurchNext

Free Subscription: Episcopal Teacher magazine from the CMT

Website: VBS Online (prepare to be inspired to creative greatness)

Anne Shelton is the director of children’s ministries at Advent United Methodist Church, Simpsonville, SC.

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