VBS 2012 - the Dollars & Cents of VBS . . . Part 2

 

As I talked about last week the realities of the Dollars and Cents of VBS can impact if a church is able to go ahead with VBS for summer 2012 as the Dollar and Cents of it all can come into play as you determine which resources you will use. In this economy with so many people out of work our churches are struggling to meet their budget. VBS can be expensive and yet it is a very important - and in many cases the only - outreach all year for many churches.

Today I'm going to once again take a look at the Dollars and Cents for the five VBS resources I reviewed this week. I'm happy to see in many of the director's materials some fun ideas of ways to raise money for VBS, but again, when so many people are unemployed and living pay check to pay check, there just may not be additional dollars for them to give to VBS. Obviously a starter kit is the first place to begin when purchasing VBS materials and from there you'll need to determine what - if any - student materials you will also utilize. As far as student materials I like the idea of being able to give children something each day which will remind them of the Bible lesson. I especially like the objects/cards which can be clipped or pinned to a backpack as they make great reminders! I also like the idea of being able to give children their own copy of the music . . . of course these things take money and your budget just might not have room for them. So, what will it cost and how can we move ahead with VBS on a budget?

 

Top Ten VBS for 2012 - 5th Place - BugZone

 

Regular Baptist Press

bugzone.rbpstore.org

 

Value –

  • one kit is available at the cost of $79.99.

Cost per student . . .

  • music is not reproducible, so you would have to purchase cds to give kids at a cost of $14.99 per CD.

  • Name tags are available in packages of 48 for $5.99

  • BugZone Explorer Pouches at a cost of $24.99 for 10.

  • Student activity sheets are available at a cost of $2.99 per child.

  • Craft kits are available and range in price from $5.99 to $17.99 for packs of 12

My Dollar & Cents Thoughts . . . Regular Baptist Press does not offer a basic starter kit, so unless you decide to just purchase the Director's book and individual Station Leader guides, you will have to buy the one kit they have, but their kit is only $79.99 I'd love to see an affordable CD so children could have a copy - at least one per family and something to remind the kids of each day's point.

 

Top Ten VBS for 2012 - 4th Place - Rock the World

 

Value –

  • three kits are available with three price points, $49.99, $59.99 and $74.99.

Cost per student . . .

  • music is not reproducible, so you would have to purchase CDs to give kids at a cost of $7 each through Amazon.

  • Student activity sheets are reproducible so you would just have your copying costs.

  • All crafts are made from items you collect or purchase, so cost would vary depending on what you choose to do 

My Dollar and Cents Thoughts . . . NextGen4Christ has three kits available - at three price points and all of them are under $75 - providing options and affordability for churches. All student materials are reproducible so I'd get one CD at a cost of $7 for each family.

 

Top Ten VBS for 2012 - 3rd Place - Amazing Wonders Aviation

 

Value –

  • two kits are available at the cost of $69.99 for the sampler kit and $199.99 for the super sampler kit.

Cost per student . . .

  • music is not reproducible, so you would have to purchase cds to give kids at a cost of $11.49 for five CDs. 

  • Collectible tokens with the daily point and memory verse are $5.99 per five children

  • name tags and lanyards are available in packages of 20 for $7.89

  • Sticker nametags are also available at a cost of $6.99 for 100 tags.

  • Student books are available at a cost of $2.49 per child.

  • Craft kits are available and range in price from $3.99 to $7.99 for packs of 10

My Dollar and Cents Thoughts . . .  If you plan to use all the posters, DVD's and extras, then the Super Sampler Kit is a good buy. If however; budget is an issue, get the Sampler Kit and the music DVD/CD - $29.99. You will be able to plan and present an excellent VBS with those materials  As for the student materials, I'd get student books for each child and the foam airplane key-chains at a cost of $3.98 per child. (each book has a daily tag which children could keep on the key chain to remind them of the daily points). I'd also give each child/family a music CD.

 

Top Ten VBS for 2012 - 2nd Place - Sky

Group Publishing

 

Value –

  • one kit is available at the cost of $157.99.

Cost per student . . .

  • music is not reproducible, so you would have to purchase cds to give kids at a cost ranging from $6.99 - $4.99 per child/family depending on how many you purchased. 

  • Bible Memory Buddies range in price from $3.90 - $3.50 per child – depending on how many you order

  • name badges are available in packages of 10 for $4.19

  • name badge holders cost $15.99 for 10

  • Bugs Pray-er Clips $5.99 for 10

  • Elementary age children do not have student books, but they do have iOpeners at $2.59 per child with carabiners at $5.99 for 10.

  • “Sciency-Fun Gizmos” are available and range in price from $3.99 - $9.99 for packs of 10. 

  • “Fly Home & Try It” sticker sheets at a cost of $6.99 for 10

My Dollars and Cents Thoughts . . . Group doesn't provide a basic kit - which I'd really like to see - if however; budget is an issue, get the Sky Ultimate Go-To Director's Guide - $14.99; Wild Blue Bible Adventures - $9.99; All-Star Games - $9.99; Imagination Station Leader's Guide - $9.99; Up & Away Sing & Play and Fly Away Manual - $9.99 and the music DVD and Cd for $14.99 each and come up with your own games for $70.00. You will be able to plan and present an excellent VBS with those materials. For the children get the Bible Memory Buddies for a cost of approximately $3.90 per child and the music cd - one per family.

Top Ten VBS for 2012 - 1st Place - Adventures on Promise Island

Standard Publishing

www.vacationbibleschool.com

 

Value –

  • two kits are available – basic kit for $69.99 and power pak for $199.99

Cost per student . . .

  • music is reproducible, so whatever your cost is to copy each child could have their own copy of the music – this is a big “plus”

  • you can purchase cds to give kids at 10 for $19.99! 

  • Bible Pin Pals are $3.99 per child

  • nametags & lanyards are 10 for $6.99.

  • Student books are used in the classroom setting at $2.99 per child.

  • Crafts are available through S&S Worldwide and range in price from 54 cents per child to $2.25 per child 

My Dollars and Cents Thoughts . . . If you plan to use all the posters, DVD's and extras, then the power pak is a good buy. If however; budget is an issue, get the basic Kit and the music DVD - $19.99. You will be able to plan and present an excellent VBS with those materials. For the children get the Bible Pin Pals and the music CD for a cost of $5.98 per child.

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