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We're so glad you've signed your child up for an exciting week at Cave Quest
VBS. You'll notice that things at Cave Quest are...well, a little different from what
you might be used to. Elementary kids will be in mixed-age groups with other
children who have finished kindergarten through grade 5. These small groups
called Cave Crews, are led by adults or teenagers who love children and love the
Lord. Crews are an important part of Cave Quest VBS! Here's why.
Kids develop new friendships. While it's true that your child might not get to be
with his or her very best friend, your child will have wonderful opportunities to
make new friends and interact with a new group of children. Most of us assume
that age-graded classes are the best way to go, simply because that has been
our only experience. However, studies show that children learn as much-or
when they're linked with kids of different ages. And studies indicate that
children often choose to play with children of other ages. Encourage your child
to try something different-he or she might be surprised!
Older kids shine! Parents are continually surprised that after a few days of VBS,
their older children love this newfound role! Suddenly, they're the "cool" big
kids with younger children looking up to them. And while your child is helping
younger kids with simple tasks like reading and writing, he or she is having
the chance to serve and demonstrate Christ's love! It's a meaningful way to
discover and practice-the joy of service.
Younger kids are cared for. Cave Quest is carefully designed for multi-age
groups of children. That means games are noncompetitive. team-building
activities (brilliantly disguised as wildly fun games) in which your child's abilities
will shine. In fact, many games are designed to highlight the importance of
smaller kids. It's likely that your younger child will be loved, affirmed, and doted
upon by his or her older Crew mates.
Bible lessons are more memorable. Since Cave Quest VBS doesn't rely on more
traditional teaching methods (like fill-in-the-blank puzzles or word searches),
kids experience Bible stories in powerful, life-changing ways. And that's
something kids of all ages will enjoy...and remember. Then Crew Leaders gather
with kids for small group discussions including questions that apply to every
child, but may touch each child at a different level.
Millions of children have experienced success with this multi-age "family
approach at Group's VBS. However, the most important factor in making this
program a success is your attitude. If your child has doubts, reassure him or
her that this is a wonderful opportunity to try
something new. Your support will speak volumes
to the children we're serving.
Cave Quest VBS Director