Athens churches talk Vacation Bible school and other summer camps

Something that made this summer more normal than in recent years for Athens’ Christian children was a return to Vacation Bible School.

These downscaled summer camps have become a cross-generational tradition for churches throughout the Bible belt, giving church communities a chance to connect with young people.

The coronavirus pandemic put many summer camps on an indefinite hold. But after federal and state social distancing restrictions were loosened in March, churches throughout Athens cautiously began to plan for Vacation Bible School once again. Here’s how it went.

What is Vacation Bible school?

Vacation Bible school is a church-based summer camp for young people to learn more about Christianity. The tradition dates back more than a century, during the religious wave of the late 1800s, when school teachers in Illinois and New York started religious summer schools for children.

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