intro to Southwest safari VBS


Visit the southwestern USA home of a Saguaro Cactus and his friends Coyote, Armadillo, Hare, Roadrunner, and Snake. Each shares characteristics with famous Biblical figures like Joshua, John the Baptist, and Paul. 

During Southwest Safari VBS, children sing original animal songs, read stories, learn science, make art projects, play games, and grow in understanding about what it means to be one of God’s unique creatures.  At Southwest Safari, everyone has a special place and a Godly purpose!

Southwest Safari VBS

A Vacation Bible School curriculum for PreK-K through Upper Elementary CONCEIVED, WRITTEN AND COMPOSED BY

Jeff Traster, Dayna Haines, Jean Traster, Roger Sullins, and Reed Conley.

Piloted at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church in Tampa, FL on June 13-17, 2016.

Many thanks to the members and staff of Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church who contributed to the creation of Southwest Safari!

VBS = Values Based in Scripture™

Our objective is to present scriptural content and Christian values in ways 

that connect with children now and may lead them to a deeper spiritual understanding as they mature.  

Southwest Safari materials

Daily Core Curriculum at three grade levels:  

  • PreK-K
  • Lower Elementary
  • Upper Elementary

Daily Curriculum Outline:

  • Smart Word -- a vocabulary word emphasized throughout the day's lessons 
  • Science -- animal characteristics and habitats
  • Scripture -- related Bible figures
  • Story -- connects the animal and Bible figure characteristics to Christian values and challenges of life today
  • Summary -- Recall the lesson points, and close with prayer


  • Six original songs with motions
  • Coordinated arts, crafts, and games
  • Digital photos and support materials for download and display on electronic devices or printing
  • Scripts (short skits) to begin each day together and introduce the character and materials of the day.
  • Script for Closing Parent Showcase 

Southwest Safari VBS "Everything Kit" - $149.99


  • SWS VBS Director - Organization, Opening Session Skits and gathering-space Decorating Guide
  • Classroom Manuals - 2 Upper Elementary, 2 Lower Elementary, 2 PreK-K
  • Music Director - sheet music, lyrics sheets, and motions
  • Art, Recreation, and Activities Guide
  • Music CD  (includes tracks with and without voices)
  • Character Masks (set of 6)
  • Digital Art, Posters, and Photos (Downloads for advertising, decorating, and classroom instruction)
  • SWS T-shirt Digital Art (Digital Art to send to T-shirt company of your choice)
  • Free Samples:  
    • Bookmarks – 2 sheets (5 per sheet, laminated)
    • Stickers – 1 sheet (24 stickers)

Individual Item pricing:

  • Director's Manual - $24.95
  • Pre-K and Kindergarten Manual - $19.99
  • Lower Elementary Manual - $19.99
  • Upper Elementary Manual - $19.99
  • Art and Activities Manual - $14.99
  • Music Director's Manual - $14.99
  • Music CD - $11.99
  • Character Masks (set of 6) - $9.99
  • Bookmarks (sheet of 5, laminated) - $1.99
  • Stickers (sheet of 24) - $4.95