It is important, especially at first, to give your team numerous opportunities to be creative. For our church, this meant creating our own Vacation Bible School materials rather than relying on a ready made boxed kit. Encouraging the use of creativity had several benefits.
First, our volunteers invested more in the program because they were passionate about the results. Second, our volunteers were better informed about the program because they were responsible for creating part of it. The entire VBS from start to finish benefited from this increased involvement on behalf of the volunteers. Several parents commented how impressed they were with the extra effort and creativity put forth for their children, and the children themselves felt valued.