Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2

VBS Online Registration is now closed. You can still register at the doors when you arrive.


VBS: June 11 – 15, 2018

‘Game On!’


Grab your megaphones, lace up your cleats, and tune up your horn. It’s time to gear up for the big game! It’s go time! Whether you’re the type to root from the stands, march in the band, cheer on the field, or hustle to the line, the time is now—it’s Game On!

Kids are under so much pressure—to perform well, to be the best, to balance schedules that are full to the brim, to excel in every arena. From that vantage point, life’s big game can seem like no fun. But when we step back, we realize that the goal is not competing in our own strength. God has already given us everything we need! He’s given us His complete Word as the ultimate playbook. He’s given us Himself, which gives us a reason to celebrate. He wants us to join His team, to train hard, to celebrate our salvation, to encourage one another, and spur each other on. So what are you waiting for? This is Spirit Week 2018. It’s Game On!


VBS is for children age 5 – 5th grade. Children age 0-4 will not be able to participate unless their parent or caretaker is a registered VBS volunteer.

All children must sign a liability release to participate in VBS.

Click here to register as a volunteer.

Click Here to make a VBS donation.

Preschool Age 0 - 4

Preschool Age 0 - 4

Birth through age 4 can participate when a parent volunteers to serve during VBS. All volunteers must be a member and have a background check. Simply register your preschoolers when you register yourself as a volunteer.
Special Needs

Special Needs

Children with special needs are welcome and encouraged to participate in VBS! Some kids with special needs thrive in the typical VBS setting. If your child would benefit from a quieter environment, we have limited space in our Special Needs group.
En español

En español

There is a spanish language program available for those who wish to participate. Children will follow the same program and participate in the same activities.

VBS Information

When is VBS?


June 11-15, 2018 (9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.)
On-site registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Volunteers should arrive by 8:30 a.m. each morning to be in their designated area.



Is there a cost for VBS?



No cost to attend VBS.
Optional: VBS Music CD $3 each and VBS t-shirt $7 each.



Who is VBS for?



General public: Children five years old through completed 5th grade. Due to space limitations, only five-year-olds and up will be allowed to participate in VBS.
Children of volunteers: Birth through age 4 can participate when a parent volunteers to serve during VBS.



Registration Procedures



All children as well as volunteers must be registered.
Go to to register.



  1. Submit a liability form for each attending child (not needed for volunteers). It is a 2 step process so be sure to check your email for the final step. This is done once per year and is valid for ALL IBC activities that year.
  2. Register your child to attend.
  3. Register yourself to volunteer (must be IBC member and have background check on file)
  4. Purchase an optional t-shirt and/or music CD for each child. (The deadline to order has passed.)(NOTE: Volunteers shirts are free and do NOT need to be ordered. Volunteer shirt size is requested when registering).
  5. Make an optional donation to VBS
  6. Order your Chick-fil-A meals online for Family Night (Orders must be placed by 5pm on Tue 6/12/18).







  • All child buddy requests must be registered by May 6 as we have 2000 children to place.
  • The deadline for t-shirt orders has passed. If you have already ordered yours, they will be ready for pick up on May 27. A limited number of t-shirts will be available to purchase at Event Registration. You may also choose to go to Lifeway and pick up a similar shirt.
  • All children must be registered by May 20 to receive a packet in the mail.
  • Chick-fil-A meals must be ordered by 5pm Tue, June 12



All children not pre-registered must go to a first-time registration station, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on June 11. Avoid long lines, register by June 3!
If you want your child in the same group as one of their friends, then both children must be registered before May 6. Due to the number of children anticipated, only ONE friend request can be honored per child.



Items Not Permitted



Wheeled shoes, skateboards, and gum


Dress Code for Children



Children are encouraged to dress in comfortable clothes for the day. During our Family Night program, children are encouraged to wear their VBS t-shirt and jeans or shorts.

All volunteers must complete a background check prior to volunteering at VBS.

Volunteers visit the Volunteer Information page for more information you need to know.


Also go to the Volunteer Assignments page for find out where you are assigned for VBS.

Director’s Goal



Love children into the Kingdom of God! And have fun doing it!


Vacation Bible School (VBS) Theme



Game On! – VBS invites kids to grab their megaphones, lace up their cleats, and tune up their instruments. As they fill up the offensive line, sideline, and drumline, players, cheerleaders, and band members will realize God has given them His ultimate playbook. He wants them to join His team, train hard, celebrate salvation, and encourage one another. Get in the spirit today with Game On! VBS.


VBS Scripture



His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.
2 Peter 1:3


VBS Motto


Gear Up!
Get Ready!
Game On!


Our VBS Purpose Statement



VBS is a fun-filled, spiritual adventure for boys and girls that provides concentrated Bible study and encourages real-life application. The intention of VBS is to reach people of all ages, leading them to know and respond to Jesus Christ as led by the Holy Spirit.


God’s Blessings at Idlewild



God has chosen to bless the ministry of VBS at Idlewild Baptist Church. We are committed to providing a VBS program that reaches a high number of children, while maintaining our high standards of quality.

Last Year Recap: 

Children provided over $5,600 for Florida Baptist Children’s Home.


This Year:

Our goal is to sponsor 50 children to attend the Friends of Nazareth evangelistic summer camp in Israel. The cost per student is $125 for a total goal of $6,250!