It all started when two churches began working together...

Recreation VBS is an unique day camp experience  for children in 1-12th grades in the urban setting of Oakland: one part VBS, one part Art Camp, one part community service learning projects makes for three times the fun!  We were birthed out of desire to tweak a traditional Vacation Bible School (VBS) to respond to the needs of multicultural, multi faith, urban children in Oakland, CA; as well as an intentional effort to encourage present and future local artists and social activists.  

We continue today as a nonprofit partnership between participants in various Oakland churches and communities.  Our goal is to empower children - and adults - to be participants and activists for societal wholeness through the realization that social action, artistic creativity, faith, moral values and ethics are integrally connected in us a individual human beings and as a living community. Most leadership is volunteer.  We use the monies that we collect in registration fees to encourage local artists and empower social change in our beloved city of Oakland.


Our 2017 Recreation VBS Camp is

Monday, August 14th - Friday, August 18th,

meeting on our CAPC Oakland campus.


Find more information, videos, and online registration on our official camp website at