Every year Emmanuel Christian Reformed Church hosts a Vacation Bible School program (VBS) for one week in the summer. It is a whole lot of fun for kids age 3 to 12 with stories, songs, games and snacks. Each year is a different theme and to help make the experience a memorable one the use of creative décor is a huge part of the week.
The summer of 2016 had a theme of “Under the Sea” and Process Color Print was called upon to help come up with props, back drops, posters etc. to transform the church into an undersea world.
After discussing many options, it was decided to build a submarine. No, not tiny little play size submarines but a submarine that the kids could actually play in.
This structure needed to be sturdy, after all 90 -120 kids would be crawling through it, on it, around it for 5 nights. We also need to fabricate it in such a way to work with the church’s requirement of not attaching anything to the walls of the church. In order for it to be safe it needed to be lightweight. It needed to be assembled in an afternoon and disassembled in a few hours after the final night and of course it needed to be realistic, almost submersible but not quite.
Process Color went to work to design, print, engineer and fabricate this submarine using standard display materials such as Bubble X, cardboard tubes and some MDF. With an overall length of 30 feet and a height of 6’ the submarine was positioned between the fellowship hall and the sanctuary and used as the entrance into the underwater world of VBS. It took about 5 hours and 3 people to assemble and 2 hours to take apart.
#1- WHERE DO WE START?
#2-THE COMPONENT ORGANIZING
#3-BUILDING THE SUB FRAME
#4-PUTTING ON THE SIDES
#5-FASTENING DOWN THE BULKHEADS
#6-INSTALLING THE SUBMARINE’S CONTROL PANELS
#7-A JOB WELL DONE!
Needless to say, the kids loved the submarine and walked through it many times that week using their imaginations and having a great time. We were so glad to be able to help out – just because we could.
We still have it in storage if anyone needs a 30-foot submarine! Give us a call.