Children scream support for their team during the FX Live Family Experience, a production of Kids Blitz Ministries held in 2013 at the Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene.

As school lets out for the summer, churches around Tucson will transform gymnasiums and sanctuaries into desert islands and whitewater rivers. 

Vacation Bible school is upon us. 

These mostly weeklong camps entertain kids with Bible stories, sports, crafts, snacks and songs — giving mama a few blessed hours of peace. It's basically summer Sunday school. 

Some of the programs are free; many cost between $10 and $15 a kid. A good number will take your preschoolers.

Since almost all of them require advance registration if you're interested, we've included links on where to do that below. 

We're also fairly certainly this isn't a comprehensive list, so if we've left a VBS out, email jwillett@tucson.com. We'll update the list. 

NOTE: We organized these by date. 

22nd Street Baptist Church

When: June 4-8, 5:45 to 8:15 p.m. 

Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus

Age: Age 3 through fifth grade

Cost: Free

More info: Visit 22church.com/ministries/vbs

Alive Church 

When: June 4-8, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus

Ages: 5 to 12 

Cost: $15

More info: Visit alivechurch.com/vbs

Calvary Oro Valley

When: June 4-8, 9 a.m. to noon

Theme: Rolling River Rampage

Age: Preschool to fifth grade

Cost: $15 per child, includes a T-shirt

Catalina United Methodist Church

When: June 4-8, 9 a.m. to noon 

Theme: Rolling River Rampage

Age: 3-10 

Cost: Free

More info: Go here 

Christ Community Church

When: June 4-8, 8:30 a.m. to noon 

Theme: The Imperishables 

Age: Kindergarten through fourth grade graduates

Cost: $15 after May 18; $10 prior 

More info: Go here 

Desert Skies United Methodist Church

When: June 4-8, 9 a.m. to noon or add the full-day option for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus

Age: Pre-K through fifth grade for half day; second grade graduates through ninth grade for full day

Cost: $10 for half day; $50 for full day, including lunch 

Desert Son Community Church

When: June 4-8, 9:15 a.m. to noon. Sign up for the adventure camp after VBS so your kids can hang out until 5:30 p.m. 

Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus 

Age: Potty-trained kids 3 to sixth grade

Cost: $5 per child; $10 per family. Plus $85 per child if you want to add adventure camp. 

More info: Space limited. Visit Desertson.org

Mountain View Baptist Church

When: June 4-8, 9 a.m. to noon 

Theme: Game On: Gearing up for Life's Big Game

Age: Kindergarten through sixth grade graduates

Cost: Free

New Life Bible Fellowship

When: June 4-8, 9 a.m. to noon  

Theme: Game On: Gearing up for Life's Big Game

Age: Age 4 to entering sixth grade

Cost: Free

More info: About 30 spots available. Visit newlifetucson.com/childrens

St. Paul's United Methodist Church 

When: June 4-8, 9 a.m. to noon. From 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., kids can also sign up for drama Kids International. There's also a sports VBS camp 1 to 4 p.m. the week of June 18.

Theme: Rolling River Rampage

Age: Second through fifth graders for VBS; entering kindergarten through 12th grade for drama camp; kindergarten through fifth grade for sports VBS.

Cost: $15 per child; max cost of $40 per family. Plus $30 per kid for drama camp. VBS sports camp costs $50. 

More info: Visit stpaulsumctucson.org 

Tucson Church International

When:  June 4-8, 6-8:30 p.m.

Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus 

Age: 3-12

Cost: $15, includes T-shirt

More info: Go here

University City Church 

When: June 4-8, 9 a.m. to noon 

Where: 604 N. Sixth Ave

Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus

Age: Potty-trained 3-year-olds through kids entering fifth grade 

Cost: $15; includes T-shirt

More info: Visit ucitykids.com/vbs-2018

Victory Worship Center

When: June 4-6, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Where: 2561 W. Ruthrauff Road and 2350 W. Tangerine Road in Oro Valley

Theme: Kids Blast

Age: 4 to 12

Cost: $10

More info: Visit vwcaz.org/kidsblast/

Fountain of Life Lutheran Church

When: June 6, 13 and 20, 5:30 to 8 p.m.  

Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus

Age: Camp for the whole family 

Cost: Free; includes dinner

More info: Visit follutheran.org 

Calvary Tucson East

When: June 11-15 , 8:30 a.m. to noon 

Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus

Age: Kindergarten through fifth grade graduates

Cost: $10

More info: Visit calvarytucson.com/vbs

Casas Adobes Congregational Church UCC

When: June 11-14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; June 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Theme: Babylon: Profiles in Courage

Age: 4-11

Cost: $40; sign up by May 31

More info: Go here

El Camino Baptist Church

When: June 11-15 , 8:30 a.m. to noon 

Theme: Summer Science Spectacular

Ages: Kids entering first through eighth grades. There is also a program for kids for 3- and 4-year-olds and kindergarten newbies from 8:30 a.m. to noon June 11, 13 and 15. 

Cost: $45 per child. Preschool program costs $30 per child. 

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church 

When: June 11-15, 9 a.m. to noon 

Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus

Age: 3-11

Cost: $25; register by June 2

More info: Go here

Tucson Mountain Baptist Church

When: June 11-15, 8:30 a.m. to noon 

Theme: Game On: Gearing Up for Life's Big Game

Age: Potty-trained 3-year-olds through eighth grade graduates

Cost: Free

More info: Go here

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church Sahuarita 

When: June 14, 21, 28, July 5, July 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Where: 17675 S. La Cañada Drive in Sahuarita

Theme: Youth CrossFitness Camp

Ages: 7-13

Cost: Free

More info: Availability limited. Visit gracelutheransaz.org/events

Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church 

When: June 18-22, 9 a.m. to noon 

Theme: Livin' on a Prayer

Ages: 4-14

Cost: Free; includes lunch

More info: Go here

Immanuel Presbyterian Church

When: June 18-22, 9 a.m. to noon 

Theme: Hero Central: Discover Your Strength in God

Age: Nursery through 12th grade

Cost: $15 per child; $25 for two children; $40 for three or more children

More info: Go here

Streams in the Desert Lutheran Church

When: June 18-22, 9:30 a.m. to noon 

Theme: Babylon: Daniel's Courage in Captivity

Age: Elementary-aged kids

Cost: Free

More info: Go here

Common Ground Church

When: June 20-23 , 5:30 to 8 p.m. 

Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus

Age: Age 3 to fifth grade graduates

Cost: Free

More info: Visit commongroundarizona.com

Book of Life Community Church and Congregation Beth Sar Shalom 

When: June 25-29, 9 a.m. to noon 

Theme: Passport to Peru: Discovering God's Good Gifts

Age: Potty-trained 3-year-olds to age 12

Cost: Free

More info: Go here

Calvary Tucson West

When: June 25-29 , 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus

Age: Kindergarten through fifth grade graduates

Cost: $10

More info: Visit calvarytucson.com/vbs

Sabino Road Baptist and Desert Hope Lutheran churches

When: June 25-29, 9 a.m. to noon 

Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus

Age: Age 4 through fifth grade graduates

Cost: $20 for first child; $15 for additional children in the same family; include T-shirt, CD of music and materials 

More info: Go here

Northminster Presbyterian Church 

When: July 9-13, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. 

Theme: Splash Canyon: God's Promise on Life's Wild Ride

Ages: Age 4 through fifth grade graduates

Cost: $15

Northwest Community Friends Church 

When: July 9-13, 6-8 p.m. 

Theme: Star Words: A True Hope

Age: 5 to 11

Cost: Any donation

Pantano Christian Church

When: July 9-13, 9 a.m. to noon for VBS; June 18-22, 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. for fine arts camp

Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus for VBS; Star Quest: Search for the Stolen Scriptures for fine arts camp

Age: Age 3 through kindergarten graduates for VBS; second through fifth graders in fall 2018 for fine arts camp

Cost: $42 and register by July 1 for VBS; $90 and register by June 1 for fine arts camp

More info: Visit pantano.church/summer — you'll also find some day camps to check out there, too. 

Maranatha Ministries

When: July 9-13, 6-9 p.m. 

Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus

Ages: 4 to 12

Cost: $10

Catalina Foothills Church

When: July 11, July 18, July 25 and August 1, 6-8 p.m. 

Theme: Operation Arctic

Ages: Age 4 through fifth grade. There are also adult class going on simultaneously and childcare provided for younger children of parents taking a class. 

Cost: Free 

More info: Visit cfcpca.org/summer-nights