Destination Dig VBS 2021 by LifeWay

Unearthing the truth about Jesus!

Roll up your sleeves and grab excavation gear, and head to archaeological sites of present-day Israel with Destination Dig, the 2021 VBS theme from LifeWay!

Planning Essentials | Destination Dig VBS 2021

Get Ready for Destination Dig VBS

Directors Kit | Destination Dig VBS 2021

Everything you need to get started with your VBS, including:

  • Administrative Guide
  • Decorating Made Easy
  • Preschool Activity Book
  • Kids Activity Book
  • Preteen Activity Book
  • One Music for Preschoolers CD
  • One Music for Kids CD
  • VBS Collapsible Crate
  • Directors Folding Magnifier
  • Jump Start Poster (only available in the Directors Kit)
Destination Dig Preschool Starter Kit

Preschool Starter Kit

Destination Dig Kids Starter Kit

Kids Starter Kit

Destination Dig Worship Rally Pack

Worship Rally Pack

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Destination Dig Student Resources

Student Resources

Destination Dig Decorating


Destination Dig Music

Music & Media

Destination Dig Custom Postcards

Custom Shirts

Destination Dig Custom Banners

Custom Banners

Destination Dig Custom Postcards

Custom Postcards

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Theme Overview | Destination Dig VBS 2021

Destination Dig Theme Video

Excavate the Truth

Grab your pickaxe and shovel!

VBS 2021 is headed to present-day Israel where discovery awaits at Destination Dig. Kids will unearth more than dirt as they dig up exciting evidence that proves biblical events were not just stories. As junior archaeologists, kids will explore real-life archaeological finds that have helped to uncover the truth about Jesus! Along the way, they’ll discover the truth of Jeremiah 29:13, that God reveals Himself to us when we seek and search for Him with all our hearts.

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Music | Destination Dig VBS 2021

Theme Song

3s - Kindergarten

You Will Find Me

Jesus Is Born

God Gave Us Senses

Jesus Loves You


Dig a Hole

Grades 1 - 6

Christmas Song in Summer

Strong and Mighty

Dig It

You Are My Life

It's True

Daily Content | Destination Dig VBS 2021

Theme Verse:

You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all of your heart. Jeremiah 29:13


Seek Truth! Find Jesus!

Daily Content:

Day 1: Jesus Came as God Promised

Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:18–2:6

Day 2: Jesus Demonstrated God’s Power

Psalm 146:8; Isaiah 35:5–6a; John 9:1–41

Day 3: Jesus Was Betrayed and Rejected

Psalm 41:9; Isaiah 53:3,7; John 13; 18:1–19:16

Day 4: Jesus Died and Rose Again

Isaiah 53:5,9–11; John 19:17–20:18

Day 5: The Bible Is True

Isaiah 53:7–8; Acts 8:26–40

Rotation Sites:

Worship Rally Dig Site

Bible Study Tent

Artifact Crafts

Mess Tent Snacks

Recreation Ruins

Missions Market

Desert Cave Music

Destination Dig

Bible Story

Jesus Came as God Promised
Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:18-2:6

Daily Point

Jesus is the Savior God promised


  • Isaiah Scroll Ornament (Craft Pack option)
  • Destination Dig Field Journal
  • Artifact Pinch Pots


"Christmas Song in Summer"


Bible Games: Promise Tag
Theme Games: Pottery Jar Bust Seek and Find

Students & Adults

Today's Purpose: Leaders will use Old Testament prophecy and New Testament fulfillment to point students to the truth that Jesus is the Messiah
Bonus Verse: Isaiah 9:6

Destination Dig

Bible Story

Jesus Demonstrated God's Power
Psalm 146:8; Isaiah 35:5-6a; John 9:1-41

Daily Point

Jesus has the power God promised


  • Jesus Heals Eyeglass Case (Craft Pack option)
  • Mystery Play Dough
  • Foil Medallion


"Strong & Mighty"


Bible Games: Blindfold Dig
Theme Games: Nature Archaeology Hunt Artifact Museum

Students & Adults

Today's Purpose: Leaders will help students recognize that while Jesus provided physical healing, His primary purpose was to heal people spiritually.
Bonus Verse: John 9:33

Destination Dig

Bible Story

Jesus Was Betrayed and Rejected
Psalm 41:9; Isaiah 53:3,7; John 13; 18:1-19:16

Daily Point

Jesus knew what would happen and still followed God's plan


  • Dig Site Water Pouch (Craft Pack option)
  • Roman Mill Game
  • Roman Wristband


"Dig It"


Bible Games: Follow the Plan
Theme Games: Gather the Artifacts Artifact Hunt

Students & Adults

Today's Purpose: Leaders will guide students and adults to realize that Jesus knew He would be betrayed and rejected, yet He still chose to follow God's will.
Bonus Verse: Matthew 20:28

Destination Dig

Bible Story

Jesus Died and Rose Again
Isaiah 53:5,9-11; John 19:17-20:18

Daily Point

Jesus fulfilled God's plan to be our Savior.


  • Magnetic Cross Bookmark (Craft Pack option)
  • Seek and Find Stones
  • Empty Tomb Maze


"You Are My Life"


Bible Games: Roll the Stone Away
Theme Games: Make a Plan Rolling, Rolling, Rolling

Students & Adults

Today's Purpose: Leaders will point students and adults to the truth that because Jesus fulfilled God's plan, they have eternal life through belief in Jesus.
Bonus Verse: John 11:25

Destination Dig

Bible Story

The Bible is True
Isaiah 53:7-8; Acts 8:26-40

Daily Point

The Bible is true and helps us tell others about Jesus.


  • Pottery Shard Frame (Craft Pack option)
  • Chariot
  • Chariot Wheel Review


"It's True"


Bible Games: Chariot Dodge Ball
Theme Games: Coordinates Dig Tools of the Trade

Students & Adults

Today's Purpose: Leaders will lead students and adults to understand that the Bible is true and can be trusted to help them tell others the good news.
Bonus Verse: Romans 1:16

How it Works | Destination Dig VBS 2021

Large Group Worship Rally

Each day begins and ends with Large Group Worship Rally

This is the place where kids will sing VBS songs, learn motions, view a daily drama, and set the direction for the day's adventures.

Next Stop: Bible Study

Next Stop: Bible Study!

Divide into groups by grades or keep multiple ages together with multi-age options. Here, kids will experience the daily Bible story and participate in small group activities that reinforce daily points.

Destination Dig Rotation Sites

Kids rotate through sites where every activity relates back to Jesus and the day's biblical content.



Create keepsakes that reinforce Bible learning.



Fill up on treats that connect to the Destination Dig theme.



Play games that support daily points.



Dig into the work of real-life missionaries.



Uncover catchy tunes that reveal Bible truths.

Large Group Worship Rally

Close the day with a trip back to Large Group Worship Rally

End the day with more high-energy fun and dismissal.

Why LifeWay?

Choose LifeWay VBS!

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