They've tried evenings. They've tried weekends. But organizers of St. Paul's Church's annual vacation Bible School have found holding the event on successive Wednesdays in July works best for them.
"We started doing this in 2014," director Patti Chase said last week. "Except for last year, we've done it in the mornings at [Quarryville's] Huffnagle Park. We tried evenings because we thought it would allow us to attract more helpers, but it didn't."
On Wednesday, July 17, about 34 adults and junior high students helped the 94 children attending the camp.
Holding the camp one day a week is also good for the children.
"Some kids just can't come every day for a week. This works better for them," she said. "We know some kids can't make it every time, so each day's lesson is a stand-alone program."
The organizers do not buy a packaged Bible School program. Instead, they plan their own around a topic chosen for the year.
"We start in January or February and get a theme. Then we develop stories, games, and crafts to go with it," she said.
The camp has been held in the borough's smaller park for every year since 2014. It only missed one year - 2018 - at Hufffnagle. That year, it moved to Quarryville Elementary School because of construction at the park.
The shaded lawns and pavilions provide plenty of room for each day's activities.
"Because we use the park, our energy can go into the program, not into putting up decorations. We don't have to do that because it's already here at the park. We love the park," Chase said. "We don't have rain dates. If the weather turns bad, we move to the church. That's only happened on two days during our fourth year," Chase said.