Compassion Camp: What Every Living Thing Needs explores what all living things need to live—shelter, food, water, air, and community—and how we can have compassion for the living earth, especially in our local ecosystems.

Compassion Camp Theme Song:
A Creation Hymn

Compassion Camp Scripture

Each session is centered on Psalm 104 (excerpts below) as our grounding text and stitched together with additional scripture that highlight each session's theme. 

Bless the Lord, O my soul.

You make springs gush forth in the valleys;
they flow between the hills...

You cause the grass to grow for the cattle
and plants for us to cultivate,
to get food from the soil.

You have made the moon to mark the seasons;
the sun knows when to set.
You make darkness, and it is night,
when all the animals of the forest come creeping out.
The young lions roar for their prey,
seeking their food from God.

O God, what a variety you have created!
Arranging everything so wisely;
the earth is filled with your creativity.

"In my twelve years of doing VBS here at First Pres Santa Monica, I can't remember a VBS program more engaging, lively, meaningful, and loved by children, parents, and staff than Compassion Camp."

-Peter Earhart
Director of Children’s and Family Ministry, First Presbyterian Church, Santa Monica, CA

Compassion Camp: One Purchase, Complete Curriculum

Leave behind the hassle of purchasing additional materials.

When you choose Compassion Camp, we've got you covered with everything you need, in one convenient package.

Director's Guide

Your director's guide includes everything you need to run a successful program. Over 400 pages of material, activities, games, sheet music, and more!

Individual Leader Guides

Leader guides are provided for each of the different Compassion Camp components. Including a five-session version of Compassion Camp for youth.

Media Kit

The media kit includes posters, slides, illustrations for each session, the Compassion Camp logo in various formats, and promotional images you can use for newsletters, social media, and your website.

Music & Lyric Videos

Chord charts & sheet music are available in the Director's Guide. Our original songs are available wherever you stream music, and you can find our lyric videos (including instrumental versions) on YouTube.


Overview of Session Themes

Compassion Camp: What Every Living Thing Needs is an earth-care curriculum focused on the more-than-human world. While humans are a part of God's creation, we aim to explore the needs of every living thing for shelter, food, water, air, and community through awareness, gratitude, wonderment, reciprocity, and kinship, and specifically, practice ways humans can have compassion for the more-than-human world regarding those needs.

Shelter Protects Life

Participants will develop their skills of awareness as the first step in compassion by noticing how God provides shelter in the Bible.

Food Energizes Life

Participants will practice gratitude for food by compassionately acknowledging the world God made (as described in Psalm 104).

Water Hydrates Life

Participants will seek wonderment in the power and vulnerability of water by learning about the cycles of God’s life-giving resource and how we need to protect it compassionately.

Air Sustains Life

Participants will explore reciprocity in the function of air by seeing their own breath as the sign of God’s Spirit that breathes in them and how the world’s influence on the air affects what they receive through it.

Community Produces Life

Participants will identify their kinship with the world by understanding their membership in, and connection with, the diverse “neighborhood” of God’s creation.

Session Components

In each session of Compassion Camp, you'll find the following components.

Options for preschoolers: We also include preschool adaptations for the Bible Story, Create & Play, and Compassion in Action, in addition to preschool variations of our Recreation activities.

Gathering & Music

Introduces the session’s theme and is written as a guide so you can have the flexibility to fit your context. The Gathering is also an ideal time to lead everyone in the original music written for each session.

Bible Story

Child-friendly paraphrases of the scripture accessible for all ages, highlighting and celebrating the Bible’s focus on creation’s flourishing. A focus on poetry will strengthen the bond of the more-than-human world. For preschoolers, we include a Bible story booklet and a coloring page with imagining and wondering questions to connect more deeply with the story.

Create & Play

A fun mix of crafts and activities throughout all five sessions to practice our compassion skills and have fun together. Preschool lesson and activities included.


Physical engagement to connect our minds, bodies, and spirits with God. We will focus on breathing alongside basic yoga poses—friendly for all ages—connecting Compassion Camp’s main themes with our lives.


Cooperative games that get participants’ bodies and minds moving and reinforce Compassion Camp’s themes and takeaways. Preschool adaptations included.

Compassion in Action

These activities help participants think creatively about sharing their compassion and love. These small, simple, and tangible acts help us express God’s deep compassion for each other, ourselves, and the world. Preschool lesson and activities included.

Sending & Music

Similar to the Gathering, the Sending wraps up the session’s theme and is also written as a guide, giving you the flexibility to fit your context. The Sending is another excellent spot to lead everyone in the original music written for each session.

"After reading through Compassion Camp, I felt so much joy and hope. This curriculum meets all children where they are and is adaptable to all abilities and interests. Now more than ever, we need to teach children to look outward into their greater community."

-Ashley Saunders
Children's Minister, Muhlenberg Lutheran Church, Harrisonburg, VA

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Pricing Information

Compassion Camp is a fully digital curriculum, and it is priced based on the size of your congregation.

Licensing Information

If you plan to run Compassion Camp with one church or group, simply purchase Compassion Camp from our store, giving you a Single-Entity license.

If you want to join multiple churches or groups for your Compassion Camp experience, you'll need a Multi-Entity license. Fill out a form to request your Multi-Entity license here.

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Download a FREE Sample Session

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Click the button below to download your FREE sample of Compassion Camp: What Every Living Thing Needs. And if you have any questions, you can always get in touch with us here.


While not needed to run a successful Compassion Camp, we created these additional resources in response to customer feedback asking for more ways to integrate the Compassion Camp experience into their wider church communities.

Liturgy & Youth Edition

Compassion LITURGY: Are you looking for a seamless way to integrate Compassion Camp into your worship services? Whether you use this curriculum as a traditional 5-day Vacation Bible School program or you take the themes and spread it out over a few months, this liturgy will give you helpful prayers and litanies to include in your worship service. There is a liturgy for the Sunday before and after you use Compassion Camp and liturgies to accompany each session, focusing on shelter, food, water, air, and community.


Compassion Camp for YOUTH: The Compassion Camp curriculum comes with a 5-session youth version. However, if your church hasn't purchased Compassion Camp or you're looking to do it with just your youth group, you can purchase an adapted version of the program for youth.

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"Compassion Camp is the best! I am so grateful for a company making good curriculum that I, as a pastor, don’t have to feel guilty about. Last year, our church used a VBS curriculum that featured a violent image of the atonement and used militant imagery, which made me cringe during every song and lesson. So, finding something like Compassion Camp that speaks to our children about breathing and resting and caring for all of creation—rather than going to battle against it—is such a gift! Thank you!"

-Greg Milinovich
Senior Pastor, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, State College, PA

Compassion Camp is unlike other VBS curricula!

What is Compassion Camp?

Compassion Camp offers a transformative VBS experience that is adaptable for any church or community setting. This unique program aims to cultivate compassion for each other, ourselves, and the world through scripture, original songs, craftivities, cooperative play, compassionate actions, and more! 

What makes Compassion Camp unique?

  • Inclusive language & progressive theology
  • Fresh & modern illustrations
  • Flexible & adaptable
  • Original music & lyric videos
  • Digital & downloadable files
  • Geared toward K-5th graders
  • Preschool & Youth adaptations

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Other Editions of Compassion Camp

In addition to our What Every Living Thing Needs edition, we also have two other editions of Compassion Camp available. Below you can download free samples and learn more.

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Compassion Camp: Be Loved. Be Kind. Be You.