Free VBS: “The Totally Covert Top Secret Classified Spy Academy”

This VBS is offered free for your church to use. I’ve run it a couple of times at different churches and it was a big hit (in fact, some of the kids were still talking about it years later). Below you will find a program overview and links to all the resources you’ll need; you are welcome to download and customize this for your church to use.
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Welcome to The Totally Covert Top Secret Classified Spy Academy!

At Spy Academy, kids will learn the skills needed to become master spies. And they will have a lot of fun doing it! Each day brings a new training focus – Spy identity, disguises, trailing & surveillance, secret messages, and gadgets. Each day the training focus will be used as a hook into the gospel message. Not only will the kids be learning what it takes to become master spies; they will learn how to become followers of Jesus.

Ace Warburton, Master Spy is at the top of his game. He’s a renowned secret agent, a well-recognized master of disguise, and the envy of spies everywhere. This week, we’ll join Ace as he stumbles onto the trail of his diabolical arch-nemesis Sedgwick Sly. Ace discovers Sly’s plan to take over the entire world with (does it really matter? Something evil, that’s for sure!). Using all of his spy-skills, spy-tools, and not a little luck, Ace goes undercover, he trails Sly, and he cracks the codes, and (of course) looks dashing the entire time.

Your VBS kids will hear a story about Ace Warburton throughout the week as they take part in their own “Spy Academy” training. Through games, crafts, snacks and story they will learn the skills needed to become master spies.

This theme is a lot of fun and often a little bit silly, but the daily training focuses and stories about Ace Warburton all work together to grab the kids attention and focus it on the gospel points. Your spies-in-training will look up to and admire Ace Warburton. But Ace Warburton is not real; he’s made-up. Through the gospel message, your kids will learn about Jesus who came into the world to save sinners. Jesus is our Savior and as followers of Jesus we should grow to be more like Him!

Theme Verse

Here is a saying you can trust. It should be accepted completely. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Timothy 1:15

Program Overview

Day 1

Training Focus – Spy Identity

Gospel Point -Jesus is both God and human.

Bible Verse -In the beginning, the Word was already there. The Word was with God, & the Word was God. The Word became a human being. He made His home with us. John 1:1,14a NIrV

Day 2

Training Focus – Disguises

Gospel Point – Jesus came to take our sins away.

Bible Verse – But you know that Christ came to take our sins away. And there is no sin in Him. 1 John 3:5

Day 3

Training Focus – Trailing & Surveillance

Gospel Point – God sent Jesus because He loves us.

Bible Verse – God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son. Anyone who believes in Him will not die but will have eternal life. John 3:16 NIrV

Day 4

Training Focus – Secret Messages

Gospel Point – The gift of salvation is offered to anyone who puts their faith in Jesus.

Bible Verse – God’s grace has saved you because of your faith in Christ. Your salvation doesn’t come from anything you do. It is God’s gift. It is not based on anything you have done. No one can brag about earning it. Ephesians 2:8-9 NIrV

Day 5

Training Focus – Gadgets

Gospel Point – The Holy Spirit helps us grow to be more like Jesus.

Bible Verse – But the Father will send the Friend in My name to help you. The Friend is the Holy Spirit. He will teach you all things. He will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26 NIrV

Program Resources

Below you will find everything you need to run this VBS program at your church! Download the links to get started.


Directors Guide (pdf)

Supplementary Resources (zip)

Story (“Operatives Objectives”)

Leaders Guide (pdf)

Supplementary Resources (zip)

Crafts (“Classified Crafts”)

Leaders Guide (pdf)

Supplementary Resources (zip)

Games (“Training Ground”)

Leaders Guide (pdf)

Supplementary Resources (zip)

Snack (“Snoop Snacks”)

Leaders Guide (pdf)

Supplementary Resources (zip)


Leaders Guide (pdf)


Leaders Guide (pdf)


Leaders Guide (pdf)

Supplementary Resources (zip)


*Some of these documents contain links to other websites. If any of these link no longer work for you please let me know so that I can update them.

If you use this VBS in your church, I would love to hear about it!