What is the Bible Bee?
The Bible Bee helps families establish a life-long pattern of discipleship in God’s Word. All of the materials and events are designed to be enjoyable and family-centered as they encourage, recognize, and reward diligence in Bible study, Scripture memorization and prayer.
The National Bible Bee begins June 1st as contestants learn to inductively study a designated book of the Bible through the Bible Bee’s exclusive Sword Study and memorize up to hundreds of Bible verses with their own Bible Memory Cards and Bible Bee-branded Bibles. Local Hosts provide encouragement, support and family activities for socializing and studying.
At the end of August, contestant families gather for the Local Contest, a time of demonstrating diligence, proclaiming God’s Word and celebrating together in Christ. The Contest challenges both Bible Memory and Bible Knowledge through oral and written test rounds. The top-scoring 300 contestants from around the nation are invited to compete in the National Competition which is held in the fall in the context of The Shelby Kennedy Foundation Family Discipleship Convention. Winners at Nationals take home a total of $260,000 in cash prizes as well as other awards.
Who can participate in the Bible Bee?
Youth who will be 7 to 18 years of age as of November 13th, 2011 can register as official contestants of the Bible Bee. They will compete in one of three age divisions: Primary (7-10 years of age), Junior (11-14) or Senior (15-18).
They can choose from three levels of competition difficulty: the National Track which is the most challenging and competitive; the Timothy Track which focuses on encouragement along with light competition as a motivator, and the Supporting Sibling Track for those who don’t wish to compete at all (or for siblings out of the official age range) but still want to use the Bible Bee materials and enjoy the Bible Bee experience.
How do we join the Bible Bee?
Contestant registration is open April 1st through May 31st at www.BibleBee.org. Everything your family needs to participate is included in the registration fee of $30.00 per child ($150 maximum). Your Local Host will welcome you and keep you posted about local events throughout the summer. At the beginning of June, Bible Bee Boxes arrive on every contestant family’s doorstep. Each contestant will receive age-appropriate Sword Study materials, memory verse cards and a Bible Bee branded Bible in his or her chosen Bible version. Parent Guidebooks will assist you in your family’s study and preparation for the Bible Bee.
What happens at a Local Contest?
After a morning gathering to welcome everyone, the three age divisions separate to complete their Written and Oral Test Rounds. The Written Test lasts for one hour and consists of 200 questions for National Track and 100 questions for Timothy Track contestants, covering their inductive study of the designated book of the Bible and Bible Memory passage comprehension questions. During the Oral Test, contestants recite up to 25 passages in 10 minutes in front of two Judges who grade their recitations. Parents are welcome to observe their child’s Oral Test as well. The five top-scoring youth from these rounds in each age division go on stage to compete in the Final Challenge Round, a single-elimination Bible Memory contest. Local winners are awarded and the day closes with celebration and praise to the Lord.
Why participate in the Bible Bee?
The greatest reward of being a part of the Bible Bee is experiencing your family drawing closer to the Lord and closer to one another as you study the Bible, memorize God’s Word and pray together. As you pursue family discipleship through the Bible Bee, you will likely meet many other like-minded families and have tons of fun along the way!