Summer Day Camp



Summer Camp 2014


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Leader in Training Application
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The Sense of Wonder Summer Day Camp 2017


The purpose of our program is to nurture the discovery and appreciation of our beautiful world ~ environmental and ethnical diversity ~ to become closer to it and learn how to love and care for it. To appreciate the very small wonders as well as the enormous ones and to realize how one person can make a difference. We blend all the ideas together in our daily creative activities of art, music, nature, community and cultural awareness. Click here to view Summer 2017 Schedule.


Our Camp Staff 2017:

Pam Benjamin:
Director & Instructor
Artist, art teacher, dancer, sailor, mother, environmentalist, humanitarian, mentor

Five Adult Instructors: TBA
Leaders in Training:
Leader in Training Application download here.



Summer Camp 2017 Information:

  • One or more week sessions.
  • July 3rd to August 18th
  • Ages 7–12.
  • Monday–Friday; 9–1pm
  •  $320 per week


Summer Camp 2017 Application:


Camp Application PDF
Information Sheet
Medical form
Permission form


Financial Aid and Scholarships available.


The Sense of Wonder Day Camp Schedule 2017:


July 3-7: Creativity, Locally Grown, Permaculture, Bees, Butterflies and Hummingbirds:

Julia MacNelly, the Artist and Film Maker, and Eva Faber will come in to talk to the Campers and Parents. They are spending part of the winter on a Permaculture Farm in Indonesia and will come back with lots of stories and film footage of their experiences. Some local farmers will visit accompanied by their gentle, child friendly animals. We will plant vegetables and herbs and expand the Bee, Hummingbird and Butterfly Garden. Teachers from the Island Grown Initiative will come in to do some fun planting projects and talk about our local Farm to School program. There will be a wonderful visiting artist joining us who makes felt animals from naturally dyed wool. We will create a special project related to saving bees and butterflies and explore creativity choosing from many different mediums, Drawing, Painting, Clay, Felting, Sculpture, Music, Poetry and Theater. The campers always get to pick what project they are interested in. Throughout the summer everyone will have the opportunity to work and care for the gardens.  At noon on Friday someone will come in from a local farm (TBA) and bring samples of locally grown food for everyone to share. We will also have an Art Show, Speakers and Performance.



July 10-14: Wilderness Awareness, Native American Culture and Fossils:

Durwood Vanderhoop and the Black Brook Singers and Drummers will join us this week to teach us some songs and perform for the campers and parents. They will also talk about the Wampanoag and Native American culture and traditions. We will explore and discover nature in the forest and the ocean collecting objects to create a collage, mosaic or sculpture. Duncan Caldwell the globally recognized prehistoric archeologist and published author will come in with some of his incredible collection of fossils from around the world to talk to the campers and parents.

We will show some film footage from the public television show “American Experience”,  “Dinosaur Wars” filmed by our dear friend Brian Dowley, the award-winning cinematographer. 
Jenifer Strachan the celebrated artist will come in to show us some amazing Mosaic techniques using natural found objects, tiles and other fun items.
We will have an Art Show, Talk and Performance on Friday at noon.  Everyone is welcome. 


July 17-21: Mask Making, Story Telling and Cartooning:

Lisa Abbatamarco the well known Creative Artist will do a Mask Making workshop. 

Lisa Abbatomarco is an Interdisciplinary Visual and Performing Artist whose modest studio space is often bursting at the seams with painting, mask making, puppetry, textiles, collage, sculpture, experimental theater, installation and sound art. Fueled by improvisation, mood and a multitude of materials, she transforms the recycled and discarded into forms both familiar and beautiful, often with an environmental theme. From design to construction, she has created original theatre productions as well as toured with renowned puppet/mask theatres Arm of the Sea (NY) and In the Heart of the Beast (MN). As an Arts Educator, she creates programs that integrate a myriad of elements as well as examine social, environmental or universal themes. With simple, everyday and recycled materials, she introduces youth to new or unusual concepts in art through a hands-on approach, experimentation and play. In collaboration with community, curriculum or educators, she mindfully designs programs for opening minds and engaging conversation.

The Mask Cascade: Lisa says:
“Nature will be our inspiration for fantastical masks. Beginning with cardboard sculpture and recycled materials we’ll channel our inner creative muse. Then we’ll go extra-ordinary with papier mache’ by using paper that we tie-dye ourselves. Inject some of your imagination and watch the creations come to life.
If the campers would like we will create a dance, parade or play with the masks and perform it on Friday at noon.”
We will also be making three dimensional masks out of other materials like, plaster gauze and thick poster board.

Paul Karasik,
 the world renowned author, editor, professor, cartoonist and story teller, who has had his Cartoons published in the New Yorker and other well know publications will join us this week. Paul will lead a cartoon/comic and story telling workshop with the campers and also show his work and speak to the parents and community on Friday.

There will be an Art Show, Speaker and Performance on Friday at noon.   

July 24-28: Puppetry, Learning the Art of Creating Puppets and Puppet Shows:

Dan Butterworth, the world renowned, award winning Master Puppeteer, will be joining us again this summer. Back by popular demand!! The campers will be able to create many different kinds of puppets this week. Dan will bring in an abundance of materials, decorations, paint and glue for the children to fabricate a puppet from their own imagination. They are encouraged to construct their own original, unique design, not something from an animated feature or video game. They will get to make a flying, dancing or shadow puppet and more possibilities. Hopefully imaginations will be running wild. They will also (if they choose) be writing their own puppet shows and creating their own props and scenery. We will continue to work in our organic garden and explore the ocean and its creatures during our beach and swim time. On Friday at noon Dan Butterworth will do a short demonstration and performance of his hand carved wooden and Shadow Puppets. There will also be a Puppetry Extravaganza of original shows written by the campers and counselors. Everyone is welcome. 



July 31st- August 4: Creatures, Machines and Things that Fly:

We will explore, discover, draw, paint and fabricate three-dimensional creatures and things that fly out of papier mache’ and plaster gauze to add to a mural installation. Richard (Dick) Everett, the Award Winning and National Champion of the P24 Competition of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, and his talented friends, will be our artists in residence this week. Dick is a world-renowned blacksmith, steam engine specialist, model airplane builder, flyer and raconteur extraordinaire. He will show us his models and do a workshop in small rubber powered airplane building. We will have a field trip to our local High School Gym to practice flying the camper’s and Dick’s model planes. We will also have a demonstration on that day of motorized model planes for the campers by someone from our local Aeronautical Club on the island (TBA). The campers will get to build a few different kinds of model planes and be able to fly them outside. On Friday at noon, Dick Everett will talk to the campers, parents and community and his hand built airplane models will be on display. There will be an art show, mural and creatures installation and flying demonstration by the campers on Friday at noon.  Everyone is welcome.



August 7-11: Stop Motion Animation, Magic, Wire Sculpture and Creative Robotics:

Hannah Moore, the amazingly talented Artist and film maker and Steve Lohman, the award-winning Artist, Film Maker, Sculptor and Magician will do Stop Motion animation workshops, Amazing Magic Tricks and will also do a wire sculpting workshop with the campers.  Chris Aring, the Robotics Wizard, will also join us this week for a fun and creative Robot making workshop out of different building materials and motors. There will be an Art Show, Performance and Speaker on Friday at noon. Everyone is welcome.  



August 14-18: Ethnic Diversity, Music, Fabricating and Playing Musical Instruments, Peace and Justice:

Godfrey Muwulya will join us and bring traditional Ugandan Costumes, Instruments and Art work. He will do dance, music and singing workshops with the campers and counselors that will be performed on Friday. The Berklee College of Music Alumnae from Kenya, South Africa and Israel, will sing, dance and play instruments with us. We will create drums, instruments from gourds . “Gourds are natural resonators, already formed, waiting to be strung, blown or struck.” and other kinds of instruments from a variety of materials. Rick Bausman and Tobey La Roche will join us and bring in their collection of instruments from around the globe. We will explore the art, music, folklore, theater and customs from different cultures and continents.
        We will talk about Sense of Wonder Creations and it’s expanded Global outreach to Haiti. In the winter of 2017/18 we will bring our schooner “Charlotte” back to Haiti loaded with supplies for the Haitian people. We will lead Art, Music and Boat building workshops. SoWC has raised and donated money to Sister Flora’s Orphanage for food and other supplies. We have donated funds to the local people and the Community Center to rebuild houses, fix cisterns and wells, feed, plant gardens and trees. We also have sent money to purchase guitars, drums, keyboards, art materials and pay teachers for a music and art program.  Pam’s husband, Nat will continue his project of bringing a Marine Railway to the people of Ile a Vache.
       We will have some surprise guests on Friday at noon for our last day of camp party.  
  There will be an Art Show, Performance, Musicians and Speakers this week on Friday at noon.
Everyone is welcome.  Thank you so much!!   






Sense of Wonder Creations Live 2010 CD

Our Sense of Wonder Creations Live 2010 CD is available now at the CD Baby music website. Amazing socially and environmentally conscious songs written and sung by our summer campers and counselors. All the income will be donated to humanitarian and environmental organizations.


Download individual songs or buy the CD Sense of Wonder Creations Live 2010


Summer Camp Photo Gallery!

All photos by Lynn Christoffers






The Power of One

One song can spark a moment
One flower can wake the dream
One tree can start a forest
One bird can herald spring

One smile begins a friendship
One handclasp lifts a soul
One star can guide a ship at sea
One word can frame the goal

One vote can change a nation
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness
One laugh will conquer gloom

One step must start each journey
One word must start each prayer
One hope will raise our spirits
One touch can show you care

One voice can speak with wisdom
One heart can know what’s true
One life can make the difference
You see, it’s up to you!!

Ashish Ram
(Author Unknown)

I am only one, but still I am one.
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something;
and because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do something I can do.

We don’t need more money,
we don’t need greater success or fame,
We don’t need the perfect body or even the perfect mate.

Right now, at this very moment, we have a mind,
which is all the basic equipment we need to help the world

Be a better place.