Summer Day Camp



Summer Camp 2014


To Apply:


Camper Online Application
Camper Application PDF
Camper Scholarship Online Application
Camper Scholarship Application (PDF)


Leader in Training Application
Leader in Training Application PDF


Junior Counselor (age 17 – 20) Application
Junior Councelor Application PDF
Adult Counselor Application

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The Sense of Wonder Summer Day Camp 2018


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 2018 Schedule.


Our Camp Staff 2018:

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 2019 Information:

  • One or more week sessions.
  • July 1st to August 16th
  • Ages 7–12.
  • Monday–Friday; 9–1pm
  •  $320 per week


Summer Camp 2019 Application:


Camp Application PDF
Information Sheet
Medical form
Permission form


Financial Aid and Scholarships available.


The Sense of Wonder Day Camp Schedule 2018:


July 2-6: Locally grown, Permaculture, Nature Design, Music:

The very resourceful Kaila Binney will visit this week to talk about permaculture and lead some innovative gardening projects. Lewis Warren Jr, the award winning pianist, will do an environmentally inspired music workshop with a variety of instruments and perform it with the campers and counselors on Friday at noon. Bill O’Callaghan, the ceramic artist and very imaginative nature designer will join us to fabricate a beautiful structure out of woven vines, sticks and other found objects. We will collect flowers, seed pods, leaves and all kinds of flora and fauna and make a multimedia sculpture or collage. We will do some clay hand building and work on the potter’s wheel. There will be an Art Show, Play, Performance and Speakers on Friday at noon.



July 9-13: Wilderness Awareness, Ocean Life, Dinosaurs and Fossils: Kim Ridley, The science writer:
Science writer Kimberly Ridley is the award-winning author of nonfiction books that invite children and their grown-ups to explore the real-world magic and mystery in their own backyards.  Her joy is sharing her love of nature and writing with kids through her books and school visits. Kimberly’s picture books, The Secret Pool (Kirkus starred review) and The Secret Bay, have received honors including Riverby Awards from the John Burroughs Association for “outstanding natural history books for young people.” Her newest book is Extreme Survivors: Animals That Time Forgot. She holds an MS in Science Journalism from Boston University and lives with her artist husband and their cat Tilly. Kimberly spends as much time as possible exploring the woods, fields and shores around her home in Brooklin, Maine following her curiosity.

Kim’s husband Tom Curry the well-known award winning artist:
As a plein air painter, I immerse myself in landscape to explore the relationships between stillness and flux. What we call a “place” is a paradox—it is not fixed but always changing: the light shifts from moment to moment, water is never still, clouds come and go. 
For the past 22 years, I have painted the landscape around my home in Maine, including a small island just offshore that has become the subject of a series of more than 60 paintings, many of which are collected in the book “Island”, published in 2012

Dr Henry Kriegstein and his passion for paleontology! will bring in part of his outstanding collection of dinosaur skeletons and fossils, show slides and talk about his impressive archeological excavations.
There will be an Art Show, Performance and Speakers on Friday at noon



July 16-20: Arm of the Sea Theater
    Unique and unusual environmentally and socially conscious Puppet and Mask theater. :

“Our mission is to create theater that inspires wonder, provokes thought, gives joy and enriches the public imagination. We believe that such theater should be easily accessible to a wide range of audiences. Thus, many of our performances take place in non-traditional spaces and at free outdoor festivals. We strive for a theater of visual poetry–handmade & archetypal–imbued with the urgencies of the Moment and the elemental impulses of Human/Nature.”

Arm-of-the-Sea was founded in 1982 by the multitalented Marlena Marallo and Patrick Wadden as an experimental hybrid performance group combining art, ecology and social action. We continue to experiment with this ephemeral art form as a symbolic visual language that can illuminate the links between human communities and the life-support processes of the planet. The campers will have the exciting and inspiring opportunity to create masks, puppets, prints, drawings and paintings with these award winning and highly talented artists, Patrick Wadden and Marlena Marallo. We will have an Art Show, Performance and speakers on Friday at noon.

Arm of Sea Theater will also do one of their own amazing, unique and expressive performances tba on Friday, July 20th, 6 pm at Owen Park in Vineyard Haven.  


July 23-27: Mask making with Eric Bornstein and Comic Books and Cartooning:  The children will have the opportunity to create a large mask and costume of a well-known luminary or hero from the past or present or someone from their own imagination and write a short script about them to perform on Friday at noon. (by choice) Visionary Masks: Art for Social Change: Join Fulbright Scholar and award-winning mask maker Eric Bornstein as we build and bring to life masks of visionary world leaders, heroes or someone or creature from our imagination. Mask making allows us to embody diverse characters, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or nationality. The campers will get to create the scenery, props and music for this excellent production. We will also weave in some conversations about the very effective movement currently going on this Spring inspired and led by young people to bring safety to schools and public spaces.

Comic Books and Cartooning: We have a very accomplished visual artist joining us this week, Dan Cooney, who specializes in Comic Books and Cartooning. He will do a workshop with the campers and they will be able to learn the basic skills of drawing cartoons and comic characters. (by choice).

Eric Bornstein and Margaret Moody will perform the Chinese culture-themed program, “Monkey King Makes Mischief in Heaven” on Wednesday July 25th 3:30 pm at the Vineyard Haven Public Library.
There will be an Art Show, Performance and Speakers on Friday at noon.



July 3oth- August 3: Puppetry, Learning the Art of Creating Puppets and Puppet Shows: Dan Butterworth, Master Puppeteer:
Dan Butterworth, the world renowned, award winning and expressive Master Puppeteer, will be joining us again this summer. Back by popular demand!! The campers will be able to create puppets from their own imagination this week. Dan will bring in an abundance of materials, decorations, paint and glue for the children to fabricate an original puppet. They are encouraged to construct their own inspired, unique design, not something from an animated feature or video game. They will get to make a flying, dancing or shadow puppet and there will always be 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. The Campers and counselors will get to perform their original shows on Friday. All your relatives, friends and the community are invited to join us this week and every week.  There will be an Art Show, Puppetry Extravaganza and Dan Butterworth’s performance on Friday at noon.



August 6-10: Creativity Week: Art, Sculpture, Ceramics, Filmmaking, Theater, and Creative Robotics :

We will focus on a variety of creative art mediums this week starting with the very talented sculptor, woodworker and Glass blower, Wil Sideman, and Elysha Roberts Jewelry, and metal and paper sculpture.
The master ceramic artist and published author, Jennifer McCurdy, will come in this week to show us some of her innovative porcelain sculptures and demonstrate some of her techniques. Jennifer is highly talented and accomplished and her porcelain vessels and sculptures are part of the permanent collections of 22 different museums. All these artists have won awards for their work. We will do a film making workshop and exercises with an artist tba. Calder Martin, the engineering wizard and beloved Math teacher at the Charter School will be here to do creative Robotics with us. If they choose, the campers will be able to write their own play and perform it at the end of the week. There will be an Art Show, Film Premier, Performance and Speakers on Friday at noon.



August 13-17: Ethnic Diversity, African, Haitian and World Culture, Music, Folklore and Dance:

Jason Sibi-Okumu will be one of our very talented singer songwriters this week. He is from Kenya and a graduate of the Berklee College of Music.
Also the amazing and beautiful singer songwriter Neo Gcabo will return to work with us. Neo is from South Africa and has an incredibly strong and beautiful voice that sounds very similar to Miriam Makeba. Another artist will be with us, the enormously talented award winning artist and singer Suesan Stovall
will join us to do a collage workshop and sing with us too. Suesan incorporates a variety of images from her African American culture in her work. Also back again, by popular demand, Godfrey Muwulya will return to show the campers how to create an African instrument and teach us beautiful Ugandan dance movements and songs. Tobey Sol La Roche our beloved former Head Counselor will play the guitar and sing and dance with us all week.

Rick Bausman will join us for a world music workshop with his drums and instruments from around the globe. Rick will share some stories from his recent trip to Haiti with us last winter. We will also be sharing exciting information about the Music and Art Programs, water and Well Projects, Building restoration, Educational and Food Supplies that Sense of Wonder Creations is funding in Ile a Vache, Haiti.   There will be an Art Show, Musical Performances, Dance and Last Day of Camp Celebration on Friday!! We hope that you will all be able to join us on Friday at noon.






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.