The Sense of Wonder Summer Day Camp 2016
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 2016 Schedule.
Our Camp Staff 2016:
Director & Instructor
Artist, art teacher, dancer, sailor, mother, environmentalist, humanitarian, mentor
Five Adult Instructors: TBA
Leaders in Training: TBA
Leader in Training Application download here.
Summer Camp 2016 Information:
- One or more week sessions.
- July 3rd to August 18th
- Ages 7–12.
- Monday–Friday; 9–1pm
- $280 per week (there is an extra charge on certain weeks, see schedule)
Summer Camp 2016 Application:
Camp Application PDF
Financial Aid and Scholarships available.
July 4th World Sustainability and Locally Grown:
We hope to get together on June 30th the week before camp starts to visit the Hokule’a and participate in events with the Polynesian Sailing craft which arrives on Martha’s Vineyard on July 28th after sailing around the world.
“The Hawaiian name for this voyage, Mālama Honua, means “to care for our Earth.” Living on an island chain teaches us that our natural world is a gift with limits and that we must carefully steward this gift if we are to survive together. As we work to protect cultural and environmental resources for our children’s future, our Pacific voyaging traditions teach us to venture beyond the horizon to connect and learn with others. The Worldwide Voyage is a means by which we now engage all of Island Earth—bridging traditional and new technologies to live sustainably, while sharing, learning, creating global relationships, and discovering the wonders of this precious place we all call home.”
≈The Award winning Author and Film Maker, Sam Lowe will visit to talk about the Hokule’a and it’s global mission.
The campers will be able to build a model size version of a wooden double-hulled sailing canoe like the Hokule’a and other small wooden boats designs.
We will do creative art projects to go along with the weekly themes. A local farmer will visit with some of their baby animals. We will also be working in the garden and planting flowers for the Bees, Hummingbirds and Butterflies. The campers get to take home some planted seeds of their choice.
Please note, there is a $40 extra charge this week for materials and a donation to the Hokule’a’s mission and the Polynesian Voyaging Society.
July 11th Wilderness Awareness and Animals:
Award winning Author, Artist Environmentalist and Children’s Book illustrator, Peter C Stone, will do some workshops with the children and a give a talk on Friday at noon for the campers and parents. http://www.petercstonestudios.com/about.htm
A visiting naturalist will visit with exotic wild creatures. The campers will get to create their favorite wild animals out of Papier Mache’, plaster gauze, clay and mixed media sculpture. We will do some fun educational wilderness awareness activities and exploration. The campers will also get to collect natural objects from the beach or the forest to put together a collage or found object sculpture. We will begin constructing a large Papier Mache’ wild animal to raffle off for the benefit of endangered animals. More activities TBA.
July 18th Puppetry with Dan Butterworth:
Dan Butterworth, the world renowned, award winning Master Puppeteer, will be joining us again this summer. 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 young people to fabricate a puppet from their own imaginations. They are encouraged to construct their own original, unique design, not something from an animated feature or video game. 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 we will have a Puppet Show Festival for the public. Dan Butterworth will do a short demonstration and performance of his own hand carved Wooden and Shadow Puppets.
July 25th Creativity Week, Lantern Puppet workshop, Robotics and Motor Gadgets:
We will focus on many different creative disciplines, Music, Poetry, Art, Clay, Theater, Photography and more. There will be various visiting Artists, Potters, Musicians, Poets and surprise guests coming in this week to work with the campers TBA. Lisa Abbatomarco will be leading Puppet Lantern workshops with the campers. Lisa is a very accomplished interdisciplinary visual and performing artist. http://www.lisaabbatomarco.com Eli Dagostino will conduct a photography workshop http://www.elidagphoto.com …….And now for something completely different… Robotics and Motor Gadgets with the amazingly talented Chris Aring. There will be a Creative Arts Show and Performances on Friday at noon.
August 1st Stop Motion Animation, Creativity and Inspiration:
Nina Violet and Hannah Moore and Stop Motion Animation workshops. The campers will have the opportunity to choose to participate in creating a group film and or individual short films. They will be able to create worlds and habitats from their own imaginations out of clay, Sculpey and all kinds of interesting materials. Len Cabral, storyteller, artist and recent recipient of the Pell Award, will be coming in to share some beautiful stories and folklore. http://providenceonline.com/stories/len-cabral-pell-awards-jenn-salcido-providence-monthly,18840
Jenifer Strachen http://www.mvmosaics.com/ the amazing creative artist will come by to do some Mosaic Making Workshops. We have some other Visiting artists TBA. Imogene Drummond will visit to do a workshop with the campers and show her film “Divine Sparks” about Creativity and Inspiration! http://www.imogenedrummond.com/divinesparks.php. We will discover other creative mediums and activities this week including a play (by choice) to go along with using our imagination, exploring our dreams and expanding our vision.
August 8th Marvelous Marvin and Circus Arts:
Marvelous Marvin, solo performing artist, educator and dancer will lead us as we blend Art, Circus, Dance, Theater and Science in this unique residency. Using exercises in which students will create their own choreography (if they choose) Marvin will guide participants to recognize the ease it takes to create their own works of movement and visual arts. We will create art, build pieces, explore circus arts, layer in theater and toss in some science that will capture your imagination and inspire you to perform. Juggling lessons will be taught, choreography will be designed and fun will be had. On Friday, parents will get a chance to see the exercises in action, enjoy completed projects, get a taste of Marvin’s work and even get their hands on some circus arts equipment. Go to www.marvmarv.com for more info on Marvin’s educational shows for young people. There will be an art show and performance on Friday at noon for the parents and community.
August 15th Peace, Justice, Multicultural and Global Outreach:
Len and Georgia Morris will visit to talk about their new film, The Same Heart, their humanitarian organization Media Voices for Children http://www.mediavoicesforchildren.org and their School Scholarship Fund for orphans in Kenya. Godfrey Muwulya, the extraordinary well known dancer and musician from Uganda will visit this week to do some music, drum and dance workshops! The Africa Club of the Berklee School of Music will be visiting this week to teach us some songs from Kenya and South Africa and Perform for us on Friday at noon. They are truly awesome and you will LOVE them!! Roberta Kirn will come in after her trip to Kenya and South Africa and will have some new songs to share with us from her Global Song Exchange. http://www.bewellsing.com
Some professional artists will visit who will do Art Projects from different cultures around the world, TBA. We will explore the art, music, folklore, theater and customs of different cultures and continents. Lizzie Witham and Ken Wentworth have been working on a film about the Sense of Wonder Creations community of Campers, Students, Counselors and Parents. We will have the film ready to show you on the last day of camp.
We are researching and raising funds to expand our global mission by building Sense of Wonder Creations schools in developing countries. Currently we are raising funds for a school in Uganda and talking to some people in Italy who would like to add Sense of Wonder Creations to their curriculum. We will also talk about SoWC expanding Global out reach to Haiti. In the winter of 2017, we will bring our schooner “Charlotte” back to Haiti loaded with supplies for the people of Ile a Vache. We will lead Art and Music Workshops and Pam’s Husband, Nat Benjamin, will build two 11 foot Periwinkle design sail and rowing skiffs with the young people.
Please take note that there is a $40 extra charge each week for the visiting artists and materials. There will be an Art Show, Performance and Speaker each week for the parents and friends on Friday at noon.
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.
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!!
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.