Summer Day Camp



Greetings to all of the wonderful Sense of Wonder Day Camp Parents, Campers and Friends, new and old. We miss you all so much and we hope that you are all happy and healthy.



The 2024 summer camp will be 5 weeks again, from July 8th through August  9th.





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The Sense of Wonder Summer Day Camp


2024 Schedule:

July 8-12
July 15-19
July 22-26
July 29-Aug 2
Aug 5-9


Our Camp Staff 2024:

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

Five Adult Instructors: TBA
Leaders in Training:


Summer Camp 2024 Information:

  • Sign up for one or more weekly sessions.
  • July 8th to August 9th.
  • Ages 7–12.
  • Monday–Friday; 9–1 pm.
  •  $330 per week.
  • 50% deposit required once we have confirmed your enrollment.
  • Cancellations should be made at least one week before your child’s first day of camp. After the one week date a refund will be made only if the space can be filled by another camper.




Financial Aid and Scholarships are available.

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The Sense of Wonder Day Camp Schedule 2024


Our 34th Anniversary and Celebration Year

Explanation: Dear Parents and Friends,  We will be drawing, painting, making sculptures and mixed media and whatever other art medium interests the campers each week in addition to all the weekly themes and projects mentioned in this Program Schedule. If a camper requests something special, we are always willing to consider it and make it possible. Please let us hear about what your children love to create.



July 8: Puppetry, Locally grown and Sustainability, Farm animals and Heirloom seeds:


Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers is a puppetry troupe based in Bar Harbor, Maine, and comprised of three siblings—brothers Erik and Brian Torbeck and sister Robin (Torbeck) Erlandsen. Founded in 2000, Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers has performed at festivals, schools, libraries and theatres in the United States and Canada. They write and create all the shows they perform and have received three Citations of Excellence from UNIMA-USA, the highest national award in puppetry.

Kaila Binney: The Amazing teacher, Environmentalist, Permaculture Leader, Theater Director and Farmer will bring some farm animals and share her farming and environmental Love and Knowledge with the campers.


Parents Relatives and Friends, Please join us on Friday at noon, a Vineyard Farmer will bring samples of their locally grown produce, herbs, and other handmade products.  We will also have an amazing art show, brilliant performance and amazing speakers.





July 15: Omari Contaste, Caribbean Dance and Culture, Wampanoag Culture, Native Edible Wild Plants:


Caribbean Dance and Culture: Omari Contaste’, The award winning dancer and choreographer will be back again by popular demand from the “Forces of Nature” Dance Troupe. Omari will join us this week to show us some really fun Caribbean and other dance movements. He is also a wonderful theater director and playwright. The campers get to write the play with a little direction from the counselors related to our weekly theme. Omari is a force of nature himself. He is very creative and talented in many areas: dance, (Caribbean, Modern and Ballet) Choreography, Performance, Theater and Art.


We are honored to have some members of the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah join us this week to talk about their culture, crafts and folklore. A Paleontologist will come and show us their collection of dinosaur bones, rare artifacts and amazing, extraordinary fossils.


We will also have a workshop on Native Edible and Medicinal wild plants and how to use them.


Parents Relatives and Friends, Please join us on Friday at noon, We will have an amazing art show by the Campers, Brilliant Performances and Speakers.




July 22: The Famous award-winning Author and Naturalist Sy Montgomery and the award winning Naturalist and Illustrator Matthew Patterson, Wilderness Awareness and Animals:


Sy Montgomery:
“One of our finest chroniclers of the natural world.” – The New York Times

To research books, films and articles, Sy Montgomery has been chased by an angry silverback gorilla in Zaire and bitten by a vampire bat in Costa Rica, worked in a pit crawling with 18,000 snakes in Manitoba and handled a wild tarantula in French Guiana.


She has been deftly undressed by an orangutan in Borneo, hunted by a tiger in India, and swum with piranhas, electric eels and dolphins in the Amazon. She has searched the Altai Mountains of Mongolia’s Gobi for snow leopards, hiked into the trackless cloud forest of Papua New Guinea to radio collar tree kangaroos, and learned to SCUBA dive in order to commune with octopuses.


Sy’s 34 books for both adults and children have garnered many honors. The Soul of an Octopus was a 2015 Finalist for the National Book Awards. The Good Good Pig, her memoir of life with her pig, Christopher Hogwood, is an international bestseller. She is the winner of the 2009 New England Independent Booksellers Association Nonfiction Award, the 2010 Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award, the Henry Bergh Award for Nonfiction (given by the ASPCA for Humane Education) and dozens of other honors. Her work with the man-eating tigers, the subject of her book Spell Of The Tiger, was made into in a National Geographic television documentary she scripted and narrated. Also for National Geographic TV she developed and scripted Mother Bear Man, about her friend, Ben Kilham, who raises and releases orphaned bear cubs, which won a Chris award.


Matt Patterson: Matt received a degree from the Art Institute of Boston in Illustration in 2006. Three years later, in 2009, his father, retired from teaching, and he received a contract to write and illustrate a book for the University Press of New England titled “Freshwater Fish of the Northeast.” His father wrote the text while he created all the illustrations. It took them five months to complete this project which contained 61 different species of fish. A lot of fishing was done during the process of researching this book–or, as they liked to tell people, they took many “business trips.” They started a species competition with the goal being who could catch the most species of fish (catch and release) that spring and summer. The book was released in the spring of 2010 and won the 2010 National Outdoor Book Awards Design and Artistic Merit category. The book on Reptiles and Amphibians a few years later, titled The Snake and the Salamander: Reptiles and Amphibians from Maine to Virginia also won a National Outdoor Book Award for Nature and the Environment. In 2023, he had two new books which he illustrated come out, both published by Harper Collins and written by bestselling author, Sy Montgomery.  The New York Times national bestseller “Of Time and Turtles: Mending the World, Shell by Shattered Shell”, and the award-winning picture book, “The Book of Turtles.”
He feels it’s crucial not just to document these marvelous species he paints; it’s even more important to him to have a hand in saving them from extinction.


Steve Lohman and Penelope MacLean:

(Please see Week four for their biographies) Will join us this week to start building a Turtle with the Campers out of Papier Mache’ chicken wire and thick cardboard.


Parents Relatives, Friends and Community, Please join us on Friday at noon, We will have an amazing art show, Brilliant Performances and Extraordinary Speakers.




July 29: Multicultural Arts and Crafts, Eric Bornstein Mask Maker, Portrait artist, Actor and Writer, Stop Motion Animation with Steve Lohman and Penelope MacLean:


Eric Bornstein: Eric has studied with masters Agung Suardana in Bali, and Donato Sartori in Italy. He received his MLA in Fine Arts along with the Thomas Small prize from Harvard University. His masks have appeared most recently in the 31st Cambridge River Festival, Contemporary Theater of Boston’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Performance Lab’s Le Cabaret Grimm, Underground Railway Theater’s Life of Galileo, and the Harvard Yiddish Players’ Shulamis. Over the last 30 years Eric’s masked characters have appeared in a variety of venues. They were a highlight of Boston’s First Night celebration for 15 years. His masks have also appeared at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, the Fuller Craft Museum, the Kennedy Library/Museum, the Boston Lyric Opera, the Boston Ballet, the Society of Arts & Crafts (Newbury Street), The Peabody/Essex Museum, King Richard’s Faire, and Revels. He currently teaches classes in making and performing masks, and offers performances and residencies to schools throughout the state through Young Audiences of Massachusetts.

Steve Lohman and Penelope MacLean: will join us this week to work on the Papier Mache’ Turtle and also work with the campers to do their magic with their highly creative Stop Motion Animation videos

Steve Lohman: Steve is an enormously talented artist and sculptor. His work is original and enormously creative, Lohman’s commissions include work created for public, private and corporate including Spalding International, Louis Vuitton Asia, Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Abbott Vascular Europe, The Boston Children’s Hospital, The Boston Symphony Celebrity Series, and Stanford University. Lohman lives in New Orleans and Martha’s Vineyard and is the Artistic Director of Orpheus Wines in Sonoma, California. Steve Lohman’s steel and wire sculptures are three-dimensional line drawings which stand, hang, and bounce in space. Graceful and whimsical, Lohman’s lyrical creations express subtleties of life and forms.


Penelope MacLean: Penelope is from New Zealand, is married to Steve and is a very talented five-star chef, Artist and sculptor. She has sailed around the world cooking on international yachts. She is really looking forward to working with the Campers this summer.


Parents Relatives, Friends and Community, Please join us on Friday at noon, We will have an amazing art show, Brilliant Performances and Extraordinary Speakers.



August 5:   Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Music, Singing, Dancing, Human and Civil Rights and Antiracism:


Theresa Thomason: Back by popular demand! A super special guest Artist will visit us this week, Theresa Thomason, the world famous singer, who has traveled with her band around the world and also has performed with Paul Winter at his annual Solstice performance at the Church of Saint John the Divine and many many other venues for numerous years. Check out her astounding accomplishments here


Theresa’s sister Brenda Cline will be here too. Brenda is a multitalented, teacher, artist, singer, pianist, drummer and more.  She taught Art for many years in Tortola, BWI public schools and is a stunning and very accomplished artist, singer, musician.

The outstanding choreographer, dancer, musician, drummer, actor and singer, Godfrey Muwulya from Uganda Godfrey Muwulya, Master Teacher and performing Artist, began training as a dancer and musician in his native country of Uganda at the age of 5. He was featured in the New York Times and on Martha’s Vineyard through the Yard. He has collaborated with the NYU January study abroad program, and has performed at NYU at the Loewe Theater, Skirball Center, and Radio City Music Hall. He has taught in numerous K-12 schools in NYC in collaboration with NYU Dance Education alumni and also Elementary Schools around Massachusetts and Martha’s Vineyard.


The campers will get to do art projects from diverse cultures including painting, ceramics and the potter’s wheel.

On Friday at noon we will have an amazing art show, brilliant performances by our visiting artists and campers, eloquent speakers and our end of Summer party. We hope that you will join us and bring all your relatives, friends and community for our end of summer gathering and Celebration. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️






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.