The Sense of Wonder Summer Day Camp
The purpose of our program is to nurture the discovery and appreciation of our beautiful world ~ environmental and ethnic 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.
Our Camp Staff 2020:
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 2020 Information:
- One or more weekly sessions.
- June 29th to August 14th
- Ages 7–12.
- Monday–Friday; 9–1 pm
- $320 per week
Summer Camp 2020 Application:
Financial Aid and Scholarships are available.
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 1-5: Sustainability, Garden Sculptures, Woodland Creatures, Art, Music and Nature:
Tsetsi Stoyanov, the very skilled artisan from Bulgaria, will bring in some of his amazing animal and garden sculptures and show us how to make creatures out of clay. Our friends from Island Grown Initiative will join us to help the campers plant seeds and plants and expand our bee, hummingbird and bird garden. They will talk about sustainability and educate us on how to repel bugs harmlessly. Angela Anderson the well-known, award winning, talented German film maker and artist will show excerpts from some of her environmental films. https://vineyardgazette.com/news/2016/12/21/new-documentary-explores-secretive-world-silicon-valley We will also have some special visits from gentle local Farm Animals. We will do a play (by choice) and create spontaneousmusic inspired by nature with our wonderful singer songwriter. On Friday at noon we will have an Art Show, Play, Music Performance and a Vineyard Farmer will talk about his Garden and bring in some of his freshly cut vegetables for all to taste and enjoy.
July 8-12 Wilderness Awareness, Wild Animals, Environmental Consciousness:
Luanne Johnson will give a slide show presentation about her studies of wild animals from https://biodiversityworksmv.org We will have visits from real wild animals throughout the week.
Geoff Cassel nature connection workshop, Geoff studied with Jon Young and the 8 shields program http://8shields.org
“Rebuilding nature connected communities worldwide.” Learn how to make a fire without matches and more. Frogtown Puppets, the wonderful award winning, very creative Family Puppetry Company, will join us this week with their materials, decorations and sewing machines to show us how to construct and manipulate puppets. http://www.frogtownpuppets.com
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.
On Friday at noon we will have an Art Show, Puppet Skits and Demonstrations related to our weekly theme, Music and Speakers.
July 15 -19 Drawing, Painting, Stop Motion animation and Film Making, Practical Activism and a Passion for Social change,
Simple Machines and Robotics:
Hannah Moore and stop motion animation and Film Making https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paRBqSW45rQ
Hannah, the skilled and talented artist, will be with us all week to show the campers how to draw, paint and make stop motion animation films. Here is an article about the beautiful Moore family history of artists and painters. https://vineyardgazette.com/news/2014/09/20/celebrating-art-moore-family-business
Emma Bena and Friends from “Plastic Free MV” the wonderful, conscientious Elementary School activists will come and talk to the campers about Climate Change, eliminating plastic and what kids can do to get grownups to stand up, pay attention and take care of our planet. Visiting Author and Activist Alexandra Styron will do a workshop related to her excellent book “Steal this Country” http://www.alexandrastyron.com/book/steal-this-country “Both a practical manual and a stirring call-to-action, Steal This Country will speak to every young person with a passion for social justice and the spirit to make change happen.”
Calder Martin, the very innovative Musician and Math Teacher at the Charter School will join us for a Simple machine and Robotics workshop.
On Friday at noon we will have an Art Show, Stop Motion Film Premiere, Performance and Al Styron will talk about why and how she wrote the book, “Steal this Country” Q& A to follow.
July 22nd: Puppetry, Learning the Art of Creating Puppets and Puppet Shows:
Dan Butterworth, Master Puppeteer: http://butterworthproductions.org
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 original, inspired design not something from an animated feature or video game. They will also 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) get to write their own puppet shows and create 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 be an Art Show and the Campers and counselors will get to perform their original puppet shows. All your relatives, friends and the community are invited to join us this week and every week.
July 29th: Multicultural Mural and Masks, Storytelling: Eric Bornstein and His son Julian:
Eric will help the campers design and paint a multicultural mural which will include children, symbols, objects and colors from around the world that will hang at the Vineyard Haven Library’s children’s room and other venues. Eric will also show the campers how to create a variety of different kinds of Masks including plaster gauze and papier mache’. Len Cabral the very entertaining story teller and artist will tell some of his exciting storieshttp://www.lencabral.com weaving words and connecting cultures.
We will take the lead from our Masks, Mural, Len Cabral and our singer songwriter and create stories, skits and songs to present (by choice) on Friday. We will have an unveiling of the progress on the Mural, an Art Show, Performance and Speakers on Friday at Noon.
August 5-9: Painting, Music, Theater and Poetry.
Dance Inspired by South American and Cuban Culture, Boosting our Self Confidence and Self Esteem: John Morello the enormously popular motivational Speaker, Actor, Comedian and Author: https://www.johnmorello.com “Born in Detroit and raised in Boston, John Morello has been on stage for over 20 years as an actor and headlining comedian. At one time a high-school dropout, he now holds a BA in Theatre Arts and has appeared in numerous productions throughout New England. Although he has spent most of his time making people laugh, he has always found himself working with people whose everyday realities are anything but funny.
John’s response to these struggles was to give voice to his and others’ feelings on a stage where we can connect and feel less alone on our journeys.” We will focus on finding fun ways to raise our self-confidence and image and explore and discover ways to fulfill our inherent talents and passions. Painting, Poetry and Theater: (by choice) We will get to paint and make sculptures, write poetry and a play expressing our feelings of who we are. (Everything is by choice)
Christina Montoya, the beloved, talented and beautiful dancer, expresses her Spanish heritage and will teach a South American and Cuban dance workshop. (by choice). https://www.mvtimes.com/2016/10/25/exploring-rasa-sol-dance-class-christina-montoya/
We are very very excited to tell everyone that Lewis Warren Jr, our incredible singer songwriter from last year will join us this week.
On Friday at noon there will be an Art Show, Play, Readings, Music, Dance Performance and Speakers.
August 12-16: Multicultural Experiences, African and Haitian Inspired Art, Sculpture, Music, Dance and Folklore; Drum and Music workshops:
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.