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.



We are planning 5 weeks of summer camp  in 2023: July 10 – August 11th. 


To Apply:


Camper Online Application
Camper Application PDF

Camper Scholarship Online Application
Camper Scholarship Application (PDF)


Counselor Online Application
Counselor Print Application PDF


Leader In Training Online Application
Leader In Training Print Application PDF




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.


2023 Schedule:

July 10-14
July 17-21
July 24-28
July 31-Aug 4
Aug 7-11


Our Camp Staff 2023:

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

Five Adult Instructors: TBA
Leaders in Training:


Summer Camp 2023 Information:

  • Sign up for one or more weekly sessions.
  • July 11th to August 12th.
  • Ages 7–12.
  • Monday–Friday; 9–1 pm.
  •  $320 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.


Summer Camp 2023 Application:



Financial Aid and Scholarships are available.






The Sense of Wonder Day Camp Schedule 2023

Our 33rd Anniversary 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 11:   Sustainability, Locally Grown, Permaculture, Breakdancing and Hip Hop:


The outstanding, international, award winning dancer and actor, Ricky Cole, will join us this week, all the way from California, to do breakdancing and hiphop workshops. You do not want to miss Ricky!

Ricky Cole is a professional dancer and choreographer and currently CEO of Soul Fresh Clothing & physical extension Soul Fresh Fam, a clothing company and Professional Dance/Mentorship.

 Ricky has traveled the world hosting, judging, teaching workshops and master classes sharing his passion and love for dance. 

He has dedicated his life to raising people up, young and old. He is a versatile and multitalented artist, dynamic teacher, inspired performer, cutting edge choreographer and international host/MC.

 Some of his credits include-World Of Dance (Tour Host), FairPlay Dance Camp, Americas best dance crew (Mos Wanted Crew), Dancing With the Stars (LXD), Americas Got Talent, Mary J Blige, Snoop Dogg.

Ricky is excited to elevate the Dance world to the next level by inspiring and lifting others.  All of our workshops are by choice.  


Kaila Binney will join us this week to do a fun workshop and talk about Permaculture and Sustainability. We will learn what plants repel unwanted pests in the garden and will plant some flora that will attract important lifegiving creatures to our garden. We will have visits from gentle, friendly animals from our local farms. Check out the recent article about Kaila in the MV Times.


Tsetsi Stoyanov the highly talented sculptor and ceramic artist from Bulgaria will join us to do a Clay workshop and show us some of his amazing creations. We will focus on art projects and ceramics related to nature and sustainability. Parents Relatives and FriendsPlease join us on Friday at noon, a Vineyard Farmer will bring samples of their locally grown produce, herbs, and other hand made products.  We will also have an art show, performance and speakers.



July 18: Wilderness Awareness, Wild Animals, Diverse Cultures, Simple Machines and Robotics:


Omari Contaste’  from “Forces of Nature” Dance Troupe will join us this week to show us some Caribbean dance moves and help direct and write a play related to our weekly theme. The wonderful naturalist and organic gardener, Emily Davis will join us for an amazing creative art and nature workshop with plants, leaves and other flora from the natural world. 


Duncan Caldwell the globally recognized prehistoric archeologist and published author will come in with some of his incredible, outstanding museum-quality collection of exciting fossils and dinosaur bones from around the world to talk to the campers.


 Jannette Vanderhoop  “Jannette Vanderhoop, the Artist, educator and young adult Book Author, is from the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe on Martha’s Vineyard. She is a serious, accomplished and prolific artist. Her modus operandi is to “educate people to respect nature through art” and so, she produces her work as a form of environmental expression.” Jannette will join us this week to share her knowledge about our local Wampanoag Native American culture and traditions and talk about her book for young people called “Cranberry Day”. 


Daniel Braunstein, the very talented and creative MIT professor will join us for some workshops making simple Machines and Robotics.   Creative Projects: We will explore and discover nature in the forest and ocean collecting objects and beach treasures to create a collage, mosaic or sculpture. We will do some fun exercises and games to help us get closer to nature. The campers will get to fabricate Wild Animals and Creatures out of all kinds of mediums: clay, papier-mache’, plaster gauze, cardboard, paper, pencils, paint and feathers, and other fun decorations, etc. They will also be able to write a song or do a play if they choose.  Please come to our end of week
Art Show,  Speakers and Performances. Parents, Relatives, Friends, and Community are all welcome on Friday at noon.




July 25:   Dan Butterworth Puppetry:


Back by popular demand, Dan Butterworth the world famous, 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, from two-dimensional shadow and sock puppets, to head, mouth and arm manipulated puppets. Dan will bring in an abundance of different fabrics, felt materials, yarn, buttons, beads and all kinds of exciting decorations, paint and glue for the children to fabricate a puppet from their own imaginations. They are encouraged to construct their own original, unique design, not something from an animated feature, cartoon or video game. They will also (if they choose) get to write their own puppet shows and fabricate 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 Puppetry Extravaganza of unique and original puppet shows created and written by the campers and counselors. All the parents, relatives, friends and the community are invited. Dan Butterworth will also do a short demonstration and performance of his extraordinary hand-carved wooden and Shadow Puppets. Please Join us on Friday at noon for this amazing event.



August 1:   Maskmaking,  Handbook for a Happier Planet, Creative Filmmaking:


Eric Bornstein, the award winning, highly talented artist will join us this week from The campers will get to make masks with different materials and techniques. We will use cardboard, cut milk jugs, compacted foil, cardboard, or jug pieces augmented with colored tissue papier mache and brown paper strips. We will bring out many other materials and choices to enhance this project. Hot glue techniques are included. Masks can be worn or put on sticks.

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.
Artist’s Statement

The outstanding singer Keith Fluitt will be joining us this week also! 

Keith Anthony Fluitt, a New York City born and rasied singer, has worked with many great artists of our time including Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson. Keith also sings lead vocals.

He went to Alvin Aliey Dance Shool, graduated from talent unlimited program at Julia Richmond High School (graduating with: Lisa Lisa, Gene Anthony Ray from Fame, Brenda K. Starr, and a host of others). Keith has performed with many great stars including but not limited to: Patti LaBelle, Martha Wash, Will Downing, Ashford & Simpson, Lala Brooks, Quincy Jones, and Michael Jackson. 

National Tour Performances

·         Martha Washington

·         Nona Hendrxy

·         Freddie Jackson

·         Roberta Flack

·         Lillo Thomas

·         And others

·         Media Appearances

·         Diana Ross (Oprah Winfrey)  

·         Martha Wash, (David Letterman)

·         Ashford & Simpson (Show Time at the Apollo and The Rosie O’Donnell Show)

·         Mick Jagger and Arcade Fire (Saturday Night Live)

·         Olivia Newton-John (Rosie O’Donnell Show)

·         Martin Short (David Letterman)

·         Harry Belafonte (PBS, An Evening with Harry Belafonte and Friends)

·         Sang Original Theme Songs of NBC’s  “Extra Television” and “The Today’s Show”


·         “High Hopes” Bruce Springsteen, 2014

·         “Mutatis Mutandis” Nona Hendryz, 2013

·         “Silver”   Will Downing, 2013

·         “Keep on Going” Ketih Fluitt, 2013

·         “Smooth Jazz Play Motown’s Greatest Love Songs” David Mann, 2009

·         “Back to Now” Labelle, 2008

·         “After Tonight”  Will Downing, 2007

·         “Christmas Love and You” Will Downing, 2004

·         “Give It Up” Kevin Aviance, 2003 Co-writer

·          “Invisible”  Michael Jackson, 2001

·          “I Met an Angel on Christmas Day” Celine Dion, 1999 Co-writer

·         ““Naked Without You” Taylor  Dayne, 1998

·          “An evening with Harry Belafonte and Friends”  Harry Belafonte, 1997

·         “All Because Of You” Maurice & Da Posse, 1989



Listen to Keith being interviewed for a radio show right here. 

Read more about Keith right here.



We also have the amazing mural artist Daaim  Daanish with us this week!!


Daaim Daanish is from Los Angeles, California, where he was raised in a large family. For 12 years Daaim worked in early childhood development for the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District as a Childcare, Recreation, Enrichment, Sports Together, or C.R.E.S.T teacher. CREST is a program that provides 7 to 13-year-old students quality educational, social, and recreational opportunities. Later in life Daaim moved to Cambridge Massachusetts where he earned his bachelor’s in Government at Harvard University. During his time in Cambridge, he began working as the chief of staff for a Harvard/MIT-based academic startup comprised of top university students with a mission to empower 7th-12th graders via strategic academic training, mentorship, and college advising. After completing his degree at Harvard, Daaim earned a master’s degree from New York University’s Gallatin School where his research concentrated on evidence-based social enterprise strategy and management with a focus on public/private partnerships. Daaim’s interests include music, biographies, and especially the visual arts. Daaim is a painter, and his work has been shown at multiple shows in 2022. Currently, Daaim resides in Los Angeles.


Laurie David, the brilliant award-winning producer, environmentalist, organic gardener and humanitarian will visit us this week to talk to the campers and counselors and do a workshop about her new book, “Imagine it”, a Handbook for a Happier Planet.


Leslie Field, the very talented actress, artist and film maker and beloved former Camp Counselor will join us this week for some spontaneous, creative film making projects. Please join us on Friday at noon for our art show, performance, speaker and end of week party.



August 8:   Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Music, Singing, Dancing, Human and Civil Rights:


Wallace Bullock, the highly talented and acclaimed Actor, Author, Professor and beloved island resident, will come in this week to talk about and act out the speeches, poetry and writings of well-known African American Luminaries


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


Her sister Brenda Cline will be here too.  Brenda is a multitalented, artist, singer, pianist, drummer and more.  


African dance with the outstanding choreographer, dancer, musician 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.


Rick Bausman, the Master Drummer and musician, has visited Haiti numerous times and will teach an African and Caribbean Music and Drum workshop using traditional Rhythms that he learned from Master Haitian  and other Drummers. Tobey La Roche: We are very Blessed to have our beloved former camp counselor and multitalented Singer Songwriter and Musician join us this week. Projects: The campers will get to do art projects from diverse cultures including painting, ceramics and the potter’s wheel. Parents Relatives and Friends, On Friday at noon we will have an art show, performance, speaker and end of Summer party. We hope that you all will join us.






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.