Summer Day Camp



We are very sad to tell you that we have made the difficult decision to cancel Camp Sense of Wonder for summer 2020.

It’s the beginning of our 30th year Anniversary. We will be back in the Fall and continue through the Summer.  We will be celebrating our 30thanniversary all year-long culminating with a party in August of 2021!   We hope that you are all Healthy and Happy and we wish you all Good Blessings with Lots of Love.

                                   Pam and the Sense of Wonder Staff

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 Counselor Application PDF
Adult Counselor Application

Adult Counselor 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.


Our Camp Staff 2021:

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 2021 Information:

  • One or more weekly sessions.
  • June 28th to August 13th
  • Ages 7–12.
  • Monday–Friday; 9–1 pm
  •  $320 per week


Summer Camp 2021 Application:



Financial Aid and Scholarships are available.


The Sense of Wonder Day Camp Schedule 2021

Our 30th 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. 


Week 1, June 29th: Creativity, Permaculture, Clay Cob Building, Locally Grown and Bees, Hummingbirds, Butterflies:

Kaila Binney, the highly knowledgeable force behind the MV Permaculture Guild, and daughter-in-law of Clarissa Allen and resident of the beautiful fully organic Allen Farm will join us this week. She will talk about sustainable agriculture, do a “Clay Cob Building” workshop and will bring in some sweet child-friendly animals.   Emily Davis, the very talented artist, and gardener will do a brilliant and creative leaf collage workshop with the campers. In Emily’s latest work, she uses leaves to create bold designs and poetic imagery.  Her favorite part of being an artist is getting to explore the genius loci, the spirit of a place. To learn more visit ”


The campers get to plant vegetables and herbs in our Organic Garden and expand the Bee, Hummingbird and Butterfly area. Leslie Field our awesome former camp counselor who is studying Theater, Dance, and Voice will be at camp for two weeks helping us with some exciting creative projects. Island Grown Initiative will come in to do some fun planting projects and talk about our local Farm to School program. We will learn about heirloom seeds and all the campers will get to bring home some very special, sacred, preserved ancestral seeds. We will also learn about conservation, how plants relate to one another and worms. We will explore creativity working in many different mediums: Drawing, Painting, Clay, Sculpture, Music, and Theater projects. Throughout the summer everyone will have the opportunity to work in and care for the gardens. At noon on Friday, one of our local Farmers will come in and bring samples of locally grown food for everyone to taste. We will also have an art show, performance and speaker. All relatives, friends and the community are invited. Please join us at noon on Friday. 




Week 2, July 6:  Maskmaking, Theater, Puppetry and Painting with   David Lane

The exceptionally talented and award-winning artist, David Lane, will join us this week.  He has so many talents and abilities it is hard to count   He is a Maskmaker, Puppetmaker and Puppeteer, Actor, Script Writer, Theater Director, and Painter    


Bio: David lives in North Adams, MA. He is a two-time Jim Henson Foundation grant recipient for his original play “The Chronicles of Rose”, which tells the story of Rose Valland who helped save countless European paintings from being lost forever during WWII.


When he is not in his studio, David teaches performance, drawing, and classes in creative-practice at Siena College in Albany, NY. In 2016, Siena produced his original clown play, “The Painting”, which was selected to be presented at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region One.
David was a co-creator and the lead designer of “Iinisikimm”, an illuminated, night-time puppet performance in celebration of the return of Buffalo to Banff National Park, Canada. David founded the annual Berkshire Lantern Walk (now in its fifth year), a community festival of light, in collaboration with the New England Puppet Intensive and Clark Art Institute. 


David studied Drama at the University of Calgary with the likes of Clem Martini and improv guru Keith Johnstone and earned an MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. The campers will get to choose what they would like to do this week (as they do every week):  Masks and/or puppets, and write a play, or draw and paint, and or create scenery and props to go along with the play and the characters. It will be an incredible week of creativity. 


All parents, relatives, friends and the community are invited to join us on Friday at noon. We will have an Art Show, Theater Performance with masks and puppets, Music, Singing and Speakers.  Please join us. 




Week 3, July 13:  Creatures, Machines and Things That Fly:

We will create model rubber-powered airplanes and many other kinds of flying craft out of various materials.  Richard (Dick) Everett, the Award-Winning and National Champion of the P24 Competition of the Academy of Model Aeronautics will be one of our artists in residence this week. Dick is a world-renowned blacksmith, steam engine specialist, model airplane builder, flyer and raconteur extraordinaire. He will show us his models and do a workshop in a small rubber-powered airplane building.  He will also be bringing two of his very accomplished friends to assist the campers in building model airplanes.  We will have a field trip to our local high school gym to practice flying the campers’ and Dick’s model planes. The campers will get to see whose plane can stay up in the air the longest. The campers will also get to create various Birds, Flying Squirrels, Bats, Insects and other creatures and machines that fly out of papier-mache’, Balsa wood, poster board, foam core, and numerous other materials. They will get to put together a mural installation with their creations. We will have other visiting artists this week TBA.


On Friday at noon, Dick Everett and Friends will talk to the campers, parents, and community. Dick’s and others’ extraordinary hand-built airplane models will be on display. We will also have an art show, performance, speakers, flying demonstration, and a mural installation of creatures and things that fly. Everyone is welcome.



Week 4, July 20:  Puppetry with Dan Butterworth: 

Back by popular demand, 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, 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.



July 27: Ocean Life, Film Making, Wire Sculpture, Children’s Book Author and Photographer:

Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth will join us this week to show excerpts of their new film (a work in progress) about the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale. “Follow the Journey (working title)” is a feature-length documentary currently in production that chronicles endangered North Atlantic right whales on their epic journey from their calving grounds off the coast of Georgia and Florida to the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada, woven with the stories of researchers, rescuers, artists and advocates who illuminate the state of these mysterious behemoths existence and uncover challenges that face the species along the way


Their Film Company, “Film Truth Productions” focuses on environmental consciousness and sustainability. They have created some beautiful films about various worthy topics. One of their recent stunning films is about the moving of the Aquinnah Lighthouse called “Keepers of the Light.” 


Jacob Kramer, the highly talented photographer, and children’s book author will come in to talk about his awesome new book for children called “Noodlephant” about how Elephants learn how to find justice by changing unfair laws in their town that is run by Kangaroos.


Steve Lohman, the well-known, multi-talented, award-winning, wire sculptor, will come in to help the campers and counselors create a Large Papier Mache’ North Atlantic Right Whale out of chicken wire, papier-mache’ and paint. Steve will lead a workshop in making wire sculpture ocean creatures and designs. We hope to raise awareness of the plight of the critically endangered whale to help ensure that this incredibly beautiful and majestic animal will continue to flourish and expand its numbers. The campers will be able to collect and observe ocean creatures at our beach every day after lunch. The kids will have the chance to construct sail and motorboats and sculpture out of wood. They will also get to put together a play and a song and write poetry and a story this week if they choose. 


Please come to our end of week Film, Performance, Speakers and Art Show. Parents, Relatives, Friends and Community are all welcome on Friday at noon.



August 3rd:  Wilderness Awareness, Fossils and Dinosaurs, Wild Animals, Native American Culture:

This week we will focus on the environment and learn how to be more observant and feel closer to our natural surroundings.


Luanne Johnson of Biodiversity Works will join us to show a photo montage and talk about their work studying the wild animals of Martha’s Vineyard: Long-Eared Bats, Coastal River Otters, Black Racer Snakes, Bird Counts and more. Luanne says: “I founded BiodiversityWorks in 2011 because I saw a need for a conservation organization focused specifically on wildlife monitoring and research across the entire island of Martha’s Vineyard.


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 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”.  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 Speakers, Performance and Art Show. Parents, Relatives, Friends, and Community are all welcome on Friday at noon.



August 10th:  African and Haitian Culture, Music, Making Musical Instruments, Dance, Drumming and Our 30th Anniversary Celebration!!!:


Wallace Bullock, the highly talented 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.


* * Back by popular demand, 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 this year and will teach an African and Haitian Music and Drum workshop using traditional Rhythms that he learned from Master Haitian Drummers. We are very blessed again to have Tobey La Roche, our beloved former camp counselor and multitalented Singer Songwriter and Musician with us. Projects: The campers will get to make musical instruments and do art projects from Africa and Haiti, plus painting and ceramics and the potter’s wheel. We will be dancing, drumming, playing different instruments, singing all by choice. This week is still a work in progress and we will have more Special Guests for our 30th Anniversary Celebration.

We will have an Art Show, Musical Performances, Drumming, Speakers, our 30th Year Celebration and our last day of camp for the summer!!!  We hope that everyone will join us, parents, relatives, friends, Sense of Wonder Alumni and the Community!!  We LOVE you all!! 









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.