Frequently Asked Questions
UPDATE ON SUMMER 2020
It is with a heavy heart that we write to share our decision regarding in-person summer programs for the 2020 season. Given the continued uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the continued complexity of the situation after extensive discussions with a range of medical and camp professionals (as well as Pingry’s own COVID-19 Task Force), we have made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person 2020 summer programs on both of Pingry’s campuses. We have no higher priority than the health and safety of our community, which includes our summer families. Please know that this decision was not made easily and we will very much miss your presence on our campuses this summer.
Although we’re sad that we won’t be able to see you on either of our campuses in June, it’s never been more important — and our team has never been more inspired — to keep the spirit of summer alive!
We’re very excited to announce that many of Big Blue Summer’s academic courses will be run remotely by our experienced and enthusiastic Pingry faculty and adjunct teachers.
Additionally, in lieu of an in-person BBS Day Camp, we’ve worked really hard to develop an innovative BBS Camp-in-a-Box experience, delivered right to your doorstep! Each weekly BBS Camp-in-a-Box carries a unique theme (first up… superhero week!), comes packed with fun and educational activities, and is highly interactive, including daily online meet-ups with counselors and peers, group games, special guest events, and more!
We’re also extremely proud to partner with organizations who have proactively put together a variety of online content and at-home kits to keep kids engaged and smiling.
Despite the unfamiliarity and uncertainty that 2020 has presented, our mission for summer hasn’t changed one bit: Big Blue Summer is 100% dedicated to delivering the most fun, memorable, and convenient experience for all of our families.
Follow us on social media @bigbluesummer (Facebook/Instagram/Twitter) for updates. As always, contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
We hope to see you virtually this summer and look forward to hearing from you!
How do I register?
All Signature Programs and many of our Partner Programs register through CampBrain. Check the table below to see which partners use their own registration software:
External Registration Links
|Blue Star Lacrosse||program information||register|
|Nike Sports Camps||program information||register|
|Pulse Sports Camps||program information||register|
|Red Bull Soccer Camp||program information||register|
|Swax Lax||program information||register|
|Yankees Baseball||program information||register|
|Elefante Summer Music Theater||program information||register|
|International Ivy Camp||program information||register|
|All Other Programs||CampBrain Registration|
A registration link is also available on each program’s information page. We’d be happy to guide you through registration via live chat or by phone.
What if I’m interested in a half-day specialty camp, but I need care for my child all day?
No problem. At Big Blue Summer, we take pride in offering options to fit every age and interest. Many campers register for one camp in the morning, and another in the afternoon. These transitions happen at the end of lunch and are managed by camp staff to ensure your child’s safety. For help selecting camp programs for your child, we invite you to request a Personalized Plan from our registrar, or contact us via live chat, email, or phone to discuss camps and options that fit your child’s schedule and interests.
What if my child is in the Big Blue Summer Day Camp for a half day, but needs full day coverage?
This year, Big Blue Summer is offering many additional afternoon programs designed to fill in the day for our half day AM campers. After “exploring broadly” in the morning with day camp, we offer specialty programs in arts, sports, science and more that will challenge your campers to “delve deeply” into an area of interest. Transitions to these programs happen at 1:00 p.m. and are managed by day camp staff to ensure your child’s safety. Please contact us via live chat, email, or phone and we will personally help you go through our programs and choose the best fit for your child’s interests (and schedule!), or you can request a Personalized Plan from our registrar to receive recommendations for a full summer of fun!
What does my child need to bring?
For day camp, campers should pack a refillable water bottle, swimsuit, towel, sunscreen and bug spray (if desired). Make sure you label everything! If you’ve registered for a specialty camp, you’ll receive packing information from them directly.
Is lunch included?
Lunch options vary by camp and location. See individual program pages for lunch availability.
Are there health forms that my doctor needs to sign in order for my child to attend camp?
No. You do need to complete our electronic health history form, but it does not require a doctor’s signature. Separate health forms may be required for some partner programs.
Do you offer door-to-door transportation?
We offer limited transportation options from our Short Hills campus to our Basking Ridge campus and back again. We do not offer door-to-door transportation at this time. Before care and after care are available for families who need to drop off as early as 7:30 a.m., or pick up as late as 6:00 p.m..
What if my child does not attend Pingry?
You do not have to be a Pingry student to enroll in a Pingry summer camp. Our campers come from a number of local communities, and many campers are not Pingry students. Counselors are trained to help support campers in making (and keeping!) friends during camp.
What if my child wants to be grouped with a friend?
We will do our best to accommodate requests for children who fall within the same age groups.
What is Minis Camp?
Minis Camp is a modified camp program specifically designed for 3- and 4-year-olds. They are afforded more travel and transition time, and their schedule includes lots of opportunities for open-ended play and exploration. Mini campers hear stories and sing songs every day to work on language skills, and have the lowest camper to staff ratio.
Does my child qualify for Mini Camp?
Mini campers must be 3-4 years old and fully potty trained before starting camp. If you plan to register your child for an additional afternoon program, your child should be prepared for a day with no nap time.
Why can’t my Mini camper take a nap/wear a diaper?
Big Blue Summer is not licensed as a daycare provider and as such our staff are not permitted to assist with toileting, or to provide a nap space. Staff will provide guidance as your child changes before and after swim.
How do I apply for admission to Pingry for the school year?
Information on Pingry’s application process can be found here.
What is Big Blue Summer’s tax ID number?
It is 22-1493168.
Driving Directions to The Pingry School
Basking Ridge Campus
131 Martinsville Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
Important Note About GPS
GPS or other navigation systems may not accurately recognize the Pingry campus entrance using our new mailing address of 131 Martinsville Road. We are working with mapping companies to update our new address, but we cannot guarantee your results during this transition period. Thank you for your patience. Please see the driving directions below, or use the approved Google Map here.
Please note: The school entrance is on the Southbound side of Liberty Corner Rd. across from the Mt. Horeb Methodist Church.
From the West
East on I-78 to Exit 33 (Martinsville). Turn right (South) on Liberty Corner/Martinsville Road. Travel 2.3 miles to campus entrance on right.
From the North
I-287 past Morristown to Mt. Airy Road exit, Exit 26. Left at end of ramp onto Mt. Airy Road. Stay on this until crossing over I-78 towards Martinsville. Travel an additional 2.3 miles to campus entrance on the right.
From the Northeast
(Summit, Short Hills, the Chathams, and Livingston areas) Route 24 East to I-78 ramp (toward Clinton). West on I-78 to Exit 33 (Martinsville).*
From Maplewood, Newark, and the Oranges
I-78 west to Exit 33 (Martinsville).*
From the East
Route 22 to Scotch Plains. One block past McDonald’s Restaurant, tum right on Bonnie Burn Road (sign says Berkeley Heights). Continue North past office complex (on right). Turn left at sign for I-78 (near Stonegate Condominiums). West on I-78 to Exit 33 (Martinsville).*
From the South
North on Route 206 to I-287 North. Right on I-78 East (toward Newark) to Exit 33 (Martinsville).**
From the Southeast
West and then North on I-287. Right on I-78 East (toward Newark) to Exit 33 (Martinsville).**
*At Exit 33, left (South) over highway on Liberty Corner/Martinsville Road. Travel 2.3 miles to campus entrance on right.
**At Exit 33, right (South) on Liberty Corner/Martinsville Road. Travel 2.3 miles to campus entrance on right.
Short Hills Campus
50 Country Day Drive, Short Hills, NJ 07078
From the North
Garden State Parkway South to Exit 142. Take I-78 West to Exit 48 onto Rte. 24 West. Take 2nd right-hand Exit 9B for Hobart Gap Road/Hobart Ave. Turn right onto Hobart Gap Road. Follow Local Directions (below).
Alternate Route from the North
I-287 to Route 24 East from Morristown. Take Summit Avenue exit, Exit 8, and continue straight on Rte. 124. At second stoplight, turn left onto Hobart Gap Road. Follow Local Directions (below).
From the South
New Jersey Turnpike or Route 1 to the Garden State Parkway North. Take Garden State Parkway North to Exit 142B. Take I-78 West; stay in Local Lanes to take Exit 48 for Rte. 24 West. Take 2nd right-hand Exit 9B for Hobart Gap Road/Hobart Ave. Turn right onto Hobart Gap Road. Follow Local Directions (below).
From the East
New Jersey Turnpike South to Exit 14. Take I-78 West; stay in Local Lanes to take Exit 48 onto Rte. 24 West. Take 2nd right-hand Exit 9B for Hobart Gap Road/Hobart Ave. Turn right onto Hobart Gap Road. Follow Local Directions (below).
From the West
I-78 East. Where I-78 splits into express lanes (to the left) and local lanes (to the right), keep right to stay in local lanes. In 0.5-mile, take left-hand exit #48 onto Rte. 24 West. Take 2nd right-hand exit #9B for Hobart Ave./Hobart Gap Road. Turn right onto Hobart Gap Road. Follow Local Directions(below).
After proceeding straight through blinking light, Hobart Gap Road becomes White Oak Ridge Road. Proceed on White Oak Ridge Road for 1.3 miles. Turn right onto Briarwood Drive. Turn left onto Country Day Drive, which leads directly into school parking lot.