Frequently Asked Questions
What if my child does not attend Pingry? What if my child doesn’t know anyone?
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 does my child need to bring?
For day camp, campers should pack a refillable water bottle, two swimsuits, two towels, 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.
Why can’t my child bring their own food into the cafeteria?
We are sensitive to campers who have life-threatening food allergies. By eliminating outside food, we are able to minimize possible allergen exposure for these campers. For camps where food is provided, our dining service provides nut-free snacks, and plenty of meal options to meet a variety of tastes and dietary needs.
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.
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 is Mini Camp?
Mini 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 send your child for the full day 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, and afternoons include relaxation time through stories or quiet sensory play to allow campers to unwind and recharge.
What if I’m interested in a half-day specialty camp, but I need care for my child all day?
No problem. Many campers choose to participate in a half-day specialty or academic program, and then add half-day day camp to create a full day schedule. These transitions happen at the end of lunch and are managed by camp staff.
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.
How do I apply for admission to Pingry for the school year?
Information on Pingry’s application process can be found here.