Big Blue Summer Day Camp


Pingry Big Blue Summer campers and staff live by the Honor C.O.D.E. As they encounter new activities and challenges, campers are encouraged to be Curious, Open, Dedicated and Enthusiastic while remaining true to Pingry's greatest value, Honor.

Honor at camp is defined as respecting others, the environment, and one's self. Throughout their day, Pingry counselors and staff encourage campers to develop their self-confidence, collaborative and problem-solving skills by asking questions, considering many views, and working toward goals with a positive attitude!


Pingry Big Blue Summer Day Camp offers programming for campers aged 3-14 years and entering preschool through 8th grade. Activities and schedules have been tailored for each age level to include a variety of developmentally appropriate and engaging activities. A Division Leader trains and oversees Counselors to meet the needs of campers in their age group, build friendship, and practice the ideals of the Honor C.O.D.E. each day.

Full Day, Half Day AM and Half Day PM options are available to all age divisions during all 8 weeks of camp, and BBS Day Camp can be paired with our half-day Partner Camps or Academic Camps to create a full day of activities!


Registration Open!

Camp at a Glance

WHO: Big Blue Summer Day Camp: Campers entering 1st grade - 8th grade in fall 2018

(For campers entering Preschool - Kindergarten, see Minis Camp and Kinder Cabins for program information.)

WHEN: June 18th - August 10th 2018 (no camp July 4th)

  • Register for 1 week, or all 8!
  • Full Day camp begins at 9:00am and ends at 4:30pm
  • Half Days available 9am-1pm or 1pm-4:30pm
  • Before Care/After Care options available
  • Lunch is included for Full Day and AM campers

WHERE: 131 Martinsville Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Basking Ridge Campus: From the main driveway, follow signs to Parking Lot 2. Drop off and pick up campers at the Athletics Entrance to the main building.


BBS Day Camp


Big Blue Summer Day Camp activities are built around our Honor C.O.D.E. values. BBS Day Campers are encouraged to be curious, open, dedicated and enthusiastic as they explore new activities on our fields, woodland trails, gymnasiums and studios. Meanwhile Day Camp Counselors instill in campers a sense of Honor: respect for self, others, and the environment. Each day, BBS Day Campers are encouraged to try something new.

MORNINGS (9:00-1:00) - Explore Broadly
From morning welcome until lunchtime, campers experience a variety of outdoor and indoor activity rotations led by Specialist Teachers, teambuilding challenges and activities within their small cabin groups or larger age divisions, and a leveled swim lesson in our indoor pool. Day Camp Counselors travel with their campers throughout the day, working with their groups to build teamwork and trust necessary to support one-another in setting goals and trying new things. Every BBS Day Camper receives a leveled swim lesson each morning, with swimmers evaluated each Monday for appropriate placement. Activity rotations expose campers to new interests and include arts, sports, science and nature activities that rotate throughout the week.

AFTERNOONS (1:00-4:30) - Delve Deeply
In the afternoon, BBS Day Campers have an opportunity to choose their own adventures through our Camp Clubs program. For an hour each day, campers meet with Club of their selection to work on a group project or activity. Clubs will range from Pride Sports Club and Summer Swim Team, to clubs built aroud arts & crafts projects, STEAM and entruprenuerial challenges, nature and science investigations, and a weekly Performing Arts Club for those wishing to perform in Friday's Camp Show. We encourage our summer staff to share their own passions and hobbies to further vary Club offerings. Afternoons also include time for weekly Free Swim, STEAM Challenge, and Big Game rotations, as well as exciting special guests, performances and events. These experiences vary by week and are designed to build our sense of BBS community, apply what we've learned throughout the week, and have lots of fun!

+ LIT CAMP ( 7TH & 8TH)


Are LITs employees?

  • LITs are not employees of Pingry Day Camp. As our oldest campers, their program is tailored to allow them to take on leadership roles at camp and develop the skills necessary to become our future CITs and Counselors if they wish. LITs are supervised at all times, and all LIT programming is led by a Counselor, Specialist Teacher, or a visiting instructor. While we may task LITs with creating fun for other campers, they are never responsible for those campers' safety and wellbeing as an employee would be.

Do LITs have to swim?

  • LITs have a leveled swim lesson scheduled every morning, and are assigned to free swim with the Minis or Kinders Monday-Thursday afternoons. Special arrangements should be made ahead of time for LITs who do not wish to swim.

How does the LIT program differ from the regular Day Camp program?

  • LITs have fewer activity rotations on their schedule, focusing instead on developing leadership skills and completing weekly projects. Some of these projects, such as the weekly newsletter, will be assigned. Other projects will develop out of LIT campers' talents, interests and goals or out of the weekly theme activity. Leadership training may include team-building activities, communication skills, first aid and safety training, game theory, and mentor opportunities. LITs also leave campus for a team-building trip one afternoon each week. Past trips have included laser tag, rock climbing, and an Escape Room.

What do campers eat?

  • Campers select from hot and cold lunch options in the dining hall. A healthy, kid-friendly main course and vegetarian option is available daily, and salad and sandwich bars allow every camper to find something they like to eat. Fresh fruit and vegetables are offered every day.

What if my child has allergies?

  • Sage Dining Service can work with you to make sure your camper with allergies has adequate food options and receives only safe foods. All food provided to campers is nut free.

Do they get a snack?

  • A snack is provided each morning and each afternoon - typically fruit or pretzels, crackers, etc. and an occasional special treat like an ice pop to cool off in the afternoon!


Students who will be entering grades 9 and 10 in the fall are encouraged to apply to our Counselor in Training Program.

CITs work to develop leadership and communication skills and to familiarize themselves with expectations in the working world. Whether they are interested in future camp employment or simply developing some job experience and skills, we will work to help each CIT identify and achieve their summer goals.

CITs assist regular staff throughout the summer and receive training from the Staff Supervisor each day. During the morning, CITs work in their assigned group or activity. Afternoons include a CIT team meeting with the Staff Supervisor for support and ongoing training, and time to work on their weekly CIT Project. CITs take a lead role in proposing, planning, and executing a project, event or activity each week, making their own mark on camp and creating memories for campers as they practice project management skills. By the end of the summer CITs will be able to identify specific lessons and acheivements gained from their time at Big Blue Summer.

CITs will be assigned to a new group or specialist each week to gain a broad view of camp and discover their strengths. Assignments may include camper groups from Minis (PreK) to Seniors (5th/6th), and specialty areas including Arts & Crafts, Sports & Games, Nature, Aquatics, and more. Second-year CITs may instead request to remain in a single camper age division throughout the summer.


  • Currently completing 8th or 9th grade.
  • Available at least four full weeks of camp.
  • Interest in working with children, developing leadership and communication skills.
  • Enthusiasm for camp activities.
  • Willingness to follow instructions and work as part of a team.


  • Complete an online staff application at
  • Attend a group staff interview (new CITs) in the spring, or complete a brief phone interview (returning CITs).
  • Attend staff training - dates TBA.

CIT Hiring Updates:

Accepting Applications


June 18-22
June 25-29
July 2-6 ( No Camp July 4)
July 9-13
July 16-20
July 23-27
July 30-August 3
August 6-10



Swim Lessons
Each swim group meets our campers at their current level of swimming ability and each group is tailored to challenge each child to further develop their skills in the water. As a camper meets a benchmark, additional skills are individually added to their program. Each Monday swimmers' skills are re-assessed so that appropriate groupings can be made, and each Friday a swim report goes home to document the camper's progress.

For our aquatic novices we work on general water safety, entering the water, partially submerging, assisted back floating, blowing bubbles, freestyle kick, and safely exiting the water. From there we work on completely submerging, back floating, front floating, blowing bubbles, freestyle arms, jumping to instructor, doggie paddle, back freestyle kick, retrieving objects, jumping to instructor with a complete submersion, safely exiting the pool using the ladder. We focus on creating safe, capable little swimmers.

More developed swimmers will work on all four competitive strokes, focusing on technique with appropriate drills and feedback from our instructors. We add skills (open turn, flip turn, two handed turns, streamlines) as students improve. Additionally, we add basic water safety and lifeguarding skills. Though they are swimming and learning, we focus on having fun too. Our older campers love relays, especially when competing with their instructors!

Additional Swim Opportunities Free Swim is offered to all age groups at least one afternoon per week. All Minis and Kinder campers enjoy Free Swim twice each week to help acclimate them to the water. Minis are joined by their LIT Swim Buddies to add extra confidence and fun. Older campers are offered a choice between Free Swim and Game Room time. During Free Swim, pool noodles, floats and toys add to the fun... and sometimes, even the Counselors jump in!

Day Campers in 1st-8th grade may also choose Summer Swim Team as their afternoon Club for the week. The Summer Swim Team practices strokes, relays, races, and diving appropriate to each camper's swim level. This is a great opportunity to challenge highly motivated intermediate - advanced swimmers!

All swim sessions are staffed with certified Life Guards, and the pool is overseen by the Aquatics Director or Assistant Aquatics Director at all times. Additional Counselors monitor the pool deck for safety and camper supervision during these times.

Pool Staff

During swim lessons, campers work in a small, ability-level group with a dedicated swim instructor. Additional Life Guards and Counselors supervise the pool deck to provide the safest possible environment and a 5:1 ratio of campers to staff. The pool is overseen by the Aquatics Director or Assistant Aquatics Director at all times. All pool staff hold a Lifeguard certification and receive specialized training prior to working with swimmers.

Director of Aquatics

"Mrs. O'Mara"
Deidre O'Mara teaches Biology at Pingry and coaches the Girls Varsity Swim Team. This is her third summer leading the BBS Aquatics team.


Lunch is included for Full Day and AM campers!

Sage Dining Services uses locally sourced ingredients to prepare a hot lunch each day in Pingry's kitchens. In addition to hot entrees, campers can always find their favorite cold options in the salad and sandwich bar. Vegetarian options are always available.

Counselors eat with their campers to keep an eye on nutrition. We encourage each camper to find some protein to give them the energy to get through the afternoon, and to try the fresh vegetables and fruit! Younger campers eat family style, with counselors helping to serve the meal. Campers entering 1st grade and up get to make their own selections from the service line.

Allergies & Dietary Restrictions

Big Blue Day Camp and Sage Dining Service do not prepare or serve any foods or snacks containing tree nuts or peanuts during the summer months. Pingry's Basking Ridge campus is a nut-sensitive environment. Pingry's Short Hills campus is a nut-free environment year round.

If your child has other allergies or dietary restrictions, we would be happy to schedule an appointment for you to speak with Andrew Whitman, Food Service Director, about menus and accommodations. Please contact Cindy McArthur ( with your request.


Pingry Big Blue Summer Day Camp registration is managed through Camp Brain.

Registration is open until 12pm on the Thursday prior to each camp week, or until the age group is full - whichever occurs first. Register early to secure your child's space!


Add-ons & Features


Before and After Care:

Dates: June 11 – August 10
Ages: Kindergarten - 8th grade

Located at the Basking Ridge Campus. Drop off as early as 7:30 AM and pick up as late as 6:00 PM. This is an add-on for families who need child-care outside the traditional camp hours of 9am-4:30pm.

Before Care:
Time: 7:30am -9:00am
Cost: $75 weekly

After Care:
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:00pm
Cost: $75 weekly

After Hours:

Big Blue Summer After Hours: We offer an extension for campers attending a camp that ends at 3:00pm. They will join in the last hour and a half of the Big Blue Day Campfor activities including Free Swim, Arts and Crafts, Sports, Outdoor Adventures, and more. After Hours programs are also available through Partner Programs select weeks of the summer.

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30PM
Price: $100 weekly