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Activity Specialist Openings

Big Blue Summer knows that learning happens when it is experiential, purposeful, and contextualized. This summer, campers will experience five activity areas designed to engage their curiosity. Enthusiastic activity specialists in each area will lead age-appropriate curriculum to open campers’ minds to new ideas. Counselors travel to each activity to help campers dedicate their attention to growth and learning.

Curriculum will be written for each specialty area by professional teachers, who will then serve as guides and mentors to specialists. Specialists are generally college students, young professionals, or teachers looking to work with a different age group or subject during their summer break. We currently seek staff who wish to share their expertise in the following activity areas with campers:

STEAM Art Lab Specialist

Teach lessons to campers aged 3-14 in the STEAM Arts Lab, where campers explore the interactions between art and science, working on a new creation each week. They might explore physics through Calder-inspired wire sculpture mobiles, experiment with color mixing through chemical reactions, or engineer a Rube Goldberg machine. Projects focus on collaborative art-making for community.

Outdoor Adventures Specialist

From hiking to gardening and natural science to archery, campers take full advantage of Pingry’s beautiful 192-acre campus. Pingry’s commitment to stewardship and sustainability extends into our summer programming, encouraging campers to appreciate our natural environment. This specialist will lead activities and hikes, and teach lessons in natural science to campers aged 3-14. Archery certification preferred.

Music & Movement Specialist

A teacher with varied experience in the performing arts is sought to teach lessons to campers aged 3-14. Performing arts activities pave the way for explorations into the many languages we use to communicate – from music notes and mathematical patterns to visual imagery and poetic voice. Campers will explore self-expression in an age-appropriate format, ranging from rhythm patterns in the Minis to music interpretation in the Senior age group.

High Tech Logic Specialist

Campers aged 3-14 explore coding, robotics, and electrical engineering concepts through a variety of experiences under the guidance of this instructor. Demonstrate how the machines we interact with everyday operate, and guide campers to build their own solutions to technical problems. Must be able to adjust teaching strategies for each age group, and also engaging for a range of skill levels.

Team Sportsmanship Specialist

Seeking an athletic teacher to lead activities for campers aged 3-14 with mixed interest levels in athletics. Campers will develop speed, balance, strength and coordination playing a variety of sports and games. Positive sportsmanship is practiced during both developmental drills and competitive scrimmages. Experience leading collaborative games and drills is preferred.

If you have an interest in writing curriculum for one of the above specialty rotations and providing mentorship to the specialist instructor assigned to teach your curriculum, please reach out to Alicia Harabin (aharabin@pingry.org) directly.