My favorite camps

Big Blue Summer Day Camp

Pingry’s Big Blue Summer Day Camps offer comprehensive programming for campers aged 3-14 years (rising preschool-Grade 8). Campers at Big Blue Summer Day Camp explore a variety of age-appropriate activities as they work to develop their Big Blue Summer Honor C.O.D.E. competencies: counselors encourage campers to be Curious, Open, Dedicated, and Enthusiastic as they create in our art studios, compete on our athletic fields, explore our nature trails, and work together on STEAM challenges.


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 specialist teachers in each area have created 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!

STEAM Arts Lab: 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: 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.

Music & Movement: 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: : Explore coding, robotics, and electrical engineering concepts through a variety of experiences. Understand how the machines we interact with everyday operate, and build your own solutions to technical problems! Activities are adjusted to be accessible for each age group, and also engaging for a range of skill levels.

Team Sportsmanship: Campers develop speed, balance, strength and coordination playing a variety of sports and games. Positive sportsmanship is practiced during both developmental drills and competitive scrimmages.

Additionally, campers receive a leveled swim lesson each day. Each Monday campers are assigned to a group of 2-6 swimmers per instructor (or just 1-2 for Minis). Beginners develop safety skills as they acclimate to the water, while more advanced swimmers improve their strokes and dives in our indoor, Olympic-size pool.

Campers get the optimal Pingry Big Blue Summer experience when enrolled in the full 7 week camp, but day camps are available on a weekly basis as well. The BBS Day Camp is a half day AM camp, and becomes a full day camp when paired with one of our amazing half day PM Partner Programs or Signature Programs. This ensures that each camper gets a comprehensive learning experience and is able to engage in activities of their interest, maximizing fun and productivity!