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The following information pertains to Big Blue Summer Day Camps, not our Partner Programs.  Please refer to documents and information provided to your family by our partner camps for specific information related to their programs.


Register for all Summer programs on CampBrain.

What to Pack

What to Wear:

  • Play Clothes/Athletic Clothes
  • Sneakers/Closed-toe shoes
  • Socks
  • Backpack

Mandatory Pack List:

  • Bathing Suits (2)
  • Towels (2)
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Change of Clothes

Also Recommended:

  • Pair of tall socks (for hiking)
  • Rain gear
  • Bug repellent spray/bracelets
  • Sweatshirt/long sleeve shirt
  • Hat/visor

Please apply sunscreen before dropping off in the morning. If you would like your camper to reapply sunscreen during the day (and they should!), make sure you pack a labeled bottle/stick in their backpack.


  • Money, phones, electronics or other valuables
  • Outside food as we are trying to protect many campers with severe food allergies
  • Medications without first notifying the camp office – any medications needed at camp should be labeled and turned in to staff for safekeeping. Emergency medications will remain with your child’s counselor and follow your child throughout their day; other necessary medications will be stored in the Camp Office.


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 build relationships and encourage nutritious eating. 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 Grade 1 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.

If your child has other allergies or dietary restrictions, we would be happy to schedule an appointment for you to speak with a representative from Sage about menus and accommodations. Please contact Cindy McArthur with your request.

Drop Off & Pick Up

Big Blue Summer Day Camp

Enter main driveway proceed to Parking Lot 2 – stay RIGHT to drop off at the side entrance to the main building.

  • Car line Drop Off starts at 8:45am
  • Car line Pick Up 4:30pm

Pingry Academic Camp – Middle School Entrance

Drop off and Pick up at the Middle School entrance – Parking Lot 4

Pulse – Parking Lot 2

Pulse will drop off and pick up with Big Blue Summer Campers.

  • Drop off – 9:00am Enter main driveway proceed to Parking Lot 2 – stay RIGHT to drop off at the side entrance to the main building.
  • Pick Up – 4:30pm Main Car Line – Enter main driveway proceed to Parking Lot 2 – stay RIGHT to drop off at the side entrance to the main building.

Please exit the car line and park in parking lot 2. Walk your camper, using the cross walk, to the Pulse coaches outside of Bristol Gymnasium for a first day of camp introduction!

Elefante- Hostetter Arts Wing Entrance

Elefante Drop off and pick up are at the Hostetter Arts Wing Entrance – Follow the signs to parking lot 5

  • Drop off at 9:00am
  • Pick Up at 3pm

Before Care and After Care

Drop off and Pick up are at the main entrance Hyde & Watson doors

  • Before Care – as early as 7:30am
  • After Care Pick up – as late as 6:00pm


Bus transportation is available from the following locations.

Short Hills Campus

  • Dates: 6/18 – 8/10
  • Drop off: 7:30 AM ( departs 7:45)
  • Pick Up: 5:00 PM
  • Price: $130 per week

Midday Bus: Dates: 6/25 – 8/10

  • Leaves Short Hills for Basking Ridge at 12:00pm
  • Leaves Basking Ridge for Short Hills at 12:30pm
  • Price: $65



Do not send any medications to camp without first notifying the camp office. Only emergency medications (auto-injector, inhaler, etc.) will be permitted. Any medications needed at camp should be labeled and turned in to staff for safekeeping. Emergency medications will remain with your child’s counselor and follow your child throughout their day.


If your child is ill, please call us at 908-647-5555 ext 1217 to let us know. Do not send your child to camp if:

Your child has a fever over 100 degrees (your child may return to camp after 24 hours fever-free without fever-reducing medication). Your child is vomiting or has diarrhea (your child may return to camp 24 hours after the last episode). Your child has as a severe sore throat, earache, pink eye, or rash (your child may return when symptoms have cleared OR with a doctor’s note – if doctor’s note specifies 24 hours on medication first, your child will not be re-admitted before 24 hours). You suspect your child may have a contagious illness. Your child would not be up to participating in camp activities. Keep in mind that campers spend much of their day outdoors in the sun, active and busy. Sometimes rest is best, and the best place to rest is at home.

If your child falls ill during the camp day we will contact you, followed by your emergency contacts if necessary, to request that you pick up your child from the camp office.

Health Forms

Please log into your CampBrain account and complete the medical form.


Group Counselors

Each group of campers travels with two counselors throughout the day, typically one college student and one high school student, both at least 16 years old. Counselors are selected for their reliability, leadership, and ability to connect with children in their age group.

  • Minis Ratio – 10:2
  • Kinder-2nd Ratio – 12:2
  • 3rd-LIT Ratio – 15:2

Specialist Teachers

Activities are designed and led by staff members in college and beyond who have a passion for their activity area that translates easily to their work with campers. These artists, athletes, explorers, and teachers ignite the curiosity that campers need to discover new passions of their own, or to build skills in an area of interest.

Division Leaders

Each Counselor or Specialist reports to a Division Leader who oversees activities throughout the summer, assists with activity planning and camper behavior management, and conducts ongoing training. These staff members are experienced teachers working as a team to ensure that Big Blue Summer offers the highest quality camp experience. They are dedicated to weaving our Honor C.O.D.E. values throughout our summer programming.

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 Life Guard certification and receive specialized training prior to working with swimmers.