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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

*July 6 – July 17 only* 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 Specialists

*Nature Specialist – all weeks, Archery or Adventure – July 27- August 14 only* 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

*weeks TBD* 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

*all weeks* 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

*all weeks*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.

Visual Arts Center of NJ Partner Camp Counselor

The Visual Art Center of New Jersey Summer Art Camp at the Pingry School Summer Camp offers a high-quality art camp for student’s rising grades 1-8. The position of Summer Camp Counselor covers many responsibilities, and plays a crucial role in the success of our camp. Applicants must be patient, enjoy working with children, have confidence in their ability to motivate and assist campers, and have an interest in or appreciation for art. A counselor’s role includes being an extra set of hands and eyes for teachers before, during, and after each camp session, as well as being a guardian and guide to the campers in assigned groups. While each teacher will provide direction, the main duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Helping set up classrooms
  • Gathering and preparing materials before each camp session
  • Assisting students with projects during camp
  • Helping teachers during camp as needed (making copies, getting supplies from other rooms, escorting younger students to restrooms, etc.)
  • Helping students and teacher clean up after each camp session
  • Supervising campers
  • Making sure supplies are returned to the appropriate place
  • Making sure storage areas are kept well maintained and orderly
  • Serving as a positive role model for students
  • Other duties as requested

Applications will be accepted starting January 6, 2020.

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 ( directly.