Big Blue Summer Juniors
Camp at a Glance
Big Blue Summer Juniors Day Camp
Big Blue Summer knows that learning happens when it is experiential, purposeful, and contextualized. This summer, campers will experience 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! Rotations vary and may include…
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.
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 are divided into one of five age divisions to experience age-appropriate programming.
Minis: Campers who are at least 3 years old and entering preschool in the fall
Program adaptations include: shorter activity rotations (30 minutes), guided free play and exploration time, daily story and song time led by our professional preschool director and veteran Minis Director, separate community time, maximum counselor ratio of 1:4
Kinders: Campers who will enter kindergarten in the fall
Program adaptations include: shorter activity rotations (45 minutes), guided free play and exploration time, daily story time to support early literacy, maximum counselor ratio of 1:5
Juniors: Campers who will enter 1st or 2nd grade in the fall
Program adaptations include: full length activity rotations (1 hour), maximum counselor ratio of 1:6
Seniors: Campers who will enter 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade in the fall
Program adaptations include: full length activity rotations (1 hour), maximum counselor ratio of 1:7
Leaders in Training (LITs): Campers who will enter 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in the fall
Program adaptations include: extended time spent in the Outdoor Adventure module, a focus on leadership skill development, interaction with younger campers, LITs serve as swim mentors twice per week instead of receiving daily leveled swim lessons
Campers can register for single weeks, or all 7 weeks.
BBS Junior Camp
|Jun 20 – 24||9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.|
|Jun 27 – Jul 1||9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.|
|Jul 11 – 15||9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.|
|Jul 18 – 22||9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.|
|Jul 25- 29||9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.|
|Aug 1 – 5||9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.|
|Aug 8 – 12||9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.|
*Junior campers can also register for Before and After Care
Lunch is included.
Transportation is available.
What to Pack
- For Summer 2019, Juniors should arrive to camp each day in swim attire, as the first scheduled activity of the morning is their swim lesson.
- For day camp, campers should pack a refillable water bottle, swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, bug spray (optional), and swim goggles (optional). Make sure you label everything!