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Pingry's Big Blue Summer Now Features New Day Camp Leadership in its 31st Season With Athletic Director Gerry Vanasse at the Helm

Credits: The Pingry School
Credits: The Pingry School
Credits: The Pingry School

BASKING RIDGE, NJ -  The Pingry School is pleased to announce that Athletic Director Gerry Vanasse will be overseeing and directing Pingry’s newly named “Mega-V Day Camp” for the Big Blue Summer in 2014.

Pingry Athletic Director Gerry Vanasse brings over 20 years of day camp and recreation leadership experience to his expanded role at Pingry’s campus in Basking Ridge.  His proven ability to provide imaginative activities and engaging, creative games along with the core summer fundamentals has made his camps extremely popular with children and parents for years.  Previously, Gerry was instrumental in founding and instilling a vibrant camp philosophy at Gill St. Bernard’s Mega V-Fun Camp in Somerset County where he served as Camp Director for over a decade.  In 2005, Gerry Vanasse was appointed Director of Athletics for The Pingry School where today he oversees one of the largest student athletics’ programs in New Jersey that includes 34 Varsity level teams in 19 different sports categories.  Vanasse and his staff coordinate over 1,200 athletic contests each school year.

Under his supervision, The Pingry Summer Day Camp, in existence for 30 years, will be transformed into the “Mega-V Day Camp” offering children ages 3 to 13 a memorable and eventful camp experience filled with athletics, aquatics, games, songs, crafts, and activities that capture their imagination.  Mega-V campers are taught how to utilize teamwork and strategy to achieve their goals, involving every camper in the process.

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“Gerry’s creative vision, dynamic energy, and wealth of camp experience provide a fantastic addition to the Big Blue Summer Experience.  The excitement of the Mega-V Day Camp that Gerry and his staff will generate is sure to foster the fun and friendships for children that will create a summer full of wonderful memories,” noted Mark Facciani, Director of Summer and Auxiliary Programs for The Pingry School.

Big Blue Summer Programs are offered at both the Pingry Short Hills and Basking Ridge campuses beginning June 9th running through August 15th.  Pingry’s Mega-V Day Camp program is offered at the Basking Ridge Campus from June 30th to August 8th along with over 30 summer academic programs and a variety of sport-specific camps. Online registration began January 13th on Pingry’s Big Blue Summer homepage at  Follow the Big Blue Summer on Facebook @

About The Pingry School:

The Pingry School is recognized throughout the United States for its academic excellence, Honor Code, arts, athletics, and universal concern among faculty for each student in the school.  The school's mission is to foster in students a lifelong commitment to intellectual exploration, individual growth, and social responsibility, while preparing them to be global citizens and leaders of the 21st century. It does this by providing an unparalleled intellectual experience for its students while guiding their development as people of honor and character.  Pingry, a K-12 coeducational, independent country day school, was founded in 1861 in Elizabeth, New Jersey by Dr. John F. Pingry and is spread over two campuses: K-5 in Short Hills and Grades 6-12 in Basking Ridge.  The diverse student body is composed of approximately 1,080 students from 108 communities and 14 counties across New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  For more information visit the school’s web site,


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