What’s New With U? – Week 5

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What’s New With U? – Week Five

Lights, curtains, and energy up as we took the cue for Week 5 to begin.

We were so excited to welcome our 3-week campers as they entered onto the scene, ready to show us their stuff.

On Monday, the Mayhem Poets showed their poetry prowess, dropping rhymes about everything, from cool nicknames to writer’s block (Creative Writing students, take notes!) and even chicken (Bwak!). The Drowsy Chaperone performances were anything but nap-inducing, and we raised a (compostable) cup to the casts of Fiddler on the Roof JR.

We were blown away by the powerful rhythm of the Ephrat Asherie Dance company on Wednesday. And on Friday, we rocked out with two-time Tony-nominated singer and actor, Constantine Maroulis.

Beyond the Amphitheater, exciting things are afoot around Usdan’s campus. Newer classes like DIY Musical Theater and Silent Film Orchestra are experimenting and expanding the bounds of creativity. Other classes — like Sewing and Fashion, Animation, and more — prepare for their close-ups, concerts, collaborations, and celebrations. We can’t wait!

See U next week.

Here’s Looking at U

Every newsletter, we will have a compilation video and collection of photos from the previous week. Scroll through and click on photos to enlarge. 

#AMoreSustainableU: Sustainability Tips and Tricks

This week, Discovery kids taught us it’s never too early to learn about sustainability, as they reuse and upcycle old materials to create new art. Discovery Art teacher JT Harris asked students to make collagraph prints from found objects and recycled materials around campus. And now, they’re creating a large cardboard fish and painting plastic cups for scales.

But arts and crafts aren’t the only way that Usdan’s been reusing and upcycling. This spring, educator and mom, Georgeanne Rousseau generously donated a collection of over dozens of alphabet books to our early childhood Discovery program. The Georgeanne Rousseau Alphabet Book Collection contains books covering all different themes ranging from famous artwork to yummy food to colorful dinosaurs has become a beloved possession of our Discovery Center. We’re honored to be accepting donations for The Georgeanne Rousseau Alphabet Book Collection to continue to grow our library.

Instead of throwing away old alphabet books or letting them gather dust in your attic, consider donating them to the Collection, where they will be cherished by Discovery students for many years to come. Donations to The Georgeanne Rousseau Collection in the form of ABC books are tax-deductible. If you are interested in donating, please contact Kathleen Drohan at kdrohan@usdan.org for more information.

Finally, here’s bit of inspiration take us into the weekend:

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall

Summer Learning #Goals

Take a look inside the Usdan classroom to see how our teachers and staff are collaborating with students and what their summer goals are. This week’s segment focuses on Kimaada Le Gendre, who runs the Leadership Institute at Usdan.

Kim’s question of focus for the summer is: 

“How can I create a safe, empowering, productive inspiring, reflective space that allows forLeadership Institute for the Arts (LIA) students to grow into the leaders they want to become?”

From the outset, Kim knew her goal this summer was to help guide these Leaders in learning about Usdan as a safe inclusive space for kids who love art. Kim is committed to ensuring the Leadership Institute campers can figure out who they are as people, as artists, and as leaders in a safe and encouraging envrionment.

Kim and her team had the students vote on three themes that they wanted to focus on for this summer’s Leadership Project: Sustainability; Diversity and Inclusion; and Community Building. Leaders were placed in the groups they were most excited about. A staff member was assigned to each group to serve as a mentor.

“At the beginning of the summer, many of them didn’t see themselves as leaders,” Kim says about her campers, “but now they have accumulated the tools to feel empowered and like they’re becoming leaders in their own right.” Leaders will host a Spirit Day at Usdan in order to apply their learnings to the real-world in a productive, relevant way. The Sustainability group will teach campers how to implement sustainable, daily changes; the Diversity and Inclusion group will be participating in acts of kindness; the Community group will be write fun Mad Libs about Usdan.

The guest workshops have been an inspiring way to integrate the topics Leaders are learning about this summer. Pop trio, Betty, spoke about their music career and the intersection of diversity and inclusion; The Chameleons physical theater troupe taught interactive acting exercises Leaders can apply to their everyday interactions with campers; the Mayhem Poets slam-poetry duo had the Leaders write poems about sustainability. These workshops have been an incredibly opportunity to weave the topics of the summer into the Leaders’ real-world experiences.

At the end of the 7 weeks, Kim is planning another workshop for the Leaders to help them reflect on their growth during the summer and their journey to create their own leadership story.

Gearing Up: Merch Item of the Week

It’s getting hot in here, so stay hydrated! This week’s merch item of the week is the Usdan water bottle.

You can beat the heat with this item for $10, and find more merch at the Usdan shop online or at our Welcome Center.

Up Next: Upcoming Events and Programming

This week, we gave plenty of much-deserved, standing ovations to the casts of Fiddler on the Roof JR. and The Drowsy Chaperone. Next week, we’ll see fashion forward campers take the stage; the much anticipated collaboration between International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and the Contemporary Classical Chamber Ensemble class, impressive animation, and much more.

Don’t forget: You’re invited to join us for a performance and backstage lunch. Just contact us at RSVP@usdan.org at least 24 hours in advance to reserve your place. (If you plan to be on campus past 1:30 p.m. to experience all these exciting performances, we ask that you please do not park in the bus field.)

The full event calendar, including in-studio showings, demonstrations, and tournaments can be found here. Festival Performances are recorded and can be found on our YouTube page. Next week’s schedule is:

Monday, August 5
Festival Guest Performance – Grace Kelly
12:10 p.m. & 12:35 p.m.

Tuesday, August 6
Festival Student Performance – Excerpts from Singin’ in the Rain. 
12:10 p.m. and 12:35 p.m.

Wednesday, August 7
Festival Student Performance – ICE* & Contemporary Classical Ensemble
12:10 p.m. and 12:35 p.m.
In-studio showings and demonstrations:
Doo-Wop Wed Widinghood Juniors T10 at 1:30 p.m.

Discovery Open Dance Class at 10:00 a.m. (Kennedy & Kiley – D9 / Melissa and Francesco – D3)
Discovery Open Dance Class at 11:05 a.m. (Patrick & Sofia – D9 / Laura & Peter  – D3)
Discovery Open Dance Class at 2:10 p.m. (Madeline & Lisa – D9 / Megan & Justin D3)

Thursday, August 8
Festival Student Performance – Fashion Show
12:10 p.m. and 12:35 p.m.
5-year Lunch
Seniors – 12:00 p.m.
Juniors – 12:30 p.m.

Friday, August 9
Festival Student Performance –  Senior Iwnstrumental Ensembles
12:10 p.m. and 12:35 p.m.
In-studio showings and demonstrations:
Art Open Studios 10:00 a.m. – 3:05 p.m.
Sr. Animation Film Festival at 10:30 a.m.
Jr. Animation Film Festival at 1:30 p.m.
Singin’ in the Rain Troupe at 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

*International Contemporary Ensemble

Administration Corner

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Think about next summer

With the start of the 3-week session comes all new classes (and all new waitlists). If you’re already thinking about next summer and want to ensure your child gets their top picks, think about joining our Return2U program and pre-register now for the 2020 season.

Between today and the last day of our 2019 season (August 16), you can sign up for Return2U and receive 2019 rates and other perks. Additionally, if you pre-register before August 15 for 7- and 3-week campers, your child can ring our end of the session gong (a high honor around here). You must enroll in the same session length or longer than in 2019. Return2U closes at 11:59 p.m. on August 16, so don’t miss out.

There’s an app for that!

Search and download “Usdan Summer Camp” from the Google or Apple App Store and have all important camp information right at your fingertips. 

#LaurensPolaroids

Executive Director Lauren Brandt Schloss is giving us a blast from the past with these polaroid photos.

What Do U Think? Weekly Poll Question

This week, we asked campers: What’s your favorite place on Usdan’s campus and why? Parents, we want to hear yours, too! Tell us at tellus@usdan.org.

What’s New With U? – Week 4

What’s Inside

What’s New With U? – Week Four

With the flick of a baton, the turn of a pirouette, the flash of a camera, and the shine of the spotlight, we dove into Week 4.

Orchestra students opened this week with an array of classical and global pieces. On Tuesday, Usdan favorites The Chameleons entertained with their (mostly) silent mime show. Wednesday delivered passionate Concert Band performances, and Thursday brought out the young (and most adorable) Discovery stars and the Junior and Senior Vocal Ensembles. And, on Friday, the Dance Department had us sashaying into the weekend.

From readings to shows to concerts, the week was jam-packed with in-studio on onstage performances. We explored a whole new world with the casts of Aladdin JR.; witnessed the Showstoppers class living up to their name; and beat the heat with the casts of the Frozen JR. Writing and Photography came together in peak visual and literary collaboration, and our fave magical sport flew out of the pages of Harry Potter with the summer’s first Quidditch tournament.

This year’s Gala—dubbed The Sassafras Bash after the whimsical trees that surround our campus—brought out many beloved members of the Usdan family. The largest fundraising event of the year was also, as always, the most fun, fantastical, and fabulous. Guests mingled near The Shed, Pool area, and the picnic grounds which were backdrops for art installations and amazing performances throughout the evening. Honorees Arthur A. Levine, Christina Helbock, and Kelly Hillard, were celebrated for their ability to truly embrace Usdan’s mission to contribute creatively to the world throughout their lives. 

Here’s Looking at U

Every newsletter, we will have a compilation video and collection of photos from the previous week. Scroll through and click on photos to enlarge.

#AMoreSustainableU: Sustainability Tips and Tricks

Sustainability and mindful creativity are alive and well in our studios.

For example, the Sustainable Art & Design class, led by artist Andre Feliciano and inspired by Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun, aims to “make something out of nothing.” Students use objects one might consider trash—mailing envelopes Amazon boxes, PVC pipes, even old instruments—to create incredible art.  (Check out the rad Captain America shield below, which is also part of another class project using piezo ceramic—movement-generated—energy.)

 And, in Courtney Surmanek’s Art classes, students use old hardcover books as sketchbooks. These upcycled sketchbooks are intended to draw upon the skills built throughout each week in various painting and drawing mediums to include acrylic, watercolor, collage, block printing, and other experimental techniques.  (Read more about what Courtney is up to below.)

 

Finally, here’s bit of inspiration to close out the week:

“We can’t change the world by playing by the rules. Because the rules have to be changed. Everything needs to change. And it has to start today.” -Greta Thunberg

Summer Learning #Goals

Take a look inside the Usdan classroom to see how our teachers are collaborating with students and what their summer goals are. This week’s segment focuses on the Art department’s Open Studio 2D and Painting & Drawing teacher, Courtney Surmanek.

Courtney’s question of focus for the summer is:

“How can I best inspire students to make bold choices; to create a space where students make those bold choices, and are bold in their own identities?” 

Courtney has done this by focusing on projects that encourage experimentation and improvisation. During the first week, their projects were rooted in discovery. One example is a series of drawing “instructions” that are adapted from Draw It with Your Eyes Closed: the Art of the Art Assignment, from artist Sara Greenberger Rafferty.

The exercise encourages students to think about change, time, erasure, composition, and drawing as an event. Courtney prefaces it with: “I’m going to give you a set of instructions. These instructions are intentionally cryptic. Trust in the process. Anything you do is the right choice!
”

Giving students the ultimate agency to decide what’s right and what works is a new experience for many of them. The exercise helps students release themselves from a desire for perfection and offers them the ability to explore a range of techniques. 

Gearing Up: Merch Item of the Week

The Sassafras Bash, this year’s summer Gala, is the largest fundraising event of the year.  All proceeds support Usdan’s generous scholarship fund which provides over $1 million dollars in scholarships annually.

Instead of showcasing one of the merch items from our store this week, we invite you to donate to our scholarship fund. If you would like to make a donation to Usdan’s Scholarship Fund, please click here.

Up Next: Upcoming Events and Programming

Next week, we are thrilled to welcome back Pedro Lasch, a visual artist and Duke University professor, for his third and final year of his ambitious art residency.

Upcoming Festival and in-studio performances are sure to make Shakespeare proud. We welcome cool poets, award-winning dancers, and a Broadway (and TV) talent to the Amphitheater. As well, it’s curtains up for the casts of Fiddler on the Roof JR and The Drowsy Chaperone.

Please note: You’re welcome to join us for a performance and backstage lunch. Just contact us at RSVP@usdan.org at least 24 hours in advance to reserve your place. Additionally, if you plan to be on campus past 1:30 PM to experience all these exciting performances, please do not park in the bus field.

The full event calendar, including in-studio showings, demonstrations, and tournaments can be found here. Festival Performances are recorded and can be found on our YouTube page. Next week’s schedule is below:

Monday, July 29
Festival Guest Performance – Mayhem Poets
12:10 p.m. & 12:35 p.m.

Tuesday, July 30
Festival Student Performance – Excerpts from Fiddler on the Roof Jr. 
12:10 p.m. and 12:35 p.m.
In-studio showings and demonstrations:
The Drowsy Chaperone Seniors T2 (10:30 a.m.)
The Drowsy Chaperone Juniors T2 (1:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, July 31
Festival Guest Performance – Ephrat Asherie
12:10 p.m. and 12:35 p.m.

Thursday, August 1
Festival Student Performance – Excerpts from The Drowsy Chaperone
12:10 p.m. and 12:35 p.m.

Friday, August 2
Festival Guest Performance –  Constantine Maroulis
12:10 p.m. and 12:35 p.m.
In-studio showings and demonstrations:
Fiddler on the Roof Jr. Seniors T1 (10:30 a.m.)
Fiddler on the Roof Jr. Juniors T1 (1:30 p.m.)

A Message for U 

It’s the last day of a beautiful four weeks here at Usdan. Executive Director Lauren Brandt Schloss has a message for our friends who are staying, our friends who are leaving, and our friends who will be here soon. 

Administration Corner

Welcome 3-week campers

We are so excited to welcome our 3-week campers to campus on Monday! We’d love all 7-week campers to help us welcome them to campus. Anyone who’d like to be a Usdan Ambassador to help greet our new campers should meet at the Welcome Tent when they get to camp and wear their Ambassador pins.

Think about next summer

As we cherish the days ahead of us this summer, we’re starting to look forward to summer 2020. If you are also thinking of next summer, join our Return2U program and pre-register now for next summer. 

Between today and the last day of our 2019 season, August 16, you can sign up for Return2U and receive 2019 rates and other perks. Additionally, if you pre-register before August 15 for 7 and 3-week campers, your child can ring our end of the session gong (a high honor around here).  You must enroll in the same session length or longer than in 2019. Return2U closes at 11:59 p.m. on August 16, so don’t miss out.

There’s an app for that!

Search and download “Usdan Summer Camp” from the Google or Apple App Store and have all important camp information right at your fingertips. 

#LaurensPolaroids

Executive Director Lauren Brandt Schloss is giving us a blast from the past with these polaroid photos.

What Do U Think? Weekly Poll Question

This week, we asked campers: What did you learn because of U? Tell us at tellus@usdan.org.

What’s New With U? – Week 3

What’s Inside

What’s New With U? – Week Three

All the world’s a stage, and all of Usdan is enchanted by its players.

This week’s Festival program was filled with music, theater, poetry, and dance.  It started on a cool note (pun intended) this Monday, with members from the cast of Broadway’s Frozen — including Usdan alum Mat Eisenstein. In addition to performing several beloved show tunes, they took time to sit down with campers who are performing the show next week, sharing tips and tricks of the trade along with words of encouragement.

On Tuesday, Grammy-nominated Falu broadened our minds and dance experience with her integration of classical Indian melodies and contemporary western sounds. Then on Wednesday, scribes from our Performance Poetry & Podcasting class shared writings from the stage (check out one of their gems down below), followed by Rock Band students, who had everyone jamming out to hits by David Bowie, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and more. On Thursday, young pianists filled the air with a blend of electronic and acoustic sounds that gave classical Mozart pieces a unique twist. And, on Friday, members of the Jazz Ensemble played us into the weekend. Remember to check out our YouTube to view the recorded Festival Performances.

Outside of the Amphitheater, so many departments are preparing to perform and exhibit at the Gala. (Don’t forget to buy tickets so you can see and experience all of the amazing work.)

See U next week!

#WordsAreMyLife (Performance Poetry & Podcast Class, Group Poem)
If anyone calls you names, know you are not that #LoveYourself
When you fall, get up #DontGiveUp
Writing it not right or wrong, writing is writing
Words can lift you up when you’re down
Bullying can stop the flow of the world, hate and gravity pulling us
We are killing the earth so save it, one word at a time
What you desire most is who you are
#BeYourself decide your own path
Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do something
Your difference brings the best in you
Do what makes you special #ExpressYourself
Don’t be what someone wants you to be #BeYou
Write because it’s not how you write, it’s because you write
Write #ExpressYourself, and be complete
Writing is your thoughts on paper #WriteWhatYouWantToWrite
Words can make a show, words can make you say whoaa #WordsAreMyLife

Here’s Looking at U

Every newsletter, we will have a compilation video and collection of photos from the previous week. Scroll through and click on photos to enlarge.

#AMoreSustainableU: Sustainability Tips and Tricks

One of the many amazing things about Usdan is finishing off a hot summer day with a delicious ice cream treat. In fact, Usdan goes through approximately 35,000 ice cream wrappers every summer.

In line with our mission of sustainability, we’re partnering with TerraCycle, an innovative recycling company.  This year, their  Zero Waste Box™—which helps everyone recycle almost any type of waste, from coffee capsules to complex laboratory waste— can be spotted in key locations around campus. And, as a result, those thousands of wrappers that would have been thrown out are now being recycled.

Finally, here’s bit of inspiration to close out the week:

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

Summer Learning #Goals

Take a look inside the Usdan classroom to see how our teachers are collaborating with students and what their summer goals are. This week’s segment focuses on the Music department’s Trumpet teacher, Michael Blutman.

A longtime educator, Blutman’s guiding question for the summer is: “How do you make the most traditional things a far more creative and generative process?”

Over the first two weeks of camp, he utilized several methods with different age groups:

He had his older campers rehearse with full scores (as opposed to just their individual parts).  The aim: Help them become active problem-solvers in the rehearsal process instead of leaving that creative role to the teacher.

With his younger campers, he devised an incomplete notation system to help them learn tunes by ear and then transpose them onto keys. Students of all ages improvise fanfares daily, and are asked to copy their classmates’ to help train their ears.

Looking forward, Blutman hopes his students will continue this work for the rest of the summer and will carry these skills back to school in the Fall.

Gearing Up: Merch Item of the Week

This week, the featured merch item is the Usdan poncho– a must-have so you won’t miss out on any summer fun because of some drizzling rain.

You can order this for $10 and more at the Usdan shop online or at our Welcome Center.

Up Next: Upcoming Events and Programming

Next week, the 4-week students will wrap up their final week at Usdan (how time flies!) and have a chance to showcase their incredible work onstage and in-studios.  We’ll also be welcoming International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), one of our 2019 Artists in Residence, to campus; the Choreographic Institute will present their work in progress; and it will be “brooms up” for the first of two Quidditch tournament days this summer. And, of course, our annual Gala, The Sassafras Bash, will be a festive way to round out the week.

As always: You’re welcome to join us for a performance and backstage lunch. Please contact us at RSVP@usdan.org at least 24 hours in advance to reserve your place.

The full event calendar, including in-studio showings, demonstrations, and tournaments can be found here. Next week’s schedule is below:

Monday, July 22
Festival Student Performance –
Orchestra III at 12:10 p.m.
Orchestra IV at 12:35 p.m.
Orchestra I & II at 1:15 p.m.

Tuesday, July 23
Festival Guest Performance – The Chameleons
12:10 p.m. and 12:35 p.m.

In-studio showings and demonstrations:
Aladdin JR. Seniors T5 (10:30 a.m.) Juniors (1:30 p.m.)
Sr. Chamber Ensemble Minor at 1:15 p.m.

Dance
10:00 a.m.
Hip-Hop, Period 1, Junior Minor, with Jacqueline
Beginner Ballet, Period 1, Junior Minor, with Jess A
Broadway Jazz Dance, Period 1, Junior Minor, with Jess B
Dance Adventure, Period 1, Junior Minor, with Mary
Modern Contemporary, Period 1, Junior Minor, with Alicia 

11:05 a.m.
Choreographic Institute, Periods 1-2, Senior Majors with Marion
Hip-Hop, Period 2, Junior Minor, with Jacqueline
Dance Adventure, Period 2, Junior Minor, with Mary
Tap, Beginner/Intermediate, Period 2, Junior Minor, with Jess B
Tap, Intermediate/Advanced, Period 2, Junior Minor, with Jess A 

1:15 p.m.
Broadway Jazz Dance Beginner, Period 3, Senior Minor, with Jess B
Hip-Hop, Period 3, Senior Minor, with Jacqueline
Modern Contemporary, Period 3, Senior Minor, with Victoria 

2:15 p.m.
Hip-Hop, Period 4, Senior Minor, with Jacqueline
Broadway Jazz Dance Intermediate, Period 4, Senior Minor, with Jess B
Tap Dance Beginner, Period 4, Senior Minor, with Jess A
Ballet, Intermediate, Period 4, Senior Minor, with Alicia

Wednesday, July 24
Festival Student Performance –
Concert Band III at 12:10 p.m.
Concert Band IV at 12:35 p.m.
Concert Band I & II at 1:15 p.m.

In-studio showings and demonstrations:
Showstoppers Juniors T8 at 1:30 p.m.

Music:
10:00 a.m.
Absolute Beginner Upper Strings
Jr. Guitar & Songwriting

11:05 a.m.
Absolute Beginner Lower Strings
Jr. Absolute Beginner Guitar
Sr. Guitar Majors

1:15 p.m.
Rock Band (Period 3)
Sr. Guitar and Songwriting

2:15 p.m.
Rock Band (Period 4)
Sr. Absolute Beginner Guitar

Thursday, July 25
Festival Student Performance –
Discovery at 11:00 a.m.
Jr. Vocal Ensemble at 12:10 p.m.
Sr. Vocal Ensemble at 12:35 p.m.

In-studio showings and demonstrations:
Frozen JR. Seniors T6 (10:30 a.m.) Juniors T6 (1:30 p.m.)

Music
10:00 a.m.
Bassoon & Oboe IV
Jr. Advanced Beginner Piano Minor
Violin IV

10:30 a.m.
Sr. Piano Majors

11:05 a.m.
Bassoon & Oboe III
Jr. Absolute Beginner Piano
Violin III

1:15 p.m.
Sr. Advanced Beginner Piano Minor
Trumpet I
Violin I

1:30 p.m.
Jr. Piano Majors

2:15 p.m.
Bassoon & Oboe II
Sr. Absolute Beginner Piano Minor
Trumpet II

**The Sassafras Bash**
Festivities start at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, July 26
Festival Student Performance –  Select Dance Performances
12:10 p.m. and 12:35 p.m.

In-studio showings and demonstrations:
Sr. Creative Writing & Sr. Photography A15B Majors at 10:30 a.m.
Jr. Creative Writing Majors at 2:15 p.m.

Music:
10:00 a.m.
Saxophone III & IV
Absolute Beginner Woodwinds

11:05 a.m.
Absolute Beginner Brass
Cello III & IV

1:15 p.m.
Saxophone I & II

Administration Corner

The Seedling Shindig

We are hoping to see you next Thursday, July 25th at The Sassafras Bash, our summer Gala.

Children are welcome at the Gala dinner with a Gala ticket or are invited to The Seedling Shindig, a free party for kids of dinner attendees.  Don’t forget to reserve your place — and a spot for your kids — now.

Extend your summer

There is still time for 4-week campers to extend their summer experiences at Usdan by signing up for the final three weeks of camp: July 29th to August 16th. TWe have a special extension deal where we are waiving the administrative fee if you choose to extend your summer before Friday, July 19th.  The deadline to extend your summer is July 24th. 

Please note that families will be charged a $325 administrative fee and the difference between the 4- and 7-week programs in addition to any necessary premiums (and depending on class and bussing availability).

Interested? Please contact the enrollment office as soon as possible to secure your child’s spot: enrollment@usdan.org or call 631.643.7900. 

Think about next summer

As we cherish the days ahead of us this summer, we’re starting to look forward to summer 2020. If you are also thinking of next summer, join our Return2U program and pre-register now for next summer.

Between today and the last day of our 2019 season, August 16, you can sign up for Return2U and receive 2019 rates and other perks. Additionally, if you pre-register before July 25 for 4-week campers or August 15 for 7 and 3-week campers, your child can ring our end of the session gong (a high honor around here). You must enroll in the same session length or longer than in 2019. Return2U closes at 11:59 p.m. on August 16, so don’t miss out.

There’s an app for that!

Search and download ‘Usdan Summer Camp’ from the Google or Apple App Store and have all important camp information right at your fingertips. 

#LaurensPolaroids

Executive Director Lauren Brandt Schloss is giving us a blast from the past with these polaroid photos. Due to the cloudy weather, this week’s pics are even more vintage-looking than usual.

What Do U Think? Weekly Poll Question

What does Usdan encourage your child to do? Tell us at tellus@usdan.org.