What’s New With U? – Week 6

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What’s New With U? – Week Six

It’s Week 6 and we said “Good Morning, Good Morning” to a full week of theater performances, music moments, fashion shows, film festivals, and more.

On Monday, Jazz musician Grace Kelly wowed us with her colorful look and energetic music. Mother Nature took Usdan Troupe’s Singin’ in the Rain medley quite literally with the unexpected drizzle outside the Amphitheater. Our Wednesday Festival transported us to the arcade, as International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and the Contemporary Classical Chamber Ensemble debuted their innovative collaboration, featuring sounds from our Video Game and Design students. On Thursday, the Amphitheater stage transformed into a fierce runway when Sewing and Fashion students got to strut their sartorial stuff. Trés chic! Then, on Friday, the Senior Instrumental Ensembles played us into the weekend.  

Around campus, things were bustling, too! We ‘wuved’ the adorable cast of Doo-Wop Wed Widinghood and danced the morning away in the Discovery Open Dance classes. We snagged front-row seats to the Animation classes’ Junior and Senior Film Festivals and strolled through the Art Open Studios.

Two special guests also joined us on campus this week:

John Sabraw, an artist who paints with pollution (see more below), showed Usdan’s young artists and scientists how to mix his special pigments into paint.

And, Meredith O’Connor, viral music sensation and anti-bullying spokesperson, met with our Leadership Institute. A native of Long Island, Meredith shared her personal stories in the hopes of empowering young leaders here at Usdan. Broadway World talked about her visit here.

See U next week — the final one of the 2019 season.

Here’s Looking at U

This week, we asked Usdan campers “What does Usdan look like to U?” If pictures could speak a thousand words, they had plenty to say! Thank you to all the student photographers who contributed to this week’s newsletter:

Andrew G.
Ben S.
Bradley Z.
Christina P.
Esti R.
Jake B.
Julia F.
Maddie D.
Nydia T.
Sadie G.
Sara R.
Riya D.
Vassilia S.

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. For this week’s segment, we asked Andre Feliciano, Usdan Artist and Sustainable Design instructor to weigh in.

Andre’s guiding question for the summer is:

“How can I impart themes of sustainability and creativity on my students that they will carry with them even after the summer?”

Andre aimed to explore themes of sustainability with his students through projects that involved using resources already at their disposal rather than creating more waste, such as the colorful art they created of old cardboard and packaging. They even built an enormous solar BBQ structure that they used to pop popcorn and bake pizza. Yum!

Additionally, projects like the rainwater collector they built in Organic Gardening helped his students understand that creating sustainable art is not just about using sustainable items, but helping the environment and nature itself. Andre says, “In a garden, we harvest tomatoes, lettuce, and other produce. In our class, we can harvest electricity from a hammock swing or the unique vibrations of musical instruments.”

Andre hopes his students understand we can use energy from our environment without actually harming nature itself, “We have the capacity to use energy organically to create sustainable art.”

#AMoreSustainableU: Sustainability Tips and Tricks

Artist and activist John Sabraw collaborates with scientists and environmentalists to find solutions to issues of sustainability. On Monday, John met with Usdan art students to talk about his work cleaning up acid mine drainage in Ohio. Partnering with engineers, he extracts iron from the polluted water to create pigments that are then turned into paint. Learn more about his work here.

Since not everyone can transform pollution into paint or make treasures from trash, here are five sustainable tips and tricks from sustainability advocate, Andre Feliciano:

  1. Eat less red meat and more vegetables. Did you know that approximately 1,800 gallons of water to produce just 1 pound of meat? Along with that, livestock production creates more greenhouse gases than all the cars, trucks, planes, and trains in the world. Even eating vegetarian one day a week can make a huge difference.
  2. Ride your bike more! Cycling uses minimal fossil fuels and is a pollution-free mode of transport.
  3. Be nice to others and think collectively. Work with your community to create more eco-friendly spaces and educate those who might not know about living sustainably.
  4. Create projects with a long-term mentality instead of short-term. Think about how the art you create and the objects you use to create will make a positive, lasting impact.
  5. Smile at your teachers. That generates a lot of positive energy.

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

“The earth has music for those who listen.”- William Shakespeare

Gearing Up: Merch Item of the Week

This week’s merch item is the Usdan baseball cap.

Whether you prefer a simple style or a more colorful one, these hats will shade you on the sunniest campus days.

You can snag one of these caps for $12, and find more merch at the Usdan shop online or at our Welcome Center.

Up Next: Upcoming Events and Programming

Can you believe there’s only one week of camp left?

It’s been an incredible summer, full of creativity, fun, and learning, and friendship. Next week will be the culmination of all their hard work.

As always: 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 12
Festival Student Performance – Music
12:10 p.m.
M17 Traditional Classical Chamber
M14 Traditional Classical Chamber Select Students
12:35 p.m. 
M8 Traditional Classical Chamber
M4 Traditional Classical Chamber

In-Theater Performances
Singin’ in the Rain – Troupe at 10:30 a.m. &  1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 13
Festival Student Performance – Dance
12:10 p.m.
Sr. Dance Ensemble Major
Jr. Contemporary Major
Jr. Dance Adventure Major
Jr. Hip-Hop Minor Periods 1 & 2
Jr. Broadway Jazz Dance Minor

12:35 p.m.

Sr. Dance Ensemble Major
Sr. Advanced Contemporary Major
Sr. Hip-Hop Minor Periods 3 & 4
Sr. Broadway Jazz Intermediate Minor Period 4

In-Studio Readings and Performances
Jr. Creative Writing Minor Period 1 at 10:00 a.m.
Jr. Performance Poetry & Podcasting Period 2 at 11:05 a.m.
Sr. Creative Writing Minor Period 3 at 1:15 p.m.
Sr. Creative Writing Minor Period 4 at 2:15 p.m.

Jr. Chamber Ensembles at 1:30 p.m.
Jr. Brass Sectionals M10 – Periods 3 & 4
Jr. Chamber Ensemble M3 – Period 4
Jr. Upper Strings Sectional M17 – Period 4
Jr. Chamber Ensemble M29 – Period 3
Jr. Chamber Ensemble M2 – Period 3
Jr. Lower Strings Sectionals M8 – Periods 3 & 4
Jr. Woodwinds Sectionals M18 – Periods 3 & 4
Jr. Chamber Ensembles M4 – Periods 3 & 4

Wednesday, August 14
Festival Guest Performance – Dorrance Dance
12:10 p.m. and 12:35 p.m.
In-Theater Performances
Dracula – Drama Lab at 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Student-Only Events 
1:15 p.m.

Junior Parade
Senior Carnival

Thursday, August 15
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 Performances
Dance
Jr. Beginner Ballet Minor/Recreation Period 1 at 10:00 a.m.
Jr. Dance Adventure Minor/Recreation Period 1 at 10:00 a.m.
Jr. Hip-Hop Minor/Recreation Period 1 at 10:00 a.m.
Jr. West African Fusion Minor/Recreation Period 2 at 11:05 a.m.
Jr. Tap II Minor/Recreation Period 2 at 11:05 a.m.
Jr. Tap I Minor/Recreation Period 2 at 11:05 a.m.
Jr. Hip-Hop Minor/Recreation Period 2 at 11:05 a.m.
Sr. Intermediate Tap Minor/Recreation Period 3 at 1:15 p.m.
Sr. Beginner Broadway Jazz Period 3 at 1:15 p.m.
Sr. West African Fusion Minor/Recreation Period 3 at 1:15 p.m.
Sr. Hip-Hop Minor/Recreation Period 3 at 1:15 p.m.
Sr. Modern/Contemporary Minor/Recreation Period 3 at 1:15 p.m.
Sr. Modern/Contemporary Minor/Recreation Period 4 at 2:15 p.m.
Sr. Beginner Tap Period 4 at 2:15 p.m.
Sr. Hip-Hop Minor/Recreation Period 4 at 2:15 p.m.

Music
Jr. Advanced Beginner Piano Minor at 10:00 a.m.
Silent Film Orchestra at 10:30 a.m.
Jr. Absolute Beginner Piano at 11:05 a.m.
Sr. Advanced Beginner Piano Minor at 1:15 p.m.
Guitar & Songwriting at 1:15 p.m.
Absolute Beginner Ukulele at 2:15 p.m.
Sr. Absolute Beginner Piano Minor at 2:15 p.m.

Theater
Matinee Idols Showcase
Seniors 10:30 a.m.
Juniors 1:30 p.m.

Friday, August 16
Festival Student Performance –  Closing Ceremony
12:10 p.m
In-Theater Performance
DIY Theater at 10:30 a.m. 

Administration Corner

Socialize with Usdan

Usdan is all about fun-making, friend-making, and freedom-making. We want you to keep in touch with us as this happens every single day. A day at Usdan involves everything from gorgeous greenery, spectacular learning, creative thinking, delicious ice cream, and so much more.

You can find all this content on our Instagram page and YouTube channel. Follow our Instagram for daily content, and subscribe to our YouTube to get notifications when we upload Festival Performances and weekly recap videos.

Sign up for next summer

We can’t believe that the summer is coming to an end!

If you’re already excited about the prospect of joining us next year and want to ensure your child gets their top class picks, join 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: How would U describe Usdan? Tell us at tellus@usdan.org.

What’s New With U? – Week 5

What’s Inside

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.