That children of diverse races, religions, and talents united in a harmonious pursuit of their interest with an intensity and devotion amazed all of us. The spirit of joyousness that prevailed was a source of wonderment, and one questions, “Can it ever happen again?”
— Andrew McKinley, Usdan’s first Executive Director, in his first Director’s Report (1968)
It’s all about U. Usdan is a community of makers and dreamers. It’s a place that calls to the artist in everyone. Each summer since 1968, thousands of students, aged 4 to 18, from communities across Long Island, New York City, and beyond have found inspiration from each other and nature on Usdan's woodland campus.
CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF U AT OUR GALA CELEBRATION, JULY 19, 2018
Join the 50th Anniversary Gala celebration on Thursday, July 19, 2018. On this special evening, Usdan’s community of alumni, campers, parents, grandparents, faculty, and supporters is invited to honor the founders and legacy families who have shaped the camp. Come celebrate the campers, parents, and staff who make Usdan a place of creative risk taking and collaboration.
To learn more, please visit the 50th Anniversary Gala event page. Ticketing and Host Committee information can be found by clicking the green Tickets button on the event page.
Whether or not you’re able to attend, please consider sending a charitable donation by visiting usdan.org/donate-now.
This spring and summer, Usdan has many volunteer opportunities in the office, on the campus, and at the Gala. Complete the form below if you are interested in volunteering at Usdan.
CALLING ALL ALUMNI, THIS SECTION IS JUST FOR YOU
Whether it has been a single year or 49 since you created art at camp, we look forward to seeing you again this summer.
SHARE THE JOY
At Usdan, we say, “Lose yourself for a summer. Find yourself for a lifetime.” We hope you will share Usdan with the students your life. Use the promotional code ALUMNI when you enroll children for summer 2018 to receive $100 off tuition for new campers.
This summer, join us at camp for a visit, lunch, and a Festival performance. RSVP for, or ask questions about, campus visits by emailing visitU@usdan.org.
PERFORM AT THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY GALA ON JULY 19, 2018
During the evening Gala Performance, founding Junior Chorus Director (1968-2011) Elaine Panik Gates will lead students and alumni in singing the Junior Chorus classic “Rhythm of Life” from the musical Sweet Charity. If you would like to sing under the direction of Ms. Panik Gates, please RSVP below then purchase your ticket.
Alumni performers will be required to purchase tickets to the Gala Dinner. Singers will receive the music in advance. A mandatory rehearsal will be held during the afternoon of July 19, 2018 prior to the evening Gala Performance.
COMMEMORATE YOUR USDAN FRIENDSHIPS
Usdan campers create bonds that last a lifetime. The Friendship Forest celebrates these relationships. To commemorate your friendship on a Friendship Forest plaque, please make a $100 donation, and list your name and the name of your friend(s) as you would like them displayed. Friendship Forest plaques will be permanently displayed on trees along Usdan’s woodland paths.
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