Frequently Asked Questions
With so many exciting programs to make sense of, we have compiled a list below of the most frequently asked questions and their answers.
If you do not find answers to your questions here, we encourage you to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 631-643-7900.
WHEN IS USDAN’S SUMMER 2022 SEASON?
Usdan will offer three session lengths this summer: one 8-week session and two 4-week sessions for our Classic and Discovery programs, and eight 1-week sessions for our Recreational Camp program.
8-Week Session: June 27–August 19, 2021, weekdays (closed Monday, July 4)
4-Week Session A: June 27–July 22, 2021, weekdays (closed Monday, July 4)
4-Week Session B: July 25–August 19, 2021, weekdays
1-Week Recreational Camp: June 27–August 19, 2021, weekdays (closed Monday, July 4)
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ATTEND USDAN?
We believe that every student who wants to attend Usdan should be able to.
In 2022, through an easy application process, an estimated $1.7m in grant funds will be made available to nearly 500 students.
We welcome you to apply starting December 1, 2021. For more information, visit our Tuition & Scholarships page.
June 27–August 19, 2022, weekdays
June 27–July 22, 2022, weekdays
July 25–August 19, 2022, weekdays
June 27–August 19, 2022, weekdays
$500/week (Week 2 is $400)
Busing via central pickup is included in all above sessions.
Transportation & After Care Add-Ons
Bus transportation via central pickup locations is included in tuition for all sessions. A door-to-door busing add-on is available for Usdan’s 8- and 4-week sessions in certain areas on Long Island for an additional fee. For more information on central pickup and door-to-door busing, please visit our Camp Transportation page.
An after care add-on is available to parents and caregivers who would like their child to stay late. Pick up is required before 6:00 p.m.
Door-to-Door (per Family)
After Care (per Child)
1-week Recreational Camp
HOW WILL MY CHILD GET TO CAMP?
Bus transportation via central pickup locations is included in tuition for Usdan’s 8-week, 4-week, and 1-week sessions.
Door-to-door busing is available for Usdan’s 8- and 4-week sessions in certain areas in Suffolk and Nassau counties for an additional fee. Please see our door-to-door add-on rates below.
For more information, please visit our Camp Transportation page.
WHAT IS A MAJOR?
Students choose one subject to be their primary focus, or Major. Students spend two periods, or approximately two hours, in their Major each day. A musician, for example, might choose Instrumental Ensemble as a Major, a dancer might choose Classical Studies, and an art student might choose Ceramics.
Please visit our Classes page for more information on your child’s Departments or classes of interest.
Schedule changes, when possible, can be made up to three days after a child’s session begins.
WHAT IS A MINOR?
A Minor is a student’s secondary subject interest. Students spend one period, or approximately one hour, in their Minor every day. Many Usdan students enjoy a variety of interests and learn skills across multiple subjects, especially art forms they’ve never tried before. Minors may be entirely different from Majors: for example, someone might choose Painting & Drawing as a Major and Vocal Ensemble as a Minor.
WHAT IS A RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY?
Each day is enriched by a one-period Recreational Activity, which supports campers’ creative development by encouraging movement and play, as well as finding inspiration in the natural world. Recreational courses include Archery, Chess, Dance, Lego, U Time (which includes swimming), and Yoga.
WHAT’S A TYPICAL DAY AT USDAN LIKE?
Camp runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. (five hours) every weekday.
Students in grades 2 through 12 are part of the Usdan Classic program and attend a two-hour Major, a one-hour Minor, and a one-hour Recreational Activity. Students in grades K and 1 are part of our Discovery program and have a different schedule.
A sample student schedule for our Classic program (start and end times may vary):
10:00 a.m.–11:55 a.m.: Major
12:05 p.m.–12:25 p.m.: Lunch
12:35 p.m.–12:55 p.m.: Festival
1:15 p.m.–2:05 p.m.: Recreational Activity
2:15 p.m.–3:05 p.m.: Minor
3:05 p.m.: Ice cream and dismissal
A typical day for our Discovery program (start and end times may vary):
9:30 a.m.: Children are welcomed by their counselor when they arrive on their bus.
10:05 a.m.–10:40 a.m.: Music
10:45 a.m.–11:00 a.m.: Snack
11:05 a.m.–11:45 a.m.: Art / Nature & Sustainability
12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m.: Swim
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.: Lunch / Supervised Play
2:05 p.m.–2:45 p.m.: Dance
3:05 p.m.: Ice cream and children are walked to their bus by their counselor
10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m.: Archery
11:05 a.m.–11:55 a.m. General Recreation
12:05 p.m.–12:25 p.m.: Lunch
12:35 p.m.-12:55 p.m.: Festival Performance
1:15 p.m.–2:05 p.m.: Swim
2:15 p.m.–3:05 p.m.: Art or Nature & Sustainability
3:05 p.m.: Ice Cream and Dismissal
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JUNIOR DIVISION AND SENIOR DIVISION STUDENTS?
Students attend courses with similarly aged peers; the age divisions are called Discovery, Partners in the Arts, Junior Division, and Senior Division. Discovery students have just completed grade K or 1, Partners in the Arts students have just completed grade 2 or 3, Junior Division students have just completed grade 4, 5, or 6, and Senior Division students have just completed grade 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12. Students who have just completed grade 6 may choose to be in either the Junior or Senior Division.
Partners in the Arts is a special program for Usdan students in grades 2 and 3 that supports their growing independence. Partners campers choose a Major, Minor, and Recreational Activity just like older campers but are escorted from class to class by counselors. Partners in the Arts participants meet their counselors at the McKinley Amphitheater each morning of camp and then proceed to their classes together. The Partners in the Arts program helps young students feel comfortable and confident as they learn, make friends, and have fun.
DO I HAVE TO AUDITION?
The Usdan Troupe is the only Major that requires an audition. Other Majors have prerequisite experience and/or a placement video or form required; these include Instrumental Ensemble, Intermediate Piano, Intermediate/Advanced Piano, Advanced/Beginner Piano, Beginner Guitar, Intermediate Guitar, and Classical Studies.
See our Classes page for more information.
For questions about auditions, please email email@example.com or call us at 631-643-7900.
IS USDAN AN OVERNIGHT CAMP OR A DAY CAMP?
Usdan is a day camp. We do not offer overnight facilities for students. All campers are transported to and from campus daily by bus.
DO STUDENTS SWIM?
Students who choose U Time as their Recreational Activity get to experience free or instructional swim in Usdan’s magnificent outdoor pools. Junior Division and Partners in the Arts campers receive instructional swim, and Senior Division campers have free swim.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IT RAINS?
We recommend that all students carry an umbrella, rain jacket, or poncho with them in case of rain. Usdan is open every day, regardless of weather. Students are held in their studios if there is severe weather or lightning.
ARE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?
Yes! You may visit our Tuition & Scholarships page for more information.
ARE THERE COUNSELORS?
The Discovery program (for students who have just completed kindergarten or 1st grade) has full-day counselors. Similarly, the Partners in the Arts program has counselors who guide students through their day. As students progress, they gain independence and the responsibility to walk to class on their own, supervised by staff members stationed across campus.
DO STUDENTS NEED TO BRING THEIR OWN LUNCH?
Yes. Lunch is not provided; each student is required to bring their own. We recommend packing your child’s lunch in an insulated bag with an ice pack.
An ice cream snack is provided to all students each day. Lactose-free and gluten-free frozen treats are provided to those students who require them. Discovery students must bring an additional snack.
ARE THERE VENDING MACHINES ON CAMPUS?
As part of Usdan’s commitment to sustainability, there are no vending machines on campus. Students are advised to bring their own reusable water bottles; water filling stations are located throughout camp for student use.
WHAT HELPFUL ITEMS SHOULD STUDENTS BRING OR WEAR TO CAMP?
- Reusable water bottle
- Lunch (Please use as many reusable containers and wrappers as possible.)
- Swimsuit and towel (if your child is swimming that day)
- Sneakers or walking shoes (Please do not send your child in flip-flops or sandals.)
- Snack (Discovery)
- Mosquito spray (We encourage natural products to keep the animals and plants at Usdan safe.)
- Sunblock (We encourage natural products to keep the animals and plants at Usdan safe.)
- Umbrella, poncho, or raincoat
- Mask (Usdan will assess our Summer 2022 COVID-19 safety protocols closer to the summer season. As we get closer to the Summer 2022 season, we will update you on what we are planning.)
- Hand sanitizer
DO STUDENTS NEED TO BRING THEIR OWN INSTRUMENTS?
Yes. Students studying all instruments except piano, percussion, and string bass must bring their own instrument. String players may rent violins, violas, or cellos from Murphy's Music. For the convenience of musicians, Usdan provides twenty-four-hour instrument storage at our Instrument Check building.
CAN STUDENTS BRING THEIR CELL PHONES?
Usdan believes that while mobile devices such as phones and tablets can be tools for creativity, camp is a place to disconnect from the frenzy of technology—to enjoy the plants and wildlife that surround us and to interact with the friends in front of us. Students are permitted to use mobile devices on the bus. We will make exceptions for children who need access to their phone for medical use. From time to time a teacher may ask your child to use their device for creative work such as taking photos, but no device is required to attend camp.
If you need to contact your child during the camp day, please call the Usdan Administration Office at 631-643-7900.
WHAT ATTIRE DO STUDENTS NEED FOR CLASS?
Some Departments require dress conducive to course activity. Please note that Usdan does not discriminate based on gender identity and encourages students to dress in the attire they feel most comfortable in.
A smock or old shirt to protect clothes.
U TIME (if student chooses to swim)
Swimsuit and towel. There are all-gender changing areas at the pools.
Comfortable clothing without buttons or zippers that is easy to move in. Students will be notified in advance which days they will take yoga.
All classes: Hair that falls to the shoulders or below should be pulled back off the face.
Classical Studies: Either a leotard (any style) with tights OR a white shirt with black leggings or athletic pants. Feet (all genders): Ballet shoes (no color preference).
Dance Adventure: Comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing—e.g., shorts (no jeans), leggings, dance pants, yoga pants, sweatpants, T-shirt, tank top. Feet: To be determined in spring 2022.
Next Generation: Comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing—e.g., shorts (no jeans), leggings, dance pants, yoga pants, sweatpants, T-shirt, tank top, leotard, tights. Feet: Bare feet and sneakers.
Broadway Jazz: Comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing—e.g., shorts (no jeans), leggings, dance pants, yoga pants, sweatpants, T-shirt, tank top, leotard, tights. Feet: Jazz shoes.
Hip Hop: Comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing—e.g., shorts (no jeans), leggings, dance pants, yoga pants, sweatpants, T-shirt, tank top, leotard, tights. Feet: Sneakers.
Musical Theater Dance: Comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing—e.g., shorts (no jeans), leggings, dance pants, yoga pants, sweatpants, T-shirt, tank top, leotard, tights. Feet: Jazz shoes and tap shoes. Students may wear socks or no socks with tap shoes, depending on comfort.
Tap: Comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing—e.g., shorts (no jeans), leggings, dance pants, yoga pants, sweatpants, T-shirt, tank top, leotard, tights. Feet: Tap shoes. Students may wear socks or no socks with tap shoes, depending on comfort.
*Usdan Dance welcomes all interested students. If the dancewear or shoe requirement hinders you from taking class, please reach out to the Dance Chair for assistance.
ARE THERE SPORTS?
For students who want to spend more time playing sports outdoors, Usdan’s Recreational Camp program provides an opportunity for students to experience the beauty of Usdan’s wooded campus and recreational spaces three periods, or three hours, a day, while having fun, being active, and making new friends. Each day, they have one period of swimming, one period of archery, and one period of general recreation, including activities and games such as cornhole, four-square, badminton, and more. For more information on Usdan’s Recreational Camp program, visit our Our Program page.
While Usdan’s Classic program is an arts camp, each camp day is enriched by a one-period Recreational Activity to support campers’ creative development by encouraging physical activity, play, and an appreciation of the natural world.
Children swim in two large outdoor pools; play sports including gaga, basketball, and badminton; and practice yoga and archery. Recreation at Usdan is focused on building confidence and mindfulness, fostering teamwork, and having fun. For more information on Recreational Activities, visit our Recreational Arts page.
WHAT IS THE WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY?
Refunds will be made according to the following rules:
- Up to and including April 30, 2022: $100 administrative fee will be retained by Usdan. Remaining tuition will be refunded
- Beginning May 1, 2022: $750 administrative fee will be retained by Usdan. Remaining tuition will be refunded.
- After the third day of the student’s session, counting from the listed start date: No tuition refund.*
- The date of withdrawal will be the date on which Usdan is notified.
- An applicant who does not receive a Major, Minor, or Recreational Activity requested at the time of enrollment due to it being full or not the appropriate level will receive a full tuition refund.
- Credit-card convenience fees are not refundable at any time.
ARE THERE PERFORMANCES OR SHOWINGS ON CAMPUS?
- Students who have just completed 2nd through 12th grade see a Festival Performance every day.
- Discovery campers see a select number of developmentally appropriate performances throughout their session.
- Parents are welcome to attend Festival Performances.
Your child’s safety is a top priority, and we want to keep you informed and updated.
Usdan will assess our Summer 2022 COVID-19 safety protocols closer to the summer season. Our COVID-19 Updates page will feature an up-to-date listing of our operational procedures and will be updated as our policies evolve in tandem with local and state guidance.
If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT IS YOUR POLICY REGARDING VACCINATIONS?
Because of our focus on maintaining health and protecting the camp community as a whole, Usdan now requires all students, faculty, and staff to be up-to-date with all standard immunizations in accordance with the update in Public Health Law 2164 passed by the New York State legislature on June 13, 2019. Usdan will not accept any exemption other than a doctor-issued medical exemption. All health forms are required by May 31 for prescreening.
At this time, we are encouraging, but not requiring, COVID-19 vaccination for students and staff, but are analyzing the situation and reserve the right to change this policy.