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Summer Camp 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 by email at enrollment@usdan.org or by chatting with us live on our website. Other families may have the same questions, and we can add them to this section.

The following links will take you to answers to our FAQs.

 

WHEN IS USDAN'S SUMMER 2021 SEASON?

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ATTEND USDAN?

HOW WILL MY CHILD GET TO CAMP?

WHAT IS A MAJOR?

WHAT IS A RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY?

WHAT’S A TYPICAL DAY AT USDAN LIKE?

DO I HAVE TO AUDITION?

IS USDAN AN OVERNIGHT CAMP OR A DAY CAMP?

DO STUDENTS SWIM?

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IT RAINS?

ARE SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE?

ARE THERE COUNSELORS?

DO STUDENTS NEED TO BRING THEIR OWN LUNCH?

ARE THERE VENDING MACHINES ON CAMPUS?

WHAT HELPFUL ITEMS SHOULD STUDENTS BRING OR WEAR TO CAMP?

DO STUDENTS NEED TO BRING THEIR OWN INSTRUMENTS?

CAN STUDENTS BRING THEIR CELL PHONES?

WHAT ATTIRE DO STUDENTS NEED FOR CLASS?

ARE THERE SPORTS?

WHAT IS THE WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY?

ARE THERE PERFORMANCES OR SHOWINGS ON CAMPUS?

WHAT IS YOUR HEALTH & SAFETY PROCEDURE?

HOW OFTEN WILL MY CHILD BE OUTDOORS?

WILL MY CHILD BE IN THE SAME GROUP ALL DAY?

WHAT IS YOUR POLICY REGARDING VACCINATIONS?

WHEN IS USDAN’S SUMMER 2021 SEASON?

Usdan will offer two session lengths this summer: one 8-week session and two 4-week sessions. Our 4-week sessions have a very limited capacity, and we encourage any family interested in registering for them to do so as soon as possible. 

8-week Session: June 28–August 20, 2021, weekdays (closed July 5)

4-week Session A*: June 28–July 23, 2021, weekdays (closed July 5)

4-week Session B*: July 26–August 20, 2021, weekdays

*Limited capacity.

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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ATTEND USDAN?

Usdan families have two options for transportation. They can send their child on a bus or drop their child off with their own vehicle. Tuition rates vary depending on which option you choose. Please see our session dates and tuition rates below. If you are at all considering sending your child on a bus, we encourage you to select the busing price at the time of enrollment. 

For more information on busing, please visit our Camp Transportation page.

8-week Session: June 28–August 20, 2021, weekdays (closed July 5)

  • Drop-off: $7,150
  • Bus: $8,150

4-week Session A*: June 28–July 23, 2021, weekdays (closed July 5)

  • Drop-off: $4,950
  • Bus: $5,450

4-week Session B*: July 26–August 20, 2021, weekdays

  • Drop-off: $4,050
  • Bus: $4,550

*Our 4-week sessions have a very limited capacity, and we encourage any family interested in registering for them to do so as soon as possible.

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HOW WILL MY CHILD GET TO CAMP?

Usdan families have two options for transporting their children to camp. Families can send their child on a bus or drop off their child with their own vehicle. 

For more information, please visit our Camp Transportation page.

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WHAT IS A MAJOR?

Choosing a Major is an exciting part of the Usdan experience. 

Students in grades 2 through 12 may choose a Major within any of our Departments. Majors include three periods, or approximately three hours, of instructional time. During those three periods, students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in an area of study that they are passionate about, while also enjoying a variety of art experiences within their chosen Department. In order to keep our community as safe as possible, students will stay in their assigned group of 15 students maximum for the entire camp day. 

Our 4-and 8-week sessions are divided into two-week blocks, giving students the option to change their Major every two weeks. Some of our campers love to explore different Departments and some choose to focus on one. While most Majors are divided into two-week increments, select performing arts Majors including Musical Theater Performance, Instrumental Ensemble, and Vocal Ensemble are four weeks long. The Usdan Troupe Major is eight weeks long. Please visit our Departments page and Classes page for more information on your child’s Department(s) or Major(s) of interest. 

Schedule changes, when possible, can be made up to seven days before a child’s session begins, but not after the session begins.

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WHAT IS A RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY?

The day is enriched by a one-period Recreational Activity to support campers’ creative development by encouraging movement and play, and to get them inspired by the natural world. In order to keep our community as safe as possible, students will stay in their assigned group of 15 students maximum for the entire camp day, including their Recreational Activity period. 

For more information, visit our Recreational Arts page.

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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 three-hour Major 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:

  • 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Major
  • 12:10 p.m.–12:50 p.m.: Lunch / Free Time (with Major group)
  • 1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.: Recreational Activity (with Major group)
  • 2:05 p.m.–3:05 p.m.: Major

A typical day for our Discovery program:

  • 9:30 a.m.: Children are welcomed by their counselor when they arrive on their bus or in their parents’ vehicle.
  • 10:05 a.m.: Nature & Sustainability
  • 10:45 a.m.: Snack
  • 11:05 a.m.: Art  
  • 12:00 p.m.: Recreational Activity (such as swim or yoga)
  • 1:00 p.m.: Lunch / Supervised Play 
  • 2:05 p.m.: Dance

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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, including Instrumental Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Sewing & Fashion Design, Rhythm Studies II, and Classical Studies.

See our Classes page for more information. 

For questions about auditions, please email enrollment@usdan.org or chat with us live on our website.

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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 or by their parents or caregivers.

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DO STUDENTS SWIM?

Every camper gets to experience free swim in Usdan’s magnificent outdoor pools. Each group visits the pools two to three times per week as part of their Recreational Activity rotation. There are picnic areas with games and other activities for those who prefer not to participate that day. Areas of the pools will be sectioned off, and students will need to stay with their Major group for the duration of their time at the pools.

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IT RAINS?

We recommend that all students carry an umbrella, rain jacket, or poncho with them in case of wet weather. Usdan is open every day, regardless of weather conditions. Students are held in their studios if there is severe weather or lightning.

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ARE SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE?

You may visit our Scholarships page for more information.

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ARE THERE COUNSELORS?

The Discovery program (for students who have just completed kindergarten or 1st grade) has full-day counselors. Similarly, students currently in the 2nd and 3rd grade are guided through their day by their lead Major teacher or another supervisor. As students progress, they gain independence and the responsibility to walk to class on their own, supervised by staff members stationed across campus.

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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 are required to bring an additional snack.

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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.

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WHAT HELPFUL ITEMS SHOULD STUDENTS BRING OR WEAR TO CAMP?

  • Mask (We recommend sending your child with a few.)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • 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.)
  • Hat
  • Umbrella, poncho, or raincoat

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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 24-hour instrument storage at our Instrument Check building. 

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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. They have scheduled time to briefly use their phones during the camp day. If your child has to use a mobile device outside of the scheduled time, they can ask permission from a staff or faculty member. We will make exceptions for children who need access to their phone for medical use. Your child's teacher may ask them to use their device from time-to-time 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.

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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.

ART

A smock or old shirt to protect clothes.

SWIM

Swimsuit and towel. There are all-gender changing areas at the pools. Students will be notified in advance which days they will take swim.

YOGA

Comfortable clothing without buttons or zippers that is easy to move in. Students will be notified in advance which days they will take yoga.

DANCE

All classes: Hair that falls to the shoulders or below should be pulled back off the face.

Classical Studies: Female-identifying students: Leotard (any style), tights. Male-identifying students: white shirt, black leggings or athletic pants. Gender-nonconforming may choose any articles of clothing from the female- and male-identifying options. Feet (all genders): Ballet shoes (no color preference).

Dance Adventure: Comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing i.e, shorts (no jeans), leggings, dance pants, yoga pants, sweatpants, T-shirt, tank top. Feet: Bare feet (all sessions), tap shoes (all sessions), sneakers (4-week A blocks only) and ballet shoes (4-week B block only). Students may wear socks or no socks with tap shoes, depending on comfort.

Let’s Get Vertical: For ballet class, see Classical Studies. For all other classes, see Next Generation.

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.

Musical Theater Dance: Comfortable non restrictive clothing i.e, 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.

Rhythm Studies: Comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing—e.g., shorts (no jeans), leggings, dance pants, yoga pants, sweatpants, T-shirt, tank top, leotard, tights. Feet: Sneakers and tap shoes. Students may wear socks or no socks with tap shoes, depending on comfort.

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ARE THERE SPORTS?

While Usdan is an arts camp, each camp day is enriched by a one-period Recreational Activity to support campers’ creative development by encouraging physical activity and an appreciation of the natural world. 

Across campus, students enjoy nature walks, swim in two large outdoor pools, play sports including gaga, soccer, tennis, basketball, and quidditch, as well as practice yoga and archery. Recreation at Usdan is focused on building confidence and mindfulness, fostering teamwork, and having fun.

For more information, visit our Recreational Arts page.

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WHAT IS THE WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY?

General Refund Policy

Refunds will be made according to the following rules:

  1. Before May 31, 2021: Full refund. 
  2. After May 31, 2021: $750 administrative fee will be retained by Usdan. Remaining tuition will be refunded. 
  3. After the 3rd day of the listed start date of the student’s session: No tuition refund.*
  4. The date of withdrawal will be the date on which Usdan is notified.
  5. An applicant who does not receive a Major requested upon enrollment due to it being full or because it is not the appropriate level will receive a full refund of tuition paid.
  6. Credit card convenience fees are not refundable at any time.

*Unless the reason is COVID related. Please see below for more details. 

 

COVID Related Refund Policy

A refund of tuition will be given if:* 

  • Your child needs to quarantine due to a case at camp.
       Refund is for the number of quarantine days.
  • Usdan needs to close in-season due to COVID.
       Refund is for the number of days camp needs to close.
  • Usdan chooses not to run camp before June 28, 2021 due to COVID.

A credit of tuition toward a future summer or for the 4-week B Session will be given if: 

  • Your child needs to quarantine due to a case outside of camp.
    Please note, we may ask you to submit your quarantine order from the DOH.

*Upon withdrawal, families will be asked how they would like Usdan to process their refund. They will have the following options:

  1. To receive a refund of tuition. 
  2. To receive a credit of tuition. 
  3. To donate their tuition to Usdan.

 

Insurance

If you'd like to further safeguard your Usdan investment, you may purchase a camp proection plan that includes program cancellation coverage. We make available an optional plan for our camp families to purchase, A+ Program Protection. Please go to: www.aplusplans.com, for details of the program provisions and exclusions.

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ARE THERE PERFORMANCES OR SHOWINGS ON CAMPUS?

We regret that live performances with audiences are currently not permitted in the State of New York. We know that performance is an important part of our Dance, Theater, Music, and Discovery Departments and are working on ways to safely share learning and celebrate work, should these guidelines remain. Even if we cannot welcome families to see young artists perform live, we will bring the stage to you via a combination of select livestream and recorded student performances. Should New York State again allow live performances with audiences, we will reevaluate what performances will look like for Summer 2021. Our protocols will then be strictly in line with guidance on safe live performances with audiences. Please keep in mind that guidelines may change right before the summer or even during the summer.

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WHAT IS YOUR HEALTH & SAFETY PROCEDURE?

Your child’s safety is a top priority, and we want to keep you informed and updated.

Our COVID Updates page will feature an up-to-date listing of our program and operational procedures and will be updated regularly as our policies evolve in tandem with local and state guidance. 

We will take into consideration the status of in-person learning in Long Island and NYC schools, plus guidance from the American Camp Association, CDC, and New York State and the Suffolk County health departments, in making our decisions throughout the year. 

Until we hear otherwise from New York State and local Suffolk County officials, our plan is to incorporate physical distancing, along with other non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs), into our camp day, which will mean operating at approximately 50 percent of our normal capacity.

We will adopt a cohort model in order to limit contact among students. This means students will be with the same group of students (15 maximum) for the full camp day, including their Major, Recreational Activity, and lunchtime.

Please visit our COVID Updates page for more detailed information on our 2021 Health & Safety plan.

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HOW OFTEN WILL MY CHILD BE OUTDOORS?

It has been shown that the transmission of the virus is much less outdoors than indoors. Classrooms with limited fresh air will not be used this summer. All of the open-air studios will be used, which may result in classes taking place in different Department areas on the campus. Faculty will attempt to keep students outside as much as possible when activities allow. All Recreational Activities take place outdoors. 

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WILL MY CHILD BE WITH THE SAME GROUP ALL DAY?

Yes. We will adopt a cohort model in order to limit contact among students. This means students will be with the same group of students (15 maximum) for the full camp day including their Major, Recreational Activity, and lunchtime.

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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 and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo 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 pre screening.

Because of the uncertainty of the COVID vaccine rollout in New York, we have been encouraged to plan for a 2021 camp season without the benefits of vaccination. 

At this time, we are not requiring a COVID vaccination for students due to the scarcity of doses and the fact that we do not yet know when children will be eligible. We are encouraging staff to get the vaccine if they are eligible, but will not require it for Summer 2021. Depending on school requirements and the availability of the vaccine, we reserve the right to change this policy in future years.

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