Recreational Arts
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Recreational Arts

AN OUTDOOR SUMMER CAMP EXPERIENCE

The Recreational Arts Department supports campers’ creative development by encouraging physical activity and play. Set in an idyllic forest, Usdan’s campus is joined together by walking paths designed for optimal enjoyment of fresh air and natural light. 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. Courses in our Chess and Dance Departments are also considered Recreational Activities.

Campers in our Classic program who have just completed 2nd to 12th grade choose a Recreational Activity, which they take every day. Discovery campers who have just completed kindergarten or 1st grade swim and experience other Recreational Activities throughout their session. 

 

Recreational Camp Program

For campers interested in remaining in our Recreational Arts Department all-day-long, our new Recreational Camp program is the perfect opportunity to do just that!

Usdan’s Recreational Camp program provides an opportunity for students to experience the beauty of Usdan’s wooded campus and recreational spaces, including it’s swimming pools and archery range, and to join Usdan's welcoming and inclusive community, while having fun, being active, and making new friends. Students 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.

 

Summer Camp Busing for Long Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens Kids

For over fifty years, Usdan has offered an enriching summer camp experience to children all over the region, from Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn in New York City, to Port Washington and Huntington, and all over Nassau and Suffolk counties. Usdan offers busing to and from camp from convenient central pickup locations. For more information on busing, please visit our Transportation page. 

Classes

Archery

Available for
  • 4-Week A
  • 4-Week B
Minor and Recreational Activity classes
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Lego (NEW)

Available for
  • 4-Week A
  • 4-Week B
Minor and Recreational Activity classes
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U Time (NEW)

Available for
  • 4-Week A
  • 4-Week B
Minor and Recreational Activity classes
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Yoga

Available for
  • 4-Week A
  • 4-Week B
Minor and Recreational Activity classes
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Archery

4-Week A

MAJOR - N/A
Minor: Grades 2–12
Rec: Grades 2–12

4-Week B

MAJOR - N/A
Minor: Grades 2–12
Rec: Grades 2–12

1-Week Rec

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

A Usdan favorite, Archery gives students an unforgettable opportunity to learn form and technique from an experienced archery instructor. Young archers strengthen their concentration and confidence in a safe and beautiful environment. Classes are grouped according to age division and grade.   

“I learned to do something most people have never done!” 
—Sofia

 

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Lego (NEW)

4-Week A

MAJOR - N/A
Minor: Grades 2–4
Rec: Grades 2–4

4-Week B

MAJOR - N/A
Minor: Grades 2–4
Rec: Grades 2–4

1-Week Rec

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

New as a Minor/Recreational Activity, this class encourages students to use Lego blocks in inventive and creative ways. Fashion awesome and extraordinary pieces of art and design—from buildings to characters to musical instruments. Let’s Lego!

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U Time (NEW)

4-Week A

MAJOR - N/A
Minor: Grades 2–12
Rec: Grades 2–12

4-Week B

MAJOR - N/A
Minor: Grades 2–12
Rec: Grades 2–12

1-Week Rec

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

Choose from a variety of activities each day, at the pools and other upper campus areas. Junior students who choose to swim have instructional swim Monday through Thursday and free swim on Friday, while Senior students have free swim all days. An assessment is required for all students who choose to swim. Other activities include gaga, four-square volleyball, cornhole, basketball, and badminton. U pick, it’s U Time!

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Yoga

4-Week A

MAJOR - N/A
Minor: Grades 2–12
Rec: Grades 2–12

4-Week B

MAJOR - N/A
Minor: Grades 2–12
Rec: Grades 2–12

1-Week Rec

MAJOR - N/A
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

Yoga classes are conducted on gorgeous outdoor yoga platforms underneath the trees of Usdan—the perfect setting for young yogis to cultivate this age-old practice of movement and mindfulness. Students bring their own yoga mats or use ones provided by Usdan. Classes are grouped according to age division and grade.   

“My favorite part was the mental and physical strength-building.” 
—Mya

"I liked how calm it made you feel, how much better you felt walking out." 
—Charlotte

 

 

Department Faculty & Staff

Grainne Josaphat

Aquatics Director

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