School Year Youth Activities

Youth FIRST Lego League

Oshkosh Lego League (FIRST Lego League) for students, grades 4-8, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League is a powerful program that helps young students discover the fun in science and technology while building self-confidence, knowledge, and valuable employment and life skills. This program introduces students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a dynamic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society. (See current Activity Guide for exact dates and registration information.)

Junior FIRST Lego League

For children in grades K-3, Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr. FLL) captures young children’s curiosity and directs it toward discovering the wonders of science and technology. This program features a real-world scientific concept to be explored through research, teamwork, construction and imagination. Guided by adult coaches, teams use LEGO picks to build a model that moves and develop a Show Me Poster to illustrate their journey. (See current Activity Guide for exact dates.) To form a team, contact Sarah Ludwig at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Youth Wave Robotics

Wave Robotics (FIRST Robotics) for students grades 9-12, FIRST (For Inspiration and

Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics is known as “the varsity sport for the mind.” FIRST combines the excitement of sports with the rigors of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams are challenged to raise funds, design a team “pand”, perform community service, hone teamwork skills, and create a robot to perform tasks against a field of competitors. FIRST is as close to real-world business applications as a student can get. Students are led by volunteer professional mentors who lend their time and talents to guide students into STEM careers. More information can be viewed at http://www.waverobotics.com/wave-robotics-frc(See current Activity Guide for exact dates and registration information.)

Jolly Jester Children’s Theater

Jolly Jester Children’s Theater is a musical theater opportunity for children in grade 1 through grade 8. Our production will be held during the school year and usually features a musical.

Try-outs for the production will be held on a Saturday and Sunday in October at the Recreation Gym. Interested participants will be asked to sing a song – 1 minute and recite a 1 minute monologue (i.e. poem, short story) preferably memorized, that they have prepared for the try-outs.

Full cast rehearsals will be held primarily on Saturday afternoons as needed, at South Park Middle School.

Dress rehearsals will be held each evening for a week in Fepuary as well as afternoon rehearsals on the weekends. Participants may be responsible for their own costume based on part. (See current Activity Guide for exact dates and registration information.)

Kids in the Kitchen

This class is designed to teach basic kitchen know how including safety, measurements, utensils and use of small appliances.

Students will also be given the opportunity to prepare simple recipes. (See current Activity Guide for exact dates and registration information.)

Fall Harvest in the Gardens

Join the staff of Growing Oshkosh and learn all about the various fruits and veggies in our school gardens and how they grow. Students will be given an opportunity to care for, taste and harvest these delicious foods. (See current Activity Guide for exact dates and registration information.)

Little Einsteins

Learning basic science concepts through entertaining demonstrations and hands-on experiments. Classes are interactive, age appropriate and FUN! (See current Activity Guide for exact dates and registration information.)

Tumbling and Movement

Students will learn basic tumbling and physical coordination activities using a variety of equipment. Development of large motor skills such as running, jumping, leaping and hopping will also be emphasized. Participants must be required age as of the first scheduled date of class. (See current Activity Guide for exact dates and registration information.)

Tot Open Gym

Come use our gym for your little ones to burn some energy! We’ll provide the activities and space. A parent or caregiver must accompany child(ren) at all times. (See current Activity Guide for exact dates and registration information.)

Tot Spot

Activities will include games, crafts, stories, and special activities, but will also incorporate more physical activity, focus on health and nutrition and new themes for our lesson plans. The program in NOT considered pre-school, however some basic pre-school concepts are taught.

All children must be potty trained and use restroom facilities independently. Parents are asked to sign up as a snack provider and class helper at least twice during the session. (See current Activity Guide for exact dates and registration information.)

Spanish For 2

¡Bienvenido al mundo Espanola! (Welcome to the Spanish world!) Explore the Spanish language and culture with the use of songs, activities, games and movement. Children and their parent will be exposed to numbers, colors, greetings, expressions and more.

A parent or guardian 18 or older must participate with the child at class. (See current Activity Guide for exact dates and registration information.)

Tae Kwon Do

This class is available to boys and girls and adults. Individuals will learn discipline, respect, self-confidence and self-defense. Students must wear a soft-soled tennis shoe. Comfortable clothing is also recommended. Youth participants must be a minimum of 7 years of age as of first day of program. (See current Activity Guide for exact dates and registration information.)

Swimming Lessons and Aquatics

Youth Swim Lesson Levels

Parent/Child (3 years of age minimum): This class is for the child who has never taken lessons before, is afraid of the water, cannot put his/her face in the water, or hold their peath and needs parental assistance. Beginner swimming skills are introduced. An adult must attend and participate in this class with the child. (See current Activity Guide for exact dates and registration information.)

3 & 4 Year Old – Beginner (3 or 4 years of age only):

Continuing ORD Student - Passing of Parent/Child.

New ORD Student - For the child who has not had formal swim lessons but would be comfortable in the water without parent assistance. Skills learned will include kicking, floating, submersion and more.

3 & 4 Year Old – Advanced (3 or 4 years of age only):

Continuing ORD Student - Passing of 3 & 4 Year Old Beginner Class.

New ORD Student - For the child who has had previous lessons, enjoys the water and is comfortable without parent assistance. Skills will be introduced to prepare for Level I.

Level I – Introduction to Water Skills

(5 years of age OR passing of 3 & 4 year old Advanced): This class is for the child who enjoys submersion, is comfortable on their back in the water and actively uses their arms and legs to move in the water. All basic skills for swimming on front and back are taught.

Level II – Fundamental Aquatic Skills (Passing of Level I):

All basic skills for swimming on front and back are taught. Students will work on completing skills independently.

Level III – Stroke Development (Passing of Level II):

Students will work in deep water, begin diving, perform the front and back crawl strokes, and be ready to learn the elementary backstroke.

Level IV-A – Stroke Improvement (Passing of Level III):

This level works to strengthen all strokes. Breaststroke, sidestroke, butterfly and turning are introduced.

Level IV-B – Stroke Improvement (Passing of Level IV-A):

This level will continue building skills introduced in Level IV-A. Longer swimming distances will be worked on.

Level V – Stroke Refinement (Passing of Level IV-B):

This level continues to strengthen all strokes and refining proper techniques.

Level VI-A – Personal Water Safety (Passing of Level V):

This level works to perfect all strokes, turns and dives. Four types of turns are taught.

Level VI-B – Fitness Swimmer (Passing of Level VI-A):

This level continues endurance practice and teaches techniques to develop a fitness swimming routine.

Older Beginner (Ages 10-14)

For the child who needs to work on beginner skills (Level I or II) and is not comfortable being with the younger children. Students will be taught at their level and progressed accordingly.

Private/Semi-Private Swim Lessons

Available to any person age 3 or older wishing to work on swimming skills 1-on-1 with one of our certified swim instructors. Each lesson is 30 minutes.

No more than 8 lessons will be schedule per session.

Lessons are offered September through April. Please contact Veronica Robinson at 424-0242 any time after September 1 to schedule your lesson(s).

SAFETY is key to a successful swimming experience. Many safety topics will be incorporated throughout the levels.

Recreational Swim

Recreational Swim is offered at Oshkosh North High School on Saturdays. Use Door #1 at the southeast corner of the building facing Smith Avenue. (See current Activity Guide for exact dates.)

1:00-3:00 PM Open Swim

3:00-4:00 PM Lap Swim

Daily Fees:

3 & Under Free

Youth (ages 4-17) $1.25

Adults (ages 18-54) $2.25

Adults (55 and over) $1.25

Lap Swim Fees:

All ages $1.50

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course

This course is designed to teach the student basic lifeguarding skills needed to become a certified lifeguard. Certification in CPR for the Professional Rescuer and AED is included. A pre-course swimming skills test will be administered on the first day. Satisfactory completion of this skills test must occur to continue with the course. Participants must attend all class sessions. You must be 16 years of age before you can legally work as a lifeguard. (See current Activity Guide for exact dates and registration information.)

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course

This course is designed to teach students how to teach youth and adults to learn to swim, refine strokes and teach safety skills. A pre-course swimming skills test will be administered on the first day. Satisfactory completion of this test must occur to continue with the course. Students must attend all scheduled classes. You must be 16 years of age by the last day of this course. (See current Activity Guide for exact dates and registration information.)

Community Middle Level Athletics

The Community Middle Level Athletics Program is available to all 6TH, 7TH and 8TH grade students. Sixth grade students however are allowed to participate in the cross- country and wrestling programs only. Registration for this program is available at any of the five middle schools in the Oshkosh Area School District, which include Perry Tipler, South Park, Traeger, Merrill, and Webster Stanley. Non-district students who reside within district boundaries may apply for participation in the program. Application forms are available from the High School Activity Coordinators and at the Recreation Department. No student will be denied an opportunity in athletics due to financial hardship. Waivers will be granted to individuals who qualify for the district’s free or reduced-price meals program. (See current Activity Guide for exact dates)

  • Cross Country
  • Volleyball
  • Boy’s Basketball
  • Girl’s Basketball
  • Wrestling
  • Track & Field

Skiing: ORD / IYSO Learn-to-Ski

ORD / IYSO offers local Learn-to-Ski opportunities. Both downhill and cross-country skiing can be inexpensive, easy and convenient for kids of all ages! Whether you need the most basic instruction at Garbage Hill or want to try a bigger ski adventure, we have new opportunities for winter fun! Due to deep group discounts, the more participants we have, the more affordable skiing becomes!

Descriptions, dates and fee information are available on International Youth Sailing of Oshkosh’s Facebook page! Or, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call IYSO at (920) 216-7353 for information.

International Youth Sailing of Oshkosh (IYSO) is a local non-profit organization that encourages lifelong activities such as sailing and skiing for kids of all ages and their families by making these sports easy to learn and inexpensive to participate in. IYSO was founded by Steve Eliasen who, in addition to running the largest school sailing program in North America, "Oshkosh Schools Sail Week," is also pinging skiing into Oshkosh schools, getting roughly 1,000 Oshkosh students out for cross country skiing last season. Steve is a Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) certified instructor.

Downhill Learn to Ski - Beginners (5 and up)

Includes instruction on downhill basics, gear, turning, speed control, balance, position and gear rental.

Where: Garbage Hill (sledding hill at Red Arrow Park)

Minimum Enrollment is 8 people. Maximum Enrollment is 20.Please check Facebook for cancellations due to weather. (See current Activity Guide for exact dates and registration information.)

Elementary Strings Program

The elementary strings program is available to all 3RD, 4TH,and 5TH grade students that would like to learn how to play the violin, viola, or cello. Students learn to develop their ear (listening, evaluation, tuning), read music, develop self-discipline, poise, and self-confidence through performance, follow directions, function in a group, plan their time, and realize the joy of making music with the special sound of strings. The students perform three concerts throughout the school year. The program begins in early October and continues through May.

Students must provide string instrument. There are several music stores that rent string instruments. Names of music stores and rental information will be provided at a later time. For those families on free/reduced lunch, there is the option of renting from the school district.

Group lessons are held once a week after school for 45 minutes. Parents can choose any location that best fits their child and family’s needs. There are no lessons on days that school is not in session. (See current Activity Guide for exact dates and registration information.)

NOTE: Classes may be combined in the event of low enrollment for any given class.

High School Recreation Basketball League

Recreation basketball league available to those 9, 10, 11, and 12TH grade boys and girls living in the Oshkosh Area School District who are not participating on a high school team. All players must be enrolled at a high school. Teams must be represented, (coached), by a parent who must be present at all games.

Registration packets will be available in October at the Recreation Department Office.

League play begins in early December. (See current Activity Guide for exact dates and registration information.)