Summer Youth Activities
Youth Program Fees: Resident $10 — Non-Resident $15
Participants must be required age/grade at the start of the class.
Beginner Dance Lessons
Ages: 3 - 8
Classes are designed to teach beginner dance techniques in ballet and jazz to students. Some basic baton skills will be introduced.
¡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 will be exposed to numbers, colors, greetings, expressions and more.
Click A Perfect Pic Workshop
Ages: 10 - 14
This is a hands on learning experience. Students will explore the inner workings of cameras, how and why different settings affect photographs and information about what creates a good image. These tools will be put to practice by completing photographic homework assignments. Students will also go “on location” for one class for photo opportunities.
Each student must bring a basic digital camera with memory card, smartphone or iPod device to each class.
July 16 - 19
9am - 3pm
Ages: Grades 4-8
Location: Polk Library, UWO
Fee: $80 (This camp is exempt from the family cap)
Are you looking for a week-long, fun, fast-paced First Lego League (FLL) experience? During this 4-day camp you will explore the upcoming theme for the 2018 season. You will meet with experts in the field of water sciences, take field trips around the region, go swimming and practice FLL Core Values. Working in teams of four, you will have a poster, a presentation, and a robot challenge to present to an audience of parents, experts, and college students on the last day of camp.
Students must be in the required grade (4-8) as of the 2018 - 2019 school year. Participants should bring the following with them daily: Sack lunch, water bottle and wear appropriate field trip attire.
To be invited to register for this program, families must first complete an online application at stem.uwosh.edu/FLL2018. A hardcopy of the application will also be available at the ORD office, 425 Division St.
Applications will be reviewed and accepted at the discretion of camp organizers. Once an application is approved, you will receive a camp registration form from the camp leader. This form needs to be completed and turned in to the ORD office with payment.
Foods Around the World
Come join us for a trip around the world! Students will learn about cultures and be given an opportunity to cook and sample a delicacy from that culture. Flavors include Caribbean, Spanish, Australian and Swedish.
Friday Morning Bike Hikes
Ages: 9 - 12
Come join us for a Friday morning bike hike on the WIOUWASH State Recreational Trail. The WIOUWASH Trail is an abandoned railroad corridor with a crushed limestone trail surface. The bike hikes will start and end at a main lot located at County Highway S/County Highway Y.
Participants must provide their own bike, helmet, water bottle, and a small snack. Tennis shoes and applied sunscreen is recommended.
Participants must attend all six bike hikes.
Ages: 9 - 12
Looking for a unique and fun way to spend time outdoors? Geocaching is an environmentally friendly outdoor recreational activity. This outdoor treasure hunting game involves searching for hidden objects using clues and GPS (global positioning system) coordinates. Enjoy learning and taking in the beauty of destinations while on your real life treasure hunt for geocaches!
YOU WILL NEED A GPS DEVICE SO YOU CAN NAVIGATE TO A CACHE. (NO GPS enabled mobile phones)
Wear good walking shoes and bring a small snack and water in a draw string bag
Grade: 4K - 8
Join the staff of Growing Oshkosh and learn about all the fun that lies within our school gardens! Students will assist in watering and harvesting, learn about basic plant anatomy, nutrition, composting, pollinators and other animal visitors.
Ages: 8 - 16
This co-ed program provides instruction featuring an introduction to the various clubs used in the game and the proper mechanics of golf strokes.
Clubs must be furnished by the participant. Golf balls will be provided. A full set of clubs is not required, however, a driver, putter, and the #5, #7, and #9 irons are recommended.
Participants must be required age as of the first scheduled date of class. An adult must accompany the child during lesson time. Adults may join the child in the lesson if interested.
Lessons will be held at Oakgreen Golf Course located in North Fond du Lac.
Gymnastics And Tumbling
Ages: 3 -11
Boys and girls will use a variety of apparatus including balance beams, bars, vault and various tumbling equipment. Participants must be required age as of the first scheduled date of class.
No Classes July 4.
Healthy Kids in the Kitchen
This class is designed to teach basic kitchen know-how including safety, measurements, utensils and use of small appliances.
Class will also focus on basic nutritional information and guidelines. Students will also be given the opportunity to prepare simple recipes that encourage healthy eating habits.
Horseback Riding Summer Camps
July 10 - 25 (Taking the Reins)
Aug 7 - 22 (Trailblazers)
9:00 - 11:00 AM
Ages: 7 -14
Location: Glen Valley Farms
Fees: $270 for 6 days/session/person. Participants must register and attend all 6 classes.
Instructors: Certified riding horse instructor Odessa Merten and ONHS Art Teacher Christina Hyde.
During the first hour riders will learn how to take care of a horse through proper safety, grooming, riding and tacking up a horse. Riders will also learn how to hand walk their horse, mount/ dismount and steer them around an enclosed arena. There will be a horse show on the last day to celebrate what they have accomplished. During the second hour of the riding session, students will participate in a variety of horse-related activities.
Click here for summer camp schedule and registration. All classes are exempt from the family fee cap and reduced rate.
Taking the Reins
Ages: 7 - 10
Session activities could include:
- Canvas horse painting
- Horseshoe stepping stones
- Horse bingo
- Horse popsicles
- Wash horses
- Bleach Dye Horse t-shirts
- Scavenger Hunts
Ages: 11 - 14
Session activities could include:
- Horse themed canvas painting
- Stamped jewelry
- Horse treats
- Horse bingo
- Wash & braid horse tails
- Fabric paint t-shirt designs
- Cart driving
- Wire Horse Sculptures
- Scavenger Hunt
All classes take place at Glen Valley Farm, 2561 Vinland Road, Oshkosh. Participants should enter the derby barn upon arrival at Glen Valley Farm.
Riders should arrive at Glen Valley Farm ready to ride. They should feel comfortable with and be respectful towards large animals. Each riding student should wear long pants (no capris or shorts) and rain boots/gym shoes with socks (no open toed shoes or sandals). This prevents blisters that can be caused by the saddle rubbing while riding. Participants must also wear a helmet. They can either bring their own bike helmet or a helmet will be provided.
The Oshkosh Recreation Department and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will sponsor a Junior Angler Education Program for girls and boys. The program will cover aquatic ecology, fish habitat and habits, outdoor ethics, fisheries management, fishing equipment and fishing techniques. Two classroom sessions will be conducted in addition to a shoreline fishing experience.
The Junior Angler Program is for youth with little or no fishing experience. All fishing equipment will be provided. Participants must be required age as of first day of program.
In the event of inclement weather, Junior Anglers may be cancelled and the cancellations will be posted on our website. There will be no makeup dates/refunds for any cancellations.
Junior First Lego League
Grades: K - 3
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 bricks to build a model that moves and develop a Show Me Poster to illustrate their journey.
- A team consisting of 6 members, grade K-3
- Jr.FLL Registration form for ORD.
- $55 registration fee (per team member) or $330 per team
- Volunteer Disclosure Statement and Criminal Background Check Authorization form for Oshkosh Area School District for each adult coach.
Note: The Jr.FLL season runs from August to April. Teams of six must be formed, fees collected and all forms filled out, and confirmation from Sarah Ludwig prior to registration with ORD.
Learning basic science concepts through entertaining demonstrations and hands on experiments. Classes are interactive, age appropriate and FUN!
Topic: The Water Cycle
Oshkosh Summer Fun Runs
A non-competitive event open to all levels and abilities. Participating children will experience the positive impact of a fun, healthy, fitness- focused series of events centered on self- esteem and physical activity. Fun runs are safe, encouraging, and family focused. Come and share the joy of fitness with your entire family!
The runs, t-shirts and refreshments are free of charge to all participants thanks to our generous local sponsors.
Fee: FREE (No rain dates will be scheduled)
Registration for all runs will be here: https://oshkoshsummerfunrun.eventbrite.com
Onsite registration will be available beginning at 6:00 PM each Sunday. Races will begin at 7:00 PM. Race day status due to any inclement weather and other Fun Run information can be checked on the Oshkosh Summer Fun Runs Facebook page.
Sunday, June 3 • Sunday, June 24 • Sunday, July 15 • Sunday, August 5
Outdoor Art Camp
Ages: 5 - 10
Make new friends from the area while learning about nature and art! Most materials provided. Participants must be the required age by the first day of camp selected.
June 18 - 19 & June 20 -21
Participants may register for one camp only.
In the event of inclement weather, Outdoor Art Camp may be cancelled. There will be no makeup dates/refunds for any cancellations.
Pom Pon Mini-Camp
July 31 & Aug 2
10am - 12pm
Ages: 6 - 8
Location: Rec Department Gym
Students will learn skills and techniques used in Pom Pon routines. Camp will consist of small and large group interaction. Students will perform a short routine at the end of the session.
Parents are asked to send their child with a water bottle and small (non-sticky) snack.
Sports of All Sorts I
This program introduces children ages 5 & 6 to the basic skills and rules of kickball, baseball/softball, soccer, flag football, disc golf, and ladder golf. Living a healthy lifestyle will be encouraged. Participants must be the required age by the first day of camp selected.
No class July 4.
In the event of inclement weather, Sports of all Sorts may be cancelled and the cancellations will be posted on our website. There will be no makeup dates/refunds for any cancellations.
Sports Of All Sorts II
This program is for 7 to 9 year olds who would like to improve their skill level in kickball, baseball/softball, soccer, flag football, disc golf, and ladder golf. Living a healthy lifestyle will be encouraged. Participants must be the required age by the first day of camp selected.
In the event of inclement weather, Sports of all Sorts may be cancelled and the cancellations will be posted on our website. There will be no makeup dates/refunds for any cancellations. No class July 4
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.
No class July 3.
Ages: 6 and up
The YMCA Tennis Center and the Oshkosh Recreation Department have teamed up to provide Oshkosh with an excellent summer tennis program for both boys and girls. The YMCA Tennis Center will handle all daily operations of the program including questions, scheduling, staffing, and tournaments. The Recreation Department will provide financial support, facilities and the registration process. There are activities for all abilities and all ages. Tennis instructors will have the right to place your child in the appropriate level after the first days of the session.
In the event of inclement weather, Youth Tennis may be cancelled and the cancellations will be posted on our website. There will be no makeup dates/refunds for any cancellations
The Playground Program
Ages: 6 and older.
Games, crafts, field trips, and special activities for boys and girls are held at school sites around the City. Attendance is on a drop in basis. Children may leave the playground prior to closing time but must sign a check-out form with the site leader. Fridays are generally reserved for field trips to selected “Fun” sites in the area, which will require a nominal fee. A special flyer with specific details on these field trips will be distributed at the playground locations.
Registration for this program will require the use of pdf the registration form. (117 KB)
Details on all activities will be provided through a weekly newsletter prepared by the playground leaders at each site.
In the event of inclement weather, Playgrounds may be cancelled and the cancellations will be posted on the website. There will be no makeup dates/refunds for any cancellations.
No playground on July 4
Ages: 4 - 5
Offers games, crafts, stories, and special activities for boys and girls Monday through Thursday. Participants must be required age as of first day of program. Participants are expected to attend for the entire class period.
In the event of inclement weather, Tot Time may be cancelled and the cancellations will be posted on the website. There will be no makeup dates/refunds for any cancellations.
No Tot Time on July 4.
Urban Gardening Experience Camp
Grades: K - 8
Fees: $20-Resident/$25-Non Resident (This camp is exempt from the Family Cap.)
Location: Growing Oshkosh Urban Farm
At this camp students will experience different facets of the Growing Oshkosh Urban Farm. Topics will include basic gardening skills, composting, aquaponics, nutrition and cooking and container gardening. Students will receive a snack each day where they can taste test new foods. Each student is asked to bring a plain white t-shirt on the first day of camp.
Grade K-2 Jul 16 -20 9-11am
Grade 3-5 Jul 16-20 12-2pm
Grade 6-8 Jul 30 - Aug 3 9-11am
Ages: 9 - 17
This class will focus on teaching and analyzing the correct techniques used in the sport of archery. Proper safety techniques and equipment information will be shared. Equipment will be provided. Participants may bring their own six arrows with target tips.
Arrows are available for purchase at a discount price at Jon’s Sport Shop. Please plan to purchase arrows before the first day of class.
Class will meet at Critters Wolf River Sports, 700 W. Main St., Winneconne (access to the range through Woodeye’s Restaurant) on Friday, July 27.
Participants will enjoy a variety of 3D targets and the video archery range. More information will be provided at class.
About the Sailing Program
About the Instructors
Steve Eliasen is the founder and director of IYSO which he began back in 2007 with the goal of sharing sailing with kids and families quickly, easily and inexpensively. In addition to serving on the staff of Sail Sheboygan as well as serving on the Green Bay Sail and Paddle Board of Directors, and instructing youth sailors over the past ten seasons in communities all over northeastern Wisconsin, The Eliasens run the largest school sailing program in North America, “Oshkosh Schools Sail Week” each June.
Safety is always our first priority. Our instructors have completed sailing leadership courses through US Sailing and our staff includes lifeguards on the water. We adhere to US Sailing safety protocols, running 9000 students through our courses in the past ten years, without incident.
A Word on Weather
Sailing is about adapting to conditions. As a rule of thumb, we sail unless it is thundering, lightning or there are exceptionally high winds. If we have to cancel due to weather, we will post cancellations on our International Youth Sailing of Oshkosh Facebook page. Please check it!
Oshkosh Yacht Club
Free Family and Adult Sailing on Sundays!
We are again offering free sailing instruction to family groups and individual adults on Sundays!
Any youth 5-7 years of age wanting to sail need to be accompanied by an adult who will sail with them.
Must register through the ORD. This is not a walk-up program.
Learn to Sail Clinic
All classes take place at Menominee Park Beach. All students should arrive at the beach prepared to sail, meaning they should feel comfortable in deep water with a life jacket on.
Each sailing student should bring the following:
- Swimming suit
- Water shoes or old sneakers (super important because zebra mussels can cut feet)
- A water bottle full of water/beverage
- A snack if they think they’ll need one
- Dry clothes or sweats if it’s chilly or rainy
- We provide life jackets and wet suits, but students may bring their own if they have them (please label)
The Oshkosh Yacht Club
Please note the NEW Youth Swim Lesson Levels.
Swim Lesson Participant Information
Please Read Carefully Before Registering
Fees are as follows: Resident-$15; Resident (Free or reduced lunch program qualifiers)-$10; All non-residents $20.
Participants may enroll initially in one class. Participants wishing to enroll in an additional class must wait until completion of the original class.
Registration must take place in person only at the ORD office (6/22/18 or 7/6/18) during regular office hours. You must bring paperwork received from the class your child completed for verification of proper placement. Click here for registration dates and instructions.
If you are unsure what level to register your child for, please call the ORD office at (920) 424-0150, and we will try to assist you.
If you have taken lessons elsewhere, please provide us with that information on your registration form under the swim lesson notes section so we may properly process your form.
Class size is limited. Maximum 8 for Levels PC, 1 - 6. Maximum class size for Pre-School 3 & 4 year old classes is 6.
If you are going to miss the first scheduled day of class, you MUST notify the ORD Office, 424-0150, prior to the first day of class or you will automatically be DROPPED from the class and replaced with someone from the wait list.
Registrations will NOT be accepted at the pool site.
NOTE: Pool temperatures are regulated by the schools within state health code standards. The schools try to maintain a comfortable water temperature for all user groups. Please keep this in mind when attending our classes.
If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with the Head Instructor at your lesson site or call the ORD at 424-0150
Age: 3 year 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 breath and needs parental assistance. Beginner swimming skills are introduced. An adult must attend and participate in this class with the child.
Pre-School 3 & 4
Formerly 3 & 4 Year Old Beginner and Advanced
Ages: 3 - 4
- 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
Ages 10 - 14
For the child who needs to work on beginner skills (Beginner 1 or 2) and is not comfortable being with the younger children. Students will be taught at their level and progressed accordingly.
GET READY FOR SUMMER! Basic swimming skills and pool safety instruction for the adult beginner.
Beginner 1 - Intro to Basics
Formerly Level I – Introduction To Water Skills
- 5 years of age minimum
- Passing of Pre-School 3 & 4 (formerly 3 & 4 year old Beginner or 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.
Beginner 2 - Swimming Fundamentals
Formerly Level II - Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Prerequisite: Passing of Beginner 1 (formerly Level I)
All basic skills for swimming on front and back are taught. Students will work on completing skills independently.
Formerly Level III - Stroke Development
Required: Passing of Beginner 2 (formerly Level II)
Students will work in deep water, begin diving, perform the front and back crawl strokes, and are ready to learn the elementary backstroke.
Formerly Level IV A & B
Required: Passing of Advanced 3 (formerly Level III or Level IV A)
This level works to strengthen all strokes. Breaststroke, sidestroke, butterfly and turning are introduced. Begin endurance work.
Swimmer 5 - Stroke Refinement
Formerly Level V
Required: Passing of Advanced 4 (or former Level IV-B)
This level continues to strengthen all strokes and refine proper techniques.
Swimmer 6 - Fitness and Safety
Formerly Level VI A & B
Required: Passing of Swimmer 5 (or former Level V or Level VI A)
This level works to perfect all strokes, turns and dives. Four types of turns are taught.
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.
No classes currently being offered. Check future Activity Guides for the next offering.
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.
No classes currently being offered. Check future Activity Guides for additional offerings.
Private/Semi-Private Swim Lessons
Available to any person age 3-17 wishing to work on swimming skills 1 on 1 with one of our certified swim instructors. You may only register for one class. We will schedule as many students as we have instructors and space to accommodate. You will receive a phone call if a spot is available for a child.
FEES: Approximate cost for the session: $64.59 - $71.05. An additional $15 resident/$20 non-resident program fee will apply. This offering is exempt from the family fee cap and reduced rate.
*Class will be held on Friday, June 29 for classes scheduled on Wednesday, July 4.
ORD Swim Team
Grades: K (5 yr) - 9
Open to boys and girls who are NOT currently participating on a competitive swim team/ club.
- Children must be able to swim at least one length of front crawl/freestyle and backstroke (25 yards).
- Strokes must use proper techniques (i.e. face in water with proper breathing) and without use of floats, etc.
- Participants must be required grade during the 2018-2019 school year.
Coaches will work on proper stroke development of the four competitive strokes (front crawl/freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly), increasing each child’s fitness level, flexibility and stamina. Swimmers will be asked to attend one practice each day. Practice will be cancelled on July 4.
Swimmers will be asked to participate in at least two swim meets, July 6 and July 20 at Oshkosh West High School.
This program is not a substitute for swimming lessons.
FEES: Resident – $25 per swimmer Non-Resident - $30 per swimmer
Practice begins for all RETURNING members on June 11.
ORD Swim Team Try It Days
For all NEW swimmers to the ORD Swim Team. Skill evaluations will be done on June 11 and 12 at West High School Pool from 12:30 – 1:30pm.
New swimmers need to attend only ONE Try It Day session.
Participants must meet the minimum requirements to participate on the team. A parent or adult guardian needs to be present. After evaluation is completed and swimmer is accepted, swimmer may begin to attend regular practices.