Summer Youth Activities
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.
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: 4 - 13
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 for both the beginner and intermediate student.
- The beginner class will feature an introduction to the various clubs used in the game and the proper mechanics of golf strokes.
- The intermediate class is designed for those with previous lesson experience and provides an opportunity for students to further advance their golf game.
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.
In the event of inclement weather, Youth Golf may be cancelled and the cancellations will be posted on our website. There will be no makeup dates/refunds for any cancellations.
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.
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!
NEW: FLL Bootcamp
Grades: 4 - 8
re 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 2017 season: “Hydro Dynamics”. 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 2017- 2018 school year. Participants should bring the following with them daily: Sack lunch, change of dry clothes, swimsuit, towel, flashdrive.
Students must first complete an application form online at stem.uwosh.edu/fll2017.
A hardcopy of the application will be available at the ORD office, 425 Division St. Applications will be reviewed and accepted at the discretion of camp organizers. Once your application is approved, you will receive a camp registration form from a camp leader which will need to be turned in to the ORD office with payment.
Participation in this camp is not a guarantee of placement on a fall 2017 FLL team in the OASD.;
NEW: Horseback Riding Summer Camps “Taking the Reins”
Students 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 horses, mount/ dismount and steer them around an enclosed arena. Students will also participate in horse activities and projects. There will be a horse show on the last day to celebrate what they have accomplished.
All classes are exempt from the family fee cap and reduced rate.
All classes take place at Glen Valley Farm, 2561 Vinland Road, Oshkosh.
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.
NEW: 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!
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 4 • Sunday, July 16 • Sunday, July 30 • Sunday, August 6
Participants should report to the County Park Soccer Shelter.
Children ages 4 and under are encouraged to have an older sibling or adult run with them. All participants will receive a participation ribbon and refreshments after each run. Children who participated in 3 of the 4 runs will receive a t-shirt.
Distances are approximate: Ages 2-6-1/4 mile, Ages 7-9-1/2 mile, Ages 10-14-1 mile
Thank You to our Oshkosh Community Sponsors and Partners:
Winnebago County Park, 4Imprint, Kwik Trip, Festival Foods, Roundy’s, Kimberly-Clark, Oshkosh Boys & Girls Club, UW-Oshkosh Kinesiology Club, Oshkosh North & West High School Cross Country Team and the Oshkosh Kiwanis Club
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.
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
Grades: 1 - 5
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.
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.
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.
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.
Urban Gardening Experience Camp
Grades: K - 12
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.
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 28.
Participants will enjoy a variety of 3D targets and the video archery range. More information will be provided at class.
About the Sailing Program
Our popular sailing program has expanded to include some exciting new options for the summer of 2017! 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)
Basic Recreational Sailing
For this introductory sailing session, we combine our quick-start method of teaching with our Hobie Wave catamarans and our O’pen Bic youth dinghies to get students of all ages sailing at a basic level, in a short period of time (30 minutes). We emphasize getting the feel of sailing one’s own boat, simply, safely and repeatedly, with a big fun factor. If minimum is not met, class is not held.
Free Family and Adult Sailing on Sundays!
In celebration of IYSO’s 10th Anniversary, area donors have made it possible to offer 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.
Race with CRAW
Sign up to race casually on Hobie Wave catamarans in conjunction with CRAW. Previous sailing experience recommended.
Fee: Free If minimum is not met, class will not be held.
Reachers Advanced Recreational Sailing
This 8-session course introduces sailors who have learned the basics to the “World of Sailing,” with students starting out on our Hobie Wave catamarans and then advancing through a variety of craft and sailing styles over the course of the eight sessions. Students must have some sailing experience, as this is not a beginner course. After a brief review of sailing basics, students will have the chance to become proficient in individual dinghy sailing, larger dinghy sailing windsurfing, and/or keel boat sailing, depending on weather and wind conditions of the day. If minimum is not met, class is not held.
Youth Catamaran Sailing Day
Ages: 8 - 18
Thanks to the generosity of Catamaran Racing Associationof Wisconsin (CRAW) members, CRAW and IYSO will bring the cat sailing world to Oshkosh by hosting this Youth Catamaran Sailing Day!
- Hitch a skippered ride on an Olympic-style catamaran
- Sail/Learn to sail Hobie Wave catamarans
Fee: Free If minimum is not met, class will not be held.
Swim Lesson Participant Information
Please Read Carefully Before Registering
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 (6/23/17 or 7/7/17) 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 10 for Levels PC, IVA-VIB. Maximum class size for the 3 & 4 year old classes are six. Maximum class size for Levels I through III and Older Beginner is eight.
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.
3 & 4 Year Old-Beginner
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
3 & 4 Year Old-Advanced
Ages: 3 - 4
- 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.
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.
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
Prerequisite: 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
Required: Passing of Level II
Students will work in deep water, begin diving, perform the front and back crawl strokes, and is ready to learn the elementary backstroke.
Level IV-A – Stroke Improvement
Required: Passing of Level III
This level will continue building skills introduced in Level IV-A. Longer swimming distances will be worked on.
Level IV-B – Stroke Improvement
Required: 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
Required: Passing of Level IV-B
This level continues to strengthen all strokes and refining proper techniques.
Level VI-A – Personal Water Safety
Required: 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
Required: Passing of Level VI-A
This level continues endurance practice & teaches techniques to develop a fitness swimming routine.
Private/Semi-Private Swim Lessons
Work on swimming skills one-on-one 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.
ORD Swim Team
Grades: K (5 yr) - 9
Required: 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.
Open to boys and girls who are NOT currently participating on a competitive swim team/club. Participants must be required grade during the 2017-2018 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. This program is not a substitute for swimming lessons.
Swimmers will be asked to participate in at least two swim meets, July 7 and July 21 at Oshkosh West High School.