Fall/Winter Youth Activities
Beginner Dance Lessons
Ages: 3 - 5
CClasses are designed to teach basic beginner dance techniques in ballet and jazz to students with little or no prior dance experience. Some basic baton skills will be introduced. No special attire or shoes are needed.
CABS - Child and Babysitting Safety
Topics covered in this class will include: Babysitting as a Business, Safety and Injury Prevention, Leadership, Play Time, Basic Caregiving Skills, First Aid and CPR information. Students will be provided with many hands on experiences during this 4 hour course and will leave with confidence knowing that he/she is ready to work.
Students will receive a book and certification card at the completion of the course. Students should bring a light snack and water bottle to class.
FEES: $50/Resident, $55/Non-Resident This class is exempt from the family fee cap and reduced rate.
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.
Fees for the Middle Level Athletics Program are as follows:
$40.00-Individual CAP for the school year
$60.00-Family CAP for the year
The following athletic programs are offered:
- Cross Country
- Boy’s Basketball
- Girl’s Basketball
- Track & Field
Elementary Orchestra (Strings) Program
The elementary orchestra (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 September 30 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.
FEES: $45.00 for the entire year. This fee is prorated for free/reduced lunch families. (Fee is not included in family cap).
NOTE: Classes may be combined in the event of low enrollment for any given class. The days of the week and location of the classes are as follows:
Special Note: There will be a teacher demonstration at the beginning of the year at all of the elementary schools for the students to choose an instrument that they would like to learn how to play. These demonstrations are scheduled as follows:
Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 - Check your school calendar
There will also be an evening meeting for the parents and students for measuring instrument size, rental information and final class placement. These evening meetings are scheduled as follows:
Sept. 17 Merrill Middle School Cafeteria – 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 19 Traeger Middle School. Cafetorium – 6:30 p.m.
(You need to only attend one of these meetings)
Epic Kid Coders
Students will be engaged in creative thinking, problem solving and collaboration while learning the skill of Coding.
Six different course levels are offered:
Programming in Scratch 1:
(Previously Programming in Scratch)
Students will learn the basics of programming using Scratch, a visual programming language created by M.I.T. Students will learn to create basic games, an interactive story and animation, while adding sound and art.
Modding in Minecraft 1:
(Previously Modding in Minecraft)
Programming with Kids Ruby:
This course is for more advanced students who are looking for a challenge. In this course your child will learn the basics of Ruby, the programming language used to create sites like Hulu.com and Twitch.com, using the kid friendly program Kids Ruby. This is not a visual programming language and requires a basic knowledge of how to type.
Programming in Scratch 2:
(Previously Video Game Programming)
Pre-Requisite: Programming in Scratch 1, currently enrolled or completed. Students will build upon the basics learned in PS1. Students will take on more advanced projects building advanced games, stories and more.
Modding for Minecraft 2:
more advanced mods in minecraft. Minecraft accounts and computers are provided to all students during each class.
Build Your Own Android App:
Students will learn basic programming principles while creating different games and applications for Android using MIT App Inventor – an open source, intuitive, visual programming environment, similar to Scratch, that makes it easy and fun to build fully functional apps for smartphones and tablets.
NOTE: An Android device is not required, however students will have the ability to transfer their programs over to a phone or tablet so they can share them with family and friends.
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.
Registration packets will be available beginning Friday, October 25, 2019 in person at the Recreation Department Office.
Entry deadline is Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 4:00 PM in the Recreation Department office.
FEES: TO BE ANNOUNCED
All players must be enrolled at a high school. Teams must be represented, (coached), by a parent who must be present at all games.
League play begins Saturday, December 7, 2019.
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 this year will feature a musical entitled “Friday Knight Fever - A Musical Comedy Tribute to the 1970’s”. Friday Knight Fever joyfully spoofs a time when mood rings and Magic Eight Balls revealed the wisdom of the world and when disco music reigned.
Try-outs for the production will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 1:00-3:00p.m. and Sunday, October 13, 2019 from 1:00-3:00pm 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 you prepare for the try-outs.
Full cast rehearsals will be held primarily at South Park Middle School on Saturday afternoons and Sunday afternoons in February 2020. Dress rehearsals will be held during the entire period of February 14-20, 2020 (except 19th) from 6-9:00pm. Participants may be responsible for their own costume based on part.
Please register your child(ren) ahead of time so we know how many scripts and other materials to order. A $10 materials fee will be collected at the first rehearsal.
Junior FIRST Lego League
Oshkosh Jr. Lego League (Jr. FIRST Lego League)
For students grades K-3, Jr. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League 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 which will be showcased at the FIRST Lego League tournament in Oshkosh.
FEE: $360 per team of up to six students.
Each team must have two lead coaches specified upon registration. This program is exempt from the family cap.
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.
NEW! Family & Friends CPR (American Heart Association)
This class is a perfect addition for CABS participants and adults. This CPR class will cover basics of CPR & choking.
Students will receive a participation card at the completion of the course.
FEES: $40/Resident, $45/Non-Resident This class is exempt from the family fee cap and reduced rate.
Pre-School Pop Ups
Come join us for some extra special days just for the littles. Sign up for one or all 10. Each date will be a unique theme, including active play, crafts, science, music, and more.
Meet at the Rec Department (Door #1) from 12:30-2:30pm.
10/2/19: The 5 Senses
10/23/19: Welcome to the Circus!
11/6/19: Transportation Station
11/20/19: Diggin’ For Dinos
12/11/19: Winter Wonderland
1/29/20: PJ & Movie Day
2/19/20: The Magic of Water & Color
3/11/20: Games Games Games
4/1/20: Under the Sea
4/15/20: Summer’s Comin’
Spanish For Tots
¡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.
Parents may stay on site but may not be in the classroom.
Tae Kwon Do
This class is available to boys and girls and adults. Participants will learn discipline, respect, self-confidence and self-defense. Comfortable clothing is recommended. Youth participants must be a minimum of 7 years of age as of first day of program.
Resident Youth: $10.00/Session
Non-Resident Youth: $15.00/Session
Resident Adult: $70.00/Session
Non-Resident Adult: $80.00/Session
Tot Open Gym
Come use our gym for your little ones to burn some energy! We’ll provide the equipment and space. This is a self-directed activity. A parent or caregiver must accompany and monitor their child(ren) at all times.
NOTE: Children under 3 are permitted, however equipment and activities provided are for ages 3 -5.
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 is 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 snack provider and class helper at least twice during the session.
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.
FEES: Resident: $10.00
Youth 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.
This program is exempt from the family cap. Participants who are eligible for free and reduced lunch will pay ½ of the program fee. Proof of eligibility must be provided upon registration.
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 “brand”, 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
This program is exempt from the family cap. Participants who are eligible for free and reduced lunch will pay ½ of program fee. Proof of eligibility must be provided upon registration.
An informational meeting for new and returning students will be on Tuesday, September 10th at Tipler Middle School starting at 6:00pm.
New and returning students must submit an application by Tuesday, September 17th to be considered for team membership. Once the application is approved, students will register at the Oshkosh Recreation Department and pay fees.
Applications are located at http://waverobotics.com/wave-robotics-frc
SAFETY is key to a successful swimming experience. Many safety topics will be incorporated throughout all levels.
Swim Lesson Participant Information
Please Read Carefully Before Registering
SWIM LESSON OFFERINGS INCLUDE CLASS 1, 2 & 3 (SESSION A) AND CLASS 4, 5 & 6 (SESSION B)
Fees are as follows: Resident-$15; Resident (Fee for reduced lunch program qualifiers)-$10; All non-residents $20.
Participants may enroll in a maximum of one class per session. Participants may not register for 2 classes in the same session.
If you are unsure what level to register your child for, please call the ORD office 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 per class for Parent/Child and Levels 1-6. Maximum 6 per class for Pre-School 3 & 4.
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 waitlist.
Registrations will NOT be accepted at the pool site.
NOTE: Pool temperature and maintenance is regulated by the high school maintenance staff, not the Oshkosh Recreation Department. The water temperature is maintained as best as possible between 78-80ºF, which is within state health code standards. Please keep this in mind when attending our classes.
If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with your 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 and 3-4 years old
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.
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.
Beginner 1 - Intro to Basics
Formerly Level I – Introduction To Water Skills
- 5 years of age minimum OR
- 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
Continuing ORD Student: 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
Continuing ORD Student: 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
Continuing ORD Student: 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
Continuing ORD Student: 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
Continuing ORD Student: Passing of Swimmer 5 (or former Level VI A)
This level works to perfect all strokes, turns and dives. Four types of turns are taught.
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 scheduled 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) today.
FEES: Approximate cost per lesson: $11.30-$12.11
A $15 resident/$20 non-resident program fee will be assessed for each session scheduled.
This offering is exempt from the family fee cap and reduced rate.
American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course
PLEASE NOTE: As of January 7, 2020 the class dates have changed from what was originally publicized in our School Year Activity Guide. Please contact the ORD office for new dates and times.
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 precourse 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.
FEES: Resident: $150.00
This course is exempt from the family cap/reduced rate.
Course fees will be refunded to those hired at the ORD and successfully employed for the 2020 summer season (June – August). Details provided at the time of hire.
Students will have an opportunity to learn some basic scuba skills, play in the water implementing skills taught and will even get their photo taken underwater. This is a great way to be introduced to scuba diving without the expense. Participants should be comfortable in the water and in good health. This class is taught by a certified Scuba instructor.
FEES: $25 Resident/$30 Non-Resident This class is exempt from the family fee cap and reduced rate.
Padi Open Water Scuba Course
Learning to scuba dive is an adventure of a lifetime. This course provides you with the basic knowledge needed to start scuba diving. Students should be in good health, comfortable in the water and able to swim. As part of the class, students will need to complete a 200 yard swim and a tread/float in deep water for 10 minutes. Class is comprised of classroom and in water pool training.
For final certification, 4 open water dives (lake or ocean) must be done with a PADA Instructor. Your instructor can give you a referral form if you would like to do the dives on a tropical vacation. The dives can also be scheduled with your instructor here in Wisconsin. Cost will depend upon where you do your dives. There will be home study components as well.
Students will receive a letter from the instructor a few weeks before class is to begin to give specific instructions on picking up class materials and items needed for class. This class is taught by a certified scuba instructor. Questions regarding class content may be directed to Diver’s Realm, 920-831-0126.
Course Only: $190 Resident / $195 Non-Resident This offering is exempt from the family fee cap and reduced rate.
Training materials fee is approximately $125. This fee will be paid to Diver’s Realm at the time materials are picked up.
Cost for certification dives will depend upon where you do your dives.