In the Community

Do you have small children?

University Child Development Center, 1621 SW College Ave., is not directly connected to Washburn but receives some support from the University and considers serving Washburn students a priority. Contact the center at 785.232.0263 for more information.

Opportunities for children

Did you know the Ichabod experience can begin in childhood?

Summer camps

Artstudent art of moon in night sky

The Mulvane Art Museum offers a variety of classes for children and adults (age 4 and up) during the summer and throughout the year. Classes include painting, printmaking, ceramics, murals, masks, math and art, water color and more. Prices vary by class. Need-based scholarships are available. Some of these opportunities may be perfect for you and your child to do together.


Be an Ichabod on the court or the field. A variety of camps are offered for students in elementary, middle and high school. Camps are available for baseball, basketball, football, soccer, tennis and volleyball players. Some offerings are for your whole team. The cost and schedule vary for each camp. Both day and sleep-away options are available. For specific details, visit the Washburn Athletics website.

Career exploration

Washburn Institute of Technology offers a summer experience for students entering grades 7 through 10. What better place to explore careers in construction, health care, human services, technology and transportation than at Washburn Tech? In the same environment as the students in our certificate and degree programs, your child will receive hands-on instruction in a variety of areas and will understand how classes at Washburn Tech taken in high school can help them graduate a step ahead of their peers. Cost is $75 per week and includes meals.


Washburn University's Department of Music offers two different summer opportunities.

Three campers on stage during rehersalNortheast Kansas Total Percussion Camp

All percussionists entering 7th grade through university are welcome to participate in this five-day sleep away camp. Participants live on campus and can request a roommate they know. Ensembles, classes and specialized clinics and concerts are all part of the experience. Parents are invited on the final day of camp to join the students for a picnic dinner and concert featuring the various ensembles from the week. Learn more about the percussion faculty and experts involved and register your child online.

WUSMC: Washburn University Summer Music Camp

All middle school and high school band, orchestra and choir students are invited to this exciting music camp experience. Students can choose to attend as day-campers or stay in the Washburn residence halls. Some scholarships are available. All students will rehearse and perform during this five-day camp. Washburn music faculty and respected guest instructors will lead the camp. All participants can audition for a music camp Honor Ensemble in their area of interest: Brass, percussion, string, and woodwind. Students will be grouped in large ensembles by their grade in school and experience.


Pre-law camp is designed for high school students and incoming college freshman (attending any institution) who intend to study law. With sessions from pre-law and School of Law faculty as well as practicing attorneys, mock-trial coaches and others, participants leave with a strong understanding of what awaits them in legal study. All participants will be involved in a actual mock trial, learn basic rules of evidence and improve their own public speaking, analytical reasoning and confidence. The cost of the camp is $200 if registered in May and covers room and board as well as all camp materials, an area tour, camp T-shirt and commemorative photo.

During the school year

History Day

Washburn hosts regional and state events for the National History Day competition. Learn more about how to compete in History Day from Kansas History Day online.

Math Day

On the first Tuesday of November each year, high school students from throughout northeast Kansas come to Washburn to compete in Math Day. The 40-question competitive examination for students, and collaboration time for their teachers, is a Washburn tradition dating back to 1969.


The Quest High School Academic Competition is the premiere high school academic competition in Kansas. It is free to enter and all high schools in Kansas are eligible to participate.

The competition begins on Super Saturday, the first Saturday of December each year. Teams converge on the Washburn University campus to test their knowledge of topics in the areas of history, music, government, art, literature, math and physical science. The top teams advance to a quiz bowl show taped later at the KTWU studios. Students do not stay overnight on campus.

Women in Science Day

In early October each year, Washburn University science faculty and students organize Women in Science Day for seventh grade girls attending local middle schools.

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