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?

  • If you are a parent looking for a fun, engaging, interesting and meaningful activity for your child, check out our variety of day and sleep-away summer camps. Camps are available for children and students through high school.
  • If you are a middle school or high school teacher looking for eye-opening experiences for your students, check out our opportunities during the school year.

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. Click here for the class list and registration details.

Athletics

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 both individuals and an entire 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.

Music

Washburn University's Department of Music offers summer opportunities for students to practice and perform.

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. Click here to learn more about the camp and register your child online.

Vocal Theatre Camp

Vocal Theatre Camp will take place July 5-8 and is for students in grades 7-12. No prior private instruction in voice is necessary, just an eagerness to sing and be onstage. Spend four days receiving vocal training, including musical coaching, principles of bel canto singing technique, singer’s lyric diction, musicianship, and connecting to text. Elements of theatre training will include, stage movement, improvisation, dramatic text readings, stage makeup seminar, and dramatic staging of solos and small ensembles. Click here to learn more and to register for Vocal Theatre Camp.

Coleman Hawkins Summer Jazz Camp

Jazz musicians in grades 7-12 are invited to participate in the Coleman Hawkins Summer Jazz Camp June 18-23. The jazz camp will focus on improvisation, small group performance, jazz theory and many other related skills. In addition, the camp includes jazz history, faculty performances, jazz combos, student jam sessions, master classes, and artist lectures. Camp participants will have the option to stay on campus. Click here for more information and to register. 

Pre-law

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.

Quest

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.