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


Washburn University's 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. Some of these opportunities may be perfect for you and your child to do together. Click here to learn more about programs at the Mulvane Art Museum.


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.


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

Northeast 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.

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 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.


For students going into 7th or 8th grade, the Washburn University Education Department offers a great opportunity to learn more about the pratical application of science in transporation. Learn more here.

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.

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.

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.

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