Frequently Asked Questions

When is the MDAW?

There are three high school sessions.

  • 1-week camp runs from June 21st – June 27th
  • 2-week camp runs from June 21st – July 4th
  • 3-week camp runs from June 21st – July 11th

There is one middle school session. This 5-day camp runs from 9 – 3:30PM on June 15th – June 19th.

What is the middle school camp?

This is the 8th summer that we have been offering our middle school camp as a part of the MDAW. Middle school students entering 6th – 8th grade have the opportunity to learn about the upcoming debate topic, learn how to research and develop effective arguments, and have lots of practice debates and skill sessions. Students will build skills, work as a team, and make new friends! To learn more click here. Graduating 8th graders are eligible to participate in our high school camp.

What is the cost of the MDAW?

The MDAW is committed to offering an affordable camp for the Upper Mid-West region. Full and partial scholarships are available to any interested student. Applications are due (postmarked by April 15th 2015).

Costs are dependent upon the camp students sign up for (1, 2 or 3 week policy debate), residential or non-residential, and meal plan. The MDAW does not require a meal plan, but students will need parent permission to leave campus. Here are a few of the popular options:

High School Camp

Residential Pricing (Includes double occupancy dormitory room):

  • 3 Week Policy Debate, three meals – $2075
  • 3 Week Policy Debate, lunch and dinner only– $x
  • 2 Week Policy Debate, three meals – $1575
  • 2 Week Policy Debate, lunch and dinner only– $x
  • 1 Week Policy Debate, three meals – $825
  • 1 Week Policy Debate, lunch and dinner only – $x

Commuter Pricing:

  • 3 Week Policy Debate, lunch and dinner only– $1740
  • 3 Week Policy Debate, no meal plan – $1375
  • 2 Week Policy Debate, lunch and dinner only– $1250
  • 2 Week Policy Debate, no meal plan – $1000
  • 1 Week Policy Debate, lunch and dinner only – $700
  • 1 Week Policy Debate, no meal plan – $575


  • Early bird registration – $25 off by registering before May 1st, 2015
  • MDTA discount – $25 off
  • Returning student – $25 off

Middle School Day Camp

  • 1 week , includes lunch – $250 ($225 if signed up by May 1st 2015)

Commuting is a great option – very doable.

Programming goes from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., including weekends (with a late start on Sunday mornings). Parents are responsible for dropping off and picking up students. Camp staff will assist in providing you names of students living near you to help facilitate car pooling.

Students looking for the most economical plan can commute and bring their own meals for $760 for two weeks. If you register by May 1st and your school is a member of the MDTA, you can attend camp for $735 – a great value!

Commuter students are welcome to participate in the evening fun activities, but must leave by the 11pm dormitory curfew.

How do I apply for a scholarship to the MDAW?

A scholarship form will be available on the Registration page in early February, and will be due on April 15. Scholarship applications received after April 15 will be considered on a case by case basis.

When should I arrive?

If you’re a residential student, you should plan on arriving between 2 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 21st. Registration will be held in the lobby of Urness Hall on the Augsburg campus in Minneapolis. At registration you will receive camp materials and your dorm room assignment. You should be prepared to pay the remaining balance of your institute fee at registration. We are able to accept cash, checks, and credit cards as forms of payments – just let us know if you’d like to pay by credit card. If you are a commuting student, please arrive between 4 – 5:30pm to register before the opening meeting. We will be having the opening meeting in Foss Hall if you arrive late.

Middle School students should arrive by 9 a.m. on Monday, June 16 in the Foss Hall Atrium. Registration will take place before that day’s first activities. Daily activities will occur from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Middle School students.

When do I depart?

Please inform your family that they should pick you up between 10 and 11 a.m. the last day of your session, which is July 12 for the 3-week session and July 5 for the 2-week session. Middle school students should be picked up at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 20.

How can I receive mail?

Mail can be sent to you at:

Your Name

c/o Minnesota Urban Debate League

2211 Riverside Ave S, CB 26

Minneapolis, MN 55454

The camp runs over the Fourth of July. Can I come get my child?

We have regular camp programming on the 4 – but we also end at dinner time, do a camp barbecue and picnic and walk to see the fireworks. Some parents/families want to have their students for the holiday, which is fine. The students just miss out on some programming.

How can I get a hold of my child during the institute?

If you need to find your child or provide a way for parent contact, call Amy at 651-307-5773 or Dave at 651-307-6980, and they should be able to find the student in question. Regular contact info, found on the contact us page, will also work. Contact us with questions or concerns at any time. Students are also permitted to bring cell phones, but we ask that they do not allow them to become distracting.

What should I wear to the MDAW?

Casual attire is entirely appropriate. Please bring an umbrella and be sure to pack comfortable shoes. It also gets hot, and Augsburg has a variety of air-conditioning options for buildings, so layers are a good idea.

What should I bring to the MDAW?

  • Bedding (pillow, sheets, blanket)
  • Towels
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Toiletries
  • Spending money (vending machines and late night pizza)
  • Debate supplies (pens, paper, highlighters, file folders, tub, accordions)
  • Alarm clock and fan
  • Computer, if available (laptop or desktop)

When is tuition due?

Deposits are due at registration:

  • 2 or 3 Week Policy Debate: $200
  • Middle School Camp: $50
  • The Art of Persuasion: $100

You should be prepared to pay the remaining balance of your institute fee at registration. Make your check payable to Augsburg College (we accept cash, checks and credit cards).

Can I pick my roommate?

If you haven’t already, you may request a roommate via email, and we’ll do our best to honor any requests.

How do you ensure Campus Safety and Who Will be With My Child?

Institute staff will be staying in the dormitory with the students. All institute staff have undergone a background check by Augsburg College, and Resident staff are on the premises and in the dorms at all times. Dormitory access is limited to camp staff, residents, and College personnel. Students will receive key card access upon arrival, and we will ensure access for commuting students. Campus security maintains 24-hour surveillance of the campus.

What are the Dorms like?

Students will live in double-occupancy rooms on the Augsburg College campus. The dorms are located near laundry facilities, recreation facilities, and are a short distance from the academic buildings. Students must provide their own linens. Students in the dorms are supervised by staff members. Students are responsible for the condition of their rooms. Payment for damage to Augsburg College property is the responsibility of the offending student(s). There are no telephones in the individual dorm rooms. However, there is a pay phone in the dorm and in all of the academic buildings. There is also an emergency contact phone in the dormitory (the number will be provided at registration).

Where do we eat?

Meals are provided by the Augsburg College food service. Meals are served buffet-style and accommodate persons with any special dietary needs. Let us know if you have vegetarian or other requirements so we can make sure any such needs are met.

What about fun stuff?

MDAW will offer a variety of free opportunities for our students to relax and enjoy their non-debate time at including movies, use of the college’s recreation facilities, and social activities. Look for updates as we get closer to the institute on the specific activities we have planned.

What’s the schedule?

A typical day at the institute begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 9:00 p.m. with breaks for lunch and dinner (or ends at 5:00 p.m. for middle school students with a break for lunch). A variety of activities occur during the day including instruction on the topic and debate theory, practice debates, and research. We will make adjustments to the schedule to serve the transportation needs of commuter students.

May I bring my car?

Students may park on campus. No student will be allowed to operate a vehicle during the course of the institute. If you drive, we will ask you to give us your car keys for safekeeping at registration. Your keys will be returned at the end of the workshop.

Are off-campus ventures allowed?

Students will not be allowed to leave campus UNLESS their parent/guardian informs the Director of their permission to do so AT REGISTRATION. We will have permission forms available for you to fill out then.

What about computers?

We encourage students to bring a laptop or desktop computer if one is available. Ready access to one’s own computer greatly facilitates research and block writing. All debaters will have access to institute and Augsburg College computers during the workshop.

A lot of this information mentions dorms. What about commuters?

Our schedule is designed to maximize participation by commuting students. We will do our best to accommodate special transportation needs. We will also help to set up a shuttle and/or carpooling arrangement for interested students, and provide information for nights off and scheduling in advance.

Can parents visit or pick up their child during camp?

Parents are welcome to sit-in on some topic lectures and you are also able to pick up your child for the occasional dinner out. We just ask that if parents are picking up their child, and their child will be missing some programming, that the parent schedules this with Amy Cram Helwich,, 24 hours in advance, so we can make any necessary changes.

More questions? Contact us.