About High School Camp
Minnesota Debate and Advocacy Workshop (MDAW) High School Camp offers students entering grades 9-12 the opportunity to learn about the upcoming debate topic and develop their research/ argumentation skills through a one, two, or three week program of seminars, labs, group activities, and guest speakers in order to help them prepare for an exciting year of competitive policy debate.
There are three high school sessions to choose from.
- 1-week camp runs from June 21 – June 27
- 2-week camp runs from June 21 – July 4
- 3-week camp runs from June 21 – July 11
Yes, students have the option to choose to stay on campus in the Augsburg College dorms or commute to the workshop daily. Parents are responsible for dropping off and picking up students.
Programming goes from 9 a.m – 9 p.m. including weekends (with a late start on Sunday mornings). Commuter students are welcome to participate in the evening activities but must leave by the 11 p.m. dormitory curfew.
Residential (Dormitory Stay) Students:
- If you are a residential student, you should plan on arriving between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 21. Registration will be held in the lobby of Urness Hall on the Augsburg College 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.
- If you are a commuter student, please arrive between 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. to register before the opening meeting on Sunday, June 21. Registration will be held in the lobby of Urness Hall on the Augsburg College campus in Minneapolis. At registration you will receive camp materials. 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.
Students should be picked up at 12 p.m. on the last day of their session, which is July 11 for the 3-week session, July 4 for the 2-week session, or June 27 for the 1-week session.
Costs are dependent upon the duration of the camp session students sign up for (1, 2, or 3 week session), residential or non-residential stay, and meal plan. There is a $100 deposit due by June 1, 2015. The remaining tuition is due by the first day of camp at registration/check-in June 21, 2015. We are able to accept credit cards, cash, and checks (payable to Augsburg College).
Residential Pricing (Includes double occupancy dormitory room):
- 3 Week Policy Debate Camp, three meals – $2075
- 2 Week Policy Debate Camp, three meals – $1575
- 1 Week Policy Debate Camp, three meals – $825
- 3 Week Policy Debate, lunch and dinner meal plan– $1740
- 2 Week Policy Debate, lunch and dinner meal plan– $1250
- 1 Week Policy Debate, lunch and dinner meal plan – $700
- 3 Week Policy Debate, no meal plan – $1375
- 2 Week Policy Debate, no meal plan – $1000
- 1 Week Policy Debate, no meal plan – $575
Payment Due Date
A $100 deposit is due by June 1, 2015.
The remaining balance is due by the first day of camp at registration/check-in, June 21, 2015. We are able to accept credit cards, cash, and checks (payable to Augsburg College).
- Early bird registration – $25 off by registering before May 1st, 2015
- MDTA discount – $25 off
- Returning student – $25 off
Students must fill out and return The Standard Scholarship Application (PDF) by April 15, 2015. Scholarship applications received after April 15, 2015 will be considered on a case by case basis.
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. 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.
What to Bring
- Computer, if available
- Debate supplies (pens, paper, highlighters, file folders, tub, accordions)
- Spending money (vending machines and late night pizza)
- Comfortable clothing/shoes
Residential Stay Students:
- Bedding (pillow, sheets, blanket)
- Alarm clock and fan
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.
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.
What should I wear?
Casual attire is entirely appropriate. Please 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.
Students who choose a residential stay will live in double-occupancy dorm rooms on the Augsburg College campus. Students must provide their own linens. The dorms are a short distance from the academic buildings/recreation facilities. All dorms have washers/dryers available to do laundry at no additional cost. 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).
Can I pick my roommate?
You may indicate your roommate preference when filling out the online registration form. We do our best to honor requests.
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.
How can I receive mail?
Mail can be sent to you at:
c/o Minnesota Urban Debate League
2211 Riverside Ave S, CB 26
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Are off-campus ventures allowed?
Students will not be allowed to leave campus unless their parent/guardian informs the camp director of their permission to do so at registration. We will have permission forms available for you to fill out then.
MDAW staff will be staying in the dormitory with the students. All staff have undergone a background check by Augsburg College and residential 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 as well. Campus security maintains 24-hour surveillance of the campus.
Contacting my child
Weekdays between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m
Please contact the MDAW main office on campus at 612-330-1730.
All other times
Please contact Dave Cram-Helwich at 651-307-6930.
Students are also permitted to bring cell phones, but we ask that they do not allow them to become distracting.
We have regular camp programming on the Fourth of July but we end at dinner time to also do a camp barbecue 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.