- About High School Camp
- Session Dates
- Information for Commuters
- Registration Day Information – June 26th
- Departure Day Information
- What should I bring?
- May I bring my car?
- What about computers?
- What should I wear?
- What are the dorms like?
- Can I pick my roommate?
- Where do we eat?
- How can I receive mail?
- Are off-campus ventures allowed?
- How do you ensure campus safety and who will be with my student?
- How can I get a hold of my student during camp?
- The camp runs over the Fourth of July. Can I come get my student?
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.
Use this link for an overview of what a day at our camp may look like: MDAW 2016, A Typical Day
There are three high school sessions to choose from.
- 1-week camp runs from:
- Sunday, June 26th, through Saturday, July 2, 2016
- 2-week camp runs from:
- Sunday, June 26th, through Saturday, July 9, 2016
- 3-week camp runs from:
- Sunday, June 26th, through Saturday, July 16, 2016
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 26. 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 credit cards, cash, and checks (payable to Augsburg College), and credit card payments.
- 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 26. 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 credit cards, cash, and checks (payable to Augsburg College), and credit card payments.
Students should be picked up at 12 pm on the last day of their session.
- 1-week camp ends:
- Saturday, July 2, 2016
- 2-week camp ends:
- Saturday, July 9, 2016
- 3-week camp ends:
- Saturday, July 16, 2016
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 3, 2016. The remaining tuition is due by the first day of camp at registration/check-in June 26, 2016.
We are able to accept credit cards, cash, and checks (payable to Augsburg College), and credit card payments.
(Includes double occupancy dormitory room):
- 3 Week Policy Debate Camp, three meals – $2140
- 2 Week Policy Debate Camp, three meals – $1630
- 1 Week Policy Debate Camp, three meals – $850
- 3 Week Policy Debate, lunch and dinner meal plan– $1800
- 2 Week Policy Debate, lunch and dinner meal plan– $1300
- 1 Week Policy Debate, lunch and dinner meal plan – $725
- 3 Week Policy Debate, no meal plan – $1425
- 2 Week Policy Debate, no meal plan – $1025
- 1 Week Policy Debate, no meal plan – $600
Payment Due Date
A $100 deposit is due by June 3, 2016.
The remaining balance is due by the first day of camp at registration/check-in, June 26, 2016. We are able to accept credit cards, cash, and checks (payable to Augsburg College).
- Early bird registration – $25 off by registering before May 6, 2016
- MDTA discount – $25 off
- Returning student – $25 off
Students must fill out and return MDAW Standard Scholarship Application – 2016 (PDF) by April 15, 2016. Scholarship applications received after April 15, 2016 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
- Laptop 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 —you will most certainly need a 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 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, especially in the dorm. However, in other parts of campus 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 RA 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 in the cafeteria and can accommodate persons with any special dietary needs. Let us know if you have vegetarian or other dietary requirements so we can ensure any such needs are met.
How can I receive mail?
Mail can be sent to you at:[Your Name]
c/o Minnesota Urban Debate League
2211 Riverside Ave S, Campus Box 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. You will also be provided with an ‘absences’ sheet in your Welcome Packet, on which you may indicate any absences in advance.
If emergent, or personal reasons for leaving campus come up, parents/guardians must inform the MDAW administrative assistant of these instances, so that a student can be cleared by camp staff to leave campus. Advanced notice is appreciated. If such situations arise, please call 612-330-1730 and/or email email@example.com
MDAW’s RA 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. They can be reached at 612-330-1717 if there is an emergency.
You may also call the MDAW office 612-330-1730 during business hours for help as well.
Contacting my student
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. Also, it is helpful to note that though you may contact your student at will, cell service can be spotty in some of the older buildings.
We have regular camp programming on the Fourth of July but we end early to for a camp bar-b-que and to go on a fireworks outing. If you would prefer that your student spent the holiday with family, please let us know, that’s totally okay with us! They won’t miss any core programming related to debate.