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Summer Camp (MDAW)

MDAW 2019

This summer, come to the 15th Annual Minnesota Debate and Advocacy Workshop!

High School Debate Camp is where you can take your skills to the next level. While you’re at it, you can hang out with your friends and explore Augsburg’s campus! You’ll get a first look at the debate topic for next year, a head-start crafting your arguments, and time for fun with other smart debaters. Get good, win more: go to MDAW. See FAQ’s for details.

Middle School Debate Camp is perfect for students entering grades 6-8 who want to have a blast, make new friends, and learn more about debate! See FAQ’s for details.

The Advocacy Unit: Create change in your community! What are you passionate about? Gender equality? Environmental justice? Racial justice? Transform your commitment to social justice into a blueprint for political action, and learn how to make a difference at The Advocacy Unit. Note: The Advocacy Unit is on hiatus until Summer 2020. See FAQ’s for details.

Middle School Day Camp Dates:
1 Week Policy Debate Day Camp: Monday June 17, 2019 – Friday June 21, 2019

High School Camp Dates:

1 Week Policy Debate Camp: Sunday June 23, 2019 – Sunday June 30, 2019
2 Week Policy Debate Camp: Sunday June 23, 2019 – Saturday July 6, 2019
3 Week Policy Debate Camp: Sunday June 23, 2019 – Saturday July 13, 2019


MDAW’s Format Encourages Skill-Building.

MDAW offers instructional workshops tailored to specific age groups. We work with area educators to provide a comprehensive curriculum that readies students at every level with evidence and skills for the next debate season.

MDAW Students Get TONS of Practice.

We do a practice debate every evening and drills every afternoon – each week of attendance involves at least 8 full-length debates. More importantly, staff facilitate re-dos, provide feedback, and create concrete steps for the student to do better the next time. We also do a full-length tournament at the end of both the two- and three- week sessions so students can get a feeling for the tournament experience.

MDAW Faculty Work Hard.

We have incredibly experienced, talented folks who work with students on a day-to-day basis. We make sure that students are exposed to a variety of styles while ensuring they can focus on work they’ll use throughout the year. We try to attract the best talent to the camp in order to make sure that students will be prepared to have a successful season with a community that’s helping to make MN debate better overall.

MDAW is a Great Bargain.

The workshop operates on a not-for-profit basis. Tuition and room/board expenses are pegged to cost of running the workshop and providing fair salaries for staff. Scholarships are available, so don’t hesitate to contact us even though financial constraints may be a problem. We run the institute out of a desire to increase local opportunities for excellent debate instruction, not to make money, and will do our best to make sure no student is prevented from attending out of economic circumstances.

The Minnesota Debate and Advocacy Workshop (MDAW) is a collaborative effort between the Minnesota Urban Debate League (a program of Augsburg University) and the University of Minnesota Debate Team. Its mission is to provide a high quality summer camp experience to students in the Twin Cities metro area and the upper mid-west region.

Our goal is to increase access to debate for schools, coaches, and students entering 6th grade – 12th grade.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.

MDAW Main Office
Minnesota Urban Debate League
2211 Riverside Ave CB 26
Minneapolis, MN 55454 | P: 612-330-1730

MDAW 2019 Administrative Director
Genesia Williams | P: 612-330-1730