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Summer Speech & Debate Camp (Overview)

This summer, join us for VIRTUAL debate camp!

The Minnesota Debate and Advocacy Workshop (MDAW) for middle and high school students is open for registration!

MDAW is a collaborative effort between The Minnesota Urban Debate League (a program of Augsburg University) and The University of Minnesota Debate Team. Our goal is to increase access to speech & debate for schools, coaches, and students entering 5th – 12th grade providing a high quality, virtual summer camp experience to students in the Twin Cities Metro, the Upper Midwest region, and across the US!

Scholarships, discounts, and payment plans are available. Early Bird until 4/1.

2021 Virtual Speech & Debate Camp Offerings

Middle School (all online)

  • Middle School Policy Debate Camp
  • Middle School Speech Camp
  • Middle School Congressional Debate Camp

For more details, costs, and registration visit:

High School (all online)

  • Congressional Debate Camp (1 session)
  • Policy Debate Camp (3 sessions)
    • Extended – for intermediate and advanced students
    • Core – for beginning and intermediate (advanced students may attend as camp leaders)
    • Core and Extended – for intermediate and advanced students

For more details, cost and registration visit:

Registration Changes in 2021

We have a new registration site! Now you can set up payments through installments, register as a family, and filter camp selections by date and grade level. Find our new registration website on Active Network.

For those needing scholarship help – please complete check out and registration on our new platform as you normally would using the ‘For Financial Aid Only’ pricing option. After you register/check out, you’ll see the scholarship application in the confirmation email as an attached form. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Fund-A-Friend at Registration

We use registration dollars to pay for the expenses related to camp, and where possible, to fund scholarships that make camp access easier for all interested families. If you can afford full pay for camp, consider making a gift that would help make camp accessible for more families with a one-time or monthly gift.

Scholarship Priority Deadline: April 25th

The priority deadline for MDAW Scholarship applications is April 25, 2021. Scholarship applications can be completed after registration.

Get 75% off with the MN Afterschool Advance Benefit

Need help with camp tuition? You can get up to 75% off tuition through the MN Afterschool Advance program. Learn more about eligibility and discounted costs at the Minnesota Afterschool Advance website.


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 offer practice debates and skill-building drills nearly every day of camp. Middle school students find friendly competition in a full length debate at the end of their weekly sessions – so students can get a feel for the tournament experience. For high school students each session offers a number of full-length debates throughout their camp stay. In addition to this, staff facilitate re-dos, provide feedback, and create concrete steps for the student to continue improvement while at camp, carrying those skills into the competitive season.

MDAW Faculty Work Hard.

We have incredibly experienced, talented folks working 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 skills and strategies they’ll use throughout the year. Our goal is to attract the best talent to our workshop so that students who attend MDAW will be prepared to have a successful season and build community.

MDAW is Budget Conscious.

Our workshop operates on a not-for-profit basis. We run MDAW out of a desire to increase local opportunities for excellent debate instruction, not to make money. 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 are committed to making sure no student is prevented from attending due to challenging economic circumstances, to the extent possible.


MDAW Main Office
Minnesota Urban Debate League
2211 Riverside Ave CB 26
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Email: | Phone: 612-330-1730