MDAW – High School Camp Offerings
MDAW’s Congressional Debate Camp is designed to help congressional debate students gain competitive success at the local and national level. Students will grow as leaders while they learn strategies and techniques to help them develop the hard skills of congressional debate (research, writing, delivery, and round strategy). Students also learn the soft skills of congressional debate (being empathic listeners, promoting dockets, gaining consensus among peers, and learning to read judges).
Debaters will also learn advanced research techniques as well as how to craft legislation that debaters will vote onto the docket. Campers will work directly with Ross Eichele of Eagan High School, who has coached state champions; as well as finalists at NSDA nationals, Harvard, Glenbrooks, Berkely, MinneApple, and the Blake tournament. He is accredited by the National Speech and Debate Association as an Advanced Professional Speech and Debate Educator and Coach, and is also a Nationally Board Certified Teacher. A camp tournament and awards ceremony will be held on the last day.
Runs: Sunday June 28, 2020 – Friday July 3, 2020
- Residential – $675 includes 3 meals, 2 person occupancy in dorm, and MDAW t-shirt
- Commuter – $475 – includes 2 meals (lunch and dinner) and MDAW t-shirt
Minnesota Debate and Advocacy Workshop (MDAW) has provided high school national topic policy debate summer camp for 17 years. MDAW is a partnership between the Minnesota Urban Debate League (a program of Augsburg University) and the University of Minnesota Debate Team. What sets the MDAW apart from other policy debate camps? Community. MDAW believes strongly in the importance of developing positive relationships between staff and students – along with growing our own leadership. The vast majority of our staff were participants themselves in MDAW.
The other core principle of the MDAW experience is that debate is learned by doing. Students will have a practice debate almost every day at camp. MDAW is where we learn new arguments, research new topics, and try-on new ideas. Camp experience also includes a camp tournament and awards ceremony.
Come join us!
Extended (for advanced students):
Advanced instruction on the NSDA topic, including leadership training, argument preparation, and speaking skills, focused on national-level competition. Students will develop their leadership skills and become leaders in camp and be prepared to take on leadership experiences with their school team.
We encourage beginning students to consider the ‘Core’ session to start.
Runs: Saturday June 27, 2020 – Friday July 3, 2020
Cost for Extended session only:
- Residential – $900 – includes 3 meals, 2 person occupancy in dorm, and MDAW t-shirt
- Commuter – $775 – includes 2 meals (lunch and dinner) and MDAW t-shirt.
Core (for beginning and intermediate students):
Preparation for competition on the NSDA national topic, including research, skills development, strategy, and critiqued practice speeches & debates. Daily schedule includes topic lectures by licensed teachers, university instructors, and mentorship by college students. Students bolster their research skills in computer labs and research groups and have daily speeches and skill building development.
Advanced students may join this session as camp leaders.
Runs: Sunday July 5, 2020 – Wednesday July 15, 2020
Costs for Core Session Only:
- Residential – $1625 – includes 3 meals, 2 person occupancy in dorm, and MDAW t-shirt
- Commuter – $1350 – includes 2 meals (lunch and dinner) and MDAW t-shirt.
Intermediate and advanced students may combine both sessions at their own discretion.
Costs to attend both sessions:
- Residential – $2100 – includes 3 meals, 2 person occupancy in dorm (including July 4th), and MDAW t-shirt
- Commuter – $1700 – includes 2 meals (lunch and dinner) and MDAW t-shirt.
Students have the option to stay on campus in the Augsburg University dorms or commute to the workshop daily. Students who are not choosing to stay on camps, will need to commute each day. Parents/Guardians or the students themselves are responsible for getting to and from campus each day. Programming runs from 9am – 9pm each day including weekends (with a late start Sunday mornings where applicable). Commuters are welcome to participate in the evening activities but must plan to leave by 11pm (before the nightly dorm checks).
In some cases, for students with financial need, metro cards can be provided. Please contact us if you need help with this.
On the first day of the camp session, registration/orientation will be held. Dormitory students will arrive early to check-in to their rooms, receive camp materials, and meet RA staff/other campers. Commuter students will arrive sometime after to check in, receive camp materials and meet staff/other campers. Registration will be held in the lobby of Urness Tower on the Augsburg University campus.
More details will be provided before your respective registration day.
All students should be picked up at 12 pm on the last day of their session.
- Early bird registration – $25 off by April 3, 2020
- Returning student – $25 off
We encourage all students who have financial need and wish to attend camp, to apply. Scholarship decisions are based on financial need with commitment to the activity taken heavily into consideration. Students receiving scholarship funds for middle and high school camps will be expected to participate in tournaments and practices throughout the school year. The purpose of the scholarship is to improve debate and advocacy throughout Minnesota and its surrounding regions.
- Apply for MDAW financial aid: bit.ly/mdawscholarship2020
Coach/Community member recommendations are not required, but most certainly are helpful when our staff is evaluating scholarship applications. Coaches can complete the following form for as many students as the would like to. We encourage coaches from UDL school to share scholarship information with their teams, so that students may access funds as needed.
- Coach Recommendation Form: bit.ly/mdawrec2020
What to Bring (list is non-exhaustive)
- Debate supplies (pens, paper, highlighters, file folders, tub, accordions)
- Spending money (vending machines and late night pizza)
- Comfortable clothing/shoes
- Sweater/light jacket for air conditioned lecture spaces
Residential Stay Students
- Bedding (pillow, sheets – Twin XL, blanket)
- Alarm clock and fan —you will most certainly need a fan
- Other things that will make you comfortable during your time away from home
Please contact us if you have questions about various items.
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.
Students who will be parking on campus during their camp stay, should notify our staff so that we may secure parking permits where applicable.
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 University 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 University 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 should definitely bring fans for their camp stay as the Urness Tower does not have air conditioning.
Students in the dorms are supervised by RA staff members.
Students are responsible for the condition of their rooms. Payment for damage to Augsburg University 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 will do our best to honor requests.
Where do we eat?
Meals are provided by the Augsburg University 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 may 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
MDAW’s RA staff will be staying in the dormitory with the students. All staff have undergone a background check by Augsburg University and residential staff are on the premises and in the dorms at all times. Dormitory access is limited to camp staff, residents, and university 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
Students are permitted to bring cell phones, but we ask that they do not allow them to become a distraction. Though you may contact your student at will, cell service can be spotty in some of the older buildings. If you are unable to reach your student, you are welcome to contact MNUDL / MDAW staff at the following times:
Weekdays between 9am – 5pm
Please contact the MDAW main office on campus at 612-330-1730.
All other times
Please contact Dave Cram Helwich at 651-307-6930.
Previously camp sessions have run over the Fourth of July holiday, however, beginning in 2020 – camp sessions are not expected to present a scheduling conflict. Dorm-Stay students who are attending both policy debate sessions (Core + Extended) will stay over on 7/4, unless being picked up by families. There will be no programming on 7/4.