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MDAW – High School Camp Offerings

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COVID-19 Response Update

In light of recommendations from Augsburg University and the State of Minnesota, all high school camps will now be held online. 

Prices have changed to reflect the shift to an online camp experience. Updated prices are below. Please contact Genesia Williams at mnudl@augsburg.edu or williamg@augsburg.edu with any questions.

High School Congressional Debate Camp

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
Costs: $375.00

Pay Camp Fees: augsburg.edu/urbandebateleague/mdaw/pay

We also have a partnership with the Minnesota Afterschool Advance program, which helps eligible families make use of a state-wide K-12 education tax credit for summer camp. Families can check eligibility here: www.mnafterschool.org/apply

High School National Topic Policy Debate

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!

Policy Debate Camp Option #1

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: $425.00

Pay Camp Fees: augsburg.edu/urbandebateleague/mdaw/pay

We also have a partnership with the Minnesota Afterschool Advance program, which helps eligible families make use of a state-wide K-12 education tax credit for summer camp. Families can check eligibility here: www.mnafterschool.org/apply

Policy Debate Camp Option #2

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:  $700.00

Pay Camp Fees: augsburg.edu/urbandebateleague/mdaw/pay

We also have a partnership with the Minnesota Afterschool Advance program, which helps eligible families make use of a state-wide K-12 education tax credit for summer camp. Families can check eligibility here: www.mnafterschool.org/apply

Additional Policy Camp Options:

Intermediate and advanced students may combine both sessions at their own discretion.

Costs to attend both sessions:  $1,125.00

Pay Camp Fees: augsburg.edu/urbandebateleague/mdaw/pay

We also have a partnership with the Minnesota Afterschool Advance program, which helps eligible families make use of a state-wide K-12 education tax credit for summer camp. Families can check eligibility here: www.mnafterschool.org/apply


Sample Schedules:

Policy Camp Schedule

Large Group: 9a-10a

  • 9a-9:30a: Lectures (topic-related, debate theory)
  • 9:30a-10a: Breakout groups

Lab Time:10a-12p (small groups)

  • 10a-10:30a: Skill session #1 
  • 10:30a-11a: Speaking exercises
  • 11a-11:30a: Skill session #2 
  • 11:30a-12p: Speaking exercise

Lunch: 12p-1p

Large group: 1p-2p

  • 1p-1:30p: Lectures (topic-related, debate theory)
  • 1:30p-2p: Breakout groups

Lab Time: 2p-4p (small groups)

  • 2-2:30p: Skill session #1 
  • 2:30p-3p: Speaking exercises
  • 3p-3:30p: Skill session #2 
  • 3:30p-4p: Speaking exercise

Practice Debates: 4p-6p

Office Hours: (drop-in) 7p-9p


Congressional Debate Schedule 

Large Group: 9a-10a

  • 9a-9:30a: Check in and reflect, plan for day, and Lectures (topic/goal of the day)
  • 9:30a-10a: Breakout groups (overview of expectation in skill session)

Lab Time:10a-12p (small groups)

  • 10a-10:30a: Skill session #1 
  • 10:30a-11a: Speaking exercises (speeches and refutations)
  • 11a-11:30a: Skill session #2 
  • 11:30a-12p: Speaking exercise (speeches and refutations)

Lunch: 12p-1p

Large group: 1p-2p

  • 1p-1:30p: Lectures (topic-related, debate theory)
  • 1:30p-2p: Breakout groups

Lab Time: 2p-4p (small groups)

  • 2-2:30p: Skill session #1 (small groups)
  • 2:30p-3p: Speaking exercises
  • 3p-3:30p: Skill session #2 (small groups)
  • 3:30p-4p: Speaking exercise

Practice Sessions: 4p-6p

Office Hours: (drop-in) 7p-9p