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High School Camp + Schedule

Virtual High School Congressional Debate Camp

Monday June 21, 2021 – Friday June 25, 2021

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.

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

Important links

In addition to our MDAW Scholarship Application, 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

For those needing scholarship help – please complete check out and registration on our new platform as you normally would using the ‘For Financial Aid Applicants 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.

Virtual 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.


Virtual Policy Extended (for advanced students)

Monday June 21, 2021 – Sunday June 27, 2021

This camp is designed for experienced debaters who want to bring their skills to the next level. Campers will receive advanced instruction on the NSDA topic, 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. 

Students will experience in-depth lectures and labs instructed by Dr. David Cram Helwich, Director of Forensics at the University of Minnesota, and members of the UMN Policy Debate team. 

We encourage beginning students to consider the ‘Core’ session to start. Extended Camp can be combined with Core Camp.

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

Important links

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

For those needing scholarship help – please complete check out and registration on our new platform as you normally would using the‘For Financial Aid Applicants 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.


virtual Policy Core (for beginning & intermediate students)

Monday June 28, 2021 – Friday July 9, 2021

High school students who want to master the fundamentals of policy debate are welcome to join our high school policy camp. Students will prepare for competition on the NSDA national topic, including research, skills development, strategy, and critiqued practice speeches & debates. The daily schedule will include topic lectures by licensed teachers, university instructors, and mentorship by college students. Students will collaborate and learn in research groups and have daily speeches and skill building development.

This session is for beginning debaters. Advanced students may join this session as camp leaders.

Students will experience in-depth lectures and labs instructed by Dr. David Cram Helwich, Director of Forensics at the University of Minnesota, and members of the UMN Policy Debate team.

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

Important links

Note: No programming will be planned on July 4th.

In addition to our MDAW Scholarship Application, 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

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For those needing scholarship help – please complete check out and registration on our new platform as you normally would using the‘For Financial Aid Applicants 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.


virtual Policy ‘core’ and ‘Extended’

Monday June 21, 2021 – Friday July 9, 2021

By combining the Core and Extended policy camps, high school students will both master the fundamentals and learn advanced debate content this summer. (This combined session is recommended for intermediate debaters. Beginners should consider Core camp only.)

Campers will master the fundamentals of policy debate and prepare for competition on the NSDA national topic. The daily schedule will include topic lectures by licensed teachers, university instructors, and mentorship by college students. Students will collaborate and learn in research groups and have daily speeches and skill building development. The Extended half of camp will focus 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. 

Students will experience in-depth lectures and labs instructed by Dr. David Cram Helwich, Director of Forensics at the University of Minnesota, and members of the UMN Policy Debate team. 

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

Important links

Note: No programming will be planned on July 4th.

In addition to our MDAW Scholarship Application, 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

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For those needing scholarship help – please complete check out and registration on our new platform as you normally would using the‘For Financial Aid Applicants 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.


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