At camp, debaters boost their skills and meet new people. MDI is an intense week of fun.
Our curriculum weaves together lecture, practice, and mentoring for top-tier learning. Every year, students rave about it.
Summer debate institutes often charge literally thousands of dollars, shutting many students out. It’s sad.
We want to fix that. Our all-volunteer staff keeps costs low, making MDI one of the single most affordable camps in the country.
We offer camps for debaters in two formats: Lincoln-Douglas and (new in 2017!) Public Forum.
Our staff includes a Semifinalist at the 2013 NFL National Tournament, a two-time Minnesota State Champion, and others who’ve achieved competitive success in debate.
Camp will be in August. Exact dates for the 2018 Minnesota Debate Institute will be announced soon! Stay tuned.
You can stay on campus or commute each day.
If cost is a problem, don’t worry: We offer scholarships.
State Tournament Qualifiers
MN Section Champions
Do big things at MDI.
From the staff we hire to the lessons we teach, we aim to create an amazing camp experience. Forget stale lectures: instead of the generic debate camp experience, we’ve built something connects with campers and stands at the forefront of debate pedagogy. Our students leave each year bursting with excitement — and eager to return next summer.
Then they dive into the debate season, where they win rounds, have fun, and make their teams proud.
To deepen their debate skills, campers work one-on-one with instructors.
We asked last year’s campers for
their thoughts on the week:
would recommend MDI to a friend!
That’s an epic endorsement. Here’s what past campers have said:
“I feel so much more equipped to go into a debate round and beat my opponent.”
“I loved meeting all of the people.”
“The staff: awesome and fun and young and fantastic. The price: literally cannot beat it. The content: you learn SO MUCH.”
“I love the family that’s created here every year.”
“The instructors were very insightful in each and every one of their lectures.”