Model United Nations Summer Camp

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) Political Science Department is hosting its third annual Model United Nations (UN) Summer Camp for high school students.

Join us for 3 days of fun while learning about the UN and the Model UN simulation led by UWSP Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Mert Kartal, and two members of UWSP’s award-winning Model UN team.

The 2019 Model UN Summer Camp

The UWSP Model UN Summer Camp is a program for students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 to learn about various aspects of world affairs.  The camp simulates the activities of a UN body such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Participants assume the roles of diplomatic representatives to the UN as they consider a contemporary international concern such as terrorism, nuclear weapons, immigration, poverty, global warming. 

Through this role-playing event, the UWSP Model UN Summer Camp provides participants with an opportunity to (i) learn the basics of the UN as an international organization, (ii) understand key contemporary issues in international relations, (iii) develop an understanding of how inter-state diplomacy works, and (iv) strengthen their research, communication, negotiation, and leadership skills.

The UWSP Model UN Summer Camp differs from the Academic Decathlon and the Mock Trial programs in that it is not so much a competition as it is an event.  Participants are not required to have any prior knowledge of the UN or Model UN.

The 2019 Model UN summer camp will be held on the UWSP campus on August 7, 8, and 9..

If campers register and pay the registration fee by March 1, their registration fee will be $150.  Otherwise, the registration fee for the 3-day Model UN summer camp is $165 per participant.  A $50 fee will be charged for those canceling before May 1.  No refunds will be given as of May 1, 2019.  The fee includes all lectures/workshops/activities and related materials, access to and use of UWSP facilities, a walking tour of UWSP campus, Model UN t-shirts and drawstring bags, and breakfast and lunch on each day of the camp.

Important note: The UWSP Model UN Summer Camp is a "day camp" program.  That is, participants in need of housing will need to arrange their own accommodation since we will not be able to provide it as part of the day camp package.       


Here is the preliminary schedule: 

Day 1 (8:00am - 4:30pm)
Welcome to UWSP! 
What is the United Nations? 
Introduction to UN committees and topics 
UWSP campus tour 
Country assignments 
Researching your assigned country 

Day 2 (8:00am - 4:30pm)
What is a position paper? 
Researching your assigned country 
Drafting position papers 
Team-building activity 
Practicing policy speeches 

Day 3 (8:00am - 4:30pm)
Rules of Procedure at the UN 
Model UN Simulation: Committee sessions 
Model UN Simulation: Voting Procedure

The 2018 Model UN Summer Camp 

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The 2017 Model UN Summer Camp 


Some comments from previous years' campers:

"I had such an amazing time at this camp.  Thank you so much. I can't wait for Poli 387 at UWSP.'"

"My favorite activity was learning about other countries and working together to write a draft resolution."

"Researching the country [was my favorite activity]; it was cool to learn about a modern nation for once."

"I loved the group activities.  It was awesome getting to know everyone and have fun while doing so.  I also loved working on the draft resolutions.  Although it was difficult, I love a challenge." 

"Everything we did was awesome.  Thank you all so much for a wonderful experience!  I loved it here!"

"I loved this experience and am sure to join a Model UN club, hopefully here if I am accepted."

"Thank you so much for an amazing 3 days!  I really hope can come back next year and try a harder country."

"Country assignments and having to really play the role of your chosen country [were my favorite activities]."

"This was amazingly fun and helpful for future career decisions."

"I made so many friends.  It was so much fun!"


For more information about UWSP's Model United Nations Summer Camp, please contact Dr. Mert Kartal.