Debate Day Camp

Loyola Columbia Graduate Center Middle School Debate Day Camps

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Grades

Rising 6th to Rising 9th Graders

Program Overview

The goal for our middle school day camps is to teach debate students the basics of argument and develop communication skills, problem solving abilities, critical thinking, and increased self-esteem. They are not as rigorous as our corresponding overnight academic camps, so they are the perfect opening for new debaters.

The program is 2 weeks long. The first week is the “Introduction to Debate,” which delineates the foundational principles of debate such as structuring an argument, backing it with evidence, researching, writing cases, and planning defenses.   The second week is “Competitive Debate,” where students apply the principles and learn to implement them.

How We Teach

These workshops give a comprehensive overview of middle school debate. Children who attend both will learn the theories that form the practice of debate and they will learn the practice of applying those theories.

We always emphasize application over rote book learning. Campers will have classroom lectures and homework assignments. Following classes, they will be broken down into small groups to brainstorm and prepare cases. They will participate in debates, which will cement the ideas they have heard from their instructors.

What We Teach

Students at our middle school debate camp will learn how to:

  • Deliver Winning Speeches
  • Refute the Other Debating Team
  • Take Notes During a Debate
  • Cross-Examine Their Debate Opponents
  • Structure Their Arguments
  • Back-Up Their Arguments with Evidence
  • Research the Evidence They Need
  • Write Persuasive Cases
  • Draft Rebuttal Briefs

We Make Better Debaters

Both theory and application are taught by seasoned debaters and instructors. They have years of experience on the debating circuit and in the classroom. Children will receive positive feedback with definite guidance about how to improve. Parents, your children will improve as debaters.

Our Introductory Debate Camps Instill Into Students the Basics of Argument