Debate Day Camp
Debate Day Camps Accoss The Country
Rising 6th to Rising 9th Graders
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.
Find a Location Near You
- Arizona State University | June 4 to June 15, 2018
- University of Nevada | June 18 to June 29, 2018
- University of Denver, CO | July 2 to July 13, 2018
- New York University | July 16 to July 27, 2018
- Loyola University Center Day Camp, MD | July 16 to July 27, 2018
- Portland State University, OR | July 16 to July 27, 2018
Camp cancellation credit timetable:
- After May 1 | 85% credit
- 30 - 22 days before start date | 70% credit
- 21 - 8 days before start date | 60% credit
- 7 - 4 days before start date | 50% credit
- 3 - 1 day before start date | 25% credit
- No Show | 0 credit
Other programs cancellation credit timetable:
- Two weeks before program start | 100% credit
- Within two weeks before program start | 50% credit
- Day of or No Show | 0% credit
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