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Debate Camps

Learn the activity from the ground up with our Intro or Level I camps,
or hone your existing PF skills in Level II.

Level I 
Public Forum Debate Intensive

June 18-22, 2018 (sold out) or July 9-13, 2018
Five 8-hour sessions, 8am-4pm
Location: FUMC Carrollton
2201 E Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton 75010
$695 (save $100 if you enroll in both Level I and Level II camps)

Limit 18 students. Includes snacks and lunch.
Recommended for Ages 12-17

Prerequisite: None

This camp includes the activities in the "Intro to Public Forum Debate" (below) but also teaches research techniques and goes deep into the development of Constructives, Rebuttals, and Crossfire questions, to help students deeply understand their case and their opponents'. Understanding and utilizing Framework is front and center during this camp.

We’ll begin to show students how to plan ahead for a coherent Summary and Final Focus in the challenging second half of the debate. 

Lots of fun and engaging activities will be used to help instill the information learned. Some homework will be assigned and coaches evening online office hours will be available.

Demonstration debates and activities by the students will be held on the afternoon of the final day, with parents welcome to watch.

Students who take this camp are considered to have completed the prerequisite to join a Debate League or Junior Debate League club during the school year.

June 18-22, 2018 camp SOLD OUT.

Click here to enroll in July Level I Camp, July 9-13, 2018.

Level II
Public Forum Debate Intensive

June 25-29, 2018 (sold out) or July 16-20, 2018
Five 8-hour sessions, 8am-4pm
Location: FUMC Carrollton
2201 E Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton 75010
$695 (save $100 if you enroll in both Level I and Level II camps)

Limit 18 students. Includes snacks and lunch.
Recommended for Ages 12-17

Prerequisite: Completion of Level I camp or previous public forum debate experience.

Students will take their research, critical thinking, and debate technique to a new level in this intensive, week-long, full-day camp. Grads of the Level I Intensive camp will already have a solid foundation in the first half of the debate – Framework, Constructives, Rebuttals, and Crossfire. In Level II, we build on this by focusing on the second half of the debate – Summary, Grand Crossfire, and Final Focus.

Most students don't have a strong grasp of what Summary and Final Focus are. We reveal and train you in the laser-focused techniques that will allow you to help the judge(s) digest and make sense of their flow, 
and give them the persuasive rationale they need to confidenly cast their ballot in your favor.  

Lots of fun and engaging activities will be used to help instill the information learned. Significant at-home debate prep is expected during the camp. Evening online office hours will be available with camp coaches.

Full judged debates held on afternoon of final day.

June 25-29, 2018 camp SOLD OUT.

Click here to enroll in July Level II Camp, July 16-20, 2018.

Intro to Public Forum Debate

August 6-10, 2018 or September 10-14, 2018
Five 3-hour sessions.
 9am-noon 
Location: FUMC Carrollton, 2201 E Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton 75010
$295 

Limit 22 students. Includes snacks. 
Recommended for Ages 10-17

Prerequisite: None

In this week-long half-day camp, we use quick, fun, and creative games, activities, and debate sparring to learn the relevant skills for Public Forum debate, a popular style of debate that focuses on current national events. Debate sparring sessions are short, fun, and easy singles or pairs debates on topics that don't require deep research, e.g., cats vs. dogs, laces vs. velcro, Whataburger vs. In-N-Out, etc. 

Lots of fun and engaging activities will be used to help instill skills like speaking clearly, note-taking (referred to as flowing), thinking on your feet, organizing your thoughts, being creative and adapting, and determining what is relevant in material. While all portions of a Public Forum debate will be covered, the emphasis will be put on structuring a case, known as the “Constructive,” and the concept of “blocks,” prewritten responses to anticipated arguments you would expect to come from your opponents' side of the debate. 

Some light homework will be assigned to help reinforce what they’ve learned and to give them time to prep for some sparring.

Students who take this camp are considered to have completed the prerequisite to join a Debate League or Junior Debate League club during the school year.

Click here to enroll in August Intro Camp, August 6-10, 2018.

Click here to enroll in September Intro Camp, September 10-14, 2018.

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The value of learning debate

These skills, loosely categorized as elements of emotional intelligence, include the capacity to persevere through setbacks (grit), the facility to bring existing knowledge to a novel situation (creativity), comfort in working with others and knowing when to lead and when to follow (collaboration), the capability to confront the seemingly infinite volumes of information on any topic and select the relevant data (research), and sensitivity to what a target audience is thinking so that such data can be presented persuasively (empathy). The debate curriculum teaches young people much of what they'll need to know in these areas by active, engaging, and highly direct means. Click here to read the full article.

 

  

Both of my kids have benefited enormously from
being in Speakers League and Debate League.
Peggy W., Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Debate really opened the world to my son this year.  It challenged him to substantiate his claims, learn how to research a topic, see the advantages and disadvantages of both sides of an argument, and get up and debate.
 

Ayala S., Parent