Debate Camp














Debate Camps

Learn the activity from the ground up with our Intro or Level I camps,

Intro to Public Forum Debate

July 2019 or August 2019
M-F, Five 3-hour sessions.
Location: FUMC Carrollton, 2201 E Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton 75010

Limit 16 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.

Level I 
Public Forum Debate Intensive

July 2019
Five 8-hour sessions, 8am-4pm
Location: FUMC Carrollton
2201 E Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton 75010

Limit 16 students. Includes snacks and lunch.
Recommended for Ages 12-17

Prerequisite: None

This camp includes the activities in the “Intro to Public Forum Debate” 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, Grand Crossfire, 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.

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.



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 



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