Speech & Debate Training

CULTIVATE STRONG CRITICAL THINKING & PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS

Effective communication is a life skill and includes mastery of both critical thinking and public speaking. Students learn to analyze ideas and communicate their message clearly and persuasively! Many of our campers go on to advance to the highest level of competition, where they sharpen their skills against top competitors from across the nation.
 
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Camp Registration Opens February 2018
For the Address of each Camp Location, click on link in the CAMP LOCATION column below
2017 Summer Camp Schedule
Camps (click on link for description) 
Dates/Times
Camp Location
(click on link)
Requirements
(Age as of Sep 1st)
Camp Fee

 

June 21-22, 9am-5pm
June 28-29, 9am-5pm
July 20-21, 9am-5pm
July 24-25, 9am-5pm
Aug 9-10, 9am-5pm
Aug 17-18, 9am-5pm
Ages 12-18 (min/max: 24/40)
 $117
June 19-20, 9am-4pm
June 26-27, 9am-4pm
July 14-15, 9am-4pm
July 26-27, 9am-4pm
Aug 11-12, 9am-4pm
Aug 15-16, 9am-4pm
Ages 9-11 (min/max: 24/40)
$117
SMU Junior Speech
(SMU registration opens March 1st)
June 7-8, 9am-4pm SMU Plano, TX Ages 9-11 (min/max: 24/40) TBA
June 23-24, 9am-3pm
Age 8 (min/max: 24/24)
$117
SMU Intro to Speech & Policy Debate
(SMU registration opens March 1st)
July 17-21, 9am-4pm SMU Plano, TX Ages 12-18 (min/max: 24/40) TBA
July 10-12, 9am-5pm
July 17-19, 9am-5pm
July 27-29, 9am-5pm
Aug 14-16, 9am-5pm*
Ages 12-18 (min/max: 24/40)
$187
Intro to Lincoln Douglas Debate July 24-26, 9am-5pm Coppell, TX Ages 13-18 (min/max: 24/32) $187
Intermediate/Advanced LD July 27-29, 9am-5pm Coppell, TX Ages 13-18, 1 yr of LD competition $187
Aug 16-18, 9am-5pm* Grapevine, TX Ages 13-18, 1 yr of TP competition $187
Aug 9, 9am-5pm
Ages 12-18 (min/max: 24/30)
$85
Aug 14-15, 9am-5pm
Ages 13-18 (min/max: 20/28)
$117
Aug 7-8, 9am-5pm
Ages 12-18 (min/max: 24/40)
$117
Online Parent/Coach Workshops
Speech: August 28, 1-4pm CT
Policy Debate: Aug 29, 1-4pm CT
LD Debate: Aug 30, 1-4pm CT
online Parents & Coaches $43
Online Intro to Lincoln Douglas Workshop (new!) Aug 14-16, 1pm-5pm online Ages 13-18 (min/max: 24/30) $122
 July 31-Aug 2, 9am-5pm  Houston, TX Ages 12-18 (min/max: 24/36) $187
Intermediate/Advanced LD July 31-Aug 2, 9am-5pm Houston, TX Ages 13-18, 1 yr of LD competition $187
Intro to Lincoln Douglas Debate Aug 3-5, 9am-5pm Houston, TX Ages 13-18 (min/max: 24/32) $187
Intermediate/Advanced TP Aug 3-5, 9am-5pm Houston, TX Ages 13-18, 1 yr of TP competition $187
Intro to Team Policy Debate Aug 7-9, 9am-5pm Baton Rouge, LA Ages 12-18 (min/max: 24/36) $201
Intermediate/Advanced LD Aug 7-9, 9am-5pm Baton Rouge, LA Ages 13-18, 1 yr of LD competition $201
Intermediate/Advanced TP Aug 10-12, 9am-5pm Baton Rouge, LA Ages 13-18, 1 yr of TP competition $201
July 31-Aug 1, 9am-4pm
Ages 9-11 (min/max: 24/36)
$122
Intro to Speech Aug 2-3, 9am-5pm Panama City, FL Ages 12-18 (min/max: 24/36) $122
Intro/Intermediate Team Policy Debate Aug 22-24, 9am-5pm Middletown, NJ Ages 12-18 (min/max: 24/36) $223
 
*Stoa track offered at camp dates marked with an asterisk (in addition to NCFCA track)
 
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Student Camp: Introduction to Speech (Intro to Public Speaking) - ages 12 to 18
Whether your 12-18yo has a flair for the dramatic or avoids the spotlight at all costs, this speech camp is the perfect fit! This unique, interactive 2-day camp eases students out of their comfort zone exposing them to a variety of speech genres including interpretative, platform and limited prep events. Through exciting and enjoyable exercises and practice, students discover their unique strengths and develop the confidence to convey their ideas effectively! The camp will culminate with a mini competition where students apply what they have learned in a fun and supportive environment! It is an excellent jump-start for students seeking to develop confidence in public speaking and those considering speech competition. Register early: a pre-camp assignment will be sent out to all registered students 2-3 weeks before the camp begins. This camp is for beginners, there are no prerequisites to attend this camp. [Lead Instructor: Cody Dedon]
 
 
Student Camp: Intermediate Speech (for experienced speech competitors) - ages 12 to 18
This special 2-day camp is designed to help experienced competitors take their public speaking skills to the next level! Through exercises, small groups and practices, students will learn to formulate powerful introductions, well-crafted theses, and well-reasoned arguments for platform and impromptu speeches. Students will also learn to use movement, body language, facial expressions, gestures and energy level at strategic points in order to effectively communicate their message. The camp will culminate with a mini competition where the students will apply what they have learned in a fun and supportive environment! This training is an excellent jump-start for students seeking to increase their effectiveness and excel in competition. Register early: a pre-camp assignment will be sent out to all registered students 3 weeks before the camp begins. This camp is for experienced competitors. [Lead Instructor: Cody Dedon]
Student Camp: Junior Speech (Intro to Public Speaking) - ages 9 to 11
Junior Speech camp is the perfect introduction to the rewards of public speaking for younger students! The goal of this camp is to cultivate a love for oral communication at a young age, while preparing students to communicate confidently on all platforms. This 2-day camp is packed with fun, interactive activities to ease students out of their comfort zone and expose them to interpretative, platform and limited prep events in a safe and supportive environment! Even students that come to camp reluctantly, leave excited and inspired by the progress made in only 2 days! Register early: a pre-camp assignment will be sent out to all registered students 2-3 weeks before the camp begins. This camp is for beginners, there are no prerequisites to attend this camp. [Lead Instructor: Cody Dedon]
  
  
Student Camp: Confidence in Communication (Intro to Public Speaking) - ages 7 to 8
Join us for this exciting 2-day speech camp for ages 7-8! Our goal is to cultivate confidence and a love for public speaking at a young age while exposing students to a variety of speech events. Students will learn how to communicate with confidence every day with their words, facial expressions, vocal inflections, actions, energy, and more! The goal of this camp is to practice public speaking skills in a manner that is intuitive, natural, exciting, and comfortable for every child! Register early: a pre-camp assignment will be sent out to all registered students 2-3 weeks before the camp begins. This camp is for beginners, there are no prerequisites to attend this camp. [Lead Instructor: Cody Dedon]
  
Student Camp: Apologetics (ages 13 to 18)
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have..." [1 Peter 3:15]. Your child's faith will be challenged. Will they be ready? The ultimate goal of training our children in God's Word is that when they are older they will not depart from it. The study of Apologetics supports that goal, helping students understand what they believe and why. Students will tackle important questions that they will face in Apologetics competition in this challenging 2-day camp, as well as learn excellent card writing and speech delivery techniques. This camp is highly interactive; the goal is to engage students in discussions regarding various areas of their faith. Students will learn how to identify the underlying assumptions behind different worldviews they will encounter throughout their lives. The camp will culminate with a mini competition where students apply what they have learned. Students leave encouraged in their faith, with a deeper understanding of the Scripture, and the confidence to excel in Apologetics limited-prep competition. Register early: a pre-camp assignment will be sent out to all registered students 3 weeks before the camp begins. There are no prerequisites to attend this camp. [Lead Instructor: Elsa Castro]
 
Student Camp: Interview & Presentation Skills (ages 12 to 18)
Has your teen ever missed out on a great opportunity because he or she lacked the skills and confidence to communicate well with others? From college applications and internships, to job interviews or presentations, the ability to articulate ideas persuasively with confidence is paramount to success in securing positions of leadership, gaining admission or employment. Students will learn important techniques to excel in interviews and impromptu presentations, develop the ability to think quickly on their feet, lead with their strengths, create memorable first impressions, and deliver compelling presentations with confidence and poise under pressure. Students will apply the techniques they learned in mock interviews, impromptu speeches and prepared presentations. Register early: a pre-camp assignment will be sent out to all registered students 2-3 weeks before the camp begins. There are no prerequisites to attend this camp. [Lead Instructor: Cody Dedon]
 
Student Camp: Extemporaneous Speech (ages 12 to 18)
Extemporaneous speaking is a limited-preparation event where the speaker is given 30 minutes to prepare an original speech on a foreign, domestic, or economic current event. Camp participants will learn the categories of Extemp questions, how to optimize their Extemp research, the criteria for selecting the right question, how to read articles critcally, and proven techniques for formulating their arguments. With that foundation in place, students will learn to organize and deliver their speeches in a manner that maximizes its effect and persuades their audience. The camp will culminate with a mini competition where students apply what they have learned. The goal of this training is for students to leave inspired to learn more about the world around them, and with techniques to excel in Extemp competition. Register early: a pre-camp assignment will be sent out to all registered students a few days before the camp begins. There are no prerequisites to attend this camp. [Lead Instructor: Matt Rosa]
 
Student Camp: Introduction to Team Policy Debate (ages 12 to 18)
The ability to think critically about the ideas we encounter is a life-skill and participation in debate is one of the best ways to sharpen this skill! Introduce your student to the fundamentals of Team Policy debate and the new NCFCA debate resolution at this comprehensive 3-day debate camp. Students will learn the format/structure of policy debate as well as foundational debate theory, including case construction, research skills, organization, how to craft good questions and construct well-reasoned responses, and deliver their ideas effectively. Our training emphasizes the development of critical-thinking and reasoning skills, with hands-on practice throughout the camp. The camp will culminate with a mini debate competition where students showcase what they have learned, leaving inspired and ready for competition season! This camp is for beginners, there are no prerequisites to attend and no pre-camp assignments. Note: Students will need access to a computer and printer to research and revise their case for homework. [Lead Instructor: James Russell]
*Stoa track offered (in addition to NCFCA track) at camp dates marked with an asterisk    
 
Student Camp: Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy Debate (ages 13 to 18) 
Experienced debaters are invited to jump-start the new season at this challenging 3-day Team Policy debate camp, including resolution-specific history/background (NCFCA and STOA*), intermediate/advanced theory & strategies, case evaluation and practice rounds. Students are taught to construct cases and briefs around a central goal/philosophy that justifies or negates particular policy reforms. Reasoning, critical-thinking skills and practice are emphasized in our training, to sharpen students' ability to identify, expose and answer the underlying mindset/assumptions behind arguments, with advanced cross-examination and structured refutation techniques. Camp culminates with a mini debate competition where students apply the techniques they learned, leaving inspired and well-prepared for competition season! This intermediate/advanced camp is for debaters who have completed at least one year of policy debate competition, and have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of policy debate. Register early: pre-camp assignments begin 3 weeks before camp, guiding students through research and case preparation to maximize their camp experience! Note: Students will need access to a computer and printer to research, and make revisions to their case/briefs for homework. [Lead Instructor: James Russell]
*Stoa track offered (in addition to NCFCA track) at camp dates marked with an asterisk

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Student Camp: Introduction to Lincoln Douglas Debate (ages 13 to 18)
Lincoln Douglas debate is a philosophical form of debate that is ideal for older students who enjoy political theory, philosophy and history. Introduce your student to the fundamentals of Lincoln Douglas debate (commonly referred to as 'LD' or 'value debate') and the new resolution (NCFCA) at this comprehensive 3-day debate camp. Students will delve into the history and philosophies pertaining to the topic, learn the methodology to formulate solid principles to affirm and negate the resolution, and build championship cases and arguments around those principles. Our training emphasizes the development of critical-thinking and reasoning skills, with hands-on practice throughout the camp. Camp culminates with a mini debate competition where students apply the techniques they learned, leaving inspired and well-prepared for competition season! This camp is for beginners and experienced debaters who have not consistently advanced to the elimination rounds in competition. There are no prerequisites to attend and no pre-camp assignment. Note: Students will need access to a computer and printer to write and revise their cases for homework. [Lead Instructor: Matt Rosa]
     
Student Camp: Online Introduction to Lincoln Douglas Workshop (ages 13 to 18)
This online workshop will include most of the instruction included in the in-person camp described above. However, the small group sessions, as well as the individualized case critiques, and mini competition will not be included due to the online format. Our in-person camps are recommended for individualized coaching. [Lead Instructor: Matt Rosa]

 

Student Camp: Intermediate/Advanced Lincoln Douglas Debate (ages 13 to 18)
Experienced LDers are invited to jump-start the new season at this challenging 3-day Lincoln Douglas debate camp. Students will delve into historical and philosophical issues surrounding the new topic (NCFCA), review the methodology of constructing cases based on solid principles, learn to identify and address the underlying mindset and assumptions behind the arguments they encounter (one of the most valuable life skills learned in debate), case de-construction strategies to unravel their opponent's case/reasoning, value objections and implications, as well as advanced organization, refutation and cross-examination skills. Camp will culminate with a mini debate competition where students apply the techniques they learned, leaving inspired and well-prepared for competition season. This intermediate/advanced camp is for debaters who have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of LD, and have completed at least one year of LD competition. Register early: pre-camp assignments begin 3 weeks before camp, guiding students through research and case preparation to maximize their camp experience! Note: Students will need access to a computer and printer to make revisions to their cases for homework. [Lead Instructor: Matt Rosa]
    
 
 

Summer camp slots fill quickly! Payment must be submitted in order to reserve your spot!

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I really, really enjoyed the camps. I was able to learn so much from the hands-on work we did in preparing debates and speeches. The student leaders were very encouraging, helpful, and insightful. Getting time to work in small groups with the reigning national champions was so exciting, and at the same time very educational. I loved the games that we played, and I noticed improvements in speaking and debating skills even as we played. The student leaders did a great job organizing and moderating those games! I will definitely be back for more! - K. Caroll
  
I was fortunate enough to attend the introductory DFW speech and debate camps last summer. Team Policy debate seemed daunting at first, but the camps did a great job of easing me into debate and preparing me very well for the season ahead - Istra Fuhrmann (Nationally qualified 1st year debater)  ...more
 

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