SUMMER CAMPS

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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2018 Summer Camp Schedule

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CampsDescriptionDate & TimeLocationAddressAge Requirement# of StudentsBy May 1stRegular Fee
Confidence in Communication Join us for this exciting 2-day speech camp for 8 year old beginners! 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 using 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 prerequisitesæto attend this camp. [Lead Instructor: Noah Lombardozzi] July 16-17, 9am-3pm Carrollton, TX Horizon Church: 1641 W Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX Age8 Max: 24 $107 $127
Junior Speech 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: Noah Lombardozzi] June 13-14, 9am-4pm Carrollton, TX Horizon Church: 1641 W Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX Age 9-11 Max: 40 $107 $127
Junior Speech 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: Noah Lombardozzi] June 25-26, 9am-4pm maybe Allen, TX coming soon Age 9-11 Max: 40 $107 $127
Junior Speech 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: Noah Lombardozzi] July 12-13, 9am-4pm Lewisville, TX Garden Ridge Church of Christ: 102 N Garden Ridge Blvd, Lewisville, TX Age 9-11 Max: 40 $107 $127
Junior Speech 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: Noah Lombardozzi] July 20-21, 9am-4pm Carrollton, TX Horizon Church: 1641 W Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX Age 9-11 Max: 40 $107 $127
Junior Speech 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: Noah Lombardozzi] August 1-2, 9am-4pm Coppell, TX Rejoice Lutheran: 532 E Sandy Lake Rd, Coppell, TX Age 9-11 Max: 40 $107 $127
Junior Speech 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: Noah Lombardozzi] August 6-7, 9am-4pm Frisco, TX 1st Baptist Frisco: 7901 Main St, Frisco, TX Age 9-11 Max: 40 $107 $127
SMU Junior Speech Junior Speech camp is the perfect introduction to the rewards of public speaking for ages 9 to 11! 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: Noah Lombardozzi]. SMU registration opens March 1st at https://www.smu.edu/CAPE/YouthPrograms/SummerYouth June 11-12, 9am-4pm SMU Plano, TX SMU-Plano: 5236 Tennyson Pkwy, Plano, TX Age 9-11 Max: 40 TBA TBA
Intro to Speech 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: Noah Lombardozzi] July 5-6, 9am-5pm Coppell, TX Rejoice Lutheran: 532 E Sandy Lake Rd, Coppell, TX Age 12-18 Max: 40 $107 $127
Intro to Speech 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: Noah Lombardozzi] June 27-28, 9am-5pm maybe Allen, TX coming soon Age 12-18 Max: 40 $107 $127
Intro to Speech 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: Noah Lombardozzi] July 9-10, 9am-5pm Frisco, TX 1st Baptist Frisco: 7901 Main St, Frisco, TX Age 12-18 Max: 40 $107 $127
Intro to Speech 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: Noah Lombardozzi] July 18-19, 9am-5pm Carrollton, TX Horizon Church: 1641 W Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX Age 12-18 Max: 40 $107 $127
Intro to Speech 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: Noah Lombardozzi] July 26-27, 9am-5pm Lewisville Victorious Life Church: 2671 MacArthur Blvd, Lewisville TX Age 12-18 Max: 40 $107 $127
Intro to Speech 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: Noah Lombardozzi] August 8-9, 9am-5pm Frisco, TX 1st Baptist Frisco: 7901 Main St, Frisco, TX Age 12-18 Max: 40 $107 $127
Interview & Presentation Skills 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: Noah Lombardozzi] July 30-31, 9am-5pm Coppell, TX Rejoice Lutheran: 532 E Sandy Lake Rd, Coppell, TX Age 13-18 Max: 32 $107 $127
Extemporaneous Speech Extemporaneous speaking is a limited-preparation event where the speaker is given 20 or 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 critically, 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: the 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: Noah Lombardozzi] August 3, 9am-5pm Coppell, TX Rejoice Lutheran: 532 E Sandy Lake Rd, Coppell, TX Age 12-18 Max: 40 $69 $89
Intro to Team Policy Debate The ability to think critically about the ideas we encounter is an important life-skill and debate is one of the best ways to sharpen it! Introduce your student to the fundamentals of Team Policy debate and the new NCFCA and VFA 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] July 9-11, 9am-5pm Lewisville, TX Garden Ridge Church of Christ: 102 N Garden Ridge Blvd, Lewisville, TX Age 12-18 Max: 44 $189 $209
Intro to Team Policy Debate The ability to think critically about the ideas we encounter is an important life-skill and debate is one of the best ways to sharpen it! Introduce your student to the fundamentals of Team Policy debate and the new NCFCA and VFA 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] July 11-13, 9am-5pm Frisco, TX 1st Baptist Frisco: 7901 Main St, Frisco, TX Age 12-18 Max: 44 $189 $209
Intro to Team Policy Debate The ability to think critically about the ideas we encounter is an important life-skill and debate is one of the best ways to sharpen it! Introduce your student to the fundamentals of Team Policy debate and the new NCFCA and VFA 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] July 16-18, 9am-5pm Carrollton, TX Horizon Church: 1641 W Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX Age 12-18 Max: 44 $189 $209
Intro to Team Policy Debate The ability to think critically about the ideas we encounter is an important life-skill and debate is one of the best ways to sharpen it! Introduce your student to the fundamentals of Team Policy debate and the new NCFCA and VFA 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] July 23-25, 9am-5pm Lewisville Victorious Life Church: 2671 MacArthur Blvd, Lewisville TX Age 12-18 Max: 44 $189 $209
Intro to Team Policy Debate* The ability to think critically about the ideas we encounter is an important life-skill and debate is one of the best ways to sharpen it! Introduce your student to the fundamentals of Team Policy debate and the new NCFCA, VFA and Stoa* debate resolutions 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. *Stoa track offered at camp dates marked with an asterisk (in addition to NCFCA/VFA track). [Lead Instructor: James Russell] August 6-8, 9am-5pm Grapevine (TX) First United Methodist Grapevine: 422 Church St, Grapevine, TX Age 12-18 Max: 44 $189 $209
Intro to Team Policy Debate The ability to think critically about the ideas we encounter is an important life-skill and debate is one of the best ways to sharpen it! Introduce your student to the fundamentals of Team Policy debate and the new NCFCA and VFA 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] August 2-4, 9am-5pm Houston, TX Good Shepherd United Methodist Church: 20155 Cypresswood Dr, Cypress, TX (off Hwy 290 between Mason & Mueschke) Age 12-18 Max: 44 $189 $209
SMU Intro to Speech & Policy Debate See Camp description for Intro to Speech and Intro to Team Policy Debate. SMU registration opens March 1st at https://www.smu.edu/CAPE/YouthPrograms/SummerYouth July 23-27, 9am-4pm SMU Plano, TX SMU-Plano: 5236 Tennyson Pkwy, Plano, TX Age 12-18 Max: 44 TBA TBA
Intro Lincoln Douglas Debate Lincoln Douglas debate is a philosophical form of debate that is ideal for ages 13 to 18 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: Ian Mikkelsen] July 23-25, 9am-5pm Carrollton, TX Horizon Church: 1641 W Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX Age 13-18 Max: 32 $189 $209
Intro/Intermediate Lincoln Douglas Lincoln Douglas debate is a philosophical form of debate that is ideal for ages 13 to 18 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: Ian Mikkelsen] July 30-August 1, 9am-5pm Houston, TX Good Shepherd United Methodist Church: 20155 Cypresswood Dr, Cypress, TX (off Hwy 290 between Mason & Mueschke) Age 13-18 Max: 32 $189 $209
Intermediate/Advanced LD Advanced LDers with a winning record in competition (or 2 years of LD competition) are invited to jump-start the new season at this 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] July 26-28, 9am-5pm Carrollton, TX Horizon Church: 1641 W Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX Age 13-18 Max: 32 $189 $209
Intermediate/Advanced TP* Experienced policy debaters with a winning record in competition (or 2 years of TP competition) are invited to jump-start the new season at this challenging 3-day Team Policy debate camp, including resolution-specific history/background (NCFCA, VFA 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! 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. *Stoa track offered at camp dates marked with an asterisk (in addition to NCFCA/VFA track). [Lead Instructor: James Russell] August 8-10, 9am-5pm Grapevine (TX) First United Methodist Grapevine: 422 Church St, Grapevine, TX Age 13-18 Max: 32 $189 $209
Intermediate/Advanced TP Experienced policy debaters with a winning record in competition (or 2 years of TP competition) are invited to jump-start the new season at this challenging 3-day Team Policy debate camp, including resolution-specific history/background (NCFCA), 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] July 30-August 1, 9am-5pm Houston, TX Good Shepherd United Methodist Church: 20155 Cypresswood Dr, Cypress, TX (off Hwy 290 between Mason & Mueschke) Age 13-18 Max: 32 $189 $209
Intro to Team Policy Workshop 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 maximum application and impact. [Lead Instructor: James Russell] August 13-15, 1pm-5pm online online Age 13-18 Max: 32 $119 $139
Intro/Intermediate Lincoln Douglas Workshop 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 maximum application and impact. [Lead Instructor: Ian Mikkelsen] August 16-18, 1pm-5pm online online Age 13-18 Max: 32 $119 $139
Parent/Coach Workshop: Speech Parent Workshop: Coaching Speech This workshop will equip parents to help their students develop memorable speeches. Specific tips and exercises will be given for how to coach students in platform, interpretation, and limited preparation events - teaching the elements of persuasion, effective delivery, and helping students eliminate nervous habits are just a few of the topics that will be covered! [Instructor: Cody Dedon] August 13, 1-4pm CT online online Parents & Coaches Max: 30 $25 $45
Parent/Coach Workshop: TP Parent Workshop: Coaching Team Policy Debate This workshop will equip parents to help their students develop their research, case writing, theory and delivery skills. It includes research recommendations and drill that parents can practice with their students at home. [Instructor: James Russell] August 21, 1-4pm CT online online Parents & Coaches Max: 30 $25 $45
Parent/Coach Workshop: LD Parent Workshop: Coaching Lincoln Douglas Debate This workshop will equip parents to help their students develop their understanding of the resolution, possible interpretations, case writing, develop AFF and NEG principles to build their cases on, strategies and delivery techniques. [Instructor: Matt Rosa] August 22, 1-4pm CT online online Parents & Coaches Max: 30 $25 $45
Intro to Team Policy Debate 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] July 19-21, 9am-5pm Baton Rouge, LA Community Bible Church: 8354 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA Age 12-18 Max: 32 $199 $219


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Testimonials

Intermediate/Advanced LD camp was amazing!!!! I left equipped for the season ahead.

J. Foster (LA)
7th place LD, 2017 National Championship

I attended DFWSD’s LD camp knowing absolutely nothing about Lincoln Douglas debate. I came out of it equipped with everything I needed to know to have a successful debate season. In three days I learned the structure of LD, how to construct my own cases based on solid affirmative and negative principles, and how to deconstruct others! DFW Speech & Debate’s training was crucial to my success this season!

Raphael Cavanna
1st place LD, 2016 OK National Open

OUTSTANDING! You know how to do it. You set the bar high, but you gave both the Intro Team Policy and Advanced Team Policy students the tools to meet and even exceed the bar. I look forward to having my students do these camps again, and hopefully the Extemp camp as well!

J. Wolfe (PA)

Excellent camp! My daughter told me that out of all summer camps that she has ever attended, DFWSD’s Junior Speech camp was by far the best! I am not kidding. She loved how they promoted individual participation.

J. Iyer (TX)

The Confidence in Communication camp was a wonderful experience for our 8yo boy! The presentation on the final day showed us how passionate the instructors were with helping the students learn to be bold and courageous in their communication. We are very thankful indeed and look forward to many years to come!

G. McMillan (TX)

I was absolutely impressed with the level of expertise as well as professionalism the coaches displayed at the Intro to Team Policy debate camp that my daughter attended in Austin. She knew nothing about TP Debate and your team taught her not just the fundamentals of debate, but actually coached her through three rounds of competition in just three days! I highly recommend DFW Speech & Debate! Thank you DFW Speech & Debate!

K. Coovrey (TX)

Intro to Team Policy debate camp was absolutely amazing! All of the instructors were amazing at explaining things and not making me feel foolish when I didn’t understand something. James and Mark especially were amazing in all of their lectures. I honestly don’t think you should call them lectures because I thoroughly enjoyed all of them.

R. Haney

My son was very shy and lacked confidence presenting his class projects. He agreed to the Intro to Speech and Intro to Team Policy Debate summer camps only because his cousin was going. He was very impressed with the camp coaches, and how well they related with his age group. Now he is motivated to join the speech and debate club in Allen! I have seen a tremendous change in his confidence level and highly recommend these camps.

L. Reddy (TX)

Intro to Speech and Intro to Team Policy were both excellent camps! The leaders made speech fun, while also delving into the different categories and a lot of helpful instruction. In Team Policy, we were able to dig deeper into the resolution, and the leaders helped us to impact our arguments back to the standard/thesis. Overall, both were very helpful and really fun.

J. Doto (FL)

Many of my previous rounds of policy debate have been confused and scattered, due to the lack of a theses on both teams’ part. The easily applicable focus on “thesis debate” at Intermediate/Advanced TP camp is probably one of the single greatest impacts on how I feel about my competence in debate. Thank you very much to DFWSD and all of their staff!

Nathaniel B. (LA)
Double OctaFinalist, 2017 National Championship

My daughter had a blast and learned so much at Junior Speech camp. Thank you for a great camp experience!

T. Reeves

You guys did a great job inspiring my child to want to participate in debate competition at the Intro to Team Policy debate camp. Sometimes debate seems overwhelming. Thanks for showing him that it can be done and be fun!

D. Goode (TX)

The NJ Intermediate Team Policy camp was excellent! The speakers were all helpful, succinct, and on-point. The breakout sessions and drills were very useful for building skills. And, the debate rounds were an awesome experience. I would definitely attend any other programs organized by DFWSD, and would highly recommend this camp for anyone looking for a great foundation in Team Policy Debate.

A. Black (NJ)

I didn’t know what to expect going in to the Intro to Team Policy debate camp. But after three days, my love for debate sky rocketed! I not only learned the history of US-China policy but how to debate the topic effectively. Overall my experience at this camp was incredible!

M. Ruiz (TX)

My son and I were impressed at how well organized the days at Intro to Lincoln Douglas camp were and how the information was laid out clearly for him. As first year competitors, we strongly recommend DFWSD camps to any family or club that wants to begin the year with a solid foundation in debate. What impressed me the most, is the joyful and patient attitude your leaders had. They never seemed too tired or distracted to answer a question that was probably asked for the 20th time this summer. We look forward to taking the Advanced LD camp next year! God Bless your ministry.

Mickey S. (FL)

I very much enjoyed the Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy debate camp, especially learning the “NEG without a brief” process, and learning to link all arguments back to the standard/thesis.

E. Kee (MO)

First of all, thank you for letting the parents stay through the Intro to Lincoln Douglas debate camp; we do not get that opportunity very often. My son went in not knowing what he was getting into. After this power packed three days of debating experience, he is seriously looking into competing! Mrs. Nasser and all of the coaches were extremely devoted to making the camp worthwhile for each and every camper. My son came out of the camp with increased communication skills, confidence in public speaking, enhanced writing skills, researching skills, and higher self-confidence. I am very thankful to DFWSD for bringing this training to Tampa, and hope to see you here more frequently!

S. Chaplot (FL)

I had a fantastic time at Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy camp. I learned a ton about the resolution, and feel confident debating it. The leaders and instructors were very knowledgeable about cases, which helped in many ways. Their passion for helping us improve our debate skills was motivating. Thank you for putting together a phenomenal camp!

C. Chenault
2015 Regional Team Policy Champion, TX

I absolutely loved Intro to Speech camp! My speech was transformed over two days and this led me to win 2nd place. The instructors and student leaders helped me become more confident in communicating my ideas. Thank you for your instruction and help!

S. Senthil (TX)

The Intro to Team Policy and Intermediate/Advanced LD camps helped prepare my children for a great year of debate.

D. Carleton (FL)

Intro to Lincoln Douglas debate camp was fantastic. I learned so much, and I feel prepared to start this debate year off with a bang. I thoroughly enjoyed constructing my Negative case and I came home with very helpful ballots. It was a great experience!

Abigail M
1st place LD at the 1st qualifying tournament in 2014

I was privileged to be able to get started on the right track my first year of competitive speech at the DFWSD Intro to Speech camp!!! When I was first asked to give an impromptu speech, I asked myself how is that even possible! But the instructors were amazing and they helped me achieve so much. Thanks to their help, believe it or not, I advanced to the National Championship my first year and received 7th place Impromptu speaker! I highly recommend DFW Speech and Debate camps! They start you off on the right track and help you stay on it!!!

C. Cummings
7th place Impromptu, 2015 National Championship

DFWSD’s Intermediate/Advanced LD camp and private coaching made a substantial impact on my career in debate. To learn and make progress you need skillful instruction, dedicated encouragement, and, most importantly, you need to be challenged. DFWSD, and Mrs. Nasser specifically, has provided all of these in a professional yet caring manner that reflects their deep knowledge and experience in teaching critical thinking. The instruction and coaching helped me to truly enjoy speech and debate, conquer an initial fear of public speaking, and get the most out of my experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Jozef Soja
3rd place LD, 2015 National Championship

The Intermediate/Advanced LD camp was an incredible learning experience for me! The instructors explained the complicated philosophical ideas very comprehensively, while still allowing the students to come up with their own ideas as well, leaving lots of room for great discussion time to develop our thoughts. This camp gave me a great head start on understanding the resolution, what sort of cases I will likely come across, and how to effectively debunk faulty arguments pertaining to the resolution. I learned so much in just a few days time and can’t wait to implement everything that was discussed at camp this upcoming tournament season!

M. Montgomery
2nd place LD, 2017 Lincoln NE Qualifier

DFWSD’s Intermediate/Advanced LD camp gave me a jump start on the year that has helped more than anything else. I would recommend it to any LD’er who wants to improve their debate performance.

Ben Absher
Pre-qualified in LD to 2014 National Championship

I am so thankful I was able to attend DFWSD’s Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy debate camp. The homework required before camp began was challenging, but it was necessary in order to effectively argue your affirmative case and to prepare to go negative against others. Each lecture given was helpful and well-explained, but I especially enjoyed the “Going Neg Without a Brief” lecture. I feel as if I was taught a brand new way to debate by thinking critically and using strategic methods to get your point across. All instructors/student leaders were welcoming and each portrayed a wonderful example of what it means to be a strong, effective debater while shining the light of Christ. If you desire to succeed and want to get a headstart on the resolution, I highly recommend this camp. I feel much more prepared for this year’s debate season as a result of the camp training, and I intend on coming back next summer!

T. Cavett

The Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy camp was great! The leaders provided detailed information on the resolution and debate theory. They worked with us on creating a case and were available at anytime to talk and go over our case. I was especially pleased with the lectures on going negative, I learned how to make a brief and form a strategy that had a goal instead of blindly running arguments with no real goal in mind. I would highly recommend this camp to debaters looking to understand the resolution, form a solid case before the debate year starts, and grow in their knowledge of going negative!

D. Alcazar

All of the Confidence in Communication camp instructors were very nice! I enjoyed both days, and all of the activities. Cody was a great leader! He made me feel comfortable from the first moment I arrived, even taught me a special new handshake! I really liked performing for the parents. I was so excited to win first place on my prepared speech! I can’t wait until I am old enough to join Speech club!

S. Crabtree (TX)

I had a great, fun time learning about speech at Junior Speech camp. I made some good new friends. I learned about the different types of speech and effective tips on how to make a good speech. It was a great camp!

A. Putera (TX)

I attended Intermediate/Advanced LD camp at the beginning of the season where the coaches equipped me with the tools and processes to establish sound principles and logic for my cases. The cases I ran at nationals rested on the affirmative and negative principles I learned at camp. Without the analytic aid provided by DFWSD, I doubt I could have experienced such a successful season!

Grayson Logue
2nd place LD, 2015 National Championship

Intro to Speech was a fantastic experience! The leaders and staff were very helpful, and I learned so much from them. I especially appreciated help in getting more into character during interp and the impromptu speaking coaching. I keep telling my mom that I can’t wait for school to start this year so I can compete in speech and debate!

C. McNamara (TX)

I was fortunate enough to attend the Intro to Team Policy Debate camp last summer. Team Policy debate seemed daunting at first, but the instructors did a great job of easing me into debate and preparing me very well for the season ahead. It was taught by amazing speakers and debaters who I enjoyed getting to know. Debate has been –  incredibly helpful for me—I feel like my speaking skills and confidence levels have increased this year. It has also helped me decide on a career path—I have wanted to be a lawyer for a while, but debate has made me even more sure I would enjoy this job. I continued coaching with Mrs. Nasser throughout the season which helped me immeasurably. Her coaching sessions helped me be well-prepared and confident before every tournament. I highly doubt I would have qualified to the National Championship in my first year of debate without her help!

Istra Fuhrmann
Nationally qualified her 1st year of debate

Apologetics camp  was AMAZING! I am so glad I was able to attend, I learned so much about the depth an Apologetics speech can have. But more importantly, it helped me think through responses that I can use in real life situations with others.

B. Leines (TX)

I absolutely enjoyed every moment of the Intro to Speech summer camp! I went from being a shy speaker who stuttered every sentence, to a confident public speaker who could balance her emotions and deliver an impactful speech. I discovered a new talent at camp, and I have continued to build upon it at speech club. I absolutely recommend going, as this camp has definitely changed my Public Speaking ability!

S. Dandu (TX)

I had a great time learning how to debate effectively at Lincoln Douglas camp. All of the information presented was clear and easy to understand. When I had questions, the leaders and instructors were eager to answer them. Thanks DFW Speech and Debate!

Raven B. (TX)

We could not have asked for more in a Intro to Team Policy debate camp! My camper went from a hesitant and nervous 9th grader that I dragged to the camp, to a skilled and competitive debater with four rounds of debate under belt — all in three information packed days. The instructors accomplished this through their use of the evident fruits of the Spirit in their lives: love of the students, joy in teaching, patience, peace and calm, long suffering, kindness, skill and faithfulness. I heartily recommend this camp to any parent wanting to introduce their child to the world of debate.

Commissioner Cagle (TX)

Amazing experience!!! We are just returning home from the Intro to Team Policy camp in Tampa. The drive home took about 5 hours and between napping and eating, the conversation kept going back to debate! The kids would remember something funny the instructors said/did as well as some great, “oh, now I see why!” moments. I really can’t say enough nice things about the instructors and their level of professionalism. They easily handled all the details while keeping the students engaged in the topic, even laughing. The instructors were very impressive and extremely encouraging to students! Everything focused on getting the kids comfortable speaking as well as giving them a sense of accomplishment. Our kids still can’t believe they started camp knowing nothing about debate and left the camp after competing in three full debates!! Thank you DFW Speech & debate!

A. Leverett (GA)

The Intro to Team Policy camp was amazing!! I loved all of the leaders! They made the camp so much fun! When they judged our debate rounds and critiqued us after, they were not condescending, but encouraging. I liked the way the material was presented. It was taught in a way that was easy to understand and I wasn’t bored at all during the lectures. I also liked that the leaders made sure we were completely prepared to debate and if we had any questions, they answered all of them. I went to the camp on the first day knowing nothing at all about Team Policy debate and left the camp winning the 3rd place team award. The instructors definitely did a wonderful job teaching me!

K. Tucker

The Intro to Speech camp was an amazing time. I found it to be fun, knowledgeable and intriguing. I was astounded by the amazing and qualified teachers. I loved learning about the different types of speeches and I hope to attend again!

R. Balakrishnan (TX)

I had no clue what to expect coming Intermediate/Advanced LD camp. Little did I know that I was in for one of the best experiences of my debate career! I learned more about Lincoln-Douglass debate in 3 days than I learned all year beforehand. The coaches were fantastic and really got everyone thinking on a deeper level than when we began. I loved that they taught us the process, so that the skills we learned will be applicable in the seasons to come. I will definitely be recommending this camp and organization to any of my peers who are looking to go far in debate! Thank you all for your time and dedication!

Cari R.

I thought that there was a great balance of lectures and drills at the Extemporaneous camp. The lectures were concise and to the point and I also loved the tournament! It was a great experience! I was very nervous about it, but it stretched me. All the teachers and coaches were very welcoming.

Malia M. (TX)

DFWSD’s Intro to LD camp was indisputably essential to where I am today as a debater! I have come to understand that LD debate requires a foundational understanding of the principles and a deep analysis of the resolution. DFWSD’s camp comprehensively covered both of these fundamental aspects of LD. My debating would be completely different if it were not for the excellent training I received. I highly recommend DFWSD camps to anyone who wants to understand LD and debate successfully next season!

John Cavanna
1st place LD, 2015 Frisco Qualifier

I was really happy to learn so much about US-China policy at the Intro to Team Policy camp, and was super impressed with the instructors. They were very enthusiastic and thorough.

S. Koch (TX)

It was amazing! I learned so much at Intro to Speech camp! It has made me a better communicator and allowed me to come out of my shell. I have never had so much fun at a camp! The instructors were awesome and gave you good, honest feed back. Thank you so much for this experience!

M. deJong (TX)

The Intro to Team Policy was a very well organized camp. I was amazed that all the participants stayed engaged from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm. Wonderful to see kids fired up with confidence! I highly recommend this camp. I know my son will definitely look forward to participating again next year. Thank you to the team for the wonderful experience!

R. Singh (Parent, FL)

I loved Intermediate/Advanced LD camp! It was very well run, and had the perfect mix of debate theory and application of that theory. The leaders were extremely helpful, and created an atmosphere that encouraged discussion, focused on critical thinking, and changed how we thought about the resolution and Lincoln Douglas in general. I would like to thank everyone who was involved for all of their hard work. This camp was an incredible way to kick-start this upcoming competitive season!

M. Chapman (TX)

We were initially hesitant about registering and traveling all the way from Austin to Coppell for the 2 day Junior Speech summer camp. However, it turned out to be best experience for my daughter and she totally loved it! It was worth every minute! While returning back from the 2 day camp, she said she enjoyed those 2 days as much as she enjoyed her recent trip to Disney. That made our day! Thank you DFW Speech & Debate for making it a memorable and great learning experience for my daughter. She can’t wait for the next camp!

S. Gutta (TX)

I was overwhelmingly impressed with every aspect of the Intro to Team Policy debate camp

C. Kirby (TX)

DFWSD summer camps was a great experience for my kids! They have learned the right way to debate and deliver messages to others. It was a wonderful opportunity for my kids to explore the way to communication, do research for debate, and write speech. You are the best camp!

Yijin L (TX)

Both of my kids received exactly what they needed at Intro to Speech camp, which were completely different things as it pertains to speech. One student needed motivation…and your excellent staff provided just what he needed to be inspired to continue with speech competition. My other student had the motivation, but needed feedback on ways to improve her overall speaking ability and how to select good material, etc. My kids spoke very highly of the camp instructors and the overall experience. Thank you for all you do for our future generations!

J. Sheppard (TX)

Intermediate/Advanced LD camp was great! The lectures were excellent and the leaders were very engaging and easy to follow. The instruction and coaching that I received helped me tremendously in preparation for the season ahead.

S. Britt (TX)
2nd place 2016 LD Champion

After 2 days of Intro to Speech camp, my daughter told me that she wants to pursue speech competition! I saw major improvement in her presentation and really couldn’t believe how much she improved!

J. Vasquez

I had such an amazing time at the Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy debate camp and learned a lot! I feel like I now know what a strong affirmative case needs. I also learned how to find assumptions in the affirmative teams case as the negative, and how to debate with a strong thesis! I’m glad I attended the camp!! It definitely exceeded my expectations! Thanks!!

Aley O. (TX)

My kids loved the Intro to Speech camp! I was pleasantly surprised that my son, who is normally very shy, couldn’t wait to go to camp each day and loved giving his speech in front of people. Both of my kids want to go back next year!

S. Walters (GA)

The Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy debate camp staff was exceptional. They presented material in an easy-to-understand format, kept the students fully engaged (even during in-depth lectures) and provided them with ample opportunities for integration and application of the knowledge and skills they gained each day.

Laura W. (GA)

I cannot say enough good things about the Apologetics camp! The instructors hit it out of the ballpark!! The level to which she got the students to think was incredible! We will definitely attend next year!

Laurie W. (TX)

I really, really enjoyed DFWSD summer 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 (TX)

My son was very reluctant to attend Intro to Speech camp, but he enjoyed it! He learned a lot and I am amazed to see a difference in his confidence when speaking to others after only two days of camp. Thank you for providing the opportunity for kids to learn and stretch themselves!

A. Sustala (TX)

My daughter went into Intro to Speech camp quiet but she came out speaking boldly and confidently! She went in not sure about speech and at the end the camp it was all she talked about for days! I believe the camp brought out a side of her that she hadn’t seen before and things she didn’t know she was capable of doing. To see her blossom so quickly was awesome!

Gwen D (TX)

I absolutely loved my experience at both the Extemporaneous and Intermediate/Advanced Lincoln Douglas camps. The instructors were fantastic and I learned a lot.

Adith S. (TX)
1st place LD, 2017 Dallas (TX) Qualifier

The Intro to Speech camp was a very effective use of our summertime! Both of my children grew in confidence, expressiveness in delivery and in communicating their points effectively.

K. Benson

Intro to Lincoln Douglas debate camp was executed with professionalism and precision. It provided a challenging atmosphere, yet the instructors consistently offered encouragement and assistance which made the students’ goals achievable.

J. Lee (GA)

Intro to Team Policy in Baton Rouge was great, with great instructors! My girls felt a huge improvement in their debate skills after participating in the camp.

S. Winter (LA)

I loved Intro to Speech camp! It was really fun and I learned a lot! At the end of camp I wanted to do it again.

R. Sheikh (TX)

My experience at Intro to Speech and Intro to Team Policy camps was more amazing than I could have imagined!! I would definitely recommend these camps to anyone who is wanting to start speech and debate or just want to try it out. The staff was amazing!! And it was super fun!! I can’t wait to start competing this year!!!

A. Alvarez (FL)

DFWSD Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy debate camp was 100% without a doubt completely worth my time and money! I enjoyed every minute of it, and learned so much! All of the instructors were extremely helpful and really seemed to care about making us better debaters and critical thinkers. This camp was a new challenge to me to think more deeply than I have had to in debate rounds before. The instructors made themselves very available to us, which was one of the most helpful parts of the camp. Each instructor, whether lecturing or discussing something one-on-one made me think, instead of thinking for me. They were able to tell us when we were on the right track in our thinking, and they were able to lead us to the right answer if we weren’t, without simply spelling it out to us. They gave us plenty of opportunity for questions, and they made sure we understood before teaching us something new. This camp has really inspired me to take my debating to a whole new level, and put even more time and effort into preparation for the competition season. This camp has inspired me beyond the bounds of competition season; it has made me want to strive for excellence in thinking and speaking outside of debate rounds as well!

Blythe Landon
1st place Team Policy, 2016 Region V Championship

I really enjoyed the whole Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy debate camp experience! I thought the staff team was very impressive. James Russell was particularly great, I thoroughly enjoyed the way he lectured. It was honestly a surprise to see him making faces and jumping around like he was having the time of his life. They were probably the most engaging lectures that I’ve ever been a part of. I think the material that was discussed and the way that we practiced it was very effective and I learned a whole lot in a very short amount of time. I will definitely be back to another camp and I would also recommend someone else to attend as well.

J. Lagrange

My son did very well at the Intro to Team Policy camp and learn an amazing amount of information. But what impressed me the most was his ability to debate 3 rounds after only 2 days of training. And you made it fun!

A. Voltarel (FL)

I loved the interactive lectures in Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy camp, they were easy to follow and most helpful. The structure of the camp (lectures about techniques, followed with exercises/drills to practice them) created a perfect learning environment. It was impossible not to improve! The instructors were very committed to helping me improve, and I appreciated their attentiveness. Not only was this camp outstanding and challenging, but it was also very fun! Everything was absolutely faultless!

A. Schwensen (MO)

The Intro to LD camp was well worth the cost and time and effort to take part. Instructors were excellent in making the debate process easily understood. They were professional, very knowledgeable and made the whole camp very enjoyable. I was very impressed! I loved seeing one quiet young man particularly open up and “get it” after being helped to ask a question in CX. I highly recommend your camp! My son has a clear plan on how to prepare for the season. Thank you again!

A. Ford (FL)

I got an excellent start on the season at the Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy camp, thanks to James Russell! He is an amazing debater and an even better coach. I learned the techniques necessary to have a successful year in debate!

Anna D. (TX)

The Intro to Team Policy camp was a unique and inspiring way for me to learn an entirely new style of debate! The instructors were fantastic! They each personally assisted the students through lectures, homework evaluation, and by answering any questions we had. I still cannot believe that after one day of training, I was able to debate in my first policy debate round. Thank you so much to all of the instructors and everyone who helped us. I learned so much during the three days of camp!

E. Savoie (FL)

It was amazing to watch my kids take personal responsibility over their assignments for Junior SpeechIntro to Speech and Intro to Team Policy camp. I watched both of my boys work as a team with those they were partnered with. This was a life-changing experience for our entire family!

S. Marcin (FL)

The Interview Skills camp was amazing! Excellent instruction and hands-on applications.

M. Osigian (TX)

Thank you for the great experience and training at Intermediate/Advanced LD. I went to camp ready to learn and prepare for the upcoming debate year. Thanks to DFWSD’s camp training, I got 3rd place at my first tournament, then 4th place at another tournament 2 weeks later, and ended up qualifying to the National Championship.

W. Hudson (AL)

I so enjoyed Apologetics camp. It was harder than I expected, but it boosted my confidence and taught me great tools for public speaking and apologetic arguments! The instructors were extremely encouraging, I can’t even describe how nice they are! I came away excited about Jesus and sharing Him with the world. Thank you so much!

Grayson B.

My children received excellent training at your Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy and Apologetics camps, and are much more confident and ready to begin the 2017-18 speech & debate season! The first aspect of your camp which I appreciate most is the level of professionalism projected by the leaders and expected of the students. The second aspect I appreciate is the lack of childish, time-filler games. I like your approach of giving them instruction and immediately allowing them to demonstrate what they are learning by putting them into tournament-like competitions. Your staff did an excellent job of integrating two leagues’ topics and yet specializing the training for their differing resolutions. We would definitely attend another camp offered by DFW Speech & Debate!

D. Jarboe (TX)

My kids had a great time at Junior Speech camp and learned valuable public speaking techniques. My daughter was very hesitant to attend camp at first, but she is glad that she was able to attend. Will definitely be back next summer!

L. Joseph (TX)

I attended the Tampa Intermediate/Advanced LD camp and thoroughly enjoyed it. I really appreciated how the coaches were always open to questions and were very personable while still being professional. I loved the process that they guide you through to develop a good, strong principle. I learned so much about the political theories surrounding the resolution, how to simplify a round, effective cross-examination etc. Without the DFWSD camp this summer, I would not have been able to produce a solid case in so short a time and be able to gain a deeper understanding for this year’s resolution. I highly recommend their training and look forward to using the skills I learned throughout the debate competition season.

C. McLeod (FL)

My son enjoyed and learned a lot from the Intro to Speech and Intro to Team Policy camps! They were a real confidence booster for him. He had the opportunity to work as a team, and experience such interesting topics. The camps were very well organized and run. Positive environment! Looking forward to many more such experiences!

A. Nair (TX)

I had an incredible experience at Intro to Speech camp! The instructors and coaches offered wonderful advice and support. I got out of my comfort zone which was very rewarding, and in 2 short days I learned key communication skills to help me to process information and convey it in a way that people will understand. Thank you so much!!

K. Robbins (TX)

Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy debate camp was an excellent starting point for the season! The coaches were well-versed in the resolution and debate theory, and motivated each student to do their best. Whether it was through sessions, breakout groups, or one-on-one case drills, I gained much through their expertise and am excited to start a great season on the right foot!

H. David
6th place Team Policy, 2015 National Championship

Before Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy camp, I did not enjoy the negative side of any resolution. Now, it is my favorite side thanks to James’ amazing instruction! The camp leaders were very instrumental in helping me to develop a strong case and taught me how to run thesis-driven debate.

Connie C. (TX)

The instructors at Intro to Speech camp were really supportive and kind. I really came out of my box there. I was so scared to speak in front of everyone but I ended up really enjoyed it.

G. Brannon (TX)

I have been to several LD debate camps, but I always left feeling confused. After attending DFWSD’s LD camp, that changed – it all clicked. I finally understood the purpose of the value and criterion, and how to organize my arguments and impact them to the round. Their methods of teaching and instructing are hands-on and highly effective. I learned more in DFWSD’s Intermediate/Advanced LD camp than I had in my previous two years of debate. My understanding of LD has helped me place higher in competition than I ever have before, exceeding my personal goals! My only regret is that I didn’t go to a DFW debate camp sooner!!!

Kristin Trainer
2nd place LD, 2015 Anderson SC Qualifier

I made it to semis in Lincoln Douglas at the 2014 NC National competition (with 152 LD competitors), with my AFF case that was based largely on what I learned at DFWSD’s Intermediate/Advanced LD camp! The case was undefeated in elimination rounds – I went AFF four times in elim rounds and it won every time! THANK YOU SO MUCH DFWSD!

Cody Dedon
4th place LD, 2014 National Open

My kids really enjoyed the Apologetics camp! They learned so much from Cesar Ruiz. We highly recommend this camp to everyone!

J. Trainer (FL)

The Intro to Lincoln Douglas debate camp instructors were amazing! I learned so much, and now have a great foundation to build on for this debate season!

 

W. Scheopner (NE)

I went to the Intermediate/Advanced LD camp last year and it prepared me for the competition season more than I could even fathom at the time. If you want to do well this year listen up and learn from the Nasser’s at camp!

Chris Absher
1st place LD, 2014 National Open

Intro to Team Policy camp was amazing and extremely helpful! I needed all the information we covered. The first day I knew nothing and by the last day I knew all about the US Federal Court System, research and finding evidence. I liked all the games we did to learn more about the resolution, speaking, and debate. I highly suggest this camp for all beginner debaters!!!

A. Ledoux (LA)

I loved Intermediate/Advanced LD camp! The instruction pertaining to the resolution was so informative and gave me a huge jump-start on the season. Also just having the accountability of an actual mini tournament helped me get done in three days what took me months last year. Now I have like the whole season in front of me for practice debating, more in-depth thorough research, and just sharpening everything up for competition! It makes me so excited to know how much camp forced me to get done before club has even started! Thanks so much!

C. Elliott (TX)
2nd place LD, 2017 Lewisville (TX) Qualifier

The Tampa Intermediate/Advanced LD camp was an amazing experience that taught and built up many LD skills that I never realized I was missing.

N. Cathcart (FL)

Very pleased with the level of instruction received at Intermediate/Advanced LD camp! The coaches were top notch, sharing their expertise and love of debate. Well worth the drive (over two hours round trip each day for us). Looking forward to the continued instruction via the curriculum this year. Thanks for all the hard work!

M. Taylor

The training that my partner and I have received has helped me beyond words. I’ve gone to multiple different camps and have had sessions from multiple different coaches, yet nothing has compared to the instruction that I’ve received from DFW camps and coaching. Before, I had good speaking and persuasion skills but I lacked the ability to logically analyze and present arguments in a coherent manner. DFW helps you to look at the “why behind the what” like no one else does. I would recommend their camps to any debater who is looking to take their abilities to the next level!

M. Patton
(1st place Team Policy, 2015 KS & MN Qualifiers)

My son learned a lot at Intro to Speech camp! The instructors were professional and effectively encouraged participation of the campers. They created a safe environment for learning with elements of fun. They provided simple achievable inputs and feedback that helped students incorporate and improve skills. I highly recommend this program. I will have my younger kids attend too.

M. Sreejit (TX)

The NJ Intro/Intermediate Team Policy camp was a very informative, hands on experience! Great instructors and interesting lectures with breakout groups to apply them to. I definitely learned a lot and am looking forward to putting what I learned into practice this coming season.

A. Adragna (NJ)