Level I Public Forum Debate Intensive
June 18-22, 2018 or July 9-13, 2018
Full-day camp (Five 8-hour sessions, 8am-4pm)
$695 (save $100 if you enroll in both Level I and Level II camps)
Limit 18 students.
Includes snacks and lunch.
Recommended for Ages 12-17
This camp encompasses the activities in the "Intro to Public Forum Debate" (below) but also teaches research techniques and goes deep into the development of Constructives, Rebuttals, and Crossfire questions, to help students deeply understand their case and their opponents'.
Understanding and utilizing Framework is front and center during this camp. We’ll begin to show students how to plan ahead for a coherent Summary and Final Focus in the challenging second half of the debate.
Lots of fun and engaging activities will be used to help instill the information learned.
Some homework will be assigned and coaches evening online office hours will be available.
Demonstration debates and activities by the students will be held on the afternoon of the final day, with parents welcome to watch. Students who take this camp are considered to have completed the prerequisite to take the Level II camp, and/or to join a Debate League club.
Level II Public Forum Debate Intensive
June 25-29, 2018 or July 16-20, 2018 Five 8-hour sessions, 8am-4pm
$695 (save $100 if you enroll in both Level I and Level II camps) Limit 18 students. Includes snacks and lunch. Ages 12-17 Students will take their research, critical thinking, and debate technique to a new level in this intensive, week-long, full-day camp. Grads of the Level I Intensive camp will already have a solid foundation in the first half of the debate – Framework, Constructives, Rebuttals, and Crossfire. In Level II, we build on this by focusing on the second half of the debate – Summary, Grand Crossfire, and Final Focus. ￼ Most students don't have a strong grasp of what Summary and Final Focus are. We reveal and train you in the laser-focused techniques that will allow you to help the judge(s) digest and make sense of their flow,
and give them the persuasive rationale they need to confidently cast their ballot in your favor. Lots of fun and engaging activities will be used to help instill the information learned. Significant at-home debate prep is expected during the camp. Evening online office hours will be available with camp coaches. Full judged debates held on afternoon of final day.
Intro to Public Forum Debate
August 6-10, 2018 or September 10-14, 2018 (ideal for homeschoolers) Half-day camp (Five 3-hour sessions, M-F. 9am-noon)
$295 Limit 22 students. Includes snacks.
Recommended for Ages 10-17 In this week-long half-day camp, we use quick, fun, and creative games, activities, and debate sparring to learn the relevant skills for Public Forum debate, a popular style of debate that focuses on current national events. Debate sparring sessions are short, fun, and easy singles or pairs debates on topics that don't require deep research, e.g., cats vs. dogs, laces vs. velcro, Whataburger vs. In-N-Out, etc. Lots of fun and engaging activities will be used to help instill skills like speaking clearly, note-taking (referred to as flowing), thinking on your feet, organizing your thoughts, being creative and adapting, and determining what is relevant in material. While all portions of a Public Forum debate will be covered, the emphasis will be put on structuring a case, known as the “Constructive,” and the concept of “blocks,” prewritten responses to anticipated arguments you would expect to come from your opponents' side of the debate. Some light homework will be assigned to help reinforce what they’ve learned and to give them time to prep for some sparring. Students who take this camp are considered to have completed the prerequisite to join a Debate League or Junior Debate League club in the fall, if they want.
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