Public Forum involves opposing teams of two, debating a topic concerning a current event. Debaters are judged by coaches, parents, and community members. At debate camp, students will learn competitive debate inside and out.
They will attend lectures and practice skills such as research, writing, case construction, refutation and rebuttal, cross-examination, and presentation. We offer one, two, and three week residential and day camps for high school and middle school Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum debaters.
Our faculty have decades of debate experience as coaches and competitors across all speech and debate events. To learn more, visit our Camps page.
Registrants will receive more information via e-mail about travel as camp approaches. For overview information on travel dates, transportation, airports, unaccompanied minors, packing lists and more, please see our logistics page. More attention, more improvement. What is Public Forum Debate?
What is debate camp? A new paradigm. All of our instructors have a proven track record teaching at summer camps or coaching younger debaters on their teams.
Gia Karpouzis Senior Faculty Gia has been a part of the NSDA community since her freshman year of high school, accruing over titles at the local, state, and national level in both speech and debate. She is a two-time Gold TOC qualifier, accruing 6 career bids. She also was a finalist at Presentation and the California state tournament and 4th speaker at Berkeley.Our summer schedule is now available and registration is open - sign up to secure a space in your preferred session!
The Core Program for Public Forum is designed for students from intermediate through advanced level. Students will be grouped by experience and competitive success within teaching groups so that each lab can progress as a unit as rapidly as possible. Given the focus of this program on skill building, this program offers students with little to no experienced coaching at their schools the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to actually coach themselves.
A great number of practice debates - roughly half of the total instructional time will be spent on conducting practice rounds. Seminars on brainstorming, constructing and supporting arguments and theory of argumentation from the ground up.
Topic analyses on a number of commonly used topic areas through a spirited examination of current events. Living and working on the Stanford University campus in a stimulating and secure environment. Incorporating videotaping of speeches for review and analysis of speaking styles, cross-examination techniques and argument selection on at least a limited basis is planned.
The camp is held in an intimate setting that allows plenty of question and answer sessions and one-on-one interaction with instructors, not just rote learning. Students are allowed to develop in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere with excellent supervision. Students will emerge from the program as more confident public speakers and as experts on the rules, style, and strategies of public forum debate, ready to compete in the fall. We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate.
Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed and as we have complete biographic information available. Staff listing may not be fully up to date or reflect all hires to date. He has coached teams across the U. High Schools for the last three years. Over the course of his competitive career, Caspar amassed 12 bids to the tournament of champions, reached the quarterfinal round at the Tournament of Champions, reached the semifinal round at the Yale Invitational, and championed the Lexington Winter Invitational.
As a coach, he has helped three different teams qualify to the Gold Tournament of Champions, as well as outrounds at numerous national tournamnets.
Caspar is incredibly excited to be working at SNFI this summer. Hanh Do has been involved in competitive debate for the past 24 years on the collegiate and the high school level as a coach, consultant, and adjudicator. She has had the immense privilege of traveling internationally to adjudicate and her team in cleared and placed in the Pan American Debating Championships. Clayton is currently a student at Missouri State University studying economics and psychology.
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Alina is a junior at Loyola University Chicago. She competed nationally and reached late elimination rounds at tournaments including the University of Texas, the Grapevine Classic, the Hockaday Invitational, Apple Valley, and the Berkeley Invitational. She looks forward to working at SNFI! Aurelia has debate experience at both the high school and college level, and is also an experienced social and political activist on a local and national level.
She brings years of practical and academic knowledge of race and ethnicity issues domestically and internationally.Our robust online learning experiences have been extended right now and throughout the summer. Our Public Forum Debate Camp welcomes middle school and high school students who are interested in building the skills they need to participate or compete in Public Forum debate.
This curriculum is offered for students with at least 1 year minimum of competition experience within Public Forum Debate. We divide students up by age and experience level. Public Forum Debate Camp is perfect for students with one to two years of Public Forum debate experience, or for those students preparing to join their school debate team.
Public Forum Debate Camp instructs students in the essential skills for success in competitive debate. Taught by renowned teachers with sterling track records, this debate institute teaches students the key processes of effective debate. Debate students leave our academic camp with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience needed to succeed in debate. Students who compete on the national circuit in Public Forum should consider applying to our selective Competitive Public Forum for High School camp.
Debate students leave the academic camp with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience needed to excel in life. Our educational approach has been fined tuned over years of experience coaching and teaching champion debaters. Our curriculum combines great educational content with proven teaching methods to help you successfully incorporate new skills and knowledge into your debating and academics.
We prioritize your long-term debate and life success rather than merely preparing you for the next topic. If you are nationally ranked, we have an advanced lab that will set you up to win national championships. If you have one or two years of experience, we have competitive classes that will help bring you to the next level. Delivered By Expert Staff All of our advanced programs are taught by national championship caliber debate coaches. Your debate success is important to us so we never substitute experienced teachers with teenagers and college students.
Not only will Capitol Debate students learn new skills through our programs; they will feel an increase in self-worth, learn critical thinking skills and improve public speaking and communication skills with their peers. Two weeks at camp will result in lifelong friendships and memories that will resonate with our students throughout their academic, personal and professional careers. Campers return to our program year after year because of how life-changing our Summer Debate Camps prove to be.
Our parents will tell you themselves that they proudly stand by their investment in Capitol Debate because of the impact it has had on their families. We challenge students to constantly apply the material they learn throughout camp. Every lecture is accompanied by a practicum where students execute on what they just learned. Lab time is focused on practicing techniques, not just research every day. Between execution drills and practice rounds, every student speaks every day.
Get Lots of Debates Between scheduled practice debates and the camp tournament, you will have at least ten full debate rounds with detailed, extensive post round feedback provided by experienced coaches that know how to fine-tune your approach. Every practice debate comes with the opportunity to do multiple speech redos. We make sure you get it right. Track Your Progression With Live Ballots, your practice results and feedback follow you throughout camp like a journal of your progress.
This helps you identify areas of strength and weakness to apply specific drills and exercises so that you experience continuous improvement on a daily basis.Click here to learn more about the Third Week Option! In his role, he focuses on ensuring a quality education for all students by collaborating with teachers on engagement, classroom management, and teaching strategies. Jeffrey creates and oversees the execution of every part of the curriculum at the National Debate Forum - ensuring that we are teaching public forum debate in a way that every student can learn and be successful.
The curriculum is always finding new ways to reach students covering everything from fundamental skills to current trends. His role allows NDF to individualize our approaches in lectures, in labs and in one on one coaching sessions. In this role, he oversees an extensive evaluation process for every student.
This evaluation process allows every single student to receive an individualized full mid-camp evaluation and an individualized end of camp evaluation to track their progress based on their goals. Our evaluations are emailed to students at the conclusion of every camp. His role also prioritizes making our staff find their own personal best.
No matter how long you have debating or coaching debate, every summer produces new perspectives and new innovative ways to teach speech and debate. By prioritizing staff development, we prioritize the education that your students receive is not just the best in the country, but is continually getting better with every session.
Our Junior Instructors regularly comment that the focus the National Debate Forum places on them in developing as educators is one of the many reasons the camp is so successful. Back Administration Instructors. Take me to the application portal. Learn more about our curriculum.Students enrolled in the traditional sessions will receive a combination of lectures, drills, and practice rounds that will feature feedback from our amazing staff.
For more advanced students in the traditional track — elective lectures, guided research, practice speeches and one on one meetings with instructors will allow for targeted improvement in the key areas for growth and development.
Regardless of your experience level, this program is designed from start to finish with your needs in mind! UTNIF Public Forum workshops are designed for students of all skill levels and they will be placed into the appropriate instructional group at the discretion of the curriculum director at the start of the program. Less experienced students will be introduced to the foundations of argument construction, presentation and speaking, tournament preparation, and in round strategy.
Students with more experience will finely hone debating skills and work with the unique structure of the PF activity to develop strategic approaches to victory. All students will participate in experience-appropriate discussions and background seminars on rotating PF topics. The goal is to train students to seamlessly incorporate sound argument and persuasion skills into competition rounds.
Students will learn to how to incorporate evidence into their speeches without becoming dependent upon it. All students will receive a world class experience and education, with the skills, confidence and preparation necessary to succeed in Public Forum debate during the regular season.
By the end of camp, I was good friends with all of the students and lab leaders I met there and I still keep in touch with many of them even three years after the camp.
In addition to the friends and connections I made, UTNIF prepared me extremely well for the debate circuit the next year. The camp really felt individualized — I had ample time to work personally with the lab leaders who are some of the best at any camp in the nation.
UTNIF helped to lay the foundation for my next three years of debate by teaching me both the fundamentals of how Public Forum works and exposing me to a myriad of different types of arguments. Most of all, I made lasting friendships and connections with other campers and lab leaders, finding a community and family of people that share my interests.
The most notable aspect of the camp being that the staff took an obvious and personal interest in the growth that each camper underwent. Rather than applying a one size fits all policy to each lab, the entirety of the staff worked tirelessly to evaluate each camper on an individual level and apply the necessary drills and tactics in order to help us progress in our respective areas.
This growth not only encompassed our skill within debate, but our ability to find confidence in both our arguments and ourselves. Before attending the UTNIF PF camp, I had become too focused and in some regards worried about the minutia of the technical aspect of debate, as well as, my ability to fulfill my role in the activity. However, following my time at UTNIF I noticed that in-round strategy became easier for me to execute allowing the entire narrative of the round to fall into place.
My confidence also continued to soar, as I remembered the words and advice of my instructors, allowing me to win rounds and advance in tournaments that I had never envisioned I would be able to before. Westlake has three teams fully qualified for the Gold TOC. Anderson consistently finished in the top five overall sweepstakes at the UT Longhorn Classic and finished in the top ten in overall sweepstakes at TFA State five times under his leadership.
The UTNIF PF instructors are dedicated to making you a better debater through a rigorous and engaging curriculum designed to build and enhance your skills. Senior Instructors:. Kirsten is working first session. Olivia competed in debate her junior and senior years and within her first year, she qualified for TFA State and advanced to the elimination rounds of the Churchill tournament.
Her senior year Olivia served as captain of the Westlake team, qualified to TFA State, earned a bid to the Tournament of Champions, and broke at multiple national tournaments such as Churchill and The University of Texas.
This year, Olivia coached for Bowie High School who reached out rounds at major tournaments such as Harvard. Olivia is working first session. Ilana Cuello-Wolffe coaches for the Potomac Academy as well as individual partnerships across the country. She has coached teams to obtaining gold bids to the Tournament of Champions, to championing the Ridge Invitational, and to reaching elimination rounds at Bronx, Yale, Glenbrooks, and many other national circuit tournaments.
Ilana is working first session. Ananthi Jayasundera debated for Anderson High School where she served as an officer her senior year. Throughout her career, she qualified three times to TFA state, breaking her senior year. After receiving a bid at Plano West her junior year, Ananthi competed at the Silver Tournament of Champions where she advanced to elimination rounds. Outside of public forum, Ananthi qualified to TFA state in domestic extemp her sophomore and junior years.
Ananthi is working second session. Ali is excited to be working his second summer at the UTNIF, which he attended before his senior year.Rich Haber.
Instructor - Public Forum. Richard Haber is an award-winning civil trial lawyer in the state of Ohio. Haber began coaching for the sake of his daughter Victoria, but has continued to coach since her graduation. And Mr. Haber coached a team to the Ohio state championship in Haber brings a real-world perspective to coaching debate based upon his 28 years of convincing juries as a trial attorney. Whether students go into law or another profession, he believes that the research, writing, and communication skills that they learn in debate will serve them throughout their lives.
She was PF Captain during her senior year. Bella was also selected to represent the United States at the Mock International Criminal Court in Poland where she served as a member of the Nuremberg prosecution team.
Bella won 2nd place in the camp tournament when she attended CDC inand she looks forward to returning to CDC now as an instructor. David Lyons. With his leadership, three Hawken teams broke at the Ohio state tournament and two qualified for the Tournament of Champions. David himself is a two-time state qualifier who reached the semifinal round at states in his senior year.
WSD has a mix of prepared and impromptu resolutions and requires students to think on their feet. David enjoys debating with a combination of logic, evidence, and humor, and he believes that what makes PF unique is its focus on conversational argumentation.
In the elimination rounds at nationals, Anish and his partner were the only team that gave a loss to the eventual national champions in At the Ohio state tournament, he was a semifinalist his junior year. In his senior year, Anish finished with a record in the state of Ohio with his only losses against other University School teams.
Anish believes that debate provides an outlet for community discussion on important social issues and teaches many transferrable skills that can be used in future careers. Nikki Peter. During her career, she served her speech and debate team as Vice President her junior year and President her senior year.
In her junior year, Nikki was part of the first PF team from her school to qualify to the Ohio state tournament. She ended up qualifying again and breaking her senior year. She is also a two-time national qualifier in World Schools Debate. Nikki is studying international relations at Tufts University.
She attributes much of her debate success to the skills she learned as a student at CDC in and is now thrilled to be an instructor!From community college to online programs. Check out our directory of virtual campus tours we know about right now.
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January edited January Post edited by potentenum on January Replies to: Debate Camps! January You should apply next year. Also, any "camps" that you have to pay for are not very likely to be a resume booster. How would you know powerbomb?
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I don't care about resume boosting. How about "effective" and "really gets you debating so that you can learn more, and really have fun? UHSdebater replies 28 threads Member. Not exactly prestigious, but I was a much better debater coming out of it.
I might just send my app to all and see what I get back. Are debate camps general enough that if you get "trained" in LD for example, that you'll be better in other forms? Because I know I'll be doing mostly public forum debatesand I'm not sure if that's part of "policy" Does anyone know the differences between the debates, or possibly the "best" PFD summer camps?
What I'm really looking for is whichever one is most effective in helping one develop their public forum debate skills. University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate Program, The Chellgren Center Northwestern — July 13 — Aug 9 Brochure 1 Any other summer debate camps that are very effective especially for public forum debate, or any in general and 2 Should I consider camps that last 1 week?
Or even 2 weeks? Due to the high amount of time spent on introductions?
What is the best debate camp?
I'm eying the "Dartmouth Debate Workshop for Sophomores and Juniors" -- it's description says working on arguments -- has anyone been to this one? On the issue of not getting into the Stanford National Forensics Institute I can assure you that you will get in. Not to say that the camp is not very useful because of this, simply debate camp is inherently rather self selecting.
What other camps have you attended? And are they useful? February If I didn't drop debate I was going to go to Whitman. It's not too prestigious though. The whole point of pf is to be extremely lay and therefore I don't think they help a lot, other than research techniques that is. Just want the experience.