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 Post subject: Debate Camps
PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:27 am 

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We are new to debate and wondered if there is a central location to find listing of available debate camps? We live in Texas and were hoping to find one within our state. Thank you.

 Post subject: Re: Debate Camps
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:43 pm 
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Where in texas are you? UT, Texas Tech will have them and even though it's NFL, would be a great place to get sharper.

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 Post subject: Re: Debate Camps
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 7:42 pm 
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University of Dallas held one last year-- I heard it was supposed to be very good. Though, if I read your post right, it may be better to look at Creative Arts in Action in Watagua. That's where I was introduced to debate, and though for someone advanced it would be more basic, for someone who's just learning the activity it works well.

To directly answer your question, there's no central "debate camp listing".

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 Post subject: Re: Debate Camps
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 10:32 pm 
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I've heard the University of Norther Texas (UNT), has a pretty good NFL policy camp. I've checked out several of their files & they're pretty legit.

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 Post subject: Re: Debate Camps
PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 12:21 pm 

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Usually one in Dallas area. Keep checking board. You can PM me if you want I might do something in SA area if my duaghter decides to debate next year.

 Post subject: Re: Debate Camps
PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 5:50 pm 

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My alma mater has one. If you're thinking of going to something that's not NCFCA-oriented, then the UIL-focus camp might be just the thing. As I understand it, they downplay speed and emphasize argument construction and round sense. Plus, it's pretty affordable for a whole week of housing and instruction. (And full disclosure: I was on the staff of this camp from 1987 to 1993, but I have zero affiliation with them now and wasn't asked to post the plug.)

 Post subject: Re: Debate Camps
PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 3:25 am 
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If you want to travel far, PHC's debate camp will be good :D

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 Post subject: Re: Debate Camps
PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 12:30 am 

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I know the leadership behind the DFW speech and debate camp. They are a wonderful group with an excellent track record in teaching debate as well as treating kids in a Christian manner. Their web site is

There is another TX camp, but I cannot give it my endorsement. If you wish to look for yourself, the link is

There is a possibility of a third camp, but it is still in the works.

 Post subject: Re: Debate Camps
PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 2:27 am 
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Hey kaylielizabeth,

I know the DFW people and they're really good. Mrs. Nasser has coached several Nationals debaters and Samantha is one herself. I've never been coached by either of them, but I've seen their work. And they're good, let me tell you. I don't know much about this camp, though.

There's another camp....CITE Debate Camp, coached by my coach (Mrs. Reynolds). I went last summer, and enjoyed myself so much, I joined her club. It's at her house about an hour and a half outside of Houston itself. Mrs. R (as we call her) has coached several Nationals debaters herself and she rocks at teaching the issues. I'm attending the advanced camp this year, but there is an intermediate one and a novice one, where several experienced debaters (including myself) are going to be coaching. I believe the link is

Blue Book camp also has come to TX in the past....not sure if they will this year or not.

In essence, it depends on where you live and what you want. Dallas people are and have gone to CITE and I'm sure Houston people have gone to Dallas camps.

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 Post subject: Debate Camps
PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:21 am 

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Santa Clara
2010 Summer Debate Workshop
Santa Clara University
Tuesday, August 4 - 7, 2010
Santa Clara, California 95053

Santa Clara Debate, in conjunction with the Santa Clara Speech and Debate Club, will be hosting its 10th Annual Debate Workshop and Speaker Series Tuesday through Saturday, August 4-7, 2010. The Workshop offers homeschool debaters a chance to work and learn in a University setting with full access to Santa Clara’s research and library resources in an advanced or novice track. We are pleased to announce that Talitha Gowen will again direct the Lincoln-Douglas program with Stefan Jorgensen heading the Policy program assisted by former homeschool debaters Philip Mayer, Tommy Silva and Robert Rose

Melan Jaich, debate director at Santa Clara University, along with Greg Rehmke of Economic Thinking (and formerly of the Foundation for Economic Education), Richard Chen from USF and Professor Libby Simas of Solano College, will supervise classes on the national topic, affirmative and negative debate strategies, topicality and stock issues, rebuttal strategies, and research techniques for both Policy Team Debate and Lincoln-Douglas Debate. The workshop emphasizes small group education through the use of debate labs led by an experienced debater to manage tournament preparation and research.

The workshop will also feature experts on this year's debate topic. Speakers will cover a variety of areas from the perspective of a professional or expert in the field. The schedule will allow time for questions and answers, ample research time, as well as access to the university library and computer resources. Evidence sets and briefs on
the national topic will be supplied to every workshop participant.

We will pair partners for policy debate based on requests and their level of competition. All our faculty that have either taught at our program before or actively coach homeschool debate programs. Also college debaters from Azusa Pacific, Biola, SCU and Cal Poly will also be assisting to critique our debaters and will be judging the round robin competition along with former top NCFCA debaters. Students do not need to have a designated or preferred partner to participate in the workshop.

Registration and Fees
Tuition for five days of instruction and tournament competition including the tournament will be $240 per student. Adults, coaches and parents may come for $25 per day. To register, complete the following form, and send it along with your check payable to "Santa Clara Debate" to the address below. Please make sure you put Communication Department on the envelope.

Melan Jaich
Communication Department
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Ask via email to or Direct Phone 408.554.4693

Please respond by Saturday, July 1, 2010 to insure participation.
Parents or coaches over the age of 19 can attend the lectures for $100 for the week (or $25 per day).

We have arranged for supervised housing at the nearby Holiday Inn-SJ Airport for a rate of $40 per night (double occupancy) and $70 per night (singles). We do NOT use the dorms on campus. All student wings are supervised by adult staff members and teaching assistants. Housing is limited; please register early. Floors are divided into women’s floors, men’s floors and family floors. You may also reserve space on Tuesday, August 3 and Saturday, August 8 if you need to stay late or arrive early. Transportation to and from the hotel will be supervised travel on a VTA shuttle bus.

Food is not provided but available on campus and just off campus.

The finale of the program is a tournament on campus for LD and Policy teams. Students and teams not in the workshop are welcome to compete for a small registration fee. Contact Melan Jaich for more information at Trophies are presented to the top teams and

A more complete schedule, a map, as well as a list of local hotels, restaurants, etc. will be sent to you upon receipt of your registration.

We hope you and your children can join us this summer.
Melan Jaich,
SCU Debate Program

2010 SCU Homeschool Debate Workshop
(Classes may be divided into advanced/novice depending on topic)

WEDNESDAY August 4, 2010
9:00-10:00 Registration Arts and Sciences Bldg. Room 138
10:00 Orientation Melan Jaich
10:30 The Fundamentals of Public Policy Change
10:30 Fundamentals of Values and Policy in LD
11:30 Intro to NCFCA Policy Debate Style
11:30 Intro to NCFCA LD Style Debate
12:30 LUNCH Break
2:00 - 3:00 pm Policy and LD Topic Analysis
3:00 Demonstration Debate
5:00 Critique of Demo Round
5:30-7:00 pm Dinner Break
7:00-8:00 pm Economic Analysis
7:00-8:00 pm Value/Criteria Analysis
8:00-9:00 pm Intro to Stock Issues
9:00-10 pm Lab Meetings
10:15 pm Shuttle to Holiday Inn
Midnight: Lights out

THURSDAY August 5, 2010
9:00 am Lab Meetings
10:00 Negative Strategies of the Topics
11:00 Negative Topic Analysis
11:00 LD: Negative Strategies/Off Case
12:00 LUNCH
1:00 pm The Economics of the National Topic
1:00 pm Topic Analysis for LD
2:00 pm Case Construction
3:00 pm Foreign Policy
3:00 pm Policy techniques for LD
4:00 pm Negative Strategies/Counterplans
6:30 pm History of the Problem: Guest Speaker on National topics
8:00 pm -10:00pm Research and Brief Writing Labs/Computer Lab
10:15 pm Shuttle to Holiday Inn
Midnight: Lights out

THURSDAY August 6, 2010
9:00 am Lab Meetings
11:00 am Topic Analysis: Guest Expert
11:00 am LD: Guest Expert Speaker
12:00 LUNCH
1:30 pm Topic Analysis: Guest Expert
1:30 pm LD: Guest Spakers
2:30 pm Lab Meetings/Computer Lab
5:30 Dinner Break
7:00 -10:00pm Brief Writing Labs/Computer Lab
10:15 pm Shuttle to Holiday Inn
Midnight: Lights out

FRIDAY August 7, 2010
9:00 Labs Meet
10:00 Negative Strategies/Solvency
11:00 The Free Enterprise View: Guest Expert Speaker
11:00 Practice round for LD
1:30 Demo Round for Novices
1:30 Critique of Practice Round in LD
4:00 Lab Meetings
6:30 Practice Round for all students with oral critique
8:30-10:00pm Labs/Debriefing
10:15 pm Shuttle to Holiday Inn
Midnight: Lights out

SATURDAY, August 8, 2010 Tournament
8:30 am Hotel Check Out/Shuttle to SCU
9:30 Round I
11:30 Round II
2:30 Round III
4:30 Round IV
7:00 Awards Assembly
8:00 Dismissal and pick up Arts and Sciences Room 138

Any questions can be directed to Melan Jaich at (408) 554-4693 or

Address: ___________________________________________
Debate Style: _____ Team ____ Lincoln Douglas
Age: _______
Gender: ________

Years of debate complete (circle one) 0 1 2 3 or more

Parent or Guardian ____________________________

Parent attending conference? Yes/no
Dormitory housing? Yes/No

If yes...
____ nights X ___ double occupancy @ $40 =$______
____ nights X ____ single occupancy @ $70 =$______

Checking in on ________________.
Checking out on _______________.

Preferred Roommate (double occupancy)__________________________.

If you don’t list a roommate we will assign one to you.


_____ student(s) @ $240 = $______
_____ parent(s)/coach@ $100 = $______
or ____ days @ $25 = $ _____


____ Enclosed.
____ Will be mailed by July 5, 2008.

 Post subject: Re: Debate Camps
PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:42 pm 

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Ethos is offering debate camps in the following states:

Texas (Dallas Area)

We are also working on offering a camp in New York.

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"...if you want to tell a story, that's great, but if I wanted to hear fluffy oratory I would be watching C-SPAN."

 Post subject: Re: Debate Camps
PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 2:15 am 
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Registration is now open for the 2010 Quick Start Debate camp, June 28th - July 2nd.
Open to Novices and varsity.

Tommy's debate camp is the best. We learned so much and had so much fun doing it. It was definitely the highlight of my summer last year.

Katherine Rose – Qualified to STOA nationals as a novice in 2010.


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 Post subject: Re: Debate Camps
PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:06 am 

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Lifelong Communicators is again presenting the Summer Debate Institute, now in its 7th year, in the Chicago Suburbs. The camp will be August 9-13.

For much more information and to register, visit the SDI website
Be sure to check out lots of news updates on SDI's twitter feed and keep updated with pictures and videos about this year's SDI on the SDI facebook page.

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