Here at Debate Central, we know how helpful it is to attend summer debate camp. Camps give you the opportunity to get hands-on experience, run practice rounds, research next year’s topic(s), and receive feedback from some of the country’s best debate minds. Attending camp is one of the best way to ensure your performance doesn’t slip over summer vacation. Unfortunately, camp can also be extremely expensive. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to attend a high-quality debate camp, regardless of financial means. That’s why we’ve prepared this list of camps that are low-cost, offer scholarship assistance, or both! Check it out below. [..]


Anyone who has ever participated in a sport understands the meaning of the term “fundamentals.” Fundamentals refers to the most basic skills underlying an activity. Debate is no different! Just as basketball players must pay attention to their footwork and golfers must watch their posture and grip, debaters too can benefit from paying close attention to a few basic building blocks of argumentation.  Today, we’ll be going over the fundamentals of debate and discussing how you can ensure you’re beginning every round from a solid foundation.


Happy Monday! Many of you have just begun competing and had your first tournament experience this past weekend or the one before. Are you happy with your tournament performance? If you are, that’s great! Keep up the great work! If you’re not, however, maybe the single biggest thing you need to consider is shedding the “microwave mentality.” What do we mean by that? [..]


The 2014-2015 contest is now closed.

Click here to be taken to the 2015-2016 Young Patriots Essay Contest page.

Or, read the winning essays from 2014-2015.



The National Center for Policy Analysis and Debate Central are proud to announce the 2014-2015 Young Patriots Essay Contest! Entrants have the opportunity to compete for $10,000 in scholarship money.

The Young Patriots Essay Contest is designed to challenge high school students to creatively solve problems in the realm of economics and public policy through the art of writing. We assign a controversial topic each year and only THREE winners are chosen out of hundreds of essay submissions. Find the topic and entry instructions below the fold!


Young Patriots Essay Contest 2013 2014 winners

Last year’s contest winners receiving their awards in Dallas.


The top three essays (out of more than 500 entries) are posted below the fold and at the top of our main page of Educational publications! These students earned more than $6,000 in college scholarship money.


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