Cal National Debate Institute
The CNDI offers program options for students of all experience levels, from students with little or no formal debate training to students who aspire to win the national championship. Alumni of our program have reached late elimination rounds or won virtually every major tournament in the nation.
Our institute philosophy focuses on balancing research and lectures with ample practice debates and speeches so that students are able to apply immediately the theories and strategies they have discussed.
The strength of our institute is our faculty. Collectively our staff have coached or won over a dozen national championships including the CEDA National, the Copeland Award, NFL nationals and the tournament of champions. The CNDI staff are dedicated to ensuring that students have the best possible workshop experience. Our staff is composed of very successful high school and college coaches as well as some of the best college debaters in the nation.
For more information: http://cndi.wikispaces.com/
Cameron University Speech-Debate Camp
Camp Session I-July 10-15, 2011
Camp Session II-July 17-22, 2011
Cameron University is a comprehensive speech and debate camp featuring all levels of debate (LD and CX), as well as individual events. The camp concludes with a tournament.
For more information click here.
Capitol Debate – Baltimore, Loyola College
CX Debate: July 10-30, 2011
Intro Camp: July 10-23, 2011
Middle School Camp: July 10-23, 2011
Public Forum: July 10-23, 2011
The Capitol Debate Institute is dedicated to skill improvement through hands-on instruction. Critical to our curriculum are small group seminars that supplement each debater’s understanding of lectures; small theory classes that focus on in-depth understanding of vital theoretical issues; and lots of skill exercises followed by thorough critiques.
The Public Forum Debate Institute is geared toward teaching students debate skills needed for success in school and in competitive debate. Taught by leading renowned debate coaches, the institute teaches students the skills of effective case construction, brief writing, researching, rebuttals, cross-fire, evidence analysis, summary and final focus. Students will leave the Capitol Debate Summer Institute ready to be successful debaters.
For more information click here.
Comet Debate Institute
Debate Central’s Chris Burk is running the CDI!
The Comet Debate Institute (CDI) is your opportunity to work with the faculty and debaters at The University of Texas at Dallas, one of the nation’s fastest rising and most successful debate programs. The CDI offers outstanding instruction in preparation for the 2011 National Forensics League topic for 2 person cross-examination debate.
The 2011 CDI offers both novice and advanced tracks allowing students to learn at a pace appropriate for any skill level. The CDI also offers overnight residential and meal plan options at UT Dallas’ state-of-the-art dormitory and dining facilities.
CDI Schedule and Options
One Week Session:
July 17-23, 2011
Two Week Session:
July 17-30, 2011
Why attend CDI? We place an emphsis on skill development that allows students of all levels to strengthen their knowledge of debate fundamentals. You will learn from the best–classroom instruction is led by high quality staff! In depth lectures focus on building topic knowledge. You will participate in intensive practice debates with one-on-one coaching to build debate ability and apply new skills.
For more information: http://www.utdallas.edu/debate/summer-institute/
Dartmouth Debate Institute 2011
July 17 – August 14, 2011
The Institute attended by winners of most national tournaments including seventeen winners of the last twenty-one Tournament of Champions and seventeen winners of NFL Nationals.
The Deadline For Receipt of Applications is May 6, 2011
The Dartmouth Forensic Union is pleased to announce the twenty-eighth Dartmouth Debate Institute, a rigorous four-week program for advanced high school policy debaters, to be held July 17 through August 14, 2011, on the Dartmouth campus in Hanover, New Hampshire.
When you consider the quality of the teaching staff, the institute format, the research facilities, and the caliber of students who regularly attend, you will understand why the Dartmouth Debate Institute is generally considered to be the most outstanding summer program for experienced, varsity debaters.
Other programs have attempted to copy Dartmouth, and they may look as good on paper. Only Dartmouth, however, actually delivers on these promises. That is why the nation’s best debaters will once again be in Hanover this summer.
Emory National Debate Institute
This camp focuses on Lincoln Douglas debate, and will guide students through topic analysis, research, and practice rounds in small, well-staffed lab groups. The staff is well known around the country for debate, and students have the opportunity to work with one of the best-known college debate teams in the country.
For more information: http://www.emory.edu/BF/endi/endi.html
Gonzaga University Debate Program
Five Week Scholars Program – June 19th – July 23rd
Five Week Sophomores Program – June 19th – July 23rd
Four Week Varsity Program – June 25th – July 23rd
Debate Track Program – July 6th – 23rd
2 Week Juniors and Seniors Program – July 9th – 23rd
2 Week Sophomores – July 9th – 23rd
Novice Program – July 9th- 23rd
Public Forum Camps- NEW!
2 Week Advanced Program – July 9th – July 23rd
2 Week Beginners Program – July 9th – July 23rd
For more information: http://www.gonzagadebate.com/
KU Debate Camp
The Jayhawk Debate Institute at the University of Kansas is a premier high school debate camp providing first class instruction at an exceptional value. The JDI offers students of all levels of debate experience the opportunity to further their development through a low student-to-staff ratio and interaction with exceptional faculty. Over the history of the JDI, students attending the camp have garnered strong competitive records at national and regional competitions.
For more information: http://debate.ku.edu/camp/
Liberty Debate Institute
The Future Champions Lab (June 19-25) is a one week beginner’s lab for students with no previous policy debate experience. In this lab, beginners will gain the skills and knowledge to begin debating immediately and participate in practice debates.
The POLICY Lab (June 19-25) is a one week policy lab for intermediate to advanced debaters. This lab focuses exclusively on skills development with numerous practice debates throughout the week. The debaters also benefit from individual and small group instruction research techniques, debate theory, and in-round strategy.
The Virginia Scholars Lab (June 19-July 9) is a three week policy lab tailored exclusively for the championship debater. It features personalized debate instruction, small group theory, kritik, strategy, and topic discussions as well as one-on-one skills development. Each debater receives additional research on specific affirmative and negative strategies.
The Lincoln-Douglas Lab (June 19-25) is a one week lab for Lincoln-Douglas Debaters of all levels and features numerous practice debates, small group political philosophy discussions, and individualized skills and strategy development. Debaters learn theory and practice writing and debating affirmative and negative cases for future topics.
The Home School Institute (June 26-July 9) is a one OR two week lab exclusively for home schooled debaters. Debaters research the 2010-2011 NCFCA topic and receive quality theory and strategy instruction.
The Coaches’ Workshop (June 19-25) is open to coaches or sponsors of all experience levels. Participants in the workshop will receive three credits of Continuing Education Units (CEU) for instruction from the Liberty Debate Institute faculty.
For more information click here.
The Michigan National Debate Institute
The MNDI has never had a concluding tournament. This format fundamentally alters the orientation of both the students and faculty in a way that encourages preparation for the entire debate season, not just for winning a workshop tournament. This format allows more emphasis to be placed on individual instruction with students on debating technique and topic-specific analysis. The sharing and cooperation encouraged by this format generates a more productive and enjoyable environment for all involved.
For more information: http://www.michigandebate.com/info_mdni.php
2011 Missouri State Debate Institute (MSDI)
2 Week Policy, 1st Session (June 19-July 2) ($600 Commuters, $1200 Dorm)
2 Week Policy, 2nd Session (July 3 – July 16) ($600 Commuters, $1200 Dorm)
3 Week Policy (June 19-July 9) ($800 Commuters, $1700 Dorm)
4 Week Policy (June 19-July 16) ($1000 Commuters, $2200 Dorm)
The MSDI at Missouri State University is an excellent high school debate camp providing in-depth instruction at an incredible value:
MSDI graduates have consistently dominated the local debate circuit, and several other circuits. Many have qualified to NFL Nationals, the Tournament of Champions, and received sizeable college debate scholarships – in several cases, far above their cost of attending MSDI.
Our institute tournaments use a unique, day long preparation approach that allows for deep strategic planning. Although different from the tempo of normal season tournaments, past camp attendees have enjoyed this format because it teaches them everything they should do before a tournament to prepare for known opponents.
Our staff/student ratio is 8/1 or better, and many of the staff are current college coaches that have coached at the top levels of college debate. It’s rare to get to work with such a staff at a camp price comparable to MSDI, and rarer still to have such staff as lab leaders.
Our camp size is typically around 50 – plenty for a good tournament, but not so many that you get lost in the crowd.
National Debate Forum
For more information: http://www.nationaldebateforum.com/
National Symposium for Debate
July 21 to August 3, 2011
August 3 to August 9, 2011
The National Symposium for Debate is a world class Lincoln-Douglas summer debate program held at Colorado College, one of the top liberal arts schools in the country (U.S. News and World Report College Rankings). Students will have access to a unique one instructor to four student ratio, ensuring every student an individualized program and individualized instruction. Come join the finest staff in the country in Colorado Springs. Summer 2010 dates are July 3-16.
For more information: http://nsdebate.org/wordpress/
University of Missouri Kansas-City Summer Debate Institute
July 17-30 and July 10-30
The UMKC Summer Debate Institute is founded on the winning tradition of the UMKC Debate Program. SDI hires the finest staff and utilizes high-quality instruction facilities. SDI instruction can help you to succeed wherever you debate. We will provide quality instruction in all forms of debate, from lay judge adaptation skills to national circuit debate. SDI will focus on teaching performance and theory, as well as research techniques. You will receive hundreds of pages of completed research before the Institute even begins. This allows SDI to spend more time improving your debate skills.
For more information: http://umkcsdi.com/
UNT Mean Green Workshops
Offering multiple worshops for all levels (and even teachers) in Summer 2011.
UNT Mean Green Workshops students have won major tournaments in Policy and Lincoln Douglas debate throughout the nation, including the Kentucky Tournament of Champions, the NFL National Tournament, and the TFA State Tournament (the largest state tournament in the nation). We are tremendously proud of the accomplishments of our alumni.
The institute directors are driven to bringing the brightest and most talented instructors from around the nation to the north Texas region, and they are equally dedicated to ensuring continued excellence at an affordable price. When compared to other institutes throughout the country, we believe you will find we offer one of the highest quality and most affordable institute experiences anywhere.
For more information: http://www.meangreenworkshops.com/
Northwestern Debate Institute
Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors –
July 10 through August 6, 2011.
The Northwestern Debate Institute is an unequaled living-learning experience for high school debaters. The institute will provide an intensive and comprehensive summer debate experience that will prepare debaters for next season and beyond. Northwestern University’s Debate Team has an unparalleled record of success based on the foundations, fundamentals and techniques taught at the Northwestern Debate Institute. Learn the debate principles that led to 13 NDT championships, 15 final round appearances, 6 top speakers a record of success unmatched in college debate. Come join our program for rising Sophomore, Juniors and Seniors to learn with and debate against the best competition in the country. Alumni of the Northwestern Debate Institute have gone on to win every major high school tournament.
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The Oregon Debate Institute
July 31 – August 14
The Oregon Debate Institute is the nation’s premier public/parliamentary debate camp. The ODI runs from August 1st – August 14th, 2010 at the University of Oregon. The institute includes instruction on all forms of impromptu debate, including parliamentary debate and public forum debate. The ODI offers Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced levels for high school debaters and incoming UO freshmen. Our student-teacher ratio is 4-1.
The curriculum of the institute focuses on the application of debate theory. There is a link to our tentative schedule on the side-bar – we teach current events and how to apply current issues in a concise format to win debate rounds.
The staff of the ODI include the 2008 National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence champion, the 2009 National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence #1 seed, and the 2008 and the 2009 National Parliamentary Debate Association runners-up.
For more information: http://oregondebateinstitute.wordpress.com/
The University of Iowa National Summer Institute in Forensics
LD Debate Institute is about a staff of champions training champions. 19 former Iowa participants have won the NFL National Tournament. And, 16 former Iowa participants have won the TOC including the 2008 and 2009 TOC. The personal and professional collegiality of Iowa’s staff is unparalleled. Iowa offers a new way to view LD education! Students have access to arguments not available at other institutes through the cooperation of the policy debate staff and the breadth of topics that are researched and explored. Be prepared. Be at Iowa.
Policy Debate Institute is back by popular demand! Debaters completing their first year of policy debate will find a curriculum that advances their understanding of argument practice and theory. PDI is an opportunity for 40 debaters to participate in an intensive learning environment that is enjoyable and productive.
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The University of Richmond National Debate Institute
In both policy debate and Lincoln-Douglas debate, our debate workshop is designed for high school students with no debate experience as well as for high school debaters seeking a state or national championship (and everyone in-between). Students attending the University of Richmond National Debate Institute (URNDI), an intense research and debate workshop, work with two Professors of Rhetoric and Communication Studies (both national champion debaters), expert faculty from outside Richmond, and members of the nationally competitive Richmond Debate Team. The URNDI has two Directors. Dr. Kevin Kuswa directs the Richmond Debate Team and has been teaching debate for almost twenty years. He is joined by Professor Kelly Congdon in his fourth year at the University who has coached many policy debate programs, including at Georgetown High School and the University of Pittsburgh.
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University of Texas National Institute in Forensics
Session 1- June 24—July 14, 2011
Session 2- July 16— August 5, 2011
3 Week Programs:
The Skills Intensive (Session 1 or 2) – An UTNIF favorite, this program focuses on improving your debate skills by putting you straight into practice rounds as soon as you arrive. Students begin by working with our experienced teaching staff in small, squad-like groups, having practice debates every night culminating in a full-scale tournament — all by the close of the first week! — $1,850 (includes room and board)
The Topic Research Intensive (Session 1 or 2) – For students looking for a deeper relationship with the topic, the Topic Research Intensive offers the chance to develop a comprehensive strategy from scratch with some of our most accomplished staff. With more time available for research, experienced seminar debaters get the chance to build more nuanced and strategic positions, giving them an edge over the competition. — $2,750 (includes room and board) NOTE: the PRICE HAS BEEN REDUCED
*New* The Sophomore Select* (Session 1 only) – We are very excited to offer this new program for rising sophomores. The Sophomore Select will be led by Brian McBride of the University of Southern California and Nick Fiori of Damien. Students will work as a tight knit lab with McBride and Fiori to master foundational skills. Skill and tactical work will be the emphasis, but the lab also aims to ignite student interest in topic research argument construction. Two of the best coaches from the high school and college debating world, McBride and Fiori will ensure students come away transformed into much, much, better debaters. Outside lectures by other UTNIF staff on select topics will be offered. Limited enrollment, acceptance by application only. Please contact us with any questions about the application process. —$2350 (includes room and board)
6 Week Programs:
The 6 Week Summer Survivors (Sessions 1 and 2) – For advanced students interested in dedicating their entire summer to debate practice and instruction. Our most rigorous program with a proven track record of catapulting students to the upper echelons of competitive success. This unique program follows a separate pace and schedule from the rest of the camp, giving students the flexibility to take full advantage of the time they spend. Participants will be treated as a competitive squad, dividing case and research assignments, completing opposition research and tournament preparation, and learning the methods of collegiate NDT and CEDA style debating. —$5200 (includes room and board) NOTE: the PRICE HAS BEEN REDUCED
The 6 Week Super Session (Sessions 1 and 2) – Another option for advanced students interested in dedicating their entire summer to debate practice and instruction. Students can choose any combination of 3 week programming to span both sessions. This could be a Session 1 Skills Intensive combined with a Session 2 Topic Research Intensive, or, a student could attend both Session 1 and Session 2 Topic Research Intensives. An increasingly popular option among UTNIF students, the 6 Week Super Session offers students wishing for exposure to a variety of teaching styles and curriculum an alternative to the 6 Week Summer Survivors–$ Pricing varies, depending on combination selected.
The Novice Program: Introduction to Debating (July 16-July 25) – This program is designed with new debaters in mind. Introduction to all of the “debate fundamentals.” Intro to argument theory, argument construction and public speaking. Students will come away with a firm grasp of basic debate practices and the skill set necessary to work toward their own improvement as their first debate season progresses. -—$1150 (includes room and board)
The UIL Intensive 1 Week Program – (July 17-July 23) – Our 1 week long sessions are designed to provide students with the arguments and skills necessary to excel on the University Interscholastic League debate circuit. — $800 (includes room and board)
For more information: http://studentorgs.utexas.edu/debate/UTNIF/
The Samford Summer Debate Institute
June 26-, July 9, 2011
Learn from a national-caliber staff at a reasonable price.
- Learn from a national-caliber staff at a reasonable price.
- Beginning debaters are a priority.
- The program emphasizes 21st-century debating skills.
- At least 15 critiqued practice debates in two weeks are guaranteed.
- Samford has a track record of success. Program graduates have been in deep elimination rounds of every major high school tournament.
- Instruction is offered for all skill levels in policy, Lincoln-Douglas and public forum debate.
- Learn from mature, responsible adult staff.
For more information: http://www4.samford.edu/debate/hs_institute_app.html
Southwest Debate Institute
SWDI will be held on the campus of Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. It will bring together a group of successful coaches and former competitors to provide debate instruction that’s as good as can be had at any camp.
Our small size means that students will receive individual attention from every faculty member in their event. This, and the fact that we are not-for-profit, makes for an invaluable camp experience at a price that can’t be beaten.
Lincoln Douglas Debate: July 10-July 24
Congressional Debate: July 10-July 15
Public Forum Debate: July 16-July 24
Speech Events: July 24-July 31
Spartan Debate Institute
2-week program: July 10-22
3-week program: July 10-29
4-week program: July 10 – August 5
If you are interested in improving your debate skills, the Spartan Debate Institutes offer programs ranging from two to five weeks in length. The SDI staff prepares a number of cases and negative positions before the Institute begins, so debating can begin as early as the first day. The judged tournaments guarantee extensive student-teacher interaction, as do labs with no greater than 8 students for every instructor. Many debaters will leave with over 20 practice debates. The SDI retains staff members and lab placement for all skill levels, including a pre-novice lab for individuals with no debate experience, all the way through to those seeking to polish varsity skills.
For more information: http://debate.msu.edu/index_sdi.html
Whitman National Debate Institute
July 17-Aug 5, 2011 (3 week) July 17-29, 2011 (2 week)
July 17-Aug 5, 2011 (3 week) July 17-29, 2011 (2 week)
Public Forum Schedule
July 29-Aug 5, 2011 (1 week)
4 to 1 staff to student ratio and the vast majority of your time will be spent in small 8 person labs with two staff members, not in a lecture room with 100 people; not in a lab with 12 to 16 people. You engage in 8 drills and 10 policy or 14 LD debates with clear feedback and re-dos in just the first two weeks. Public forum debaters engage in 8 debates during their first week plus many drills. These begin on the second day of camp, so you improve day after day-not just at the very end when it is too late. You won’t go home with a few paltry pieces of evidence and you won’t spend endless hours as a research slave. Our unique staff jump-started research program gives you the tools to produce high quality evidence in large volumes. In 2009, we produced over 2,600 policy, 650 LD pages (on all ten NFL LD topics), and over 100 pages on Public Forum topics. Each debater receives prints of files they choose plus electronic versions of all of the files.
For more information: http://www.whitman.edu/rhetoric/camp/
Women’s Debate Institute
August 7-10, 2011
The Women’s Debate Institute is a robust community dedicated to the education of young women. Each summer we host a national debate camp for high school girls of all abilities. Our four day camp increases the number of girls involved in debate, creates an environment that fosters community, and encourages young women to attend college.
At the Women’s Debate Institute, high school girls have the opportunity to learn policy and Lincoln Douglas debate skills from some of the top female debaters in the country. Working one-on-one with former NDT and CEDA winners gives girls the competitive edge they need to be successful debaters. Yet being a great debater is only a part of the equation. The Women’s Debate Institute also teaches students what it means to be a woman in debate and exposes girls to the rich community of women in this activity. Finally, our “College Seminar” gives each student the opportunity to learn how to make higher education a reality, regardless of their current situation.
For more information: http://www.womensdebateinstitute.org/
Victory Briefs Institute
VBI Session I (June 26-July 9): $2400
VBI Session II (August 7-20): $2400
VBI Focus Week (per session): $1200
Since 2002, VBI Alumni have won the following national championships:
NFL Champions ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07, ’08, ’09; TOC Champions ’03, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’08, ’09; NCFL Champions ’04, ’05, ’06, ’08, ’09
We have had over 2000 students attend VBI summer programs since 2002
Our tournament, The SoCal Championships, has grown to be one of the most prestigious in the country, earning an Octafinalist leg to the national Tournament of Champions – the highest level awarded and a Semifinalist leg in Public Forum debate.
For more information: http://victorybriefs.com/?page_id=142