SUMMER CAMP OPTIONS
In-Person or via Zoom

for new or experienced debaters

"Intro to Debate" Camp

No experience necessary. Recommended for Ages 10-16.
Limit 16 students per camp.

During our week-long, online, “Intro to Debate” camp, activities include quick, fun, and creative games, activities, and debate sparring to learn the relevant skills for any format of debate. Debate sparring sessions are short, fun, and easy debates on topics that don’t require deep research, e.g., “School uniforms should be required,” “The rise of selfies is a troubling cultural problem,” “Whataburger vs. In-N-Out,” etc.

Lots of fun and engaging activities are 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.

Emphasis is placed on structuring a case, referred to as the “Constructive,” developing a “Framework” (a method of deciding the winner), poking holes in your opponents’ case through “Cross-Examination,” effective techniques for “Rebuttal”, and how to crystallize and convey your win to the judge in a “Summary.”

Some light homework is assigned to help reinforce what’s been learned and to allow time to prep for some sparring. 

$295

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Choose your "Intro to Debate" camp week:

June 6 – 10, 2022
Monday-Friday
9am-1pm Central

In-person at
8751 Collin McKinney Pkwy, Suite 1401,
McKinney, TX 75070

June 27 – July 1, 2022
Monday-Friday
1:30pm-5:30pm Central

In-person at
8751 Collin McKinney Pkwy, Suite 1401,
McKinney, TX 75070

July 18 – 22, 2022
Monday-Friday
9am-1pm Central
via Zoom
August 1 – 5, 2022
Monday-Friday
9am-1pm Central

In-person at
8751 Collin McKinney Pkwy, Suite 1401,
McKinney, TX 75070

Camp Location
Some of our camp weeks will be in person, meeting at 8751 Collin McKinney Pkwy, Suite 1401, McKinney, TX 75070. Others camp weeks will be via Zoom.

"Advanced Debate" Camp

Prerequisite: “Intro to Debate,” or other experience with a debate program or team. Recommended for Ages 12-16. Limit 16 students per camp.

In your Advanced Debate Intensive, we go deeper into debate theory and strategy through a series of discussions, activities, in-meeting debates, and homework to prepare for debates and reinforce concepts such as:

  • Analyzing the resolution
  • Identifying the burdens of each side in a given debate
  • Researching and evaluating evidence 
  • Incorporating evidence into your case
  • Using the stock issues to identify different kinds of arguments
  • Identifying logical fallacies
  • Identifying errors in evidence and statistical reasoning
  • Impact calculus
  • Framing the debate
  • Crystallization
  • Political and economic concepts in debate contexts

…and more!

$295

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Choose your "Advanced Debate" camp week:

July 11 – 15, 2022
Monday-Friday
9am-1pm Central

In-person at
8751 Collin McKinney Pkwy, Suite 1401,
McKinney, TX 75070

July 18 – 22, 2022
Monday-Friday
1:30pm-5:30pm Central

In-person at
8751 Collin McKinney Pkwy, Suite 1401,
McKinney, TX 75070

July 25 – 29, 2022
Monday-Friday
9am-1pm Central
via Zoom

Location of our camps:

Some of our camp weeks will be in person, meeting at
8751 Collin McKinney Pkwy, Suite 1401, McKinney, TX 75070. 

Debate Camp Location

Other camps will meet via Zoom.

FAQs

Have other questions?

Email julia@readysetresources.com or call/text 214-972-8046.

What qualities are helpful for a child to have when enrolling in the "Intro to Debate" camp?

  • Ability to pay attention, process verbal information quickly, and pick up the meaning of words from context.
  • Strong handwriting skills (or use of a device with strong keyboarding skills).
  • Has a competitive streak.
  • Works well with others.
  • Capability and access to do independent research.
  • Can use a device for research at sessions (e.g. smartphone, tablet, laptop).                         

Is there value in signing the same child up for more than one "Intro to Debate" or "Advanced Debate" camp?

While the same material is covered in each camp, the level of information-retention and skills-development tends to increase with each week of participation. A 20% discount is available for enrollment in two or more Intro to Debate camp weeks. Contact us if interested.

Is financial aid available?

Partial scholarships are available when a financial hardship exists. Click here for more information.

What is your refund policy?

For our camps, a full refund can be made up to 30 days before the first session; a full refund less $100 can be made up to 72 hours before the first session. No refunds will be made within 72 hours of your camp week’s first session.

Who is the lead coach?

Price T. Morgan is a fourteen-year veteran of speech and debate programs. As a member of the Southern Methodist University debate team, he won several debate championships including the 2018-2019 national championship title in Junior Varsity IPDA debate. Price graduated Phi Beta Kappa with dual degrees in economics and public policy in 2019, and now works in public health.

 

The value of learning debate

These skills, loosely categorized as elements of emotional intelligence, include the capacity to persevere through setbacks (grit), the facility to bring existing knowledge to a novel situation (creativity), comfort in working with others and knowing when to lead and when to follow (collaboration), the capability to confront the seemingly infinite volumes of information on any topic and select the relevant data (research), and sensitivity to what a target audience is thinking so that such data can be presented persuasively (empathy). The debate curriculum teaches young people much of what they’ll need to know in these areas by active, engaging, and highly direct means. Click here to read the full article.

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Contact

Phone: 1-214-972-8046
Fax: 1-310-868-2891
Email: julia@readysetresources.com
PO Box 866092 Plano TX 75086